Executive Branch Specialist

25 Oct, 2022


Executive Branch Specialist

National Recreation and Park Association
Remote (DC)


NRPA is currently seeking an Executive Branch Specialist to join our Public Policy and Advocacy (PPA) team.

The Executive Branch Specialist will work closely with PPA staff and our contract lobbying firm to expand NRPA’s outreach to and engagement with the executive branch. The person in this position will identify federal financial resources that NRPA and our extensive member network are eligible for, promote those opportunities through our member networks and advocacy committee, and assist in training members to apply for these funds. The specialist will track relevant legislation implementation after passage to ensure NRPA’s ability to support member understanding of and access to key funds and opportunities. This position works closely with advocacy, communications, programs and partnerships, membership and education staff at NRPA to disseminate opportunities and resources to NRPA’s members and support their engagement.

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Track relevant passed federal legislation impacting NRPA members and our priorities and work with the Executive branch to ensure that park and recreation agencies are eligible for federal resources.
  • Identify funding that NRPA and our members may be eligible to apply for and communicate that information to internal and external partners via appropriate channels.
  • Identify and work to resolve issues impacting park and recreation agencies’ ability to access federal funds, navigate application and other administrative processes, and benefit from federal resources by working with executive agency partners.
  • Help build and strengthen strategic partnerships with career and political appointees to raise NRPA’s profile and increase understanding of NRPA’s mission and programs in the Executive branch.
  • In collaboration with PPA, communications, membership and education staff, organize, prepare, and facilitate messaging and activities designed to educate and engage members, executive branch, etc.
  • Participate in internal NRPA staff committees as required.
  • Facilitate educational opportunities about federal programs at NRPA’s Annual Conference. Support NRPA’s Annual Conference onsite in other ways which may include Opening Reception and Special Event Support, Membership Area Support, Support Volunteers and related logistics, Education Session Speaker Support, Hybrid Streaming/Virtual Session and Participant Support, or other support as needed.
  • Represent the NRPA PPA team with coalition partners, as assigned.
  • Perform other duties to support the work of the engagement teams and NRPA overall, as assigned.

Required Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience to align with the requirements of this position
  • 1 – 3 years’ experience working in the Executive branch or in a similar role within a nonprofit or membership association.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and carry out advocacy activities.
  • Working knowledge of the federal legislative process and the federal rulemaking and guidance process.
  • Familiarity with programs, systems and policies that impact park and recreation, environment, access, equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Experience using tools and systems to track opportunities and relevant legislation, such as Quorum, BGOV.
  • Proven ability to work with career and political appointees from any administration, without regard to personal political beliefs.
  • Strong relationship building skills
  • Emotional intelligence, cultural awareness, and ability to work with diverse people, communities, and cultures
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well – both orally and in writing – with a variety of audiences, including elected officials and their staff, community advocates, executive branch staff and members of the public.  Solid experience delivering content via presentations, webinars, etc., and facilitating meetings
  • Ability to translate complex issues into a level appropriate for the general population, including blog posts and other communication channels
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), web-based communications, social media, and some basic design software knowledge.
  • Committed to NRPA’s vision, mission, and values.
  • Willing and able to travel 10-15 days per year, or more if living outside the Washington, DC metro area. Attendance at the NRPA annual conference (location varies) is required.


  • Self-directed and detail-oriented
  • Excels in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment
  • Committed to working collaboratively with a wide range of internal and external colleagues and are inspired to be a contributing member of an inclusive work culture
  • Professional, confident, and approachable demeanor
  • Excellent listener and clear communicator comfortable presenting concepts and material to variety of audiences and facilitating conversation

Apply online at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=e9ce3346-49b9-4669-b603-cbe4119ce1b9&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=452284&lang=en_US&source=EN

Job posted: 2022-10-25