The Director for Civil Aviation Environmental Policy reports directly to the Vice President, Civil Aviation. The position is responsible for developing strategic direction and priorities within assigned areas of focus and coordinating industry consensus positions. A major focus of this position will be general sustainability activity for current and future aircraft technologies (including sustainable alternative fuels), and advocating efficient regulatory approaches for aviation emissions, noise and chemical policy. This role will engage with multiple domestic and international agencies and other trade organizations in support of AIA positions and to ensure stakeholder alignment.
Core Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for monitoring and addressing all environmental issues that impact the design, manufacture, and operation of new and in-production aircraft types and coordinating the association's activities in these areas.
Coordinates committees, subcommittees and working groups established to address U.S. and international policies and regulatory issues within the area of focus. The aforementioned groups formulate industry positions to be presented to U.S., foreign, and international agencies, bureaus and commissions, or respond to government inquiries dealing with special areas of concern requiring industry input.
Drives industry consensus, drafting and refining AIA's positions on the issues and topics under consideration and in communicating these to appropriate agency officials and relevant organizations.
Represents AIA at industry meetings: organizing and chairing sessions, speaking or serving as a panelist/moderator. Works with other organizations and trade groups to inform them of AIA positions.
Analyzes various trends, issues, areas of concern and emerging patterns pertaining to domestic and international manufacture and operation of aircraft to provide insight into future developments and to anticipate the need for association positions and actions. These areas include economic and technical trends, flight safety and regulation, aircraft environmental performance, legislative initiatives, and R&D policy.
Maintains liaison with senior policy level counterparts in member companies, U.S. and foreign governments, international organizations, other associations, and academia covering technical and legislative matters to define issues and focal points.
Reviews and analyzes available data, academic reports, relevant studies, and government policies/regulations/legislation to inform an industry position.
Initiates actions to develop other data or material needed to substantiate positions.
Contributes articles and news items to the AIA newsletters, or other communications highlighting issues and developments within area of expertise and responsibility.
Qualifications and Experience
A minimum of five years’ experience in an aerospace-related government, association or corporate position.
Experience with the development of policy, regulatory or legislative positions regarding civil aircraft or environmental issues.
Experience managing, developing, or advocating positions on policy issues related to aviation or the environment.
High-level communication and persuasion skills to coordinate and deliver consensus positions on civil aviation issues and policy concerns of our member companies.
Ability to effectively communicate the vision, and value of membership in AIA to maintain and increase membership, including reaching and/or expanding into new or untapped markets.
Demonstrated strong written and oral communications skills.
Demonstrated proficiency and experience in customer service with high standards of timeliness and responsiveness.
Demonstrated experience working in a highly collaborative environment where teamwork, collegiality and self-motivation are necessary for success.
Experience with or in U.S. government agencies (FAA/DOT/EPA) and/or Congressional committees that oversee civil aviation issues.
Bachelors’ degree in aviation/aerospace or public policy, or related fields with comparable work experience required.
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About Aerospace Industries Association
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), founded in 1919, only a few years after the birth of flight, is the most authoritative and influential trade association representing the U.S. aerospace and defense industry on Capitol Hill, within the administration and internationally. As the voice of American aerospace and defense, AIA’s strong advocacy is essential to protecting the interests of our nation and our industry.
Based in Arlington, Va., AIA is led by a Board of Governors that meets twice a year and consists of senior representatives of member companies at the c-suite level, and an Executive Committee that meets more frequently. A hallmark of AIA is that it receives its policy guidance from the direct involvement of CEO-level officers of companies of all sizes across all levels of our industry. The government frequently seeks advice from AIA on issues, and AIA provides a forum for government and industry representatives to exchange views and resolve problems on non-competitive matters related to aerospace and defense.
Today, more than 340 major aerospace and defense companies and their suppliers are members of the association, embodying every high-technology manufactu...ring segment of the U.S. aerospace and defense industry including commercial aviation and avionics, manned and unmanned defense systems, and space technologies and satellite communications.
Working together through our councils and committees, AIA is at the forefront of critical issues, such as advocating for robust federal budgets for aerospace and defense, a strong U.S. industrial base, defense modernization, and an efficient acquisition system. In addition, accelerating deployment of Next Generation Air Transportation System (NexGen) technologies and equipment, promoting the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), modernizing export controls, and obtaining additional resources for research and development and space exploration are important priorities. We are a leader in developing and publishing national aerospace standards that are used in aerospace design and manufacturing across the globe. And we coordinate and lead a full spectrum of efforts across the local, state and federal levels to address workforce recruitment and retention. Read more about AIA’s strategic plan and priorities here.
The aerospace and defense industry supports our national security and drives our nation’s economy. It fuels innovation, creates competition, and employs millions of Americans. We are proud to represent our members and our nation.