Manager, Government and External Relations

10 May, 2022


Manager, Government and External Relations

Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Washington, D.C.

Manager, Government and External Relations

Reports to: Director, Government and External Relations

Staff reporting to this position: None

Classification: Exempt/Full-time

Vacancy: 2

Job Group: 4 (This is a bargaining unit position. Commensurate with experience, the annual salary range for this position is $70,700 – $105,900.)


The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is actively committed to promoting and maintaining the importance of diversity to its work. We encourage everyone across the spectrums of race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, age, gender identity and expression, educational background, sexual orientation, and religion to apply.

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonprofit research and grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing evidence-backed ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth. Equitable Growth engages with academics and policymakers to better understand economic inequality in the United States and its impact on economic growth. Important elements of Equitable Growth’s mission include in-house, academic-quality research, and grantmaking to academic economists and other social scientists to support new research on inequality, mobility, growth, and related issues. Building a stronger bridge between academics and the policy community and elevating researchers and their work with the news media are both key to our work, with the goal of making new research relevant, accessible, and informative to the policymaking process.


  • Lead outreach to federal, state, and local policymakers and advocates to advance evidence-backed economic ideas and policies as part of Equitable Growth’s Government and External Relations team and in close collaboration with Equitable Growth’s Policy and Communications teams. This outreach will lead policymakers and advocates to think differently about what makes the economy grow and to prioritize combating economic inequality in all its forms, including racial and gender divides.
  • Identify policy-relevant academic research and researchers to inject into the policy debate, leveraging strong relationships with policymakers and advocates, deep understanding of Equitable Growth’s economic narrative, and seasoned strategic thinking on how best to spark policy change.
  • Translate academic research on inequality and growth into a policy-relevant narrative; this could include drafting or editing reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, blog posts, infographics, and other materials that concisely convey research findings for a lay audience, and then, using good political judgement, distributing those resources to key policymakers and advocates, including congressional offices, White House staffers, state and local policy intermediaries, and federal agencies.
  • Prepare Equitable Growth’s President and CEO, other in-house experts, and members of Equitable Growth’s extensive academic network for testifying on Capitol Hill or presenting at other government or coalition settings. The goal of these activities is to generate broad buy-in among powerful stakeholders for Equitable Growth’s narratives, ideas, and policies, as well as provide value to academics in the Equitable Growth network.
  • Facilitate meetings and other engagement – including briefings, dinners, conferences, and other convenings – between Equitable Growth’s network of academic researchers, its community of leaders at like-minded think tanks, and key federal, state, and local policymakers and advocates. This will require understanding – and further refining over time – Equitable Growth’s value-add to the economic policy ecosystem, including how the organization situates itself as a link between academia and government.
  • Represent Equitable Growth at external meetings with advocacy coalitions, high-ranking government policymakers, and academic partners, building relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders and elevating Equitable Growth’s brand. This strategic relationship-building will help Equitable Growth refine and spread novel economic policy ideas that can combat inequality and spur growth.
  • Collect intelligence on policy developments relevant to Equitable Growth’s objectives, and, in so doing, identify short- and long-term research opportunities that will meet the needs of policymakers and advocates. This information will help inform Equitable Growth’s annual grantmaking to academic researchers.
  • Update and maintain customer relationship management (CRM) database and other contact lists to enable efficient and regular outreach to partners via newsletters, e-blasts, meeting requests, and event invites.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience will be considered.
  • At least five years of experience working on economic policy issues at the federal, state, or local level. A graduate or doctoral degree in public policy, economics, law, or another applicable discipline may be substituted for work experience.
  • A track record of cultivating productive relationships and influencing key stakeholders as part of campaigns for evidence-based public policy.
  • An excellent candidate will be familiar with domestic economic policy, government processes at the federal, state, or local level, and relevant advocacy and trade groups.
  • Highly flexible and efficient, able to respond quickly to events on the ground, adjust plans accordingly, and manage time across multiple projects.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Highly organized and keen attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work well on a diverse, collegial, and busy team.

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Job posted: 2022-05-10