Government Affairs Manager or Senior Manager, Washington, DC

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) is a private, non-profit, membership organization of more than 250 American companies that do business with China. Founded in 1973 following the first formal exchanges between the United States and China by a group of interested companies, USCBC’s mission is to expand the US-China commercial relationship to the benefit of its membership, and more broadly, the US economy. Through close collaboration between offices in Washington, DC, Beijing, and Shanghai, USCBC provides extensive China-focused information, business advisory, and public policy advocacy services, along with events, to its multinational member companies.

USCBC’s US Government Affairs (GA) team in Washington, DC seeks a full-time Manager or Senior Manager (commensurate with experience), reporting to the Vice President of Government Affairs. This key position will manage US executive branch engagement, develop engagement strategy, help advocate before the executive branch and Congressional offices as needed, monitor and produce policy and regulatory analysis, and fulfill other duties as needed.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Manage USCBC’s outreach to US executive branch agencies, and work with the Vice President of Government Affairs and USCBC leadership to develop and implement executive branch engagement strategy;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with and help advocate before officials from US executive branch agencies and Congressional offices as needed;
  • Prepare backgrounders and talking points and staffing needs for USCBC meetings with executive branch officials;
  • Track and write regular written reports for USCBC members and leadership on executive branch actions affecting US-China commercial relations;
  • Research and help draft pieces for the weekly Washington Update newsletter and the biweekly China Market Intelligence newsletter;
  • Support member briefings and email updates, including by preparing biweekly summaries of the executive branch policy landscape, and compiling data and creating reports on key executive branch trends when requested;
  • Proactively recruit new members; and meet and document regular engagement with assigned retention targets;  
  • Complete expense reports, retention follow-up, and other administrative tasks fully and by required deadlines;
  • Assist with intern hiring, scheduling, training, and daily assignments as needed;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the direct supervisor.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of US-China economic and commercial issues and/or knowledge of US foreign policy and international trade issues;
  • Experience working in or with US executive branch agencies strongly preferred; and work in or with Congress also desired.
  • Foundational understanding of international economics and business terminology;
  • Undergraduate degree and 5 + years working experience or graduate degree strongly preferred;
  • Excellent written and spoken English;
  • Strong policy and regulatory research experience and analytical skills;
  • Deadline sensitive and proven record of meeting performance metrics;
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; sense of humor and ability to work within a small team;
  • US permanent work authorization (US citizen or lawful permanent resident).

US-China Business Council is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Start Date: late September to mid-October, 2021

Application Deadline: September 26, 2021--applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Submission Guidelines

To apply, please submit the following materials to Anna Ashton ([email protected]) and reference “GA Manager” in the subject line of your email:

  • A resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position [and stating your salary requirements];
  • An English writing sample of no more than five pages;

Salary will be competitive for non-profit organizations and commensurate with experience. For background on USCBC, see