Government Affairs Specialist

12 Jul, 2021


Government Affairs Specialist

Wounded Warrior Project
Washington, DC

Great benefits. Competitive pay. We know these are some of the things people look for in a job.

But if you’re the kind of person who also cares about making an impact and serving our nation’s wounded warriors and their families, then you’re exactly the kind of person we’re looking for.

Change the life of someone who served their country, and join an organization that not only supports you, but empowers you to make that change a reality.

When you join the Wounded Warrior Project family, you’re committing to making a difference. We make a commitment to you too – helping you to find that spark, ignite your passion to serve, and embark on a career with meaning and purpose.

A mission that matters is just the beginning, so if you’re ready to get started, we’re ready for you.

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Government Affairs Specialist provides senior-level professional support to the Legislative Affairs team, assisting with the planning and implementation of WWP’s legislative and advocacy operations, to advance WWP’s mission and vision. The Government Affairs Specialist analyzes and reports on federal legislative and regulatory matters, develops and communicates WWP’s public policy positions, identifies new, timely opportunities to communicate the impact of WWP programs and services, and works to bolster relationships with legislative representatives, nonprofit organizations, and internal and external partners and stakeholders.


  • Collaborate with the Government Affairs team to develop and execute federal advocacy initiatives based on WWP mission and priorities.
  • Build and enhance strategic and collaborative relationships to advance WWP advocacy priorities and inform on WWP public policy positions. Establish networks and coalitions with external stakeholders and influencers, e.g., government, non-profit organizations, and others, to advance WWP public policy positions.
  • Support Government Affairs Directors to develop and execute strong, well-designed advocacy campaigns for high-priority policy initiatives at the federal and state levels, and specifically tailored to the issue to maximize success.
  • Attend hearings, meetings, and forums to network and provide advocacy for WWP priorities. Provide written analysis and recommendations to Government and Community Relations team.
  • Represent WWP at key events, meetings, discussions, hearings, and conferences.
  • Collaborate with the GCR Communications team to develop internal communications to raise awareness of Government Affairs team activities with all stakeholders.
  • Coordinate engagements, working groups, roundtables, and meetings at the national and grassroots level.
  • Assist with management of external resources and vendors who are supporting WWP advocacy efforts.
  • Establish working relationships with WWP teammates to advance the mission and advocacy priorities and inform them about WWP public policy positions. Coordinate cross-organizational communication with WWP program management to support and inform on policy initiatives.
  • Coordinator with Community Partnerships and Investments team, informing them on advocacy-related grants and projects.
  • Analyze and report clearly and concisely on federal legislative and regulatory matters of interest to WWP.
  • Develop community support for WWP. Present WWP vision and values to the community, effectively communicating WWP’s history, mission, and vision, and the benefits of WWP programs and services, and inspire them to become involved with and support WWP.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, analyze complex information, and recommend creative, practical, high-impact solutions.
  • Demonstrated research capabilities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the legislative process.
  • Demonstrated understanding of policy and advocacy issues and processes.
  • Strong understanding of relationship management and partnering. Well-developed interpersonal skills to effectively interact with diverse individuals.
  • Demonstrated relationship-building skills. Demonstrated ability to manage sensitive matters with diplomacy, empathy, and confidentiality, and build effective working relationships.
  • Continuously enhance knowledge to better support the organization. Demonstrated broad and in-depth knowledge and understanding of military service organization (MSO) and veteran service organization (VSO) community needs, concerns, issues.
  • Strong professional presence and demeanor.
  • High energy level. Self- starter; willing to take initiative.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency using Microsoft Office, e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.
  • Good organizational and time management skills. Ability to adapt to changing priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Unequivocal commitment to the highest standards of personal and business ethics and conduct.
  • Mission-driven, guided by core values, and a pleasure to work with.



  • Five years of experience in advocacy, policy, and/or legislative affairs or research.


  • Three years of military experience or working with veteran’s or military service organizations.
  • Three years of experience working with a non-profit organization.
  • Two years of experience working in a Congressional office, an Executive branch office, or with a lobby firm.



  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, business, management, communication, or other relevant field of study. Equivalent combination of education, experience, training, or certification may be considered in lieu of degree.


  • Master’s degree or Juris Doctorate.


  • General office environment; temperature controlled
  • Up to 25% travel


Wounded Warrior Project® is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, age, veteran or military status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please note:
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Wounded Warrior Projector WWP—is transforming the way America’s injured veterans are empowered, employed, and engaged in their communities. WWP works with warriors and their families to create paths toward success as they transition back into civilian life. Through direct programs and services, WWP connects warriors to a network of support and resources to address their evolving needs. The WWP team is passionate about creating impact—and since 2003 have improved the lives of over half a million warriors and their families. In fact, many WWP employees are veterans themselves and have experienced firsthand the benefits of its programs and services.

Wounded Warrior Project® is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, age, veteran or military status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job posted: 2021-07-12