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The Director of Federal Affairs works to develop and promote the federal legislative agenda of Americans for the Arts to Congress and the Administration. Advocacy efforts include direct lobbying; proposing, monitoring, and analyzing legislation; working in formal and informal coalitions; organizing strategic events; and mobilizing Americans for the Arts’ grassroots members and constituencies. Advocacy efforts also include the programmatic design of the Arts Advocacy Day annual conference. The Director is responsible for liaison work with the U.S. House of Representatives and legislative policy development relating to tax policy, technology, education, economic development and other issues considered by both the House and the Senate, as well as the Administration.
The Director of Federal Affairs will identify policy and advocacy needs and execute strategies under the direct supervision of the Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education and with oversight of the Government Affairs and Grassroots Coordinator. The Director should have a strong background in public policy and legislative affairs, with a minimum of eight years of experience in government affairs, including at least two years’ experience working for the federal government in a legislative/policy capacity. The Director should understand the role of the arts in education and community and economic development, as well as larger policy issues impacting the nonprofit sector (i.e., tax policy) and be able to develop materials and products that advance the advocacy efforts of the organization’s members. The Director works across departments to explain the federal-state-local policy pipeline to key stakeholders and must be oriented to the big picture while remaining focused on details.