Job Title: Federal Lobbyist
Reports To: Director, Advocacy
FLSA Status: Exempt
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) seeks a Federal Lobbyist to assist the Director of Advocacy in coordinating all federal policy and advocacy efforts for the association. The Federal Lobbyist will serve as NASSP’s lead lobbyist and execute an engagement strategy with Congress and the U.S. Department of Education. In additional develop federal policy recommendations on key education issues, and integrate the advocacy agenda into all organizational goals and objectives.
While this role is for remote working, there is time required traveling to federal buildings and events in Washington DC.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Serves as Association’s lead lobbyist and advocate on behalf of NASSP positions to a variety of external audiences, including congressional staff, Department of Education officials, and representatives of other national education organizations by organizing meetings, preparing briefing materials, conducting original education policy research, and more.
- Develop policy positions and advocacy strategy related to the federal budget and appropriations process and serve as liaison to coalitions with other national education organizations and stakeholders.
- Develop policy positions and advocacy strategy related to NASSP’s key federal policy issues and serve as liaison to appropriate coalitions.
- Plan and execute webinars, meetings, and other events to engage NASSP members and stakeholders on relevant federal education policy and funding issues.
- Present federal policy and advocacy updates at in-person and virtual meetings of NASSP’s state affiliate organizations, including NASSP’s positions on key issues and information to engage principals in grassroots advocacy.
- Collaborate with NASSP’s Student Leadership, department to conduct congressional briefings, lobby days, and other activities to engage student leaders in the Association’s advocacy initiatives.
- Work with the Director of Advocacy and the Senior Manager of State Engagement and Outreach to execute the annual NASSP Advocacy Conference and Capitol Hill lobby days for recognized principals, including development of content, selection and invitation of speakers, preparation of briefing materials, planning and moderating of events, and conducting follow-up meetings with congressional staff.
- Collaborate with other NASSP departments to integrate the advocacy agenda into all organizational goals and objectives.
- Other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Responsibilities
- Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Education, or related field of study.
- Minimum 5 years of experience on Capitol Hill, lobbying, or policy development.
- Knowledge of education policy issues and budget/appropriations, preferred.
- Analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Ability to multitask under tight timelines and high pressure.
- Experience managing multiple budgets.
- Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively.
- Strong organizational skills with a natural attention to detail.
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with a customer service focus.
- Creative thinker with a solutions-oriented approach.
- Ability to manage, analyze and compile complex data for planning and reporting purposes.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
How to Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume with salary expectations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once applications are reviewed, we will respond with information on further consideration.
Job posted: 2021-10-31