Manager, Government Relations

25 Feb, 2021


Manager, Government Relations

National Park Foundation
Washington, DC

Working at NPF

The National Park Foundation (NPF) works in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) to enrich America’s national parks through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation is founded on a legacy that began more than a century ago, when private citizens from all walks of life took action to establish and protect our national parks.

Today, the National Park Foundation carries on that tradition as the only national charitable nonprofit whose mission is to directly support America’s 420+ national park units. As the National Park Service’s official nonprofit partner, the National Park Foundation supports projects and programs across the system. We protect our natural, cultural, and historical heritage and connect people to all that the parks have to offer through our work.

For more information on the full range of programs and projects supported by the National Park Foundation, please review our website at
Position Overview

As part of the National Park Foundation’s Government Relations (GR) team, the Manager, Government Relations, reports to the Vice President of Government Relations and, in partnership with the larger External Affairs and Senior Leadership Team, is responsible for supporting and executing the Foundation’s legislative strategy in service of enhancing America’s national parks for present and future generations.  The GR team is responsible for securing an annual appropriation from Congress that is leveraged with private dollars to provide over $10 million in annual impact to support America’s national parks.  In addition, the Manager will work collaboratively with the GR, larger External Affairs team, and other stakeholders as necessary to build on the organization’s established outreach programs to engage members of Congress, their staff, leadership within the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior to deliver on key priorities.   The Manager will support ongoing efforts including, but not limited to, obtaining Congressional support for annual appropriations, strengthening capacity for national park partners, grant and program notifications, seasonal fly-in events, and Congressional staff delegation trips.


  • Support the Vice-President, Government Relations, and the External Affairs Team in executing the Foundation’s annual legislative strategy.
  • Understand and assess policies related to national parks, public lands, and the environment, and their potential impact on the National Park Foundation.  Assist the GR team in distilling this information for NPF Senior Leadership.
  • Build relationships and meaningfully engage with staff members from all backgrounds on Capitol Hill and within senior leadership positions in the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service.
  • Provide support to the Vice-President, including scheduling meetings, compiling background materials for meetings, factsheets, and other duties as necessary, with a primary focus on Capitol Hill audience.
  • Coordinate meetings, background materials, fact sheets, and other items as necessary in preparation for annual Hill Day, Congressional Staff trips, webinars, and other special events.
  • Coordinate GR vendor and consultant contracts.
  • Facilitate annual renewals, Purchase Orders, and monthly payment processes via Concur.
  • Complete additional Finance processes (PCARD requests, event expenses) as needed.
  • Regularly update GR assets such as Congressional staffer contact list, national park by Congressional district spreadsheet, and grants and programs information by Congressional district.


Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience working with bipartisan or diverse ranges of people, as well as the ability to connect with all audiences
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Attention to detail in completing administrative tasks
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Capitol Hill, Executive Branch, and the legislative process
  • Ability to identify opportunities for NPF to play a role in legislative and non-legislative initiatives.
  • Understanding or willingness to learn Microsoft Office (including PowerPoint and Excel) as well as Concur


Preferred education and experience:

  • College Degree or equivalent professional experience
  • 1-2 years experience on Capitol Hill, or professional experience requiring frequent interaction with Members of Congress, staff, and/or an understanding of the legislative process

Description of physical demands and work environment:

  • Position is currently remote, with an expected return to office pending the ongoing pandemic
  • Upon a return to the office, the position is a typical office environment.  The ability to navigate Capitol Hill, or willingness to learn to do so, while accompanying others, is required

Compensation and Benefits:

The National Park Foundation offers a competitive salary and benefits program. Starting salary for this opportunity will be commensurate with the level of experience of the candidate. Based in DC at NPF’s newly designed headquarters, this position will also have access to an onsite fitness facility, exciting downtown Washington, DC community and a variety of metro stations.

Learn more here

Job posted: 2021-02-25