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Senior Director Government Affairs - 90219458 - Washington

Date: Aug 2, 2017

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20002

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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority and the success of our railroad is the result of our employees.

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The Senior Director, Federal Affairs and Policy is responsible for developing and overseeing the corporate legislative affairs strategy with  stakeholders in Congress and appropriate federal departments. This position serves as the deputy to the Vice President and acts in the VP's absences or at his/her direction.

•  Assist the VP in organizing and resourcing the Government Affairs office and in Functions developing the overall corporate legislative and appropriations strategy
•  Oversees the daily Government Affairs function and leads the preparation for the Board
and senior management for key congressional meetings and hearings
•  Coordinates federal, state, and local, outreach to stakeholders, interest groups, employees, and other constituencies as necessary to advocate and advance the corporate legislative and Congressional agenda
•  Provides briefings to and solicits information from senior management and other employees regarding legislative and congressional issues, policy, and advocacy
•  Directs the development of briefs, talking points, report language, and other written materials relative to the legislative agenda or in response to inquiries from Congressional offices
•  Oversees the timely delivery of Congressional mandated reports and the annual Grant and Legislative Request submission
•  Assist the VP Government Affairs & Corporate Communications in preparing department's reporting to the Board of Directors covering legislative issues, state and commuter contracts, media relations and external outreach activities
•  Oversees the development of authorization, appropriation, and safety issue hearing testimony and assists key committees in obtaining record data and reviewing and editing transcripts
•  Responsible for advancing legislation, providing authorization, appropriations and other relevant legislative needs before Congress
•  Serves as the assistant to the VP Government Affairs & Corporate Communication and is able to answer the department's leadership role if necessary
•  This requires the establishment and maintenance of relationships, senior Adm inistration officials, as well as members of the House and Senate and their key staff

•  Significant combined legislative policy experience in a congressional committee, or federal or corporate government affairs office
•  A comprehensive understanding of railroad issues and the history of Amtrak
•  Previous experience of directing/managing a staff in a fast-paced governmental/legislative affairs organization
•  Overall knowledge of Surface Transportation Legislation Policy
•  A thorough understanding of the legislative floor and Committee procedures as well as the workings of Capitol Hill
•  A thorough understanding of authorization and appropriation legislative processes
•  Advanced leadership and management skills with a proven ability to motivate others ; effective writing, presentation, meeting, and Interview facilitation skills; interpersonal communication; time management; and conflict resolution and investigation skills
•  Extensive understanding of business operations and the impact of departmental actions on the corporation
•  Able to function in a collaborative work environment
•  Understands the importance of education and self-improvement during their career
•  A history of being involved in improving the industry through professional associations and accepting leadership assignments
•  Makes and keeps commitments
•  Demonstrates a set of core values that includes humility, mission, courage, justice prudence and self-control  •  Experience communicating orally and in writing within the corporation and externally
•  The ability to effectively manage employees

Transportation industry experience

Masters Degree in functional or related area

Must have excellent oral and written communication skills



Requisition ID:31203
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Personnel Area:DC06
Job Family/Function:Government Affairs 
Relocation Offered:No 
Education Requirements:Bachelors Degree
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 
Employment Experience Requirements:10 plus years of experience

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety- sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions.   If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, he/she will not permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status. 

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