The Director of Strategic Research will lead AIA’s efforts to continue a more than 90-year legacy of developing and disseminating comprehensive aerospace industry research, both quantitative and qualitative in nature. As the leading association representing American aerospace and defense companies, AIA’s advocacy is heavily dependent on accurate, comprehensive and credible research. The Director, reporting to the Vice President of Strategy and Integration, will support the association and its divisions – International, National Security, Civil Aviation, Space, Legislative – and provide key insights and research in support of individual members and the industry.
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Core Duties and Responsibilities:
Serves as the central resource and repository for aerospace-related economic and industrial information. Responds to data-related queries from staff and member companies as a priority, and from government agencies, journalists, financial analysts, consultants, academics, and other research organizations as appropriate to advance AIA priorities. Explains the dynamics behind what is driving or shaping facts and trends in the aerospace industry and provides assessments internally for what these factors could mean for the industry, U.S. competitiveness, and public policy, among other things.
Oversees the implementation of association-sponsored studies and research projects in support of AIA’s strategic policy objectives. Provides, research and analytical assistance as needed. The Director will also support the development and publication of AIA’s annual Facts and Figures publication.
Authors research-focused articles, blogs and special reports and performs research, both statistical and qualitative, to support congressional testimony, speeches, press materials, reports and papers prepared by AIA staff. Translates statistical, technical and other information into narrative and formats easily understood by target audiences. Sources of information range from U.S. government sources (e.g., BLS, NASA, DoD, etc.) to private sector sources (e.g., AIA member companies).
Maintains a library of current and historical data and cultivates a network of industry and government contacts as data resources. Identifies issues relevant to the aerospace industry that require further study and inquiry, and develops an action plan to investigate identified issues with the relevant departmental lead.
Oversees and maintains AIA’s historical archives, which include historical documents, artifacts, periodicals, books, and organizational records that span the association’s 100-year history. Will be called on to perform specific research on aspects of AIA’s history in support of association goals and priorities.
Supports AIA’s Membership division through the development and maintenance of member company profiles, market analyses and related products. Provides data and analytical support for C-suite level strategy development and ad hoc assessments. Determines the unique needs of emerging technology and services-based companies to better promote AIA and then meet the needs of these companies if they become members.
Ensures all information and data collected, collated, analyzed, and produced are comprehensive, thorough, accurate, properly cited, and credible.
Qualifications and Experience:
Self-starter with a sense of humor and the ability to thrive in a fast-moving environment
A minimum of five years of experience in research, analysis, insight generation and/or market research, including design, analysis and presentation of results
Working knowledge of basic and higher-order statistical methods
Familiarity with a full range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, both via traditional modes as well as developing areas such as social networks, observational tools and online communities
Strong working knowledge of the industry’s economic, financial and organizational characteristics
Effective communication skills with a demonstrated ability to synthesize analysis and conclusions in written reports and oral presentations
Proven ability to interact effectively at all levels within the organization, including senior management
Ability to work independently as well as a team player while producing the highest caliber work product in a timely manner.
Proven ability to negotiate with, and motivate, external vendors successfully
Proven track record of designing and managing research projects to support advocacy, educational programming and other efforts
Experience with relevant datasets, such as those maintained by AIA, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the International Trade Commission
Self-starter; ability to work independently and monitor own performance objectives
Master’s degree or higher in economics, statistics, business, analytics, social sciences, or equivalent 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.