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Program Director and Management Consultant for Governors' Spouses and Staff

Department: Management Consulting and Training
Location: Washington, DC

The National Governors Association (NGA) seeks an experienced professional to join us the Program Director and Management Consultant for Governors' Spouses and Staff.

NGA is the bipartisan organization of the nationís governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.  


The Program Director and Management Consultant for the Governorsí Spouses and Staff will work under the direction of NGAís Director of Consulting.  He/she must be reliable, discreet, detail-oriented, and have excellent organizational and project management skills:  

  • Direct the development and implementation of priorities and initiatives of the Governorsí Spousesí Program through the NGA Spousesí Leadership Committee (SLC), including execution of the SLC chairís initiative and areas of focus. 
  • Serve as primary point of contact and lead staff for the governorsí spouses and the Spousesí Leadership Committee (SLC).  Convene and facilitate conference calls and meetings of the SLC regarding program focus, content, format and implementation of the Spousesí Program
  • Execute annual nominations process and election of SLC.  
  • Oversee SLC bylaws and other meeting guidelines (e.g., Spousesí Seminar and NGA Summer Meeting) regarding the Spousesí Program) and propose amendments to SLC for review and approval. 
  • Develop, plan and implement spousesí business programs for the NGA Winter, Summer Meeting, Seminar for New Governors and additional governorsí spouse programs.
  • Collaborate with other NGA colleagues (e.g., Education Division, Economic Opportunity Division and Homeland Security & Public Safety Division of NGAís Center for Best Practices and the Office of Government Relations) in developing and implementing special sessions and forums for governors, spouses and their staff.  
  • Develop, implement and facilitate annual joint management seminar for Governorsí Spousesí Assistants and Executive Residence Managers (in partnership with host state Governorís team).   
  • Serve as key support to NGA Consulting Director to develop and execute management reviews, operational reviews and strategic retreats for governorsí offices, online surveys of governorsí senior staff, and special projects and publications relevant to governors and first spouses and their staff. 
  • Collaborate with NGA Consulting Director and NGAs' Meeting Management Director to develop budgets for governorsí spousesí programs and activities. 
  • Collaborate with NGA Office of Communications to strategically promote the work of Governors' Spouses.
  • Provide technical assistance and conduct research in response to information requests from governorsí and spousesí staff. 
  • Author management and other tools to serve governors' spouses and their staff members. 


The ideal candidate will require minimal supervision and be an exceptional team player and possess the following:   

  • Bachelorís degree (or equivalent experience) and 5 to 10+ years of experience; 
  • Experience serving in a state government role not required, but desired;
  • High degree of integrity and confidentiality in handling and processing information of a highly sensitive and critical nature; 
  • Capability to multitask and work independently in a dynamic, changing work environment, setting priorities effectively;  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to influence others; 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment; 
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects and priorities; 
  • Ability to convey essential information clearly and concisely, both in writing and verbally
  • Ability to work on a bipartisan basis to support NGAís mission and goals; 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint) and strong attention to details; 
  • Willingness to work weekends and late evenings, as needed; 
  • Ability to 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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