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Director, Government Affairs (Senate)
The Director of Government Affairs (Senate) will serve as one of ITI’s representatives and advocates for the U.S. Congress and relevant U.S. executive branch agencies, and will have chief responsibility for engagement with the U.S. Senate, in particular with members of the Senate Republican Conference. The Director will assist the Government Affairs team and ITI member companies in strategizing, planning, and executing a comprehensive government relations program, which will involve:
- Continuing and expanding relationships at the most senior levels of the legislative branch and relevant executive branch offices;
- Advancing ITI’s policy priorities through appropriate legislation and/or regulatory measures; and
- Supporting ITI and its member companies in the sector’s political engagement.
The Director of Government Affairs (Senate) reports to the Senior Vice
President of Government Affairs and will assist the ITI leadership team as needed.
The Director of Government Affairs (Senate) will exercise independent professional judgment to:
- Build and support the participation, value, and effective functioning of key ITI policy issues areas, including a combination of the following: telecommunications, cybersecurity, energy and environment, and the Internet of Things (IoT);
- Identify major policy issues that could affect the membership, and advance positions and strategies to effectively deal with them;
- Develop and enhance strong working relationships with member companies and their Washington government affairs representatives;
- Broaden and deepen relations with Congress, particularly with Senate Republicans, to win support for the industry, establish political connections, and execute on the industry’s specific policy issues;
- Serve as a spokesperson for ITI members and industry leader in building relationships with other organizations, constituencies, and coalitions whose interests coincide with those of ITI; and
- Actively participate in ITI member company recruiting activities; and
- Assist in running ITI’s political program.
The Director of Government Affairs (Senate) should be a well-respected and experience professional with strong Congressional relationships. He/she should possess the following:
- A well-rounded knowledge of the legislative, executive, and regulatory agencies of government;
- At least five to seven years of experience serving as a legislative/policy aide for a Senate personal office and/or committee.
- Strong relationships and understanding of the Senate Republican Conference.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as management and strategic planning skills; and
- Substantive ability to master the issues confronting ITI in a relatively short period of time.
The Director of Government Affairs (Senate) should have:
- A track record for working well as a member of a team, including cross-team collaboration;
- The ability to prioritize numerous projects;
- The ability to relate effectively with member company executives;
- Sound political judgement; and
- A good sense of humor.