Government Affairs Manager

24 Jul, 2021


Government Affairs Manager

National Safety Council
Washington, DC

Manages NSC legislative, regulatory, policy development, and grassroots initiatives. Responsible for advancing NSC legislative and regulatory priorities and identifying strategic opportunities for the Council at the federal and state levels. Develops NSC policy positions, participates in the setting of strategy and manages the communication of NSC policies and positions to key federal government, private sector, and other related audiences. Identifies and manages relationships with partner organizations to maximize NSC legislative and regulatory effectiveness and reach.

Issues Management (35%)

  • Track the introduction and movement of federal and state legislation for assigned areas. Recommend legislation that the organization should consider endorsing or opposing.
  • Engage regularly with Congressional offices and other policymakers to develop and advance legislation and other policy initiatives.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to highlight and advance NSC work, including submitting testimony to Congressional committees; meeting with key executive branch policymakers, etc.
  • Tracks federal legislation, including appropriations, and budget proposals for federal agencies and programs of importance.
  • Tracks positions of legislators related to NSC’s strategic issues. Identifies potential sponsors of NSC-proposed legislation
  • Identifies relevant federal rulemakings/requests for information and drafts and coordinates NSC comments to federal agencies.
  • Represents NSC at meetings and can talk as an expert on NSC positions on policies.

Relationship Building (30%)

  • Builds awareness and understanding of NSC’s strategic issues with federal and state legislators, their personal staffs and relevant committee staffs.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with key officials of Federal departments and agencies. Manages and develops partnership agreements with targeted agencies.
  • Leads or participates in alliances and coalitions of organizations aligned around shared safety issues. Uses these coalitions to advance NSC’s legislative and regulatory initiatives and increases the prominence of NSC.
  • Builds relationships with key government affairs contacts at other associations and agencies and seeks out organizations and coalitions with whom NSC can partner to further its strategic objectives.
  • Identifies and researches potential sources of federal funding for NSC work.
  • Develops relationships with NSC members, delegates, chapters, and others who are directly involved with NSC.

Communications/Advocacy (20%)

  • Presents to NSC members and volunteer leadership regarding Government Affairs priorities and activities.
  • Engages chapters, NSC members, advocates, and partner organizations in contacting elected officials at key points in the legislative process.
  • Works across the organization to share relevant information and engage internal stakeholders in policy discussions.
  • Researches and drafts official NSC policy positions on pertinent safety topics.
  • Promotes NSC policy positions and programmatic activities with relevant government and association partners.
  • Develops and delivers written and oral communications to promote NSCs positions.
  • Plans, oversees, and evaluates staged NSC events held to promote NSC public policy positions, as necessary (e.g., Capitol Hill Day).
  • Communicates efforts with the government affairs team and ensures appropriate knowledge of projects and efforts.

Organization Relationship Management (10%)

  • Identifies potential membership, grants and business development opportunities.
  • Identifies opportunities to engage other NSC functions and offices.

Other Job Duties (5%)

  • Responsible for safety as outlined in the Safety Manual. Follows safety policies and practices specific to job/position and level.
  • Conducts periodic safety drills and manages DC office safety program.
  • Serves as the first line review for internal products before the Vice President review.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least 8 years of relevant experience in Federal Government affairs with at least 3 years of experience with legislative and regulatory affairs related to safety and health issues.


  • Executive branch or Capitol Hill experience preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of legislative and appropriations processes.
  • Must possess the ability to work autonomously and with little direction.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

​​​​​​​The position requires the ability to exert up to 25 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, where walking and standing are required only occasionally. The position also requires close visual acuity to perform activities such as preparing/analyzing data and figures, transcribing, viewing a computer monitor, and/or extensive reading. Typical office or administrative work conditions can be expected (I.E. not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions) and manual dexterity of the hands is required to operate a computer and type consistently and regularly.

NSC is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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Job posted: 2021-07-24