United Airlines Director - State and Local Government Affairs in Chicago, Illinois

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Directs, manages and represents the company in governmental affairs matters at the state and local level. Primary responsibility for Chicago city and Illinois state government affairs, as well as other states/localities in Midwest region. Help lead civic engagement strategy in region.

This management position assumes a leadership role in assigned hub markets with key external audiences (political, community/civic, business) to advance United’s corporate/business and legislative interests by promoting and maintaining vigorous participation in aviation policy and by building constructive and effective relationships with government, community and business leaders.


  • Coordinating with and assisting the VP of State and Local Government Affairs.

  • Monitoring hearings; monitoring the introduction and legislative process of pertinent bills.

  • Helping to draft legislative or report language when necessary; negotiating legislative language with stakeholders; assisting in the development and implementation of legislative strategies and campaigns to advance United’s business and corporate interests.

  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with lawmakers, key staff, airport leadership, and other stakeholders; assisting in decision-making related to the PAC and in attending political events.

  • Effective leadership, issue and project management including coordinating with other key internal departments (Communications, Legal, Corporate Real Estate, etc) to help achieve company’s business goals

  • Developing and implementing executive leadership visits with key stakeholders.

  • Driving and supporting success on major legislation and policy initiatives that support UA’s business agenda, including: taxes; airport development, environmental, labor, security, passenger and consumer issues.

  • Building relationships with all aviation stakeholders to create opportunities for United to build coalitions for certain key aviation issues that require broad support.

  • Engaging with and providing guidance to a team of well-respected, highly accomplished outside key consultants/lobbyists.

  • Development and promotion of internal and external strategies, policies and resources in hub markets that advance a positive image of UA as a responsible corporate citizen.

  • Helping to manage relationships with key business and civic organizations in the market. Also provide support and engagement with key community (e.g. non-profit) partners.

  • Actively participate in employee engagement and customer events.


  • Bachelor's degree

  • Minimum 7 years in legislative, regulatory and political processes at the state and local level of government

  • Superior writing and presentation skills

  • Ability to clearly articulate goals and objectives and demonstrated ability to influence/collaborate

  • Maturity and ability to drive change in a highly complex environment.

  • Demonstrated leadership capability


  • Masters of Business Administration, JD, or Masters of Public Administration

  • Aviation / Airline Industry experience

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

Division: 30 Government Affairs

Function: Communications / Public Relations / Government & Regulatory Affairs

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled