CLIA seeks Vice President, European Government and Public Affairs

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) 5<y Senior Level  Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium 20 Jan 2017

Job Description

Vice President, European Government and Public Affairs

Overall Responsibilities:

Lead CLIA’s strategic advocacy vision and policy priorities in Europe while overseeing regulatory matters, legislative affairs and lobbying, and public affairs issues management. Demonstrate through quantifiable metrics, delivery of CLIA Europe’s policy and public affairs issues management priorities. Ensure alignment and coordination with CLIA Global on advocacy and public affairs positioning.

Specific Duties:

  • Develop annual strategic priorities and programs in the areas of regulatory policy, lobbying, and public affairs in conjunction with the Secretary General, CLIA global, relevant CLIA Member Committees.
  • Representing CLIA Europe in day-to-day dealings with the European Commission, Parliament, Council and other bodies/ agencies as appropriate.
  • Establish quantifiable metrics for measuring success and establish regular communication to the CLIA Europe ExCom and General Assembly on the status of Government and Public Affairs matters and priorities.
  • Lead Government and Public Affairs staff and manage departmental budget.
  • Serve as the lead for crisis response in Europe as outlined in the CLIA Global Crisis Response Plan. Lead industry delegations in dealing with senior officials at regional and national regulatory and enforcing bodies. Support efforts of CLIA at the international level (such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Labour Organization (ILO), World Tourism Organization.), as well as in other venues and in dealing with the maritime sector, and other administration representatives of European nations.
  • Legislative advocacy on behalf of the CLIA Members to develop regulations that are favorable to both the cruise industry and the relative involved parties. Act as the European point of contact for all day-to-day matters related to the European institutions that influence, develop or execute policy making.
  • Lobbying or influencing the necessary authorities
  • Provide advice and guidance to the Secretary General and CLIA office leaders around Europe on European matters and help develop and implement subsequent responses.
  • In coordination with relevant CLIA Global leaders, oversee the preparation and presentation of CLIA policy and support industry policy positions to and with international, regional and national legislative, regulatory and rule-making bodies.
  • Develop relationships with counterparts at relevant European-based shipping associations and other industry organizations with stakeholder interests in the cruise industry as appropriate.
  • Participate in EU Commission stakeholder groups and other public meetings as needed and appropriate.
  • Serve as an on the record spokesperson on news media inquiries involving policy and public affairs issues.
  • Represent CLIA at various events, participating on panel discussions and providing keynote remarks.

Education and Professional Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree required, advanced degree a plus.
  • A minimum of 15 years of experience is required.
  • Excellent written and verbal English language skills and fluency in at least one other European language (e.g., French, Italian, Spanish, German).
  • Excellent knowledge of international and European maritime policy.
  • Expert knowledge and understanding of the political and procedural workings of the EU institutions EP/COM/ Council.
  • Excellent relationships with relevant MEPs, top decision makers of the EU Commission (DG MOVE/ ENVI), permanent representatives of MS preferred.
  • Experience interacting and negotiating with government and industry officials, and a record of successfully influencing the outcome of legislation or regulatory policy.
  • Experience leading a multidisciplinary team of professionals and motivating them to exceed expectations and deliver outstanding results.
  • Successful experience presenting to and persuading CEO-level executives and Boards of Directors or their government equivalents.
  • the ability to interact with high level contacts and build consensus on long-term policy issues facing the maritime industry, to initiate the appropriate actions for the organization, and to discuss and present the policies of the organizations in the appropriate forums

Please submit a cover letter, salary history and résumé to with the subject line entitled “European Affairs. Only finalists will be called. No agencies please.


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