The Government Affairs Coordinator, reporting to the President and CEO, promotes and advances the interests of the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) to enable AAEI members to operate without undue legislation, regulation, or taxation restrictions. This will include organizing meetings, events, coordinating public affairs activities as well as handling the following administrative matters. Role accountabilities include but are not limited to ensuring AAEI members’ compliance with licensing and other regulations at the federal, state, and local levels; representing and advocating for AAEI members’ interests regarding public policy that furthers the interests of importers, exporters, and trade service providers. The Coordinator contributes to the development of an annual strategy based on the AAEI Board of Directors’ known issues. Also plays an important role in media, grassroots, conference, and community involvement activities serving to elevate the AAEI’s presence and brand. The role works with a high level of accountability and autonomy.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Committee Liaison: Staff liaison to AAEI substantive committees. Works with the CEO and chair to set agendas, invite guest speakers, and educate the committee. Work with CEO and committee to identify issue priorities, action strategies, and develop minutes. Updates the committee on federal and state collaborative efforts.
Organize and schedule Executive Capitol Hill Visits including preparing briefing books and hill packets.
Proactively monitor government affairs calendars for Hill/Agency meetings to prepare meeting materials in advance of AAEI internal and external meetings.
Contribute to the AAEI Newsletter.
Prepare and file FEC Lobbying Disclosure forms.
Check incoming mail regularly.
Execute special or continuous research and data analysis tasks.
Coordinate activities between departments and outside parties.
Contact AAEI members to gather information and prepare reports.
Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant public policy and/or business field
2-5 years in a federal government (GS 9-11), congressional office, political campaign, trade association or corporation
Understanding of the federal legislative and regulatory process
Demonstrated expertise in policy analysis.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, preferably with media outreach experience.
Ability to work collaboratively and build strong relationships.
Strong organizational skills
Travel: approximately 5-10% required
Medical coverage offered.
Dental coverage offered.
Vision coverage offered.
Retirement planning with a 401(k)-program offered after 6 months, employer matching contributions available up to 4%
Hybrid work schedule
Company membership within ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) to encourage employees’ professional development and regional networking.
About American Association of Exporters and Importers
The American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) is the premier trade organization representing U.S. companies engaged in global trade. We are recognized as technical experts regarding the day-to-day import and export of goods including the facilitation of global trade.
AAEI advocates on behalf of U.S. companies on trade policy issues before the U.S. Congress, trade compliance practices and operations before Executive Agencies, and multi-lateral organizations including the World Trade Organization and the World Customs Organization.
AAEI plays an important role in providing education to international trade compliance professionals through its ten (10) standing committees which review proposed trade policy and regulations for comment, off-the-record webinars with government officials, and the Association’s annual conference, seminars and trade briefings.