Government Affairs Coordinator

08 Sep, 2021


Government Affairs Coordinator

American Counseling Association
Alexandria, VA

The American Counseling Association (ACA) is the world’s largest organization representing professional counselors in various practice settings. Our vision: Every person has access to quality professional counseling to thrive. Our mission: Promote the professional development of counselors, advocate for the profession, and ensure ethical, culturally-inclusive practice. Our values: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Integrity, Proactive Leadership, Professional Community & Relationships, Scientific Practice & Knowledge, Social Justice & Empowerment.

All American Counseling Association team members are encouraged, supported, and expected to demonstrate The Way We Work Values: Be Flexible, Be Creative, Be Empowered, Be Inquisitive, Be Collaborative and Be Respectful.


This is an emerging professional position on the Government Affairs and Public Policy team, responsible for supporting the development and execution of the Government Affairs & Public Policy Team (member engagement, research, support federal, state, and grassroots agenda and strategic partnerships, issue monitor) initiatives.

  • Data collection that supports the overall ACA Government Affairs and Public Policy agenda. This includes but is not limited to data for Federal, State, and Regulatory legislation and policy.
  • Coordinate ACA member engagement by working with ACA Branches, Division, Advocates, Legislators, and State and Federal Departments.
  • Assist with tracking and coordination on major projects including the Interstate Compact for Licensure, Medicare Reimbursement, Counselor Specialty, Grassroots and Grass-tops engagement, and other policy issues TBD.
  • Support the Government Affairs team with assigned research and drafting of documents.
  • Manage the Government Affairs Team Action Alerts through the Voter Voice system.
  • Coordinate internal and external meeting follow-up.
  • Screen, distribute and respond to phone calls and e-mails in the Advocacy E-mail box.
  • Manage Government Affairs calendar to include projects, events, budget, and other assigned areas.
  • Project Lead for campaigns, blogs and latest news updates.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Politics, Communications, Business, or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of two to three years working in the field or have interned on Capitol Hill or within a State Legislature.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and project management tools.
  • Working knowledge of legislative tracking tools or willingness to learn.
  • Working knowledge of project management principles and practices preferred; excellent writing skills with the ability to build presentations, conduct research and report on findings.
  • Team oriented and possess effective interpersonal skills and sound judgement.
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational, time-management, multi-tasking, planning and follow up skills.
  • Ability to work independently, and successfully within a team including multi-tasking within a variety of areas.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; writes clearly and concisely using correct grammar and spelling.
  • Strong analytical and attention to detail skills.
  • High energy, positive attitude, ability to work collaboratively and take initiative.
  • Demonstrates good judgment in prioritizing and accomplishing work in an efficient manner, even in the face of limited resources or conflicting and/or changing priorities.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled and Veteran EmployerAt ACA, Equal Employment Opportunity is our commitment and goal. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status or any other protected status designated by federal, state or local law.

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Job posted: 2021-09-08