As a key member of the government relations team, the senior director plays an instrumental role in helping educate federal policymakers about the U.S. gaming industry. Reporting to the senior vice president of government relations, he/she will work to advance AGA’s public policy, political and advocacy agendas. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in government relations, lobbying, public-policy, legislative and/or political environments. The preferred candidate will have prior experience working specifically with Democratic lawmakers, party officials and/or congressional coalitions and caucuses. The Senior Director will be required to register as a federal lobbyist.
Key areas of responsibility:
Proactively cultivate relationships with key federal policymakers and their staff.
Build and maintain close working relationships with AGA member company government relations representatives.
Research, analyze and provide guidance on legislative and regulatory policy impacting the U.S. gaming industry.
Develop and cultivate constructive partnerships with corporate, community and non-governmental organization stakeholders.
Work closely with allied associations and industry coalitions to advance common-cause issues. Identify creative opportunities to raise the visibility of AGA’s priorities with policymakers and other stakeholders through events, media coverage and educational outreach.
Participate in the development and execution of AGA’s PAC strategy.
Assist with managing outside lobbying consultants and subject matter experts.
Additional duties and projects as assigned.
Minimum 7-10 years of professional work experience in legislative, political, government relations and/or trade association role.
Bachelor’s degree required – preferably in the fields of political science, public policy or communications.
Knowledge of current political, legislative and socioeconomic issues at the federal level.
Experience successfully developing, directing and managing multiple projects.
Familiarity with gaming industry issues a plus.
Record of compliance with federal lobbying and Federal Election Commission laws and regulations.
Ability to analyze and effectively communicate complex policy issues.
Superior verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to think creatively and strategically.
Ability to build strong, collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
About American Gaming Association
The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the U.S. casino industry.