Manager of Government Relations

13 Jul, 2021


Manager of Government Relations


Nelnet is a student loan servicer that’s grown into a fiber internet pioneer, real estate investor, and software provider. But that’s just the beginning. With 6,500 associates and growing, we take our business wherever superior customer experiences and ingenuity are needed.

The perks of working at Nelnet go beyond our benefits package. When you join the Nelnet team, you’re part of a community invested in the success of each individual. That support comes through in our work, as we are united by our mission of creating opportunities for people where they live, learn, and work.

The Manager of Government Relations will have strategic oversight of, and responsibility for working with Director of Government Relations to craft and sustain Nelnet’s government relations work before Congress and federal agencies. This position is located in Washington D.C.

You will be responsible for the development and execution of government relations strategies in service of Nelnet’s diversified business interests.  This role entails interfacing with policymakers and staff, a network of government affairs consultants, and industry associations. The Manager of Government Relations reports to Nelnet’s Director of Government Relations and requires frequent interaction with the Nelnet executive leadership team.  You will be based in Washington, DC.

This is not an entry level position and requires experience with Congress, federal or state regulatory bodies, political affairs, and public policy.

•    BA or BS Degree Required

•    5+ years of experience with federal legislative and/or regulatory policy;
•    Experience in working collaboratively with the government and members of both parties, but strong ties to GOP lawmakers and staff preferred;
•    Experience with policy areas of interest to Nelnet such as higher education financing, renewable energy, tax, and banking;
•    Experience with managing complex policy strategies over time and toward a discreet and positive outcome; and
•    Experience with driving government affairs communications with key elected officials, regulators, agencies, trade associations, and other influential individuals and groups.

1.    Service Excellence
2.    Oral communications
3.    Written communications
4.    Presentation skills
5.    Problem Solving
6.    Managing Multiple Priorities
7.    Decision Making and Critical Thinking
8.    Leadership 
9.    Sound judgement
10.    Team Management and Team Building
11.    Planning: Tactical, Strategic
12.    Project Management
13.    Ability to obtain a security clearance

Colorado Candidates: Salary range for this role is $100,000 – $120,000

Our benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, HSA and FSA, generous earned time off, 401K/student loan repayment, life insurance & AD&D insurance, employee assistance program, employee stock purchase program, tuition reimbursement, performance-based incentive pay, short- and long-term disability, and a robust wellness program. Click here to learn more about our benefits: LINK.

Nelnet is an Equal Opportunity Employer, complies with Executive Order 11246, and takes affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, national origin, gender, or sex, marital status, age, disability, use of a guide dog or service animal, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance.  Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Nelnet Corporate Recruiting.

Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Corporate Recruiting at 402-486-5725 or

Nelnet is a Drug Free and Tobacco Free Workplace.

Nelnet is a leading student loan servicer – but we’re even more than that. We’re a professional services company, telecommunications innovator, and K-12 and higher education expert (and that’s just the shortlist). For over 40 years, we’ve been serving our customers and making their dreams possible.

Learn more here

Job posted: 2021-07-13