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 1,100-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 hiring the following:

Manager, Grassroots and PAC
Senior Designer
Vice President, Media Relations

 


 Manager, Grassroots and PAC

This position assists the Vice President, Political Affairs – PAC and Grassroots in managing the day-to-day activities of TravelPAC and U.S. Travel’s Grassroots program. Responsibilities include managing TravelPAC fundraising, prior authorizations, and events. This position will also manage grassroots campaigns and assist in advocacy outreach to U.S. Travel members and elected officials. Candidates should have strong collaboration skills, as this position will work closely with the Government Relations team as well as other key departments within the U.S. Travel Association.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with the planning and execution of TravelPAC fundraising events throughout the year during CEO Roundtables, board meetings, the summer auction and other industry events in coordination with the VP and EVP.
  • Coordinate robust prior approval campaigns to obtain authorization from U.S. Travel members.
  • Organize industry fundraising events with EVP and GR team that support the campaigns of U.S. Travel champions.
  • Assist with Aristotle 360 PAC Compliance Software data entry.
  • Assist in the development, writing, copyediting and distribution of the quarterly TravelPAC newsletter.
  • Facilitate day-to-day activities of U.S. Travel’s grassroots program to increase political education and involvement of U.S. Travel members and the travel industry.
  • Draft communications to advocates—including newsletters, action alerts and social media outreach.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of the annual fly-in event.
  • Manage updates to the advocacy website (travelcoalition.org)
  • Proactively explore new ways to amplify the travel industry’s voice.
  • Identify and track legislation or regulations that impact the travel community and recommend necessary level of support or opposition.
  • 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.
  • Respond to the needs of U.S. Travel members, including unique or sector-specific demands.
  • Collaborate with internal teams to advance U.S. Travel initiatives.
  • Work with outside stakeholders, including consultants and travel industry lobbyists.
  • Be an effective collaborator and mediator who listens attentively, shares information and responds appropriately.
  • Build and maintain business relationships with key associations, think tanks and
  • Attend PAC events and other political and industry functions that often require attendance in early mornings or evenings.
  • Demonstrate and promote a spirit of cooperation within and outside work unit.

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.
  • 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

  • Minimum of 5 – 7 years prior advocacy, PAC, and grassroots work experience.
  • Basic knowledge of FEC compliance is required.
  • Trade Association PAC experience is preferred.
  • Coding experience is preferred.
  • 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.

If interested, please submit your cover letter, resume, and reference list to careers@ustravel.org.  Please type “Manager, Grassroots and PAC” in the subject line of your email. 

 

Senior Designer

The Senior Designer will serve as the organization’s lead on all creative and branding activities. This role is responsible for executing the creative brand vision and providing primary design support across a variety of print and digital products and materials. The Senior Designer will work within a larger marketing and communications team to ensure all design deliverables are being met within the expected time period, while always pushing the creative boundaries to ensure all design products are reflective of the U.S. Travel brand – but presented in new, fresh ways. This position should provide efficiency and innovative solutions that continuously evolve the U.S. Travel brand and our events.

Responsibilities

  • Develop innovative print and digital design for a wide range of assignments, including branding, social graphics, report and fact sheet layout, infographics, slide presentations, event collateral, signage, email templates, and website presentation.
  • Maintain and evolve our brand and visual design identity.
  • Strong eye for typography, photography and lay-out.
  • Drive the creative process from concept to final execution, through collaboration with key staff and stakeholders
  • Communicate the strategy, insight, or rationale for all visual creative work to internal teams
  • Work across the organization to manage a design project from start to finish
  • Provide proactive solutions and ideas for graphic content that further enhances U.S. Travel’s program of work
  • Ability to work interdepartmentally, manage multiple deadlines, and deliver projects with quick turnaround times

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 external vendors
  • 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; being creatively proactive offering ideas where they may not be assigned. Being an active contributor to projects where good design enhances the overall objective
  • Developing Staff: Working closely with other team members who can support design needs. Ensure team has the guidance, support and tools they need to enhance and provide support on design projects where needed
  • Problem Solving: Identifying design solutions and recognizing where creative should be updated or addressed; taking early corrective action where needed; generating new ideas and practical

Qualifications

  • Minimum 8+ years experience as a graphic or digital designer
  • Expert knowledge of design software including Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) and Sketch
  • Must thrive in a fast-paced environment and is a collaborative team player with strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong portfolio of impeccable design demonstrating proficiency in both digital and traditional media.
  • Attentive to small details and meticulous in execution
  • Strong understanding of web standards and latest web technologies, image optimization and cross-browser compatibility
  • Illustration and/or motion graphics experience a plus
  • HTML/CSS and Figma knowledge a plus

If interested, please submit your cover letter, resume, and reference list to careers@ustravel.org.  Please type “Senior Designer” in the subject line of your email. 

 


 Vice President, Media Relations

This role is responsible for working with department leaders to oversee and execute aspects of external communications, primarily by driving premium news placements and engaging in aggressive outreach to a broad section of media, including reporters who cover issues and policies related to travel to and within the United States. An ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, skilled in the current news landscape and a holder of media relationships, with an eagerness to secure reporting on the priorities and mission of U.S. Travel Association.

Responsibilities

  • Drive frequent/daily press opportunities on U.S. Travel priorities and the association’s principal spokespeople, with an emphasis on securing premium placements in broadcast, legacy and Beltway news outlets and online/digital news sources
  • Provide leadership to media team in collaboration with SVP, Communications
  • Actively seek new media-facing opportunities and bring new and innovative ideas to the table.
  • Respond promptly to media inquiries related to U.S. Travel, its research and other travel industry issues
  • Manage the interview preparation process for association spokespeople, including working with team on key background and talking points.
  • Establish and maintain contact with issue-specific reporters, media organizations and industry/trade media
  • Work with the media and policy teams to quickly draft press releases, statements, and talking points in response to an always moving and changing news cycle
  • Interface with SVP Communications and internal departments to develop and ensure consistency in messaging across the organization
  • Provide editorial review of communications materials
  • Support IPW media activities in collaboration with IPW Press Operations consultant
  • Support generation of daily clip report
  • Maintain media database (Cision)
  • Monitor and stay informed of trade trends, policy issues and legislation impacting the travel industry and track competitors and others related to and adjacent to our industry.
  • Cross-train on process for credentialing media attending IPW and manage the event’s Media Marketplace online press room and site press room.
  • Mentor and support communications professionals in developing content and communications strategies

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, Journalism, or related field. Master’s degree in related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 12-15+ years of relevant communications and media relations experience working in a trade association, Capitol Hill, political campaigns, or PR firms.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience of managing, developing, and mentoring direct reports
  • Established media contacts at the national and regional level
  • Demonstrable strategic capabilities related to increased industry positioning
  • Experience as an on the record spokesperson
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills with the ability to clearly communicate complex issues

If interested, please submit your cover letter, resume, and reference list to careers@ustravel.org.  Please type “VP, Media Relations” in the subject line of your email.