Senior Government Affairs Manager

National Safety Council
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Job Details

  • Level: Management
  • Job Location: DC - Washington, DC
  • Position: Type Full Time
  • Education: Level 4 Year Degree
  • Travel Percentage: Negligible
  • Job Shift: Day
  • Job Category: Government


The Senior Government Affairs Manager manages NSC legislative, regulatory, policy development, and grassroots initiatives. This position is responsible for advancing NSC legislative and regulatory priorities and identifying strategic opportunities for the Council at the federal and state levels. This position develops NSC policy positions, participates in the setting of strategy and manages the communication of NSC policies and positions to key federal government, private sector, and other related audiences. This position identifies and manages relationships with partner organizations to maximize NSC legislative and regulatory effectiveness and reach.


Issues Management (35%)

  • Advances targeted legislation with legislators and their staffs on NSC strategic issues.
  • Develops and advances legislation and other policy initiatives.
  • Identifies public policy issues for NSC promotion. Develops policy positions to advance such policy issues.
  • Tracks legislation at federal and state levels.
  • Tracks positions of legislators related to NSC's strategic issues. Identifies potential sponsors of NSC-proposed legislation
  • Identifies relevant federal rulemakings and drafts and coordinates NSC comments to such rulemakings.
  • Represents NSC at meetings and can talk as an expert on NSC positions on policies.

Relationship Building (30%)

  • Builds awareness and understanding of NSC's strategic issues with federal and state legislators, their personal staffs and relevant committee staffs.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with key officials of Federal departments and agencies. Manages and develops partnership agreements with targeted agencies.
  • Leads or participates in alliances and coalitions of organizations aligned around shared safety issues. Uses these coalitions to advance NSC's legislative and regulatory initiatives and increases the prominence of NSC.
  • Builds relationships with key government affairs contacts at other associations and agencies and seeks out organizations and coalitions with whom NSC can partner to further its strategic objectives.
  • Develops relationships with NSC members, delegates, chapters, and others who are directly involved with NSC.

Communications/Grassroots (20%)

  • Presents to NSC members and volunteer leadership regarding Government Affairs priorities and activities.
  • Engages chapters, NSC members, advocates, and partner organizations in contacting elected officials at key points in the legislative process.
  • Conducts legislative advocacy training sessions to educate NSC members and advocates regarding effective advocacy strategies
  • Develops content for monthly Government Affairs newsletter
  • Works with NSC communications and publication teams to promote NSC government affairs activities.
  • Promotes NSC policy positions and programmatic activities with relevant government and association partners.
  • Develops and delivers written and oral communications to promote NSCs positions.
  • Plans, oversees, and evaluates staged NSC events held to promote NSC public policy positions, as necessary (e.g., Capitol Hill Day).
  • Communicates efforts with the government affairs team and ensures appropriate knowledge of projects and efforts.

Headquarters Relationship Management (10%)

  • Works closely with advocacy team on strategic initiatives, including coordinated communication.
  • Identifies potential membership, grants and business development opportunities.
  • Identifies opportunities to engage other NSC functions and offices.
  • Participates in development of state advocacy plans.

Other Job Duties (5%)

  • Responsible for safety as outlined in the Safety Manual. Follows safety policies and practices specific to job/position and level.
  • Conducts periodic safety drills and manages DC office safety program
  • Serves as the first line review for internal products before the Senior Director review.


  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 7 years experience in Federal Government affairs.
  • Minimum 5 years experience with legislative and regulatory affairs related to safety and health issues.
  • Executive branch, or Capitol Hill experience preferred.
  • Must possess the ability to work autonomously and with little direction.

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