Government Affairs Lead

31 Aug, 2022


Government Affairs Lead

Delaware River Basin Commission
West Trenton, NJ

SALARY RANGE: $69,250 – $103,900

The Government Affairs (GA) Lead effectively manages all strategic and tactical aspects of government affairs for the Delaware River Basin Commission. The GA Lead maintains strong partnerships with elected and appointed officials and community stakeholders within the four-state Basin (Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware) at the federal, state and local level regarding the DRBC’s public policy priorities. This includes coordinating and scheduling GA-related events and activities. Assists the Executive Director and Director of External affairs and Communications with strategic aspects of planning and execution for DRBC programs relating to local, state and federal government issues. Researches and analyzes state and federal legislation and public policy issues impacting the Commission and assists in the development of position statements and responses on behalf of DRBC. Participates in community-facing events, ensuring GA involvement and perspective throughout the Basin.

General Responsibilities

  • Cultivates relationships with key federal, state and local officials within the Basin to help build support and recognition for DRBC through face-to-face meetings and events throughout the Basin.
  • Convenes and partners with diverse stakeholders and communities to increase participation in the Basin’s water resource programs.
  • Plans and executes outreach and education programs to include:
    • Organizes briefings and events with federal, state and local elected officials and other government influencers showcasing the Basin’s water resources.
    • Participates in community-facing events to engage the Basin’s diverse communities and their decisionmakers in water resources.
  • Conducts policy research including:
    • Prepares local and statewide political briefs to evaluate Commission actions in light of current and future political landscape.
    • Reviews proposed legislation that may impact the Commission and its operations, develops recommendations, and directs DRBC responses to legislative and regulatory actions.
    • Identifies opportunities to advance Basin priorities through legislation.
  • Works closely with DRBC Communications Specialist to achieve team communication and outreach goals, including:
    • Prepares read-ahead materials, fact sheets, and testimony on federal, state and local legislative topics.
    • Prepares talking points, organizational messaging, and responses to inquiries relating to DRBC GA.
    • Presents the Commission’s legislative policies and viewpoints to local, state and national elected officials and staff both verbally and in written form.
  • Works with staff to implement DEIJ strategic plan.
  • Maintains relationships and participates in coalitions and associations that have shared policy interests with the Commission.
  • Coordinates with consultants and contractors.
  • Supports Commission meetings and hearings.
  • Participates in Commission volunteer and training events.
  • Other duties as assigned by senior management team.


Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in political science, communications or a related field, or equivalent similar experience.

Experience: 8+ years in government policy, legislative staff, legislative relations, government affairs and/or closely related roles.

Familiarity with federal and state legislative processes and procedures. Knowledge of environmental, community and public affairs issues. Willingness to travel throughout the Basin and work some evenings and weekends, as required. Detail-oriented with strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Instructions to Applicants

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Applicants must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States.

The DRBC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job posted: 2022-08-31