Associate Director of Government Relations

06 Apr, 2021


Associate Director of Government Relations

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Washington, DC


The Associate Director of Government Relations serves as a liaison with Congress and the Administration on federal historic preservation policy issues, including a focus on the organization’s federal climate change agenda. The Associate Director will serve as a spokesperson before legislative and non-legislative audiences, as well as develop, foster, and leverage relationships with members of Congress, the Executive Branch and partner organizations that advance the mission of the National Trust.

Working with the Vice President of Government Relations, the Associate Director will help identify key and emerging issues and set federal preservation policy priorities in collaboration with legal advocacy staff at the National Trust, leaders in the preservation field, and under the direction of the President and Chief Preservation Officer. The Associate Director must understand the policy interests of the National Trust, including our focus on equity, racial justice and telling the full American story, and represent those interests effectively at the national level.


  • Work in collaboration with the Vice President of Government Relations and other senior staff to develop, coordinate, and implement the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s legislative and administrative agenda at the national level to advance equitable historic preservation outcomes for all Americans.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Director of Public Lands Policy, engage in lobbying and public policy activities, including associated appropriations work, with a specific focus on advancing the National Trust’s climate agenda and public lands policy.
  • Help direct research, develop and produce advocacy materials for government and public audiences, including, white papers, one-pagers, and blog posts.
  • Develop content for the National Trust website, virtual platforms, and social media outlets that include advocacy opportunities and other ways to engage the public and partner organizations to protect historic and cultural resources.
  • Establish relationships with congressional staff, select federal land management agencies, and Administration officials in collaboration with the Director of Public Lands Policy to advance legislation and cultural resource management issues and coordinate communication and dialogue between these contacts and the National Trust.
  • Assist the Vice President in developing and implementing preservation priorities in future infrastructure and appropriations legislation, including building reuse and resiliency planning, protection of existing historic preservation laws, enactment of community development incentives, and authorization of preservation grant funding programs, , including, for instance, continued support for preservation grants to under represented communities, HBCU campuses, and funding for Tribal Preservation Offices.
  • Work with a Washington, DC-based network of national historic preservation, architecture, and conservation groups on climate and public lands issues to implement the National Trust’s advocacy agenda.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • At least 5 – 8 years of professional level experience and 3 years of relevant government relations experience, with experience on climate and public lands policy preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead effective advocacy campaigns. Congressional experience is preferred, as is the ability to build support across the political spectrum.
  • Experience lobbying and interfacing with congressional and federal agency contacts preferred.
  • Experience managing large, cross-functional projects and teams, preferably within a national, geographically dispersed non-profit setting.
  • Advanced analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results working independently and in a results oriented way, with general supervision
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion. Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment.
  • Proven ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communications best practices.
  • Experience building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders and coalitions.
  • Demonstrated success in managing outreach to and engagement with culturally diverse audiences and partners is required. Membership in or connections to culturally diverse professional or social affinity groups or communities is a plus.
  • Effective presentation skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and positive outlook essential.
  • Strong interest in, and commitment to, the values and goals of the National Trust is required.


This is a full time, exempt-level position, eligible for full benefits, including affordable health, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement plan contributions, and 3.5 weeks of paid vacation, plus sick time and holidays.
Hiring range:  $80-90,000 per year
The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation  actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities
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Job posted: 2021-04-06