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Senior Legislative Representative

Washington DC

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) seeks an individual to assist the organization in developing and communicating the public transportation industry’s positions on federal legislative issues to APTA members, Members of Congress, Congressional committees, the Executive Branch, other organizations, and the public.


The key responsibility of this job is to assist APTA in developing and communicating the public transportation industry’s positions on federal legislative issues to APTA members, Members of Congress, Congressional committees, the Executive Branch, coalition partners, and the public. The individual reports directly to the Senior Director, Government Affairs & Advocacy.


Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limit­ed to the following:

  • Communicating in writing and through personal contacts, APTA positions on legislative issues to Members of Congress, Congressional committees, the Executive Branch, coalition partners, and others;
  • Working in a team setting to develop and execute strategies to advance APTA’s legislative priorities;
  • Planning and executing advocacy strategies directed at building public awareness and support for public trans­portation and support for APTA policies;
  • Advising APTA Legislative Committees and Subcommittees on issues of importance to APTA members and serving as Staff Advisor as assigned;
  • Preparing Congressional testimony on topics of interest to the public transportation industry;
  • Representing APTA at industry coalition meetings and state transit association meetings, as well as similar events and activities, as required;
  • Preparing speeches to assist APTA officers and executive staff in communicating the public transportation industry’s views on federal legislative and government relations issues;
  • Attending meetings, media briefings, or hearings as assigned and interpreting these events for APTA members through written and oral communication;
  • Planning, managing, and implementing the Business Member Fly-In and assisting in preparing for the Annual Legislative Conference, including program planning and development, preparation of materials, selection of speakers, and on-site support; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Extent to which assignments are carried out in a timely and comprehensive manner;
  • Extent to which written work products (e.g., speeches, news releases, testimony, letters, and fact sheets) are accurate, timely, and effectively prepared;
  • Extent to which APTA’s members are informed on relevant legislative issues; and
  • Extent to which APTA’s legislative goals on relevant issues are realized.


The Senior Legislative Representative will have a minimum of four years of experience in a legislative staff position in Congress or a government affairs position in the Executive Branch or with a trade association, public transit agency, corporation, or consulting lobbying firm. A bachelor’s degree is required. A law degree or master’s degree in public policy, public administration, or similar field is considered a plus. Knowledge of federal transit policies and programs, major issues and priorities in public transportation, and the federal legislative process, including authorization and appropriations issues, is required. Strong writing and communications skills are also required.

Physical requirements and work conditions:

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performance of duties requires the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Persons interested in applying for this position should submit their cover letter and resume to the Vice President-Human Resources & Administration via email at

APTA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.


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Posted July 13, 2021

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