Government Affairs Director

21 Apr, 2022


Government Affairs Director

Dream Corps
Washington, D.C.

Agency Overview:

Dream Corps closes prison doors and opens doors of opportunity. We bring people together across racial, social, and partisan lines to create a future with freedom and dignity for all. We are working to build a future wherein “we the people” means all of us.

Position Overview:

Dream Corps seeks an experienced, mission-driven leader to serve as our Government Affairs Director to increase our impact. The Government Affairs Director is a member of the organization’s Leadership Team, reporting to the Vice President for Political Strategy. They are responsible for a national political strategy to build common ground support on our issues; developing and leveraging relationships with federal agencies, Congress, the White House, and national political parties; managing strategic national partnerships, and representing Dream Corps in national political coalitions (especially broader social justice tents); and collaborating with the programs’ national directors, policy and communications teams to elevate our issues in the national press with attention to winning the public debate on our core issues. The Government Affairs Director will also build and manage a government relations team. The Director should be able to implement strategies in a fast-paced and high-pressure environment, responding to immediate issues while crafting a long-term political strategy.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

Develop Dream Corps’ long-term political strategy:

  • Develop and manage Dream Corps relationships with federal legislators, the White House, and key agencies, and ensure those relationships are shared with the Program National Directors and Policy Directors
  • Create systems to centralize and better coordinate the political relationships of the Dream Corps JUSTICE, TECH, and Green for All programs
  • Develop cadence around Dream Corps contact with legislators, including lobby days that allow directly impacted leaders and Dream Corps members to meet with the elected officials who represent them
  • Lead Dream Corps’ annual federal budget advocacy in coordination with Program National Directors and Policy staff
  • Work with the Communications team to develop a unified message for political stakeholders around our values and leverage national news cycles for advancing policy objectives in the areas of criminal justice reform, climate & the economy, and technology
  • Coordinate CEO and program leadership engagement in political events and platforms such as political conventions and annual legislative conferences
  • Work with the Vice-President for Political Strategy to develop political impact metrics

Management, staff development, and organizational leadership:

  • Build out a new team focused on political relationship-building at Dream Corps
  • Strengthen the internal systems, tools, and processes that support our government relations work across the organization at the federal and state level
  • Evaluate and recommend solutions for establishing a physical D.C. office presence
  • Manage, motivate, supervise and mentor a team of professionals, consultants, and interns in an environment that supports professional growth, drives results, and maintains high standards for impact and accountability
  • Work with the Development team to fundraise for the Government Affairs team
  • Manage department budget

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of experience in government relations and/or advocacy with a preference for candidates with high-level federal experience in the White House or on the Hill
  • Understanding of a broad range of Dream Corps’ issues and advocacy strategies, with some familiarity with at least one of Dream Corps’ core issues
  • Relationships with key stakeholders in Washington, D.C.
  • A profound and well-articulated commitment to social justice
  • Extensive leadership, relationship management, and political strategy experience
  • Project management and collaboration experience including shepherding inter-departmental projects from inception to completion. Preference for candidates with previous experience working in advocacy at multi-issue organizations or for elected officials covering multiple issues at a high level
  • Proven ability to work well within a fast-paced organization emphasizing teamwork and excellence

Preferred Education/Skills/Experiences:

  • Experience working with the federal budget process
  • Strong people management skills, with at least 3 years of experience managing a team
  • We are especially interested in candidates who have been personally impacted by the criminal justice system, environmental racism, and/or economic oppression; or have spent significant time living and working in communities impacted by these issues
  • Appreciation for empathy-based communications and storytelling, digital advocacy, grassroots organizing, and movement building
  • Willing to take initiative, exercise good judgment, and use diplomacy and discretion
  • A values-based, principled approach and willingness to work with people you don’t always agree with to advance positive change

Note: Applications will be reviewed beginning May 2nd until the position is closed.


Employee Benefits

All full-time employees receive Medical, Dental & Vision coverage. Dream Corps pays 100% of premiums for employees, spouse and dependents. Part-time employees receive 50% coverage. After a 6-month waiting period, employees can contribute to our retirement plan. Currently, Dream Corps offers up to a 5% match. We also offer flexible spending, pre-tax program for medical expenses, dependent care expenses, transit expenses, and parking expenses. All full-time Dream Corps employees accrue 4 weeks of vacation time off and 12 days of sick time off over the first year of employment. Part-time employees accrue time off on a prorated basis. In addition to 10 paid holidays, Dream Corps also provides paid time off from December 24th through January 1st each year.


Dream Corps is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and strive for a workforce that reflects the populations that we serve.

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Job posted: 2022-04-21