Govt Affairs Mgr Northeast - 90359674 - Rensselaer

Date: May 25, 2023

Location: Rensselaer, New York, US, 12144

Company: Amtrak

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As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.


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Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.


Responsible for developing positive relationships with state and local governments – particularly governors, state departments of transportation, mayors, and state legislators – and key business and stakeholder groups, congressional offices, and community-based organizations.  




  • Advancing and advocating Amtrak’s national legislative agenda.
    • Developing positive relationships with key political and transportation leaders in each of the states in the territory.
    • Working passionately at the grassroots level to develop support for Amtrak’s services in the communities Amtrak serves, particularly with mayors, business groups and other community leaders.
  •  Supporting Amtrak’s goals and initiatives for the Long Distance, State Supported and NEC business lines.
    • Articulate Amtrak’s legislative goals, statutory requirements and positions on pending legislation, including both authorization and appropriations matters to governors, state departments of transportation, mayors, congressional district staff, state legislators and their staffs.
    • Knowledge of the requirements of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act and its relationship to states.
    • Development and drafting of briefing papers, talking points, report language, and other written materials to support the legislative agenda among state policymakers.
    • Frequent, proactive outreach to key staff and members of appropriate oversight committees in various state legislatures.
    • Preparing testimony, written and oral, for oversight hearings on Amtrak at the state and local level 
  • Establishing relations with state and local policymakers founded on the highest standards of integrity, honesty, credibility and reliability.
  • Collaborating with Amtrak departments, including but not limited to Planning, Communications, Engineering, and Operations staff and operating Divisions to resolve issues that arise in your territory and to answer questions posed by state and local leaders, Departments of Transportation or congressional offices. 
  • Outreach and advocacy to Amtrak stakeholders, interest groups, Amtrak employees and other constituents regarding support for Amtrak’s legislative and congressional agenda.
  • Monitoring state and local legislation as necessary and serve as the "point person" for reporting on assigned territory’s legislative issues to senior management, the federal government affairs office, employee groups, and key stakeholder organizations and advocates. This requires keeping abreast on legislative activities of relevance to assigned territory.  
  • Provides guidance and mentoring to staff to foster team building and create a positive work environment.



  • Bachelor’s Degree required or equivalent combination of training, education, and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree, including legislative, policy or related experience in rail transportation.
  • 7 years of relevant experience required
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and the confidence to make decisions with little or no direct management oversight.


MINIMUM KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Superior oral and written communication skills, the highest integrity, and an ability to succeed under intense time pressures.
  • A full understanding of railroad issues and Amtrak history.
  • Willingness to travel (as much as 50%).




  • 9+ years of relevant experience preferred
  • Knowledge of state and/or federal appropriations and legislative procedures and experience in intergovernmental affairs strongly preferred.
  • Advanced degree in a related field.



Physical Demands:

  • Constantly or frequently uses a computer keyboard, monitor, and mouse to perform a variety of tasks.
  • Constantly or frequently sits, stands, or walks; may lift, carry, push, or pull objects of various weights; may reach, kneel, crouch, bend, or twist in order to in order to perform administrative tasks (e.g., filing, retrieving materials from desks and bookcases, moving around an office setting).

Mental Demands:

  • Constantly communicates, comprehends, and responds to verbal statements and instructions both orally and in writing.
  • Frequently acquires new knowledge, skills, and tasks, both complex and simple, in order to maintain effectiveness in position.
  • Frequently resolves problems with conflicting priorities in cognitively demanding situations. 
  • Frequently reads and analyzes hard copy and or computer screen material and writes reports as appropriate. 
  • Conducts in person and/or telephone dialogues as appropriate in order to manage and conduct the flow of work.

Working Conditions:

  • Frequently works long hours and is required to be on-call and available on an emergency basis.
  • Constantly works in a fast-paced, time sensitive environment with frequently changing priorities.
  • Frequently works in crisis situations requiring fast, long-reaching decisions based on incomplete information/data.
  • Frequently handles multiple projects simultaneously.   
  • Frequently or occasionally travels throughout and outside the region as required (e.g., via airplane, train, automobile).


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $111,500 - $144,500. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, internal equity, etc. Depending on an employee’s assigned worksite or location, Amtrak may consider a geo-pay differential to be applied to the employee’s base salary. Amtrak may offer additional incentive and pay programs to recognize and reward our employees, including a short-term incentive bonus based upon factors such as individual and company performance that is commensurate with the level of the position and/or long-term incentive plan compensation. In addition to your salary, Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.

Requisition ID:158677
Posting Location(s):New York
Job Family/Function:Government Affairs 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 50% 

You power our progress through your performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol. All Amtrak positions requires a pre-employment background check that includes prior employment verification, a criminal history check and a pre-employment drug screen. 

Candidates who test positive for marijuana will be disqualified, regardless of any start or local statue, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Amtrak's pre-employment drug testing program is administered in accordance with DOT regulations and applicable law.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for providers of public transportation (Title 6 U.S.C. §1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses. 

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.