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Legislative Director (Education and Workforce)

Department: Government Relations
Location: Washington, DC

TITLE: Legislative Director (Education and Workforce)

ORGANIZATION: National Governors Association

LOCATION: Washington, DC

DURATION: Full Time

POSITION STATUS: Exempt

COMPENSATION: A competitive compensation package will be made to the qualified candidate

REPORTS TO: Director, Government Relations

Organization background

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is a bipartisan organization of Governors from the 55 states, territories and commonwealths whose mission is to share best practices, speak with an informed voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions to improve citizensí lives through state government and support the principles of federalism. 

Through NGA, Governors identify priority issues and deal with matters of public policy and governance at the state and national levels. Our policy and research arm, the NGA Center for Best Practices, helps Governors find collective answers to common issues and assists in developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges. Our Government Relations team ensures that Governors are a strong voice in Washington, DC. NGA also provides total consultative services, including management and technical assistance to both new and incumbent Governors, their senior executive staff and their trusted advisors.

Key Responsibilities of the LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR (Education and workforce)

The ideal candidate will have proven experience lobbying Congressional and Executive branch leaders on education and workforce issues, the ability to execute high stakes lobbying campaigns, and a strong legislative background and extensive network. The mission of the Government Relations department is to ensure that Governorsí views are represented in the development of federal policies, rules, and regulations. The individual will collaborate extensively with the Director, Government Relations and the NGA Center for Best Practices staff on legislative activities and priorities related to NGA and its members. The position will require significant time and have direct interaction with Governorsí staff, congressional offices, and the Administration. 

Other important responsibilities of the Legislative Director, Government Relations include:

  • Based in Washington, DC, the Legislative Director is responsible for influencing changes to Federal laws and regulations by lobbying Congress and the Executive Branch on Governorsí priorities and issues related to education and workforce, including but not limited to: K-12 educational matters; higher educational matters; labor and employment laws; workplace health and safety; union/ management relations; workforce innovation and development; and unemployment insurance matters;
  • Proven ability to approach complex policy issues with a solution-oriented, strategic focus on issues that are of importance to the states and territories;
  • Background in drafting, summarizing and advancing legislative and regulatory proposals;
  • Influencing skills and ability to communicate complex policy issues in a manner that is understandable to those with little or no knowledge of the issue(s);
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize, excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Effectively build relationships with key Congressional and Administration officials and communicate Governorsí legislative and regulatory priorities to Congress and federal agencies;
  • Collaborate with Governorsí Washington, DC office representatives, state-federal contacts, and other state, territory, and local government organizations to maximize NGAís federal lobbying activities;
  • Assist Director and Government Relations team to develop and implement advocacy strategies to influence federal laws and regulations affecting states and territories;
  • 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;
  • Disseminate information and analysis to Governorsí offices in a timely manner on relevant issues;
  • Demonstrating a commitment to NGAís mission and goals to constructively serve the needs of all Governors; and
  • Other duties as assigned by Director, Government Relations.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates should have a bachelorís degree in political science, public policy or related field. Eight to 10 plus years working substantively on education and workforce issues. Lobbying or representation at a senior federal level or Hill. Experience working with Governors, working in federal or state agencies or non-profit organizations.  Hill experience preferred.

The ideal candidate will 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 to facilitate discussion and build consensus;
  • Identify emerging public policy issues;
  • Analyze federal legislation and regulations; and understand the effect on states and territories; draft testimony;
  • Collaborate and work in a team environment; and
  • Travel, as necessary.

How to apply

Interested candidates should apply online through NGAís career site. NGA uses Clear Company and all information is kept strictly confidential. An application is considered when all required fields are completed. Please include: 

  • Your resume highlighting your education, experience, and direct transferable skills
  • A portfolio of your best work (attach to your candidate profile via Clear Company)

Physical and sensory demands

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.

Working at the National Governors Association

NGA staff proudly serve our nationís Governorsí daily and itís our mission to ensure we offer a comprehensive, competitive benefits package designed to support the needs of NGA employees.

NGA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/D/F/V). NGA is committed to fostering an energetic, collaborative, diverse and inclusive workforce. We promote diversity and provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, or any other legally protected factor. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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