Advocacy and Government Affairs Manager

13 Nov, 2022


Advocacy and Government Affairs Manager

New Jersey Future
Trenton, NJ

New Jersey Future is seeking an advocacy and government affairs manager with relevant New Jersey experience and appropriate existing state network. The candidate must be energized and motivated by New Jersey Future’s policy agenda and issues, and committed to state policy change and the advancement of social justice. An important focus area will be on community-oriented partnership campaigns that bridge local engagement with state policy change. The manager will have the opportunity to influence and implement state policy that will have a profound effect on where and how people live in New Jersey and how vibrant, healthy, and fair their communities will be. The manager will work closely with policy and program staff as well as communications staff, and will report directly to the Policy Director.

WHO WILL BE SUCCESSFUL The person who will be successful at this position and as part of the New Jersey Future team is passionate, creative, open-minded, flexible, self-directed, team-oriented, and willing to learn from mistakes. They are also results-driven, detail-oriented, organized, and responsible. An ideal candidate will combine the skills and experience of public advocacy, government affairs, communications, and campaign management.


The Advocacy and Government Affairs Manager’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

● Government affairs: Coordinate and implement the organization’s government affairs program, including:

○ Cultivating and maintaining relationships with executive and legislative branch policy-makers and their staff, and communicating regularly with them.

○ Navigating priority policy issues through the political landscape, including identifying champions.

○ Maintaining a bill tracking system and alerting policy leads when legislation of interest is introduced or moving.

○ Managing weekly internal government affairs meetings with relevant staff.

○ Helping prepare staff for hearings.

● Policy development: Working with the policy director and managers, assist with the development of policy priorities, including recommendations for state programmatic, regulatory, and legislative change.

● Advocacy campaigns: Coordinate and manage the organization’s state advocacy agenda, including:

○ Developing advocacy and campaign strategies to advance those priorities.

○ Overseeing the creation and management of select advocacy campaigns.

● Policy communications: Working with program and communications staff, shape advocacy messaging, develop statements and op-eds to advance priority issues, and create briefing documents on policy priorities for meetings with decision makers and other stakeholders, including testimony.Present and speak on issues being advocated.

● Support of broader organizational efforts: Assist with organizational events, special projects, strategy conversations, and committees. Help build NJF’s networks and relationships.


● Minimum five years of experience in policy, advocacy, government, or related fields.

● Familiarity with at least one of New Jersey Future’s key policy areas: state planning and redevelopment, the environment, sustainability, community development, water, or infrastructure.

● Policy experience including working with state policy makers in a government affairs capacity, advancing policy issues through the legislative or executive branches of government, and organizing and implementing a government affairs agenda while working with staff content experts.

● Demonstrated ability to assume responsibility, make sound decisions, and interact with a diverse group of individuals and sectors.

● Team player with a collaborative working style; proven ability to build consensus among a diverse group of actors.

● Motivated by the organization’s issues and a strong mission-driven work ethic.

● Excellent and diplomatic verbal and written communication skills.

● Organized and possessing strong project team and meeting facilitation skills.

● A working knowledge of systemic inequities, including an understanding of the historical context and root causes of these inequities.

● Demonstrated commitment to and experience with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion policies and practices and employment of these values.

● Ability to learn quickly and work well in a fast-paced environment.

New Jersey Future is currently hybrid, which gives employees the opportunity to work remotely up to three days per week.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume to If selected to advance, one or more writing samples may be required, as well as relevant references.

Job posted: 2022-11-13