The U.S. Travel Association is a dynamic, mission-driven association committed to increasing travel to and within the United States. 

U.S. Travel offers excellent benefits and a friendly, supportive environment where individual contributions are highly valued and the collective goals of 1,200-plus member organizations are advanced. U.S. Travel seeks staff who are committed to creating excellent work and contributing to a positive workplace culture. The office is conveniently located near Metro Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

U.S. Travel is currently hiring.


 

Senior Director, Government Relations

This position is responsible for managing a range of government relations and public policy strategies to enhance U.S. Travel's profile and presence with Congress and federal agencies.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and maintain business relationships with key elected and appointed officials in the federal government, as well as their staff;
  • Identify and track legislation or regulations that impact the travel community and recommend necessary level of support or opposition;
  • Help conceive and implement U.S. Travel policy positions and advocate agenda before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies;
  • Compose, edit, update and transmit legislative advocacy documents such as issue papers, talking points, testimony, speeches and letters;
  • Monitor, attend and report on relevant hearings, briefings and meetings;
  • Collaborate on research, member communications, press, grassroots and other team initiatives;
  • Respond to needs of U.S. Travel members, including on unique or sector-specific demands;
  • Work with outside stakeholders, including consultants and travel industry lobbyists;
  • Build/maintain business relationships with key associations, think tanks and non-profits;
  • Attend PAC events and other political and industry functions that often require attendance in early mornings or evenings;
  • Represent U.S. Travel at public briefings, roundtables, conferences and workshops, which will require 25 percent domestic travel.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Teamwork: Absolutely essential that this candidate is a team player by demonstrating and promoting a spirit of cooperation within and outside work unit; working together toward a common goal; building strong relationships with internal and external contacts;
  • Communication: Conveying written and oral communications effectively; negotiating and mediating effectively; sharing information; listening attentively and responding appropriately.
  • Initiative: Identifying opportunities proactively; Recognizing the need for action; confronting issues and taking appropriate action; pursuing an issue until the problem is solved. Thinking creatively, innovatively and not being afraid to take a new or different approach.
  • Developing Staff: Training, coaching and counseling others continually to improve; developing capabilities through formal and informal training and coaching; developing backup capabilities; helping others in the organization.
  • Problem Solving: Identifying problems affecting the work unit or U.S. Travel Association; taking early corrective action to avoid problems; generating new ideas and practical solutions.
  • Leadership: Influencing and motivating others to achieve a common purpose; developing and maintaining an atmosphere of trust and cooperation; demonstrating behavior consistent with the expectations communicated to others.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Undergraduate degree required; preferred degree Political Science. Master's degree a plus but not required;
  • Ten to twelve years of experience in political arena, public policy or government affairs;
  • Skilled in advocacy for the travel and tourism industry would be considered a plus but is not required;
  • Understands the legislative process and has good political instincts;
  • Has experience with U.S. Travel's international and domestic agenda, from border security and visa policy, to transportation infrastructure and government meetings;
  • Preferably holds congressional committee experience with Homeland Security, Judiciary, Transportation and Infrastructure, Commerce and Foreign Affairs;
  • Demonstrates strong work ethic, both as team player and self-starter;
  • Can juggle demands that alternatively require research, writing and interpersonal skills.

To apply please submit your cover letter, resume, and reference list to careers@ustravel.org with "Senior Director, Government Relations" listed in the subject line.


Manager, Media Relations

This position is responsible for aggressive media outreach to build press exposure for an ambitious federal policy agenda. The U.S. Travel Association represents all segments of travel in the United States—an industry that generates $2.4 trillion in economic output and supports 15.6 million jobs—and has a history of effectively utilizing earned media in support of its legislative objectives.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist SVP of Communications and Senior Director of Strategic Communications with driving consistent media coverage of the U.S. Travel Association and its initiatives, with an emphasis on broadcast media, utilizing established contacts with national, political and business press.
  • Prepare interview messaging points and accompany spokespeople to media engagements.
  • Assume primary responsibility for engaging press via social media.
  • Play central role in pitching and wrangling media for the association's major annual events.
  • Manage monitoring of daily headlines and clips, periodically compile clip highlights for member-facing communications (board briefing books, legislative updates, social media, etc.), and create and maintain media contact databases.
  • Manage the Communications Department intern.
  • Various other administrative tasks as assigned.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Teamwork: Demonstrating and promoting a spirit of cooperation within and outside work unit; working together toward a common goal; building good relationships with internal and outside work unit; building good relationships with internal and external contacts.
  • Communication: Conveying written and oral communications effectively; negotiating and mediating effectively; sharing information; listening attentively, and responding appropriately
  • Initiative: Recognizing the need for action; confronting issues and taking appropriate action; pursuing an issue until the problem is solved.
  • Developing Staff: Training, coaching and counseling others continually to improve; developing capabilities through formal and informal training and coaching; developing backup capabilities; helping colleagues in their pursuit of career goals
  • Problem Solving: Identifying problems affecting the work unit or U.S. Travel Association; taking early corrective action to avoid problems; generating new ideas and practical solutions.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 3-5 years' experience performing proactive media outreach in a political, corporate, association, think tank or campaign environment.
  • A bachelor degree in communications, political science, journalism or related field.
  • An existing stable of contacts among national, political and business reporters.
  • A strong command of the American political and legislative process, and the ability to comprehend complex policy issues and communicate them clearly to a media audience.
  • Familiarity with media monitoring platforms (such as CisionPoint or Criticial Mention) and HTML editing software (such as Dreamweaver) strongly preferred
  • The ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • A congenial office demeanor and the ability to work collaboratively with every aspect of the organization, including the government relations, research and membership teams.

To apply please submit your cover letter, resume and reference list to careers@ustravel.org with "Manager, Media Relations" listed in the subject line.


Senior Director/Vice President, Industry Relations

The Senior Director/Vice President, Industry Relations is responsible for prospecting, engaging and growing association membership development. This position also requires existing member retention efforts by ensuring members are maximizing the value offered by the association.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Identifies and closes new business by coordinating requirements with Membership department 
  • Builds relationships with existing board members and expands relationships within board organizations
  • Identifies market intelligence and industry trends through participation in educational opportunities; maintaining professional relationships; participating in U.S. Travel and member events;  join professional associations and industry conferences; and through professional publications
  • Identifies and proposes potential business opportunities by contacting potential partners and networking with existing members and sponsors
  • Research, identify and prospect new premier members (Board Circle and Chairman's Circle)
  • Identify new member prospects including accommodations, airports, allied partners, attractions, destinations, states, travel packagers, and other related organizations with a vested interest in the travel industry.
  • Work closely with existing members and membership team to understand membership levels and benefits along with any changes to benefits
  • Support all departments of U.S. Travel Association by frequently accepting speaking engagements and representing the organization at industry related conferences and events
  • Educate prospects on U.S. Travel Association's mission and initiatives 
  • Provide prospects with information on premier membership benefits
  • Collaborate with business development team for leads from industry events and contacts
  • Analyze, track and report acquisition and retention progress on association CRM system and share data reports with the business development team

COMPETENCIES:

  • Teamwork: Demonstrates and promotes a spirit of cooperation within and outside work unit;works together toward a common goal; builds good relationships with internal and external contacts.
  • Communication: Conveys written and oral communications effectively; negotiates and mediates effectively; shares information; listens attentively, and responds appropriately.
  • Initiative: Recognizes the need for action; confronts issues and takes appropriate action; pursuing an issue until the problem is solved.
  • Developing Staff: Develops capabilities through formal and informal training and coaching.
  • Problem Solving: Identifies problems affecting the work unit or U.S. Travel Association; takes early corrective action to avoid problems; generates new ideas and practical solutions.
  • Leadership: Influences and motivates others to achieve a common purpose; develops and maintains an atmosphere of trust and cooperation; demonstrates behavior consistent with the expectations communicated to others.

POSITION DETAILS:

  • Supervisory Responsibility: Initially, a one person department utilizing shared resources with the opportunity to build a team as revenue warrants.
  • Travel: 50% of the time

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • BS/BA degree plus a minimum ten years of industry related work experience with a proven track record of association membership, destination marketing organization (DMO) or convention visitors bureau (CVB) sales success
  • Self-starter with skilled sales and negotiation experience
  • Works independently and has the ability to collaborate with additional association departments
  • Proficiency in MS Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and applicable CRMs

 To apply please submit your cover letter, resume and reference list to careers@ustravel.org with "Sr. Dir/VP, Industry Relations" listed in the subject line.


Vice President/Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

The Vice President/Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships is responsible for developing, growing and managing partnerships to build financial resources and voice beyond present board members. While reporting to the president and CEO, the position must work closely in a collaborative manner with communications, marketing public affairs, business development, sponsorship, evens and membership departments.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Target organizations that benefit from travel and play a significant role in increasing travel-related revenue and jobs for destinations.
  • Research, prospect and engage businesses and organizations that benefit from increased travel and can add value to U.S. Travel members through strategic partnerships in industries such as: automotive, energy, food & beverage, recreational vehicles, and travel related products/attire.
  • Research, prospect and engage business and organizations for category-exclusive sponsorship (official products) opportunities in categories such as: food & beverages, luggage, cameras, sunscreen, travel insurance, etc.
  • Explore potential of travel-related association health plans and association 401k plans.

 COMPETENCIES:

  • Teamwork: Demonstrates and promotes a spirit of cooperation within and outside work unit; works together toward a common goal; builds good relationships with internal and external contacts.
  • Communication: Conveys written and oral communications effectively; negotiates and mediates effectively; shares information; listens attentively and responds appropriately.
  • Initiative: Recognizes the need for action; confronts issues and takes appropriate action; pursuing an issue until the problem is solved.
  • Developing Staff: Develops capabilities through formal and informal training and coaching.
  • Problem Solving: Identifies problems affecting the work unit or U.S. Travel Association; takes early corrective action to avoid problems; generates new ideas and practical solutions.
  • Leadership: Influences and motivates others to achieve a common purpose; develops and maintains an atmosphere of trust and cooperation; demonstrates behavior consistent with the expectations communicated to others.

 POSITION DETAILS: 

  • Supervisory Responsibility: Initially, a one-person department utilizing shared resources with opportunity to build team as revenue/success warrants.
  • Travel: Frequent out of town travel is required.

 QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • Bachelor's Degree plus a minimum of twelve years of work experience developing, executing and managing mutually beneficial $100,000 to multi-million partnerships.
  • Strategic ability to creative value proposition and identify long-term partner/sponsor opportunities.
  • Strong relationship skills – ability to connect and do business with C-level executives.
  • Consultative sales philosophy/approach with strong presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to self-manage, while working with a business development matrix team.
  • Experienced leader with experience managing and developing staff, department budget, etc.
  • Proficiency in MS Excel, Word, Outlook, Power Point and applicable CRMs.

To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume and reference list to careers@ustravel.org with "VP/SVP, Strategic Partnerships" listed in the subject line.