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Legislative Associate, Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee

Department: Government Relations
Location: Washington, DC

Job Description  

The National Governors Association (NGA) seeks an experienced professional to join us as a Legislative Associate for the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the nonpartisan organization of the nationís 55 governors. Through NGA, governors share 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 office of the Government Relations & Advocacy is to ensure that governorsí views are represented in the shaping of federal policy and legislation. The Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee is responsible for developing policy positions regarding homeland security, the National Guard and homeland defense, disaster response and recovery, criminal justice and public safety, cybersecurity and veteransí affairs.

The Legislative Associate must have knowledge of state and federal criminal justice policy areas; relevant legislation, programs, and financing for criminal justice and public safety programs.  


  • Track, monitor and analyze legislation and regulatory issues that are of importance to states including, but not limited to issues under the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee portfolio
  • Primarily support for lobbying/advocacy efforts related to criminal justice, public safety and emergency communications related issues
  • Provide additional support for homeland security portfolio to include immigration, cybersecurity, veterans, disaster response & recovery, opioids/drug trafficking, human trafficking and marijuana policy
  • Produce high quality informational materials for governorsí offices and advocacy materials for presentation to policy makers to include letters, statements, policy memos, talking points, speeches, presentation and op-eds
  • Conduct research related to governorsí policy priorities and pending federal action to support advocacy efforts on behalf of governors
  • Collaborate with other organizations to find ways to partner that will amplify NGAís advocacy efforts
  • Provide support to all committee meetings, briefing, teleconferences and events
  • Organize meetings with congressional leadership and members of the Administration on priorities
  • Track, monitor and provide read outs of congressional hearings related to HSPS issues
  • Write daily stories for the NGA Daily distribution
  • Track and update congressional appropriations trackers under the HSPS portfolio
  • Provide summaries of legislation to include state impacts where possible
  • Work with high-level state policymakers in a variety of settings and respond effectively to their information and technical assistance needs 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with high-level state policymakers and with key individuals
  • Support the legislative and programmatic activities for the NGA Winter and Summer meetings
  • Support the full government relations & advocacy team as needed  

Training and Qualifications   

Bachelorís degree with three-five yearsí work experience and substantive capacity in the above listed issue areas. Graduate degree preferred but not required. Lobbying or representation at the federal level with strong experience in issues regarding criminal justice, public safety, emergency communications programs required. Experience on Capitol Hill and/or association work is strongly preferred or familiarity and experience with the federal legislative process. 

Must have demonstrated ability to:

  •  Effectively communicate in writing;
  •  Work independently, set priorities and handle multiple issues at the same time;
  •  Effectively interacting with a wide range of constituencies;
  •  Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills enough 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 associationís mission
  • Ability to assume responsibility and take independent action and to work in a fast-paced and high-profile policy environment; 

Physical/Sensory Demands  

Reasonable accommodations will 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. NGA will also require a writing sample from all final applicants.  

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

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