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Vice President, Government Relations

Public Relations – Alexandria, Virginia
Department Public Relations
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation DOE

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 7,000- plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. For forty years the Association has dedicated itself to the professional development of its members and the advancement of the business travel management community through advocacy, education and training and networking opportunities.

Through the efforts of its member committees, volunteers and professional staff, GBTA monitors developments in worldwide business travel and provides time-sensitive research and critical industry information. The association also takes the industry's story to the media and the public, and acts as a key advisor to the industry's interests on Capitol Hill. Committed to the advancement of the business travel profession, GBTA offers numerous education programs, training and certifications and holds an annual international convention.

TITLE:                      Vice President Government Affairs

REPORTS TO:         Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer


The successful candidate will be the senior executive in charge of government affairs for a global trade association and will be responsible for setting and executing the association’s public policy agenda.  Serves as the trade association’s ambassador to government.  Analyzes, interprets and prioritizes legislative and regulatory actions and develops campaigns aimed at bringing about beneficial policy results. Interacts with legislators and regulators and acts as a liaison between them and the trade association. Will register as a lobbyist.  Focuses mainly on U.S. government issues, but the association also operates internationally and considers international issues from time to time.  In addition, the VP GA will work closely with GBTA members and committees to define and represent the interests of business travel community, advocating on behalf of the more than 7,000 members, suppliers and buyers, who make up the GBTA membership, is paramount to the success of this position.


  • Manages the political action committee (and is responsible for compliance)
  • Participates in industry coalitions
  • Supervises government affairs consultants
  • Speaks at industry events articulating the association’s impact, relevance and value proposition
  • Ensuring GBTA Government Affairs’ activities are timed and positioned with other functional areas within GBTA to gain leverage, provide a cohesive voice, and ensure a smooth intersection of programs;
  • Provides GBTA management and membership with regular briefings
  • Ensures that the Association’s policy agenda is reflective of member needs and that members receive timely information on government activities 
  • Reports to the Executive Director and supervises staff members.  

The position is based in Alexandria, Virginia.  


  • Established Washington relationships
  • 10 years of related government and/or lobbying experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required; an advanced degree, prior trade association experience, or corporate government affairs experience is preferred.   
  • Preference for candidates with an understanding of the business travel community


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  • Location
    Alexandria, Virginia
  • Department
    Public Relations
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation
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