Senior Government Affairs Manager

Washington D.C.
Oct 13, 2017
Nov 17, 2017
Full Time

The National Recreation & Park Association is actively seeking to fill the position of Senior Government Affairs Manager.

Under the direction of the Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs, this position serves as the lead staff person for our Conservation portfolio including, but not limited to, funding for park and trails, active transportation, green infrastructure, connecting children to nature, and land and water conservation. The Senior Manager is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advance NRPA’s legislative and regulatory interests in these areas and represents NRPA before Congress and Executive agencies. The Senior Manager will work cross departmentally to further overall organizational  strategic plan and provide thought leadership on issue portfolio. Looking for creative, energetic, self-starter, with a passion for NRPA’s mission.   

Duties & Responsibilities

Advocacy - Engage in direct lobbying of Congress and the Administration; attend and coordinate Hill briefings and other events; prepare congressional testimony, correspondence to members and Federal agencies, including regulatory comments on assigned issues and other issues as required.
Research and Analysis - Conduct background research and investigate issues to help develop specific legislative and regulatory initiatives favorable to parks and recreation; monitor proposed legislation and proposed regulations.
Coalitions - Represent NRPA’s interest within coalitions on the issues of transportation, children and nature and land and water conservation spaces and others as required.
Communication - Write articles, blog posts, action alerts, and legislative analyses; assist in preparing, legislative platform, position statements, and reports for NRPA members, the CEO, and the Board of Directors.


This position will be working from the Washington DC office located near Farragut Square. It will require one day of travel per week to our headquarters in Ashburn, VA.

NRPA boasts a warm professional environment, with a relaxing and peaceful view of nature at it’s finest! All staff have access to indoor & outdoor eating areas, as well as indoor & outdoor fitness opportunities. Our facility has a brand new air-conditioned fitness room with access to showers, as well as foot trails for the outdoor enthusiast. Staff members at NRPA are eligible for a very rich benefit package that includes a 403(b) matched at 6% and fully vested upon hire, group Health, Dental, and Vision for employee and family paid 80% by the employer; Life insurance, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability paid 100% by the employer; accrue 26 Paid days off per year plus 13 paid holidays, eligibility in the first month of employment, Length of Service Awards and much, much more! NRPA is committed to promoting an environment of work-life balance. To promote healthy lifestyles, at work and away, we have established programs like Teleworking, FlexTime Schedules, 37.5 hour work-week, Employee Assistance Programs, Educational Assistance Programs, Lunch-and-Learn sessions and more. Discover what we already know … NRPA ... a great place to work!



Position will remain open until filled. Salary requirements and history must be submitted to be considered for this position. 

NRPA is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to Diversity. Women and ethnic minorities encouraged to apply.


Education: Bachelors Degree required, Masters degree in Political Science, Public Administration, or Public Policy a plus

Experience: 5-7 years direct lobbying and advocacy experience, Capitol Hill experience preferred but not required.

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