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Legislative Director, Health and Human Services

Department: Government Relations
Location: Washington, DC

The National Governors Association (NGA) seeks an experienced professional to join the Office of Government  Relations as Legislative Director for the Health and Human Services Committee.

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is the nonpartisan organization of the nation's 55 governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, address best practices, address issues of national and state interest and share innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.  

The mission of the Office of Government Relations is to ensure that governors’ views are represented in the shaping of federal policy. The Legislative Director for the Health and Human Services is one of five Legislative Directors in the office, each supporting one of NGA’s Committees. The Health and Human Services Committee is responsible for developing policy positions regarding issues related to health care, Medicaid, welfare and other human services programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. 


Track and monitor legislation and regulations on issues that are of importance to states including, but not limited to, health care, Medicaid, welfare and other health and human services programs. Specific duties include:

  • Analyze issues and their impact on states; 
  • Manage daily committee operations and help build gubernatorial consensus on matters under the committee’s jurisdiction in order to guide federal advocacy efforts; 
  • Effectively communicate governors’ legislative and regulatory priorities to Congress and federal agencies;  
  • Collaborate with governors’ Washington D.C. office representatives, state-federal contacts and other state and local government organizations to maximize NGA’s federal lobbying activities; 
  • Develop and implement advocacy strategies to influence federal laws and regulations affecting states; 
  • Provide guidance to federal agencies to ensure rules do not go beyond federal standards and authority;  
  • Draft issue briefs, legislative memos, policy statements, letters, comments and other materials; and  
  • Disseminate information and analysis to governors’ offices in a timely manner on relevant issues.  



Bachelor’s degree plus substantive capacity in the issue areas listed above. Graduate degree preferred. Lobbying or representation at the federal level with strong experience in issues regarding health care and human services programs required. Experience on Capitol Hill strongly preferred (three to five years) or familiarity and experience with the federal legislative process. Also must have demonstrated ability to: 

  • Effectively communicate in writing;  
  • Work independently, set priorities and handle multiple issues at the same time; 
  • Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills sufficient to facilitate discussion and build consensus;  
  • Identify emerging public policy issues;  
  • Analyze federal legislation and regulations; 
  • Collaborate and work in a team environment; and 
  • Commit to the association’s mission.  


  • Fast paced work environment; 
  • Extensive computer usage; and  
  • Travel up to 20%

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

NGA is committed to providing a productive and safe environment. To achieve that goal, we conduct background and reference check investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment.

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