Careers

Thank you for your interest in working with the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).

Full-time Positions

Position Title:    Director of Brand Protection

Supervisor:         Senior Vice President, Policy

Classification:    Exempt

Department:      Policy Team

Location:             Based in Washington, DC area. Requires some domestic travel, periodic international travel.

Basic Function: The primary objective of this position is to serve as the association’s chief advocate and spokesperson on matters of intellectual property and brand protection. The Director of Brand Protection will serve as staff liaison to AAFA’s Brand Protection Council (BPC) which focuses its efforts on the global war against counterfeit apparel, footwear, accessories, and other supplier products. Charged with helping to protect U.S. branded products against cheap imitations that are flooding the marketplace, the council is composed of legal, brand enforcement, and marketing representatives of AAFA member companies. This policy/legislative affairs based position will also regularly meet with government officials, members of Congress, and representatives of global e-commerce platforms to shape IP policy and to advance the online and offline priorities of AAFA’s members – and will serve as a public spokesperson at industry conferences and seminars.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Serve as issue manager for all intellectual property and brand protection matters:
    • Advocate on brand protection issues before Congress, Executive Branch, independent agencies, as well as state and local legislatures and agencies and foreign governments.
    • Initiate and manage all communications with the BPC.
    • Develop and implement recommendations on policy positions to C-level Board and other AAFA members.
    • Organize monthly conference calls and periodic briefings for the BPC.
    • Develop legislative, industry, and regulatory strategies, including national and international level campaigns to achieve AAFA objectives.
    • Supervise outside consultants hired to support advocacy and information gathering efforts.
    • Conceptualize and implement member-facing industry tools, best practices, goals/standards, etc.
    • Represent AAFA in speeches, member meetings, media interviews, and video appearances.
    • Write op-eds and articles to be published in national or social media.
    • Conceive of and supervise task forces developed to advance member interests in specific issues.
    • Supervise allocation of staff and resources, drawn from all departments across the enterprise, on issue.
    • Supervise AAFA staff deployed to work on Strategic Plan elements under purview.
  • Respond to detailed inquiries from AAFA member companies and in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Support the Communications and Marketing department in developing and refining media-facing and consumer-facing talking points on issues related to intellectual property and brand protection.
  • Monitor industry, legislative, and regulatory issues affecting AAFA member companies through media and online research.
  • Closely collaborate with the Education and Corporate Marketing department and Communications and Marketing department to assist with planning, execution, and success of the annual AAFA Brand Protection Seminar and other related AAFA events.
  • Participate in lobbying activities associated with the Policy Team on all issues, as needed.
  • Ensure adequate and timely preparation of any Policy Team documents, including briefing books and reports.
  • Design and manage budget under purview.
  • Maintain a relentless focus on the needs of our membership.

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS (Masters or law degree preferred).
  • 5-7 years related policy experience in brand protection and anti-counterfeiting.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent writing skills and keen attention to detail.


Applicants must submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to 
jobapps@aafaglobal.org.

Position Title:    Director, Sustainability Policy & Initiatives

Supervisor:         Senior Vice President, Policy

Classification:    Exempt

Department:      Policy Team

Location:             Based in Washington, DC area. Requires some domestic travel, periodic international travel.

Basic Function: The primary objective of this position is to serve as the association’s chief advocate and spokesperson on matters of sustainability and product safety. The Director of Sustainability is the liaison to the 600 plus member Environmental Committee, the 600 plus member Product Safety Council (PSC), and the Board-level Sustainability Committee. The Director of Sustainability serves as the principal issue manager for issues under the purview of these groups.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Serve as issue manager for all sustainability, product safety, and chemical management matters:
    • Advocate on sustainability, product safety, and chemical management issues before Congress, Executive Branch, independent agencies, as well as state and local legislatures and agencies and foreign governments.
    • Initiate and manage all communications with the Environmental Committee, the Product Safety Council, and the Board-level Sustainability Committee.
    • Develop and implement recommendations on policy positions to C-level Board and other AAFA members.
    • Organize in-person meetings and regular conference calls/briefings for the Environmental Committee (three meetings per year). Organize regular conference call briefings for the Product Safety Council and the Board-level Sustainability Committee.
    • Develop legislative, industry, and regulatory strategies, including national and international level campaigns to achieve AAFA objectives.
    • Supervise outside consultants hired to support advocacy and information gathering efforts.
    • Conceptualize and implement member-facing industry tools, best practices, goals/standards, etc.
    • Represent AAFA in speeches, member meetings, media interviews, and video appearances.
    • Write op-eds and articles to be published in national or social media.
    • Conceive of and supervise task forces developed to advance member interests in specific issues.
    • Supervise allocation of staff and resources, drawn from all departments across the enterprise, on issue.
    • Supervise AAFA staff deployed to work on Strategic Plan elements under purview.
  • Respond to detailed inquiries from AAFA member companies and in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Support the Communications and Marketing department in developing and refining media-facing and consumer-facing talking points on issues related to sustainability and product safety.
  • Monitor sustainability and product safety industry, legislative, and regulatory issues affecting AAFA member companies through media and online research.
  • Closely collaborate with the Education and Corporate Marketing department and Communications and Marketing department to assist with then planning, execution, and success of the annual AAFA Product Safety and Compliance Seminar, the annual AAFA Traceability & Sustainability Conference, and other related AAFA events.
  • Participate in lobbying activities associated with the Policy Team on all issues, as needed.
  • Ensure adequate and timely preparation of any Policy Team documents, including briefing books and reports.
  • Design and manage budget under purview.
  • Maintain a relentless focus on the needs of our membership.

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS (Masters preferred).
  • 5-7 years related policy experience in sustainability and/or product safety/chemical management.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent writing skills and keen attention to detail.

Applicants must submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to
jobapps@aafaglobal.org.

 

Internship Opportunities

Policy Intern

About this Job:

AAFA offers competitive internship opportunities in our Policy Department. The department is interested in legislative and regulatory matters at national and international levels, while directing lobbying and advocacy responses for matters affecting the apparel and footwear industries.

We focus our policy work around three core pillars: brand protection, trade, and supply chain and manufacturing. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Participate in virtual meetings with AAFA members on policy-related matters as well as occasional external meetings with government agencies and members of Congress.
  • Support the creation of AAFA regulatory resources and tools.
  • Support the development of letters and agendas and summarize regulatory updates.
  • Support development of presentation content for policy-oriented speaking engagements.

Personal characteristics and qualifications:

  • Must be able to receive academic credit for this internship.
  • Demonstrated interest in trade, legislative, and regulatory matters.
  • Demonstrated interest in corporate social responsibility and/or sustainability a plus.
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized.

Application Process:

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis for a spring internship starting in March. Please send your resume and a short email about your interest in the position to jobapps@aafaglobal.org

Location:

Fully remote


Creative Marketing Intern

About this Job:

AAFA offers a virtual internship in the Communications and Marketing department. The intern will be educated on Email marketing software, website editing, social media content development and scheduling via Hootsuite, and have the opportunity to refine skills across the Adobe creative suite.

The intern will work alongside the AAFA Education and Corporate Marketing department to understand audiences, registration goals for virtual and in-person events, and to invoke visual marketing interest. The position will report to the Vice President of Communications and Marketing and Creative Marketing Specialist.  

Project examples:

  • Design infographics to facilitate story telling around policy/advocacy efforts, and economic impacts of the industry.
  • Build email marketing in Critical Impact.
  • Learn video editing skills.
  • Shadow graphic designer on signage and digital flyer layout.
  • Schedule and manage impact of social media content.

Personal characteristics and qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest marketing and communications.
  • Demonstrated interest in brand protection.
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized.

Application Process:

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis for a spring internship starting in March. Please send your resume and a short email about your interest in the CREATIVE MARKETING intern position to jobapps@aafaglobal.org

Location:

Fully remote