Associate Director, Government Relations and Advocacy

28 Aug, 2022


Associate Director, Government Relations and Advocacy

College Board
Washington, D.C.

About the Opportunity 

As the Assistant Director of Government Relations, you will play a key role in helping the Government Relations (GR) team, and Global Policy and External Relations (GPER) division, run smoothly. This role reports to the Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy and works closely with other GR and GPER colleagues. As the ideal candidate for this role, you are a strong communicator and relationship-oriented; you enjoy planning events and meetings and are detail obsessed. Your strong eye for detail allows you to successfully understand data, develop and update materials and databases, and your administrative and operational support allows GPER to develop effective policies and strong relationships with external stakeholders. This hybrid role is based in the DC area and will report to our DC office at least two days a week.


In this role, you will:


GR VP Support (30%)

  • Light assistance with scheduling, meeting prep, written communication, and reports


GR & Lobbyist Support (50%)

  • Support VP and EDs to engage contract lobbyists virtually and in-person (contract lobbyist meeting), transition engagement platform from Salesforce to TEAMS, and maintain submitted lobby reports for internal use
  • Create monthly reports to track lobby activity
  • Standardize monthly lobbying reporting process for external firms
  • Manage GR deliverables including lobbying registrations, state-specific compliance reports and contract renewals for GRDs
  • Manage 990 submittals
  • Work with VP, EDs, and GRDs to maintain organizational and individual lobby registrations and streamline EOY registration process
  • Support VP and EDs to engage policymakers both virtually and in-person through events and convenings
  • Work with VP, EDs, and GRDs to track team and individual goals via Smartsheet; generate reports and dashboards when necessary


GR and GPER Content/Staffing (20%)

  • Assist GRDs on specific projects, e.g., policymaker engagement
  • Create/provide prep materials
  • Assist GPER OOC on projects, when necessary


About You

You have:

  • Knowledge of and interest in working with BIPOC communities
  • 2-3 years of work experience
  • Background in government relations, policy, or advocacy
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills and the proven ability to move forward multiple projects in concert, both independently and as a member of the team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience organizing events
  • Ability to create effective visuals, particularly in PowerPoint
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to build relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • A passion for supporting the educational opportunities for millions of students


Ideally, you also have:

  • Experience managing finances, contracts, and invoices
  • Knowledge of trends, data, and research in education policy
  • Once COVID travel restrictions are lifted, can travel 3-5 times a year to GR and GPER team meetings
  • Experience managing relationships with third-party resources and vendors
  • Patience, discretion, and resourcefulness
  • A Bachelor’s degree


About Our Culture 

Our community matters, and we strive to practice and improve our culture daily. Here are some headlines:


  • We are motivated to positively impact the educational and career trajectories of millions of students a year
  • We prioritize building a diverse and inclusive team where every employee can thrive, and every voice is heard
  • We welcome staff to join any or all six of our affinity groups: ARISE (Alliance for Asian Retention, Inclusion, Success, and Engagement; DIASPORA (Alliance for Pan-African Success and Achievement); Pride (alliance for LGBTQ+ staff and allies); Resilience (alliance for Native staff and advocates); SALSA (Staff Alliance for Latinx Success and Achievement); and WIN (Women’s Impact Network)
  • We value learning and growth; we offer formal and informal ways to lead through your superpowers, sharpen your strengths, and meet your development goals
  • We know that our impact is strongest together. Our College Board Cares program offers all staff up to $1,000 annual match against partner non-profit organizations
  • We offer a transparent approach to promotions and merit raises, annual performance-based bonuses, and how to grow your career here over time

Learn more here

Job posted: 2022-08-28