Director, Engineering and Technical Policy

Position:  Director, Engineering and Technical Policy
Description as of: January 2020
Department: Government and Regulatory Affairs
Position Reports To: Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs
Status: Full-Time
Location: Alexandria, VA

 



The National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association (NSSGA) is the leading voice and advocate for
the aggregates industry. Our members – stone, sand and gravel producers and the equipment
manufacturers and service providers who support them – are responsible for the essential raw
materials found in every home, building, road, bridge and public works project and represent more
than 90 percent of the crushed stone and 70 percent of the sand and gravel produced annually in the
United States. In 2018, U.S. domestic production and use of construction aggregates amounted to 2.5
billion tons of crushed stone, sand and gravel–valued at $25.1 billion. The aggregates industry
employs approximately 100,000 highly-skilled men and women.

Position Summary
As Director, Engineering and Technical Policy, you will play an important role in shaping the
aggregates industry’s government and regulatory affairs agenda. This position will report to
NSSGA’s Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs. The position will represent the
interests of the aggregates industry, specifically related to design and specifications for
pavements and other construction applications, aggregate research and other assistance required by
the membership. Working just outside Washington, DC, you will have direct contact with NSSGA
members, affiliated industry associations and various governmental agencies. This position
interacts with engineers and operators from the world’s top aggregate producers, state aggregate
association executives, NSSGA staff, and government officials.

In a typical day, you might receive emails from the CEO at a fortune 1000 company or high- ranking
elected officials. You might attend meetings at FHWA, advocate for the industry on Capitol Hill,
travel to participate in standards and research organizations, or gather information to better
understand an emerging engineering and technical issue. You might monitor legislation pertaining to
engineering techniques or take action on regulations.

Key Position Responsibilities
• Promote and defend the interests of NSSGA members on all engineering and technical related
legislative and regulatory issues as well as provide technical assistance to members seeking to
understand numerous agency’s specifications.
• Monitor and communicate external aggregate industry research critical to our membership.
• Develop and maintain relationships with officials at federal agencies (mainly FHWA, FAA, DoD)
and on Capitol Hill, relevant to these issues.
• Arrange and facilitate meetings between association members and government officials on issues
of importance to the industry.
• Analyze regulatory rules, regulations, guidance documents from relevant federal agencies as
well as proposed legislation on topics such as resiliency, pavement specifications, sustainability
and innovative materials.
• Prepare comments and position papers on proposed federal rules and write/oversee the drafting
of detailed legal, technical, and advisory communications to NSSGA members on regulatory issues.
• Develop materials to provide technical guidance for association members.
• Actively participate in coalitions that promote the interests of the industry.
• Actively participate in standards and research organizations such as ASTM, ACI, AASHTO, DOD,
TRB, and NCHRP.
• Liaison with technical staff of affiliated industry associations such as NRMCA, ACPA, and
NAPA.
• Manage the NSSGA website aggregate research section for structure and content.
• Analyze and interpret data for industry trends.
• Manage all aspects of the NSSGA Engineering and Technical Committee, including its annual
budget, meetings and task groups, and provide guidance to members in providing effective influence
with standards and research organizations and government agencies.

Background/Education Requirements
Education – Minimum BS degree in engineering, geology or other related field, with advanced degree
and professional registration preferred.
Experience – Minimum ten years of experience in one or more of the following areas: aggregate
testing and quality control, asphalt design and production, concrete design and production,
pavement design and engineering, and construction materials standards and research.

Advanced education/degrees will be considered in lieu of years of work experience.

Technical Skills
• Robust knowledge of construction materials standards and research organizations and the
federal legislative and regulatory processes.
• Excellent communication skills (both written and oral).
• Strong presentation skills for both large and small groups at all levels internal and external
to NSSGA.
• Ability to communicate complex regulatory initiatives in straightforward language at the
highest levels of government and business organizations.
• Experience working and developing relationships with various national/state standards setting
organizations.

 

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