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Manager, Federal Relations

The American Institute of Architects

Washington, District of Columbia 20006
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This is a professional position in the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Government Affairs & Policy department reporting to the Director of Federal Relations and assisting them with the development, planning, coordinating, policy research, lobbying and implementation of AIA’s federal legislative and regulatory agendas. It will also include representing the AIA before Congress, the Executive Branch, and other organizations regarding federal issues impacting the practice of architecture and the built environment.



  • Build and maintain strategic relationships with members of Congress, congressional committees and staff, Executive Branch officials and agencies on behalf of AIA
  • Routinely track, research, and analyze federal legislation, regulations and issues impacting architects, the profession and built environment based on a variety of sources (print and electronic media, publications, telephone contact and attendance at meetings, hearings, fundraisers, conferences, and other events)
  • Review daily the introduction of federal legislation, proposed rules and regulations, and other notices to determine the potential effects on architects, the profession, and the built environment.
  • Prepare articles for AIA publications, social media, etc., regarding federal issues impacting the practice of architecture, the built environment, or the AIA’s federal public policy agenda
  • Write action alert type messages and other communication materials for distribution to AIA members
  • Routinely write issue briefs, reports, position papers, talking points etc., including drafting letters to Congress for a call to action or testimony, that are relevant to the practice of architecture, the built environment, or the AIA’s federal public policy agenda
  • Analyze voting records and political fundraising activity of members of Congress
  • Write congressional testimony to be submitted to the House or Senate Committees on current issues,
  • Assist the director to coordinate with Congressional committee staff on hearing opportunities for AIA volunteer leaders and help prepare them to testify
  • Identify and suggest opportunities for AIA to pursue congressional and executive branch appointments to boards, commissions, and task forces, in order to grow AIA’s influence as well as position them as a resource with government officials
  • Strategically plan and execute all logistics, including scheduling/coordinating Congressional and Executive Branch meetings based on the AIA’s federal legislative and regulatory agenda, for annual fly-ins or attendance by an AIA member(s) for federal government affairs related meetings in Washington DC
  • Assist in the implementation of grassroots campaigns that support the AIA’s federal public policy agenda
  • Represent the department in meetings with other AIA departments to provide policy perspective, identify policy opportunities, and facilitate contacts for other departments with the federal government
  • Assist and manage, with the guidance of the director, the annual development of AIA’s federal legislative and regulatory agendas
  • Manage relationships with, and represent the AIA in, coalitions and initiatives impacting AIA, the practice of architecture, the built environment, or the AIA’s federal public policy agenda
  • Represent AIA at political events as assigned by the director
  • Lead staff member responsible for correctly assembling and filing all annual federal lobbying and ethics related forms on time and as necessary
  • Manages relationship and AIA membership in the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics (NILE)
  • Federal registered lobbyist
  • Assist the director in responding to member requests and questions
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the director


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
  • Considerable understanding of how to successfully lobby Congress and the executive branch, including no less than 3 years experience in working to advance 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
  • Proven skills and track record in team building, collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution, and negotiation as well as active listening
  • Proven ability to work independently while successfully managing multiple priorities and responsibilities simultaneously
  • 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 4-5 years of lobbying experience before the executive and/or legislative branch or employment in a Congressional office or executive agency is required; J.D., Hill and/or association lobbying experience desired, but not required.

Supervisory requirements


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