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Director, Federal Relations

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Washington, District of Columbia 20006
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This is a professional managerial position on the Advocacy and Relationships team reporting to the Managing Director, Government Affairs & Policy. The Director is responsible for directing the AIA’s lobbying efforts before the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. This includes directing the development and implementation of the AIA’s federal legislative and regulatory agendas. In addition, the position will represent the AIA in coalitions and initiatives regarding federal issues impacting the practice of architecture and the built environment.




  • Oversee federal relations team in its outreach to Members of Congress, Congressional committees and staff, executive branch officials and agencies.
  • Organize and convene meetings between members of Congress, Congressional staff and executive branch officials and AIA volunteer and staff leadership.
  • Work with the Advocacy and Relationships Department as well as other AIA departments and teams to build grassroots and grasstops support for the AIA’s federal public policy agenda.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the AIA’s federal public policy agenda.
  • Track, analyze, and lobby federal legislation and regulations relevant to the architecture profession and built environment.  
  • Represent AIA in coalitions and initiatives impacting the practice of architecture and the built environment.
  • Work with the Managing Director, Government Affairs and Policy, to ensure that the AIA Government Advocacy Committee understands the impact of AIA public policies and position statements on the AIA’s federal public policy agenda.
    • Coordinate partnering agreements between AIA and federal agencies.
  • Coordinate AIA appointments to various federal boards, commissions, task forces, etc.
    • Prepare articles for AIA publications, social media, etc., regarding federal issues

              impacting the practice of architecture and the built environment.  

  • Write or oversee the production of issue briefs, reports, position papers, etc., that are relevant to the practice of architecture, the built environment, or the AIA’s federal public policy agenda.
  • Speak on behalf of the AIA at conferences and meetings on issues relevant to the AIA’s federal agenda, including before AIA components and other constituencies.
  • Ensure AIA compliance with federal lobbying laws, including ethics and lobbyist disclosure laws and rules.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Managing Director of Government Affairs and Policy

Frequent contacts


  • Executive and legislative branch officials and staff
  • Other associations and organizations
  • AIA national volunteer leadership and staff
  • AIA Government Advocacy Committee
  • ArchiPac steering committee
  • AIA state and local components
  • AIA communications team
  • AIA Members and Component Services Department
  • AIA Knowledge and Practice Department


  • Considerable knowledge of the federal government and its legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Exceptional understanding of how to successfully lobby Congress and the executive branch, including no less than 4 years experience of personally developing strategies for advancing legislative and regulatory proposals.
  • Established track record of helping to enact legislation at the federal or state level.
  • Natural ability to speak extemporaneously before groups to inform, persuade or influence.
  • Exceptional skill in communicating complex ideas both in writing and orally, including analyzing complex subjects quickly, researching and providing logical presentations both orally and in writing.
  • Exceptional skill (with a proven track record), in facilitation, team building, collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution, and negotiation as well as active listening.
  • Proven ability to successfully manage multiple priorities and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated success working in a team environment through coordination and communication of delegated responsibilities; communicating ideas and issues with tact and diplomacy; and resolving problems collaboratively among internal stakeholders (ex: association members), partner organizations/agencies, and internal organization staff.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, including competence in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Skilled in using Internet browser/internet research-based methods.


Bachelor’s degree in political science or related field with 8 years of lobbying experience before the executive and/or legislative branch or employment in a Congressional office required; J.D., association lobbying experience, or experience in the design/construction/real estate industries are preferred, but not required.


Supervisory requirements


Directly supervises one manager level position, and may also oversee government affairs consultants as necessary. The position also coordinates the efforts and AIA internal resources of editors, writers, meeting planners and administrative support on specific projects.


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