Government Relations Associate

21 Apr, 2022


Government Relations Associate

Frederick, MD

A2LA is a non-profit, public service membership organization offering compliance and accreditation services to organizations all over the world. A2LA is dedicated to formally recognizing testing, calibration and other laboratories and related organizations for their quality and technical competency with a variety of international standards (ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 15189, etc.), federal requirements (FDA, GLP, FCC, etc.), state (cannabis, etc.), and local requirements (water testing, etc.).

Whether it is the clean air that you breathe, the water you drink, or the vehicle you drive, A2LA helps make the world a better, safer place by working to ensure that organizations are releasing products and services that are meeting testing and quality standards. Detailed information about our services can be found on our website at

The Role

A2LA is seeking a detail-oriented professional to assist the Director of Government Relations in advancing and directing policies and objectives of the association involving local, state and federal government, and regulatory affairs. This person will be responsible for tracking and mining for legislation requiring A2LA’s response and proposing suggested actions and providing example template responses. This is an exceptional opportunity to improve public safety through regulation.

About You

You have proven excellent communication skills and have the ability to build meaningful relationships. You are passionate about government relations and advancing public safety through policy. You have a strong customer first mindset and collaborate well with others. You are someone who can manage their priorities and stay organized.


  • Create campaign material like advocacy materials, policy arguments, talking points and white papers on key issues, legislation, and regulatory issues.
  • Identify congressional members or committees to target and schedule meetings with them to discuss the importance of accreditation and public safety.
  • Work with other departments in the implementation and execution of government and regulatory affairs in other programs.
  • Review, evaluate and monitor current, pending, and historical legislative actions.
  • Support information mining – observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Track new legislation using FiscalNote and monitor the Federal Register, notifying individuals when necessary.
  • Inform other staff of upcoming legislation and other governmental rule-making.
  • Target A2LA’s members to support accreditation efforts.
  • Stay current in market trends through continuing education, memberships, and subscriptions to relevant organizations.
  • Oversee the maintenance of all government contacts in relevant databases.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

A2LA may provide exceptions to educational requirements for veterans who demonstrate the ability to perform the duties listed in this job posting.

A successful candidate for these positions typically meets the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science or related field
  • 5 years of experience with government affairs including meeting congressional offices and regulators
  • Proficient knowledge of the legislative process
  • Basic understanding of accreditation strongly preferred
  • Government relations experience in the infrastructure sector
  • Registered lobbyist

Benefits and Compensation

The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. In addition, A2LA offers a robust 403(b) retirement plan and benefits package including medical, dental, HSA, FSA (medical and dependent), life insurance, short- and long-term disability, employee assistance program (EAP), AFLAC, tuition reimbursement and other pre-taxed benefits, paid-time off, 10 paid government holidays, 1 floating holiday, training and development, career advancement opportunities, and much more!

Working Environment & Physical Requirements

The physical demands and work environment described here reflect those of a person, in this position, will typically encounter.

  • Physical DemandsWhile performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to walk; sit for long hours, use hands for typing; talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision for reviewing electronic and hard copy documents. Moderate lifting of up to 40 lbs. may be expected.
  • Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an office setting. Hours are flexible, but they should normally encompass at least the core hours of 9:00AM to 3:00PM, total at least forty (40) hours for each work week, and suit the needs of various training clients, where appropriate.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A2LA is an equal opportunity employer. A2LA does not discriminate in employment based upon race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service, or any other federally protected classification.

Military/Military Spouse Personnel are encouraged to apply.

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Job posted: 2022-04-21