Policy Advisor - Downstream

Washington D.C.
Jul 05, 2018
Aug 09, 2018
Full Time

Do you enjoy working in a fast paced, dynamic industry with issues that headline news and shape the current political landscape?  If you have a strong knowledge of legislative and regulatory process and a desire for working in the energy sector, we’d love to hear from you! Come join the American Petroleum Institute and work for one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the US, you will enjoy working as a team member for the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry.

As API’s Policy Advisor, you will be a part of the Downstream team that works to:

  • Manage API’s analysis and advocacy efforts on occupational safety & fire protection issues primarily impacting refining industry and certain overlapping Upstream industry Safety and Fire Protection issues as appropriate.  
  • Proactively anticipate issues and support API’s legislative and regulatory efforts by developing consensus positions for proposed legislation, regulations and advocacy of the industry’s positions. 
  • Represent API in meetings with Congressional staff, regulatory agencies and other associations.   

You will be responsible for:

  • Actively leading scientific, technical and administrative aspects of assigned Groups and Task Forces.  Identifying new or emerging issues and enable the Groups to anticipate, prioritize and respond to issues.  Develop consensus among Group members on advocacy position of assigned issues. Managing contracts with selected consultants.
  • Identifying new or emerging issues in areas of responsibility and manage assigned issues for API.  Developing and implementing strategies to address key issues and collaborate with API committees, API staff, allied trades, coalitions, and other stakeholders to implement strategies. 
  • Leading development and coordination of certain safety and fire protection standards as required.
  • Leading API staff to attain desired outcomes on refining occupational safety and fire protection.
  • Providing creative, timely and credible analyses of proposed standards, regulations, legislation and policies on assigned issues.  Analyses include: identifying and prioritizing key issues, analyzing their potential impact to industry, assessing the feasibility of compliance, developing cost-effective, technically defensible alternative proposals and preparing written comments for submission to government agencies.
  • Establishing and maintaining contact with the appropriate government representatives and stakeholders to pursue opportunities to promote the industry’s issues.
  • Identifying and evaluating opportunities to grow/expand the existing safety and fire protection program in alignment with API member’s needs/desires.
  • Drafting social media content, develop and maintain web content in purview areas in addition to supporting departmental needs in this arena.

You will possess the following qualifications:

  • BS degree in science, engineering or BA degree in public policy or related advocacy field with 5+ years experience working with technical and/or safety regulatory/legislative issues, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills are essential. 
  • Initiative and ability to work both independently and collegially with others are essential. 
  • Experience working with/for trade associations, especially achieving membership consensus, managing budgets and contractors is desirable.
  • Must have the ability to make effective and succinct presentations to management and the public.
  • Must be able to travel at least 20% of time.

About API

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 40 million Americans.

Although our focus is primarily domestic, in recent years our work has expanded to include a growing international dimension, and today API is recognized around the world for its broad range of programs.  Learn more about API at www.api.org.

As an API team member, you will enjoy competitive wages, excellent benefits, a generous PTO plan with paid holidays and a great working atmosphere.


This job outline describes the typical accountabilities and requirements of the position and should not be construed as an all-encompassing description of every duty performed by or expected of the incumbent.

API is an EOE M/F/D/V.


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