Director, Government Relations

24 Feb, 2021


Director, Government Relations

Service Policy Alliance
Washington, DC

A Shared Vision

Service Year Alliance envisions a future in which national service — including civilian, military, and public service — is part of growing up in America. We work to make a year of paid, full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. To achieve our mission, Service Year Alliance develops and documents evidence in priority focus areas to persuade decision makers to increase public and private investments in the service year ecosystem. We build coalitions and foster strategic corporate, community, and research partnerships and develop service year programs and resources in priority focus areas to strengthen the case for service years. We advance policy proposals that unlock public funds for service years to create the opportunity for all young Americans to serve. We elevate service years as an experience that transforms lives, strengthens communities, and fuels civic renewal.

Job Overview

The Director, Government Relations is responsible for advancing Service Year Alliance’s policy and advocacy work in specific issue areas in addition to advancing a policy agenda to make national service a universal opportunity and expectation, principally by achieving the goals of the Serve America Together campaign ( and by increasing funding for service year programs including AmeriCorps, YouthBuild, and Peace Corps. They will report to the Managing Director, Policy and Government Relations.

Responsibilities and Duties 

Responsibilities and duties for the Director, Government Relations role include, but are not limited to:

  • Advocate for the Serve America Together campaign policy agenda with Congress and the Administration
  • Serve as an expert within the organization on specific policy area/s that intersect with national service (examples: workforce development, higher education policy, K-12 policy, social and racial justice policy)
  • Develop strategies to integrate national service into other policy areas and provide additional federal resources for service year programs
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with federal government officials, including congressional offices, committees and caucuses; the presidential administration; and relevant federal agencies in specific policy areas.
  • Serve as a point of contact for external partners in the policy community
  • Advocate to increase AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and YouthBuild appropriations
  • Draft legislative specifications, white papers, letters, and testimony in support of policy ideas
  • Help develop partnerships with organizations with expertise in areas of common interest, and others in the service field


Qualifications for this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Deep understanding of legislative process and federal government relations
  • 5-7 years of professional experience working on Capitol Hill or in a government relations capacity
  • Demonstrated track record of bipartisan success
  • A strong network and reputation on Capitol Hill and federal government
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships, internally and externally
  • Excellent writing and communication skills



  • Significant legislative experience with education and/or labor and employment policy
  • Understanding of the federal regulatory process
  • Advanced degree in public policy or related field
  • Demonstrated interest in or knowledge of the national service field
  • National service alum

About Service Year Alliance

Service Year Alliance is a bipartisan organization committed to making a year of paid, full-time service — a service year — a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans. Expanding service years has the power to address our country’s most pressing challenges, change the lives of those who serve, and unite our nation.

Service Year Alliance is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We are an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other service year alumni are encouraged to apply, as are military veterans. Please indicate in your application if you have served in one of these programs. SYA is based in Washington, DC.

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Job posted: 2021-02-24