Legislative Associate

19 Sep, 2021


Legislative Associate

National Governor's Association
Washington, DC

Organization background

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is a bipartisan organization of Governors from the 55 states, territories, and commonwealths whose mission is to share best practices, speak with an informed voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions to improve citizens’ lives through state government and support the principles of federalism.

Through NGA, Governors identify priority issues and deal with matters of public policy and governance at the state and national levels. Our policy and research arm, the NGA Center for Best Practices, helps Governors find collective answers to common issues and assists in developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges. Our Government Relations team ensures that Governors are a strong voice in Washington, DC. NGA also provides total consultative services, including management and technical assistance to both new and incumbent Governors, their senior executive staff, and their trusted advisors.

Key Responsibilities of the LEGISLATIVE Associate

NGA seeks a Legislative Associate to assist in developing and coordinating fast-moving policy strategy in support of Governors’ federal priorities. The Legislative Associate will assist in the planning, coordination, and direction of programs and daily operations of the government relations team. The Legislative Associate must have knowledge of state and federal policy areas, relevant legislation, programs, and financing for. The position will have direct interaction with Governors’ staff, congressional offices and the Administration.

Other important responsibilities of the Legislative Associate include:

Serve as a representative of NGA in a junior level capacity to Governors’ office, Congress and the Administration;
Highly effective oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills;
Self-starter with proven track record of successfully working with states;
Support development and execution of government relations strategies related portfolio;
Track and monitor legislation and regulations on issues that are of importance to states; primarily support for lobbying/advocacy efforts related to NGA’s Community Renewal Task Force, Economic Recovery Task Force, and Revitalization and Pandemic and Disaster Response Task Force.
Produce high quality informational materials for Governors’ offices and advocacy materials for presentation to policy makers to include letters, statements, policy memos, talking points, speeches, presentation and op-eds;
Conduct research related to Governors’ policy priorities and pending federal action to support advocacy efforts on behalf of Governors;
Collaborate with other organizations to find ways to partner that will amplify NGA’s advocacy efforts;
Provide support to all team meetings, briefing, teleconferences and events;
Demonstrating a commitment to NGA’s mission and goals to constructively serve the needs of all Governors; and
Other duties as assigned by Director, Government Relations.

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree preferable in political science, public policy or related field. Two to three plus years working on Capitol Hill, federal agency or Governor’s Office strongly preferred.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to:

Effectively communicate in writing;
Work independently, set priorities and handle multiple issues at the same time;
Effectively interact with a wide range of constituencies;
Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills to facilitate discussion and build consensus;
Identify emerging public policy issues;
Analyze federal legislation and regulations;
Ability to assume responsibility and take independent action and to work in a fast-paced and high-profile policy environment;
Collaborate and work in a team environment; and
Travel, as necessary.
How to apply

Interested candidates should apply online through NGA’s career site. NGA uses Clear Company, and all information is kept strictly confidential. An application is considered when all required fields are completed. Please include:

Your resume highlighting your education, experience, and direct transferable skills
A portfolio of your best work (attach to your candidate profile via Clear Company)
Physical and sensory demands

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. NGA is committed to providing a productive and safe environment. To achieve that goal, we conduct background and reference check investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment.

Working at the National Governors Association

NGA staff proudly serve our nation’s Governors daily, and it is our mission to ensure we offer a comprehensive, competitive benefits package designed to support the needs of NGA employees.

NGA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/D/F/V). NGA is committed to fostering an energetic, collaborative, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We promote diversity and provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, or any other legally protected factor. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.


Job posted: 2021-09-19