Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Director of Legislative Communications--American Hotel and Lodging Association

Director of Legislative Communications

American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA)

Washington, D.C.

AH&LA seeks an energetic and proactive individual to handle the media relations and public outreach strategy on legislative and regulatory issues for the government affairs department of AH&LA. The Director also serves as the department’s publicist. The Director of Legislative Communications reports directly to the Executive Vice President for Policy. Specific responsibilities include:

Representing AH&LA’s positions and policies to other associations, legislative representatives, regulatory agencies, the media, and the general public; Developing and maintaining contacts with key congressional staff, Capitol Hill press, and national and regional news outlets; Nurturing working relationships with press secretaries and appropriate federal regulatory personnel; Developing and implementing effective media strategies to publicize legislative priorities; Coordinating public relations for the department, including arranging interviews and identifying opportunities for senior staff and industry representatives to communicate with the media; Writing press releases, media advisories, op-eds, and updating governmental affairs website; Creating and maintaining monthly Issue Briefs and Advisories; Writing monthly article for Lodging magazine in coordination with Government Affairs department; Acting as association representative and spokesperson at partner state association and travel/tourism conventions; Assisting department with power point presentations and special projects; Providing editorial assistance to governmental affairs department.

The Director of Legislative Communications must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; a college degree; a positive and proactive attitude and be a team player; Capitol Hill, campaign, or association experience; flexible hours and ability to travel and strong political instincts.

To apply for this position, please submit your resume, salary history, salary requirements and cover letter to Alice Laughlin, Senior Director, Human Resources. Salary based depending upon experience. Contact information: alaughlin@ahla.com or fax to 202-289-3138. No telephone calls, please. AH&LA offers a supportive work environment and excellent benefits. AH&LA is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity.

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