Government Affairs Manager

18 Jul, 2021


Government Affairs Manager

David Lynch Foundation
Washington, DC

About the David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation (“DLF” or the “Foundation”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2005 to address the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among underserved populations through the implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. DLF delivers this program in Washington, DC, through The Trauma Project. DLF has earned broad public interest and support for its work to bring this simple, evidence-based meditation intervention to its core target populations: veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and their families, healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic, domestic violence survivors, those suffering from opioid and alcohol use disorder and young people in high crime, high need areas.

DLF has three regional offices: its operational headquarters in New York City (where there is also a significant programmatic presence), its government locus in Washington, DC, and a programmatic hub in Los Angeles.

One of the Foundation’s primary long-term objectives is to make TM widely accessible to all who will benefit from it – with cost to the individual not being a barrier. To accomplish these goals, DLF is pursuing a series of gold-standard, Phase 3 randomized controlled trials on the effects of TM on three intractable and costly chronic health disorders. The first three such large-scale research studies will study TM’s effect on.

  1. Trauma, which afflicts 8 million Americans in any given year (8% of the entire population will have PTSD at some point in their lives, and this includes over 1 million veterans);
  2. Heart disease and hypertension, which afflicts 103 million Americans; and
  3. Anxiety, depression, burnout, and resilience which afflicts 60 million Americans and has an immensely personal, societal, and corporate cost.

Our work in Washington, DC, focuses on pursuing a strategy to secure reimbursement for this evidence-based intervention through private and public insurance companies, Employee Assistance Programs, and government funding sources.

The Opportunity
The newly-created Government Affairs Manager position will play a vital role in taking the Foundation to its next level of impact by developing close government relationships and community partnerships in the District. The leader will interact with local, state, and federal legislative bodies and government agencies to represent and communicate the Foundation’s business plans and interests.

In 2016, The DLF Trauma Project opened two offices in Washington, DC; one on Capitol Hill for its work with the Government and a second office in Southeast Washington for its work with under-resourced, vulnerable populations. DLF’s Government Relations office, run out of its Capitol Hill office, will be focused on:

  • Informing government leaders and policy-makers about the evidence-based, cost-effective benefits of Transcendental Meditation in addressing (among other concerns) post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal ideation among veterans and adverse childhood experiences and other trauma-related disorders among youth.
  • Exploring avenues of federal and district government funding opportunities.

General Responsibilities

To be successful in this role, you excel in a dynamic and fluid environment. You are an innovative thinker with the confidence to both bring your own ideas and contacts to the effort, as well as to further and implement the strategies that have been developed thus far. This position will have two distinct but related areas of focus:

  1. Managing our quickly growing network of thought leaders and influence makers at the Federal level (both elected and non-elected officials)
  2. Managing a pipeline of key decision-makers and influencers that will strategically help the foundation locate and secure funding for programmatic opportunities

Specific Responsibilities

  • Facilitating and managing visits to elected officials and their staff as well as tracking follow-up activities
  • Acting as the Foundation’s local representative at dinners, functions, and events, as needed
  • Preparing briefing statements, informational documentation, and other materials required for meetings, hearings, and briefings
  • Tracking federal legislation and hearings in pertinent areas, with a specific focus on proposed or pending legislation related to our work to help veterans with PTSD and on the current COVID Relief legislation
  • Working with the CEO and EVP to plan the following year’s calendar of public events, including town halls, press briefings, Hill briefings, fly-ins, etc.
  • Researching and monitoring government activities that could affect the organization’s business and clients
  • Assisting senior management and leadership with strategic planning for known and potential regulatory activities related to the business and industry
  • Building and maintaining professional relationships with members of federal, state, and local government entities and agencies
  • Other duties, as required


  • Minimum of five (5) years of related experience on The Hill or in a Government-related role
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Refined interpersonal and people management skills
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Astute attention to detail
  • A collaborative nature, but also the ability to work independently
  • Passion for helping those overcoming toxic stress and trauma in our core areas (veterans, education, addiction and recovery, health care, trauma) will be a major plus

Compensation commensurate with experience

To Apply

Please email cover letter and resume in pdf format (job title in the subject area) to

Job posted: 2021-07-18