Manager/Director of Government and External Affairs

13 May, 2020


Manager/Director of Government and External Affairs

Cato Institute
Washington, DC

The Cato Institute is seeking applications for a full-time position located in Washington, D.C., to serve as a Manager/Director of Government and External Affairs. The Manager/Director will work to establish Cato as the prime source for objective analysis for federal policymakers and to ensure that Cato scholars have the access and proper tools needed to help Congress and the Administration develop and advance good policy. The Manager/Director will work with the Vice President of Communications, the existing federal affairs team, and appropriate senior policy staff to devise and execute outreach strategies for a portfolio of issues consisting of welfare, entitlements, health care, education, and fiscal policy broadly (this list of issues is subject to change). Salary and title commensurate with experience.

Company Overview:

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization – a think tank – dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th-century England that presented a vision of a society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution – individual liberty, limited government, and free markets – turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future. Cato Institute is an EOE.


  • Meet regularly with appropriate policy staff to discuss policy proposals and schedule for research products
  • Maintain relationships with key staff on Capitol Hill and within the Administration
  • Identify, create, and assist with opportunities for Cato scholars to provide testimony, statements for the record, and other high-impact opportunities for Cato scholars
  • Track and advise on ongoing and emerging dynamics on Capitol Hill and within the Administration to ensure Cato’s maximum impact on the policy debate
  • Seek individual meetings for Cato’s senior staff with federal policymakers and officials
  • Devise, recommend, and execute engagement strategies (in coordination with relevant policy staff) for individual issue areas and specific research projects with the goal of positively influencing the policy debate
  • Oversee distribution of Cato scholarship to Capitol Hill and Administration audiences
  • Work with existing federal affairs staff to ensure Cato-wide coordination of the Institute’s efforts


  • 3 to 10 years’ experience in issue management on Capitol Hill or equivalent association/think tank, government, or corporate experience
  • A bachelor’s degree in Political Science or related field
  • Comprehensive understanding of Congressional rules, procedures, and operations

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Job posted: 2020-05-13