Federal Affairs Director

26 Oct, 2021


Federal Affairs Director

City Year
Washington, DC

Position Overview: The Director of Federal Affairs will use their knowledge of Congress and the Executive Branch to help shape and advance City Year’s legislative priorities and cultivate bipartisan champions among key decisions makers in the federal government.

Job Description
City Year is seeking an experienced Federal Affairs Director to join our Federal Affairs and National Service Policy team. The Federal Affairs Director will use their knowledge of Congress and the Executive Branch to help shape and advance City Year’s legislative priorities and cultivate bipartisan champions among key decisions makers in the federal government.

By design and since inception, City Year has a strong record of accomplishment in the area of public policy, most notably helping to inspire the creation of AmeriCorps in 1993. Today, City Year is investing in the powerful and unique potential of national service to advance educational opportunities and to build a more equitable, just and hopeful future by creating environments where each person has a chance to maximize their potential. City Year has worked steadily to cultivate and leverage a broad base of political and public support and elevate national service as powerful policy strategy for tackling unmet needs, preparing young people for work, uniting our country and developing civic character.

City Year serves as the organizational and operational host of Voices for National Service, a diverse coalition of national, state and local service organizations working together to build bipartisan support for national service, develop policies to expand and strengthen service opportunities for all Americans, and to ensure a robust federal investment in the Corporation for National and Community Service. City Year’s Federal Affairs and National Service Policy department, including the Federal Affairs Director, serves as the staff for Voices for National Service.

As Federal Affairs Director, you will conduct legislative analysis, develop policy positions, oversee research projects and prepare advocacy materials to help City Year and Voices for National Service achieve their legislative objectives. Federal Affairs Director oversees the production of several events, including congressional briefings, policy forums and Capitol Hill Days. In coordination with City Year’s Advocacy and Outreach team, the Federal Affairs Director will help plan in-district events and Days of Action aimed at protecting and growing federal funding and public support for national service. As a member of a small team, you can have outsized impact on our policy and advocacy work. This role reports to our Senior Vice President for Federal Affairs and is a part of City Year’s Federal Affairs and National Service Policy department.


As the Federal Affairs Director, you will work closely with the Senior Vice President for Federal Affairs to ensure that City Year/Voices for National Service is a highly-visible, trusted and influential resource on Capitol Hill and with the Executive Branch.

Policy Development and Analysis (40% of time)

  • Monitor and track committee hearings, legislation, the budget process, agency action and regulations.
  • Keep internal and external stakeholders apprised of legislative activity; draft legislative analysis memos, email communications, website and blog posts and action alerts.
  • Draft fact sheets, position statements, policy papers, comment letters, briefs, testimony and other documents that convey policy positions to Congress and the administration.
  • Support national service policy development, working with both the Voices for National Service members and City Year’s subject matter experts across departments and verticals, to develop federal policy proposals, positions and problem resolutions.
  • Support SVP for Federal Affairs in responding to requests for technical assistance from congressional staff, think tanks, and other groups working on national service and education corps legislation.
  • Collaborate with City Year’s SVP for Education Policy and Systemic Change Leader and VP for District Engagement to identify federal education legislation that is important to our partners or City Year’s ability to effectively operate in schools; advocate for federal education programs and education funding streams that states, districts and schools use to fund their City Year partnerships, as well as federal education programs and funding that advance educational equity and create environments where students can build on their strengths and fully engage in their learning.

Federal Relations, Strategy and Events (55% of time)

  • Manage Voices for National Service’s Government Relations Committee and organize committee members to achieve outcomes; responsibilities include scheduling regular committee meetings, drafting agendas and materials.
  • Work with Senior Vice President for Federal Affairs to develop strategies and tactical plans to influence Congress, the White House and relevant agencies.
  • Support engagement of the National Service Congressional Caucus.
  • Engage City Year’s network and allied organizations to influence legislation and budget outcomes, providing partners with training and technical assistance, talking points and materials.
  • Represent City Year and Voices for National Service during Hill visits, coalition meetings, congressional briefings, hearings or conferences.
  • Help manage City Year’s participation in other advocacy coalitions including Title IV Coalition, Children’s Budget Coalition and America Forward.
  • Lead project management for all Capitol Hill Days, congressional briefings and policy forums; schedule meetings, create materials, develop pre-event trainings and oversee event logistics.
  • Support the Director of Advocacy and Outreach’s efforts to activate the Voices for National Service coalition; translate federal policy into compelling communication and action items; develop content for toolkits or direct action campaigns, create templates that advocates can adapt and implement locally.
  • Assist in preparing for and presenting at national conferences, trainings and webinar on national service policy priorities and advocacy strategies.
  • Provide support for Voices for National Service events and meetings including Steering Committee meetings, the annual Friends of National Service Awards, Days of Action and in-district service site visits.
  • Support City Year’s CEO, EVP, SVP in their federal relations, public speaking and media interviews to promote policy priorities.
  • Support senior leaders in setting strategic direction for Voices for National Service and implementing work plan as needed.

Support Voices for National Service’s Research Agenda (5% of time)

  • Prepare and oversee the preparation of research projects that support Voices for National Service’s policy priorities and initiatives.


We’re looking for an individual who has experience with the legislative process, policy analysis or advocacy. Successful candidates are self motivated, enjoy working within a fast-paced environment, and have an understanding of, or an interest in, national service and education issues.

We’re looking for someone who has a “get things done” mindset, as our work is dependent on sets of external factors and requires our team to be both agile and deliberate to meet larger stakeholder and community needs. We seek someone who desires to be part of and contribute to a team effort and has a demonstrated aptitude for project management. You can effectively make the switch from operating independently towards milestones on multiple projects to collaborating on developing strategies with your team and partners. You know how to identify and push through roadblocks, but also actively seek support and guidance where you might need it.

You are motivated by City Year’s mission and values and have a deep commitment to diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity, and a strong willingness to continue your own ongoing learning and growth in these areas.

In addition, you will have many of the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Working knowledge of the federal government and strong grasp of the political process.
  • Experience as a legislative assistant or advocate within Congress, the administration, a state legislature, policy making organization, or a political or issue-based campaign.
  • Experience developing and drafting legislative proposals and strategies to pass them into law.
  • Experience crafting clear and compelling written content including bill summaries, fact sheets, policy briefs, action alerts, position statements, testimony, regulatory comments, and online/social media pieces related to policy issues.
  • Strong political instincts and a desire to work collaboratively with both Democrats and Republicans on federal policy.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, interpersonal and presentation) and ability to apply to a broad range of audiences in a compelling manner that moves people to action.
  • Experience producing Capitol Hill Days, policy forums and briefings, or other elected official engagement events.
  • Well-organized with ability to balance competing priorities, deadline-conscious, results driven and high performing in a fast-paced environment.
  • National service/AmeriCorps and/or education experience is a plus.
  • Experience in coalition-building and/or grassroots activation is a plus

COVID-19 Notice

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees and AmeriCorps members and their families; our students and school partners; and the community at large from COVID-19. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment and service – all staff members, including remote staff, and AmeriCorps members are required to be fully vaccinated by November 19, 2021 or by your start date if after November 19, 2021. If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or sincerely-held religious beliefs, we will consider requests for reasonable accommodation consistent with our policy, and where we are able to provide such accommodations without undue hardship to the organization pursuant to applicable law.  Notwithstanding any language herein, City Year will comply with any state, local, or federal orders, statutes, or regulations that may conflict with the COVID-19 vaccination policy.

*Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or one dose of a single-dose vaccination (Johnson & Johnson). “


Full time employees will be eligible for all benefits including vacation and sick days and organization holidays. You may participate in all benefit programs that City Year establishes and makes available to eligible employees, under (and subject to all provisions of) the plan documents that govern those programs. Currently, City Year offers medical, dental and vision, life, accidental death and dismemberment and disability coverage, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), other benefits including 401(k) plan(s) pursuant to the terms and conditions of company policy and the 401(k) plan document. For more information, click here.

Employment at City Year is at-will.

City Year does not sponsor work authorization visas.

Location: Washington D.C.
To apply visit: https://cityyear.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/CityYear/jobs/details/Federal-Affairs-Director_R4850-1

Job posted: 2021-10-26