Director, Federal Affairs

4 months ago

Arlington, VA

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Position Overview

We’re looking for a director, federal affairs, who will be responsible for translating the Consumer Brands Association’s strategic priorities into legislative and advocacy strategies. The director will manage complex issues, frame narrative and serve as a recognized expert and trusted communicator, both internally and externally, within the federal policy arena. Reporting to the vice president, federal affairs, this role will advocate for policies that promote affordability, choice and trust for the American consumer.

What You’ll Do


Work collaboratively to build awareness of our political identity and leadership with key constituencies.
Advocate for Consumer Brands Association policy positions impacting consumer packaged goods manufacturers with the U.S. government.
Establish and maintain relationships with Congress, federal regulators and allied trade associations.
Initiate communications to member companies to inform, solicit feedback or respond to requests.

Legislative Strategy

Coordinate Hill meetings on behalf of Consumer Brands Association member companies and association-led coalitions.
Coordinate and facilitate conference calls and strategy meetings; lead discussions as assigned.
Partner with internal divisions on emerging policy issues impacting the consumer packaged goods industry and our organization’s strategic priorities.
Draft witness testimony and questions for congressional hearings.
Analyze bills, amendments and regulatory comments.
Draft position papers, talking points and slide decks on assigned issues.

What You’ll Bring to the Table


Minimum of a BA/BS degree is required.
Minimum of four (4) years of related employment is required.
A track record of demonstrated results in government, association and/or political environments.
Experience in supply chain, transportation and/or sustainability is desirable.


Proficient understanding of legislative and regulatory processes
Ability to be productive and drive results in the face of ambiguity
Excellent interpersonal communication skills
Ability to persuasively communicate complex concepts in concise messages
Passion for learning issues, building strategy and tactics and executing against a plan
Advanced proficiency in Office 365 Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Excellent customer service skills and email etiquette
Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize work
Excellent decision-making skills
Flexibility in learning new software and/or computer/technical applications
A self-starter with the ability to work independently
Ability to work on cross-functional teams


Internal Number: HR19-04

The Consumer Brands Association is an equal opportunity employer that supports a diverse workforce. We seek candidates for employment based on knowledge, skills and abilities that are relevant to job performance. We do not discriminate on any basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.