The Aerospace Industries Association’s (AIA) communications team is a key driver of the organization’s advocacy and outreach strategy, sharing the story of how the aerospace and defense industry contributes to America’s safety, security, and economic success. The Manager of Policy Communications is an energetic, entrepreneurial, and capable writer who will help the communications team tell – and sell – that story. In this writing-heavy position, you will work with policy and legislative teams to craft the message and draft compelling, accessible content, including op-eds, press releases, blog posts, and speeches, to reach policymakers, the media, and the public. You will also help support and coordinate AIA media outreach, ensuring the organization reaches the right audience at the right time.
Core duties and responsibilities:
Work across the communications team and broader organization to advance AIA priorities, align its message, build its brand, and support its members and team
Develop key AIA written deliverables — including op-eds, press releases, speeches, testimony, talking points, and blog posts — to introduce, emphasize, and/or maximize key messages
Contribute creatively to AIA editorial calendar and identify ways to amplify AIA’s advocacy and outreach efforts
Help build AIA reporter relationships by maintaining press lists; staying current on relevant news outlets, reporters, and their areas of focus; and brainstorming creative avenues to pitch AIA experts, members, and their stories
Assist in the preparation of AIA experts and members for media interviews and speaking engagements
Track communications outputs and monitor effectiveness of AIA communications strategies
Manage vendor support for media database and other relevant communications tools
2-5 years of communications experience, ideally within the legislative or executive branch as a speechwriter or comparable role
Excellent writing and editing skills
Ability to multi-task under tight deadlines
Strong customer service and relationship-building skills
Proficient in applicable technology programs and applications
Experience in measuring the effectiveness of communication strategies
Self-starter who is able to work independently and as part of a collaborative team
Experience with Cision or other PR platforms a plus
Bachelor-level degree in communications, marketing, English, or related field or equivalent experience
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AIA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity/expression or Veteran status.
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.