Legislative Director (energy, environment, agriculture and land management focus)

30 Oct, 2022


Legislative Director (energy, environment, agriculture and land management focus)

National Governors Association
Washington, D.C.

TITLE: Legislative Director (energy, environment, agriculture and land management focus)
ORGANIZATION: National Governors Association
LOCATION: Washington, DC
COMPENSATION: A competitive compensation package will be made to the qualified candidate
REPORTS TO: Director, Government Relations

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.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience lobbying Congressional and Executive branch leaders on energy, environment, agriculture & land management, the ability to execute high stakes lobbying campaigns, and a strong legislative background and extensive network. The mission of the Government Relations department is to ensure that Governors’ views are represented in the development of federal policies, rules, and regulations. The individual will collaborate extensively with the Director, Government Relations, Government Relations staff and the NGA Center for Best Practices staff on legislative and policy activities and priorities related to NGA and its members. The position will have direct interaction with Governors’ staff, congressional offices, and the Administration.

Other important responsibilities of the Legislative Director, Government Relations include:

  • Based in Washington, DC, the Legislative Director is responsible for influencing changes to Federal laws, policies and regulations by lobbying Congress and the Executive Branch on Governors’ priorities and issues related to energy, environment, agriculture and land management, including but not limited to:
    • Energy legislation and relevant federal regulations;
    • the Farm Bill;
    • reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act and other water infrastructure issues;
    • Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) implementation
    • key public lands and outdoor recreation legislation.
  • Ability to support the NGA’s Economic Recovery and Revitalization Task Force, which has oversight of  Infrastructure, State Stabilization, Energy, Environment, Land Management, and Taxes
  • Proven ability to approach complex policy issues with a solution-oriented, strategic focus on issues that are of importance to the states and territories;
  • Background in drafting, summarizing and advancing legislative and regulatory proposals;
  • Effective at influencing public policy and an ability to communicate complex policy issues in a manner that is understandable to those with little or no knowledge of the issue(s);
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize, excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Effectively build relationships with key Congressional and Administration officials and communicate Governors’ legislative and regulatory priorities to Congress and federal agencies;
  • Collaborate with Governors’ state/ federal representatives, state-federal contacts, and other state, territory, and local government organizations to maximize NGA’s federal lobbying activities;
  • Assist Director and Government Relations team to develop and implement advocacy strategies to influence federal laws, policies and regulations affecting states and territories;
  • Provide guidance to federal agencies to ensure rules do not go beyond federal standards and authority;
  • Draft issue briefs, legislative memos and analysis policy statements, letters, comments, and other materials;
  • Disseminate information and analysis to Governors’ offices in a timely manner on relevant issues;
  • Demonstrate 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 in political science, public policy or related field. Eight to ten plus years working substantively on energy, environmental agriculture & land management issues. Lobbying or representation at a senior federal level, Governor’s office or Hill. Experience working with Governors, working in federal or state agencies or non-profit organizations.  Hill experience 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;
  • Strong interpersonal and facilitation skills to facilitate discussion and build consensus;
  • Identify emerging public policy issues;
  • Analyze federal legislation, policy and regulations; and understand the effect on states and territories; draft testimony and talking points;
  • Collaborate and work in a team environment; and
  • Travel, as necessary.

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)

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.

NGA staff proudly serve our nation’s Governors’ daily and it’s 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: 2022-10-30