The Manager, Talent and Workforce Policy, supports the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and is responsible for supporting the execution of industry positions, strategies, and programs on all matters related to building and supporting a dynamic future workforce for the aerospace and defense industry and our member companies.
Core Duties and Responsibilities:
This position reports directly to the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. The responsibility of the Manageris to support the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives in managing the Talent Leadership Council—consisting of member company CHROs and leaders—and related committees and working groups. These councils and committees formulate industry positions to be presented to U.S. officials, respond to government inquiries, and form public positions. This position also works closely with AIA’s legislative team to monitor law, regulations, and emerging policy initiatives that affect the more than two million aerospace and defense industry workers.
Specific responsibilities include:
Support the development of strategies and programs designed to make the industry an attractive and compelling employer of choice among an increasingly diverse and technologically savvy workforce.
Coordinates meeting and organizational logistics of councils, committees, and working groups established to address talent, diversity, returning to the workplace, and other priorities. This includes arranging and tracking regular council and committee meetings, planning AIA talent events, and assisting with membership contact lists.
Develops and maintains strong working relationships with counterparts in member companies, governments, and other associations covering workforce policy matters to define issues and focal points.
Reviews and contributes to articles, blogs, reports, and other written materials reporting on A&D workforce policy issues.
Tracks news and maintains a summary of recent issues and developments related to A&D workforce policy issues.
Research and develop background materials, policy positions, and white papers on specific policy topics; maintains and updates collection of industry best practices.
Supports talent and workforce policy internal and external events, including attending and detailed reporting on developments.
Represent AIA in Workforce or STEM meetings with partner organizations and government officials.
Serve as a point of contact for coordinating activities and meetings related to talent and workforce for the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, across AIA on various matters as needed to support Division activities.
Work closely with the AIA’s American 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.
Self-starter with ability to thrive in a fast-moving environment
Impressive attention to detail
Interest/experience in workforce-related issues and desire to grow as a workforce/talent/A&D policy professional
Strong interpersonal communication skills and judgement to communicate and coordinate with member company representatives and government officials, including on sensitive policy topics
Experience in aerospace or defense-related government, association or corporate position
Experience working with or in US government agencies (NASA/DOD/DOT) or congressional committees that oversee aerospace and defense issues
Be able to bring new ideas and creative solutions to senior leadership in a clear and defensible fashion
Qualifications and Experience:
Business writing skills with an ability to communicate in written form to different audiences with minimal oversight
Knowledgeable about Federal STEM and/or Workforce policy issues and/or relevant congressional committees
Must be comfortable working in a high-visibility environment with strict deadlines
Experience with STEM programs
Experience with organizations that serve diverse populations and underrepresented groups in aerospace and defense
An understanding of the skillsets that are relevant to the industry’s technical and skilled workforce
Knowledge of workforce trends, best practices in diversity and inclusion talent acquisition and retention strategies
A Bachelor’s degree or comparable work experience is required
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.
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.