Government Relations and Public Policy Manager

Washington D.C.
Competitive compensation and excellent organizational fringe benefits.
Aug 16, 2021
Sep 20, 2021
Full Time



Position Title:              Government Relations and Public Policy Manager

Status:                          Full-time, Exempt Employee

Reports to:                   Associate Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a national 501(c)(3) higher education membership based not-for-profit association dedicated to the advancement of graduate education and research, is seeking a Government Relations and Public Policy Manager. This individual provides key support to the Associate Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy. The Manager is responsible for tracking and analyzing federal policies via the legislative and regulatory processes and assists in drafting responses to federal stakeholders. The Manager takes a proactive role in developing and updating policy and advocacy resources for CGS members that relay the association’s position on policy issues as well as the public value of graduate education. Additionally, coordinating CGS’s Advocacy Hill Day.


Regulatory and Legislative Affairs

  • Monitors, summarizes, and makes recommendations to the Associate Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy (legislative, executive, and judicial) that align with CGS’s Federal Policy Agenda.
  • Drafts public comment responses to federal policymakers.
  • Procures, analyzes, and summarizes data sets from federal agencies.
  • Summarizes publications such as reports and white papers from policy think-tank organizations and federal entities.
  • Attends congressional hearings and briefings and provides timely summaries.
  • Attends meetings with federal departments/agencies and Congressional offices with the Associate Vice President, as appropriate.
  • Represents CGS at Higher Education community meetings and DC-based funding coalition meetings.


Membership Engagement and Resource Development

  • Procures and drafts legislative and regulatory content for Washington Insights & Highlights newsletter.
  • Coordinates with the Associate Vice President to plan, organize, and execute CGS’s Advocacy Hill Day and assists with organizing quarterly meetings of the Advisory Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy.
  • Updates the design and content of CGS legislative/policy briefs and State Snapshots.
  • Develops digital content for advocacy resources, such as online tool kits and webinars.
  • Drafts communications for CGS member stakeholder groups.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications:

  • At least 5-years of experience working with an association, a congressional office, or federal agency is preferred, but not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Understanding of legislative, congressional, and regulatory processes and procedures.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word and Excel. Experience with digital platforms to create infographics/charts such as InDesign is preferred.
  • Familiarity with, and ability to retrieve and summarize relevant information from large national databases and agencies such as NCES, NSF, BLS, and GAO.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Is highly analytical and able to perceive a policy issue from the lens of multiple stakeholders.
  • Has excellent customer service skills and is responsive to CGS’s membership and staff.
  • Demonstrates ability to complete projects with a strong sense of time-management and able to meet deadlines.
  • Strong ability to multi-task and is flexible when department priorities shift.
  • Operates well in a team-based setting and promotes a collaborative environment.
  • Displays strong self-initiative and collaborates with the Associate Vice President to advance existing projects and establish new ones.

EOE / AA. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.