Vice President or Senior Director, Government Affairs, Washington, DC

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) is a private, non-profit, membership organization of more than 260 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 public policy advocacy, information, business advisory services, along with events, to its multinational member companies.

USCBC seeks an experienced professional to serve as its chief advocate before the US government and manage its US Government Affairs (GA) team in Washington, DC. The full-time position will be at the Vice President or Senior Director level (commensurate with experience), reporting to the USCBC Senior Vice President. This USCBC leadership position will develop engagement strategy, advocate before the executive branch and Congress, oversee the monitoring of legislative and regulatory developments and the production of policy and regulatory analysis and positions, and fulfill other duties as needed.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Lead USCBC’s GA efforts before the U.S. Congress and executive branch and communicate USCBC’s policy positions to the media, key external stakeholders and the public;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key officials from US executive branch agencies and Congressional offices and relevant committees as well as key external third-party stakeholders (e.g. other trade associations, think tanks, academia) and members of the media;
  • Manage GA team of three full-time staff members and one or more interns, taking responsibility for their timely and high-quality work;
  • Work with other USCBC leadership team members to identify USCBC objectives with Congress and the executive branch, establish USCBC advocacy positions on such issues, and develop and implement GA strategies for attaining those objectives;
  • Guide and participate in the development and execution of US-based programming for USCBC members on China-related policy issues;
  • Oversee and prepare issue backgrounders and talking points for USCBC meetings with executive branch officials and members of Congress and their staff;
  • Proactively gather intelligence on all relevant legislative and regulatory developments and brief (orally and in writing) USCBC staff colleagues and members on same;
  • Oversee GA staff and intern hiring, onboarding, work assignments, and professional training and development;
  • Develop GA strategy and budget during the annual budget cycle, and manage and track the budget and strategic plan throughout the year;
  • Proactively recruit new USCBC members; and meet and document regular engagement with assigned targets for member retention purposes; 
  • Ensure all GA team members complete expense reports, member retention tasks, and other administrative tasks fully and by required deadlines;
  • Travel domestically and to China as needed, in the determination of USCBC leadership, to execute the above responsibilities; and
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned by the direct supervisor.

Required Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree and 8-10 or more years of relevant working experience; graduate degree in law, public policy or other relevant field is a plus;
  • Substantial knowledge of US-China political, policy and economic issues; broader knowledge of US foreign policy, Asia regional, and international trade issues is a plus;
  • Significant experience working in and/or advocating to the US Congress and relevant executive branch agencies on such issues;
  • Proven leadership skills as well as staff and budget management experience;
  • Maturity and confidence to represent USCBC before officials of the US and PRC governments, corporate executives and staff, the media and key external third-party stakeholders;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills to internal and external stakeholders and to groups of varying sizes;
  • Demonstrated strategic, policy research, and political and analytical skills;
  • A high degree of initiative, ability to set and meet deadlines, sense of responsibility, and dedication to quality.
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; sense of humor and ability to manage and partner within a small team;
  • US permanent work authorization (US citizen or lawful permanent resident).

The 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:  early to mid-January 2022

Application Deadline: December 3, 2021 – applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines: To apply, please submit the following materials to Andrew Barr ([email protected]) and reference “GA Opening” in the subject line of your email:

  • A resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications for and interest in the position and stating your salary requirements;
  • An English writing sample of no more than five pages; and
  • A list of three references and their contact information (references will not be contacted before obtaining an applicant’s permission).

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