Manager, Federal Policy

28 Sep, 2021


Manager, Federal Policy

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Washington, DC

Job Description

Department: Public Policy


Position: Manager, Federal Policy (Located in DC area)

Supervisor: SVP, Public Policy


Position Summary:

The Manager of Federal Policy (MFP) will work closely with AFSP’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and serve as a key link between AFSP’s leadership and the federal government. The MFP will assist in managing the organization’s Federal public policy priorities and legislative agenda, and in maintaining and enhancing AFSP’s advocacy presence in Washington, DC.



  • Assist in the development of long and short term national public policy and legislative goals as approved by AFSP’s Public Policy Council and National Board of Directors and objectives in conjunction with the SVP
  • Manage the preparation, research, writing and editing of federal level issue and concept “white” papers and other relevant materials for internal and external audiences
  • Manage, establish, maintain and leverage relationships with Congressional Members and staff; relevant key Administration officials and other “Washington Insiders” and thought leaders
  • Work with a variety of elected officials, their staff, and public policy stakeholders outside of AFSP, regardless of their political affiliation 
  • Manage on a timely basis all federal level issues communication with AFSP chapter organizations, grassroots volunteers such as Field Advocates, Field Ambassadors and other stakeholders 
  • Represent AFSP to relevant Washington, DC based coalitions and assists with the coordination of AFSP’s participation in related meetings, conferences and public events that further the Foundation’s Federal public policy agenda
  • Manage the federal part of the Annual Advocacy Forum as it relates to Field Advocate appointments with US Senate and House members, as well as other federal program areas
  • Assist in the management of AFSP Public Policy Associates (college interns)
  • Collaborate with other members of the AFSP Public Policy staff as well as other AFSP national and chapter staff and volunteers as appropriate
  • Handle other duties as assigned by supervisor



  • BA or BS required, other advanced degree or law degree preferred, or equivalent experience 
  • 1-3 years’ experience in public policy development and analysis, government relations, coalition building and advocacy, preferably with a non-profit organization or a government agency or office 
  • Excellent written, oral and social media skills
  • Solid research and analytical skills
  • Capacity to juggle competing priorities
  • A network of professional relationships in Washington, DC related to public policy is a plus
  • Contacts within mental health or suicide prevention is helpful
  • Experience working on or with Capitol Hill is required


Salary and Benefits:

  • 22 PTO (vacation, sick, wellness and personal days) your first year of employment (5 additional days 2nd year)
  • 10% employer retirement contribution after 2 years of employment
  • Flexible Summer Fridays
  • Low to Mid 50s depending on experience


How to Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter outlining a compelling reason why you should be considered for this role to Write “FederalManager” in the subject line. 

Job posted: 2021-09-28