AIA’s communications team is a key driver of the organization’s advocacy and outreach strategy, sharing the story of how the aerospace and defense industry contributes to America’s safety, security, and economic success. The Manager, Strategic Initiatives, is responsible for helping execute high-impact strategic initiatives and partnerships that advance the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and promote the aerospace industry as leaders in innovation, industry-government engagement, and broader societal impact.
This position reports to the Vice President of Communications through the Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, and be responsible for providing project management support, creating compelling content, and driving new approaches to raise the profile of the organization among diverse domestic and international audiences. These audiences may include thought leaders, future workforce, policymakers, media, and current and potential member companies.
The individual will work closely with the American Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest rocket contest and the aerospace and defense industry's signature STEM program, on internal and external communications, as well as event planning.
S/he will collaborate with cross-functional teams (e.g., Policy, Membership, Corporate Events, Legislative Affairs) to develop and execute initiatives that drive interest and excitement in AIA events/contests, research products, and other AIA activities.
The individual will provide inputs to communications plans for the initiative and partnership work and, as appropriate, will contribute inputs to the development of key AIA publications and social channels.
Core Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide project-focused support on strategic initiatives and partnerships that help advance organizational strategic goals and objectives
Collaborate with the policy, legislative, and membership teams to move ideas from exploration, to development, to execution
Work with the communications team to develop marketing and communication materials that highlight partners and strategic initiatives, including impact stories, graphics, social media posts, and blog entries, among others
Develop programing and content for non-traditional events like SXSW, CCES, and Fast Company Innovation Festival.
Liaise with AIA staff and external vendors to produce in-person programs and activities
Conduct research and analysis on current and prospective projects and strategic
Represent AIA externally to partners and member companies
American Rocketry Challenge
Assist in the development and execution of outreach initiatives for the American Rocketry Challenge, including internal and external communications strategies (e.g. team communications, social media, newsletters, partner engagement)
Assist with event planning related to the contest, including the National Finals and Rockets on the Hill
Other duties as assigned.
A minimum of 2 years work experience in marketing, communications, public affairs, or social impact
Energetic, creative, and resourceful thinker
Excellent communication skills conveying key messages to large groups in writing and in-person
Experience with content creation—written and visual. Basic graphic design skills are a plus
Strong interpersonal and customer service skills including relationship and trust building, communication and listening, and personal engagement
Experience in and passion STEM education and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs.
Ability to deconflict competing priorities and stakeholders
Comfortable working in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment
Strong computer skills, specifically with Microsoft Office and project planning programs.
Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate field or equivalent work experience
AIA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, 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 our AIA’s commitment to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, 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.
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.
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