Associate/Manager (Washington, D.C.)

Reports to: Director

Based in: Washington, DC

Role Summary:

The Council’s Associate/Manager position is based in Washington, DC and supports a number of the Council’s programs and initiatives pertaining to specific countries and industry sectors represented by the Council’s members. At this time, we are seeking an individual with experience in and/or significant knowledge of the ICT sector, as well as Thailand and Laos. High preference will be given to candidates with fluency in spoken and written Thai. The successful candidate will monitor media/press in Southeast Asia and internationally on the industry/country areas s/he is assigned. S/he will identify and develop partnership opportunities with relevant stakeholders including the U.S. government, ASEAN member governments, think tanks, universities and other trade/sector-specific organizations and associations. S/he will also identify, monitor and address policy challenges and opportunities affecting those stakeholders and is expected to have the ability to develop and grow contacts with them. In addition, s/he is expected to develop an understanding of the Council’s member companies as well as cultivate contacts with their executives, academics, think tank officers and the media in Washington, DC and beyond. S/he will interact regularly with the corporate member leadership of the Council’s pertinent committees and with the ASEAN-based liaisons as well as representatives of the Council’s member companies throughout ASEAN, Asia and the United States. S/he will also provide support to the membership team’s goals of expanding the Council and assist in the retention of current Council members, potential upgrades and recruitment of new members.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and lead public initiatives around trade policy in the ICT sector and Thailand and Laos
  • Monitor media/press in each country as assigned, regionally and internationally, to ensure members and colleagues are aware of the latest developments in the industry or country area s/he is assigned
  • Work directly with Council members to drive initiatives in countries across ASEAN by identifying local government priorities and expanding on public-private engagement opportunities such as regular dialogues and consultations
  • Develop and execute programming such as roundtables, briefings, seminars and workshops advancing the objectives of the member companies
  • Plan and execute multi-day business missions to one or more countries, including recruiting participants, arranging meeting logistics, developing talking points, and working with country teams to ensure productive high-level engagements
  • Build relationships with U.S. and ASEAN government officials and policy makers/influencers including think tanks, academics and the media
  • Build a network of industry partners and relationships with key industry associations
  • Work cross-functionally within the Council to position corporate messages, create advocacy among stakeholders and reinforce efforts to properly position private sector views
  • Conduct research on trade policy
  • Work with Council staff in Washington, DC and throughout Southeast Asia to ensure all projects and daily workload are being completed and escalated to the supervisor as needed
  • Monitor implications of policy and political activity on sector-specific business areas and provide regular updates to member companies, including staying up to date on key contacts and regional and U.S.-based events
  • In concert with the Council’s senior leadership, undertake necessary and appropriate steps to provide strategic advice on policy matters to member companies as well as government stakeholders.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in Business Administration, International Relations, Political Science, East Asian Studies or a related field. A Master’s Degree is a plus.
  • Exposure to and experience with American companies is preferred.
  • A minimum requirement for this U.S.-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent basis (U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, or Qualifying Asylee/Refugee).
  • 1-5 years of work experience, including government, government relations, management consulting, risk management, research, business development and/or multinational management.
  • Must be fluent in English with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Should be able to demonstrate the ability to produce high-quality English-language publications.
  • High preference will be given to candidates with fluency in spoken and written Thai.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing programs and budgets, and tracking and advocating on key policy issues.
  • Must be able to work independently without significant direction and achieve concrete results.
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented and be able to successfully handle multiple tasks at the same time and function in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be willing to work beyond normal business hours in order to speak with colleagues in Southeast Asia, participate in staff calls and consult with Asia-based Council members.
  • Needs to be member-focused and maintain good and open working relationships with the Council’s 160+ member companies and their representatives.
  • Must be able to produce high-quality written output with minimal oversight or editing, including the ability to distill complex political and regulatory developments into clear and concise updates.
  • Must be proficient in Windows Office software including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Must have good research skills and be able to learn and absorb quickly.
  • Must be able to interact with all organizational levels including senior management of member companies, senior business leaders from ASEAN countries, senior government leaders from ASEAN countries, academics, think tanks and media.
  • Must have a good sense of logistics and ability to plan, run and execute programs.
  • Must be a strategic thinker who understands key variables and can execute a plan to move members’ issues forward.
  • Needs to have knowledge of Southeast Asia, including its history, culture, politics and business environment.
  • Must be willing and able to travel internationally and domestically.
  • Knowledge of ASEAN as an organization and its key programs and players is a plus.

Application Procedures

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter to jobs@usasean.org, addressing your qualifications vis-à-vis the job description. Clearly state in the subject line of your correspondence which position you are applying for.