The Vice President, Advocacy is responsible for major portions of ASTA’s work to advocate for the travel agency community at all levels of government, including federal lobbying, state lobbying, grassroots campaigns, and the Society’s political action committee (ASTAPAC). Supported by the Manager, Advocacy and reporting to the Executive Vice President, Advocacy, the Vice President’s day-to-day responsibilities range from direct lobbying to managing outside consultants to attendance at Congressional fundraisers to updating ASTA members, staff, and volunteer leadership on advocacy-related developments.
Based in ASTA’s Alexandria, VA office, the Vice President also plays a key role in managing ASTA’s annual Congressional fly-in (ASTA Legislative Day) and in providing advocacy-related content and other support for ASTA’s annual events, including the ASTA Global Convention. Other activities associated with supporting the Society’s mission and meeting the needs and goals of the Advocacy department will be assigned as needed.
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Law or a related field, the ability to meet deadlines and to complete work in a thorough and professional manner, exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to coordinate multiple tasks assigned simultaneously and computer skills including word processing, researching, database creation, slide preparation, etc. At least ten years’ experience working in some combination of a Congressional office, a federal agency, lobbying firm or in an in-house private sector or nonprofit government relations role is required. Experience related to the travel industry, non-profit associations or federal COVID-19 relief policy is a plus.
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATURE AND SCOPE OF POSITION:
Government Affairs 50%
Monitor, analyze, track and initiate advocacy action on federal/state legislative/regulatory issues to gain policymaker support for ASTA priority initiatives. Key issues include:
COVID-19 relief (federal/state)
Policy issues impacting international travel
Tax issues (federal/state)
Labor issues, especially regulation of independent contractors (federal/state)
S. Department of Transportation consumer protection regulations
Develop and implement grassroots campaigns, draft Congressional, state legislative and federal agency letters
Act as a federally-registered lobbyist for ASTA and ensure compliance with all relevant federal lobbying disclosure and registration requirements
Prepare ASTA/member testimony and talking points and guidance for meetings with elected officials in their home districts or in Washington, D.C.
Assist in planning and execution of annual ASTA Legislative Day, including event structure, messaging, priority issue selection, speaker recruitment and day-of participation
Manage outside lobbyists
Manage ASTA’s external coalition relationships, including Economic Bridge Coalition, Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs, California Coalition of Travel Organizations and several ad-hoc coalitions related to COVID-19 relief
Attend and report on Congressional hearings, industry and coalition meetings
Liaise with Government & Political Affairs Committee and ASTA Chapter Presidents
Manage internal and external written communications related to Government Affairs
Brief Corporate Advisory Council, Premium members, Chapter Presidents and other groups within ASTA on legislative developments, in-person and virtually
20% - Communications
Prepare press releases, member alerts, fact sheets and position papers to help members understand current government affairs issues with the goal of helping them avoid or solve related problems in their agencies
Assist Communications staff in producing articles on advocacy issues for ASTA’s daily newsletter, quarterly magazine and other media
Develop and present educational seminars and webinars on government affairs issues, ASTA benefits and other relevant issues
Interact with national/trade press as needed
10% - ASTAPAC
Develop and help implement annual fundraising campaign
Assist PAC’s Governing Board with decisions on disbursements of funds
Oversee administrative and operational aspects of the PAC
Organize/attend Congressional fundraisers
10% - Member Education & Engagement
Respond to Board of Directors, Premium, Corporate Advisory Council and other members through written, electronic, and telephone communication to assist with questions and concerns and government affairs issues
Attend and speak at ASTA/non-ASTA industry events (in-person and virtual) on the importance of ASTA’s advocacy work and the need to join ASTA, participate in grassroots action, contribute to ASTAPAC, etc.
Support Executive Vice President, Legal department on member guidance related to regulatory compliance, access to COVID relief programs, etc.
10% - Other Duties as Assigned
Participate in ad hoc internal (staff) working groups.
Help plan and coordinate advocacy-related activities at various member meetings, including ASTA Global Convention, Legislative Day, Premium Business Summit, Premium and Corporate Advisory Council Forum, and other meetings
Provide support to other ASTA departments, as needed
The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) is the trade association for the travel agency community. ASTA’s mission is to promote and defend the industry through proactive representation, shared knowledge and the advancement of professionalism. As a membership organization, ASTA’s network of travel professionals expands beyond the agency community and includes the companies whose products and services they sell.