Government Relations Manager

25 Jul, 2022


Government Relations Manager

National Cooperative Business Association
Washington, D.C.

Scope and Purpose:
The Government Relations Manager will lobby and educate public sector policymakers and external stakeholders on issues that are important to the association’s members and the cooperative community. In an atmosphere inspired by NCBA CLUSA’s mission to develop, advance, and protect cooperative enterprise, this position oversees and recommends activities where the organization can play a role in influencing national public policy that enables cooperatives to establish and thrive. This position expands relationships with Congressional offices, federal agencies and promotes the cooperative business model as a strategy to build a more inclusive economy that empowers people in their businesses and communities.


  • Serves as the organization’s lobbyist representing and serving as a liaison for the organization with the Congressional offices and federal agencies. In this role the Government Relations Manager will advocate for the organization’s priorities and inform the organization’s constituencies about legislative issues and developments.
  • Prepares, directs, and implements strategic plans.
  • In coordination with the communication department, writes advocacy action alerts, issues background papers, and presents before internal and external audiences to inform key stakeholders of the advocacy priorities of NCBA CLUSA.
  • Monitors and evaluates developments, including legislative developments, significant to NCBA CLUSA’s advocacy agenda.
  • Works collaboratively to prepare and develop policy and position statements, regulatory comments, and legislative testimony, on cooperative issues and related topics.
  • Leads engagement with the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus (CCBC) and builds relationships with Congress and the Administration on key issues important to all cooperative sectors and their members.
  • Oversees the appropriations for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) and other key appropriation lines related to NCBA CLUSA’s international work.
  • Coordinates with external stakeholders and promotes NCBA CLUSA’s advocacy priorities with the Interagency Working Group on Cooperative Development.



  • Schedules and holds meetings and briefings with policy makers, members, and stakeholders to discuss, and educate on, the organization’s priorities. This includes direct lobbying for a specific course of action.
  • Convenes and collaborates with other cooperative and cooperative association government affairs offices and individuals by organizing, attending meetings and events on areas of mutual interest.
  • Partners and networks with organizations and individuals on policy ideas of a common nature.
  • Works with the internal Communication Team to effectively communicate government relations policy goals and developments; drafts action alerts, news articles, and updates for the public audience; and represents the association at conferences, on panels, and in other public forums.
  • Collaborates with the Membership Team to regularly disseminate advocacy updates and engage NCBA CLUSA members on advocacy campaigns around specific issues.
  • Encourages NCBA CLUSA members to increase participation in the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus.
  • Informs NCBA CLUSA staff on key developments impacting public policy objectives.
  • Develops, coordinates, and advises on internal policies related to external affairs.
  • Ensures that NCBA CLUSA and its staff are in full compliance with laws and regulations associated with the Lobby Disclosure Act, including stipulations related to timely filings and reporting.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.QUALIFICATIONS:
    To perform this job successfully the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential duties.


  • Bachelor’s Degree, with 3 to 5 years’ experience in advocacy, lobbying, public policy, or a similar field is required.
  • Prior experience in a government office or agency performing legal research and reviewing laws and statutes preferred.
  • Knowledge of elected officials and understand the unique populations they represent helpful.
  • Experience filing annual disclosure forms and statements as part of the Lobbying Disclosure Act preferred.
  • Proficiency using MS Windows and MS Office Suite and Web Conferencing Applications.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Must possess superior verbal communication and writing skills.

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Job posted: 2022-07-25