The Director, Workforce Policy supports the Vice President, Strategy & Integration and is responsible for developing and managing the execution of industry positions, policies, events and programs on all matters related to the aerospace and defense workforce.
Responsible for developing and managing the execution of all efforts related to current and future aerospace workforce policies, programs and initiatives and works to help AIA member companies overcome challenges that may impede the success of these efforts.
AIA is proud to be 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. Consistent with these policies, we strongly believe that diversity contributes to a broader collective perspective that will consistently lead to a better organization and better results. We are working hard to increase the diversity of our team wherever we can and we actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of it.
Core Duties and Responsibilities:
This position reports directly to the Vice President, Strategy & Integration. The responsibility of the Director, Workforce Policy is to support the AIA Workforce Policy and related Working Groups. This position manages and coordinates AIA efforts to inspire, development, recruit and retain a skilled and dynamic 21st century aerospace workforce. Specific policy and program focus areas include: (1) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, (2) career technical education and workforce training, and (3) diversity and inclusion policies.
This position also works closely with AIA’s legislative team to monitor Federal statutes, policies and regulations that affect education, personnel policy, and other related matters for information that may be of interest to AIA member companies. Specific responsibilities include:
Act as the AIA lead for Workforce and STEM content at AIA Board of Governors and Supplier Management Council meetings.
Coordinate and work closely with the other AIA divisions and policy councils on their workforce related issues.
Support the development of initiatives designed to assure the vitality of the A&D workforce, including representing AIA in meetings and conferences on related issues.
Represent AIA in Workforce or STEM meetings with partner organizations and government officials.
Coordinate national workforce and STEM efforts with other industry organizations and government and non-government partners, such as the Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers.
Work closely with the AIA Team America Rocketry Challenge manager and offer innovative ways to make the competition a best practice in STEM development program and enhance its value for both participants and sponsors.
Serves as a subject matter expert and central resource person, and as such responds to inquiries from member companies, media, government officials and the public seeking information and background data on STEM and workforce issues.
Collaborate with AIA divisions to produce analytical products illuminating workforce, Engineering and Business Technology issues.
Review government regulatory and policy proposals regarding workforce and STEM education issues and coordinate the review and AIA position development with appropriate committee membership.
Qualifications and Experience:
Knowledgeable about Federal STEM and/or Workforce policy issues and/or relevant congressional committees
Excellent interpersonal and communications (verbal and written) skills required
Ability to work with and guide large groups with divergent views to build consensus and unity required
Demonstrated ability to advocate for policies, budgets and/or legislation
Must be comfortable working in a high-visibility environment with strict deadlines
Have an understanding of the skillsets that are relevant to the industry’s technical and skilled workforce
Knowledge of workforce development issues and programs as they relate to the aerospace/defense industry
Experience with STEM programs
A Bachelor’s degree or comparable work experience is required
Advanced degree in education, engineering or related field is preferred
Three (3) References [Name, Title, Contact information
Please note: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
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.
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.