Government Affairs Coordinator

01 Jan, 2022


Government Affairs Coordinator

Americans for the Arts
Washington, DC


Americans for the Arts builds recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. The vision of Americans for the Arts is that the arts are recognized as integral to the lives of all people and essential to healthy, vibrant and equitable communities across the nation. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Americans for the Arts has headquarters in Washington, DC and a second office located in New York, NY.


The Government Affairs Department advances advocacy priorities at the federal, state, and local levels of government. Department staff work to build advocacy efforts and training for the field at large, grassroots campaigns, policy initiatives, and national coalitions with cultural, civic, and private sector organizations with the goal of influencing public policies that advance direct and indirect support for the arts and arts education. At the federal level, this includes lobbying Congress and the executive branch. At the state and local level, this encompasses supporting a network of state arts and arts education advocacy and services organizations, state arts agencies, local decision makers seeking strong pro-arts public policies and includes partnerships with public sector associations representing elected officials at all levels of government.


The Government Affairs Coordinator will assist with federal, state, and local advocacy and serves as a key contact for members and partners of Americans for the Arts. The Coordinator helps to produce the National Arts Action Summit, the nation’s largest annual grassroots advocacy event.

The Coordinator will work with the Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs with Americans for the Arts’ strategic partnerships, programs, and initiatives that work to promote the arts and arts education through the various associations of elected officials.  The Coordinator will serve as the staff support to the advocacy we do with state arts alliances and state arts agencies.

The Coordinator is also responsible for providing programmatic, technical, and administrative support for the department and must have an alertness to details and the ability to oversee complex logistical operations.

The ideal candidate should have a passion for working with members and volunteer groups, be self-motivated, like to work in a fast-paced environment and be eager to work as part of a collaborative team. They should work cooperatively among teams, operate with a process improvement mentality, and have a passion for strengthening relationships, coordinating logistics, and delivering an outstanding member experience.


Key duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Support Federal Affairs Advocacy Programs

  • Work with members of the Government Affairs team to maintain a network of Federal Arts Advocacy Captains for purposes of advancing federal legislation, assist with listserv postings, monthly conference calls, memos, meetings, etc.
  • Create, post, and manage content for federal VoterVoice E-advocacy site
  • Help coordinate National Arts Action Summit components including: meetings and events logistics, printed and digital deliverables, partner and Captain communications, and program development.
  • Maintain the VoterVoice database of over 450,000 e-advocates through routine updates and list uploads
  • Assist with training and technical support of VoterVoice affiliate sites
  • Help coordinate outreach to Congressional offices and Administration staff.
  • Create, post, and manage content for advocacy section of Americans for the Arts’ website
  • Compile and file the organization’s quarterly lobbying disclosure report
  • Draft articles and compile department submissions for various Americans for the Arts’ printed and online publications, blog and social media.

Support State and Local Arts Advocacy Programs

  • Support the network of statewide arts advocacy and service organizations.
  • Coordinate comprehensive communications to state and local advocates in cooperation with the Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs.
  • Oversee professional development sessions and meeting logistics (venues, speakers, member travel, etc) for three state advocacy meetings per year.
  • Create, write, and edit advocacy materials and provide technical assistance for state and local members using web based legislative advocacy software.
  • Track state and local legislation of interest to members and distribute information online and via listervs, Americans for the Arts website, and coalition groups.
  • Track state and local election events, candidate forums, and ballots measures impacting the arts and communicate trends


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least three years of prior Capitol Hill, government affairs, or association work (note: work experience credit given for graduate studies)
  • A positive attitude and an earnest interest in providing quality customer service to our members, stakeholders, and partners
  • Ability to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships among staff and teams at Americans for the Arts
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, as well as collaboratively in teams
  • Commitment to schedules, deadlines, and high quality of work
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with advocacy software products such as VoterVoice and CongressPlus
  • Strong interest in advocacy at all levels of government
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects


  • This position works 37.5 hours per week Monday through Friday around core business hours (10:00 am – 4:00 pm ET)
  • Some travel may be required


Americans for the Arts acknowledges the existence of systemic and structural biases and believes it is necessary to be strategic and intentional in pursuing cultural equity in all aspects of governance, operations, and programming. As an employee, you are expected to:

  • Pursue substantive learning to achieve greater cultural consciousness by attending at least one Americans for the Arts Learning Lab per quarter and/or other professional development opportunities
  • Support adoption of best practices to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive work experience for colleagues and external partners
  • Strive to consider the people, places, and cultures that might be missing from your work and look for opportunities to increase inclusivity in all the work you do.
  • Support the mission and vision of Americans for the Arts in all interactions with colleagues, members and stakeholders
  • Encourage colleagues and external stakeholders to advance cultural equity by adhering to the standards outlined in the Staff Values & Behavior Agreement in all interactions


Americans for the Arts believes that one of its greatest strengths is the rich diversity of its staff.

We provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, creed, gender and gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, including pregnancy and childbirth, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, genetic information, political belief or activity, veteran or military discharge status, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law and regulations under Title VII.

The policy applies to all employment practices, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

All employees have the right to work in a workplace that is free of discrimination. Any person who believes they have been subjected to discrimination of any kind should contact their immediate supervisor or Human Resources. All complaints will be thoroughly investigated and any person violating this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. The law prohibits retaliation against any employee for reporting discrimination or perceived discrimination, or for participating in an investigation of incidents of discrimination or perceived discrimination.

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Job posted: 2022-01-01