Manager, Government Relations

30 Nov, 2021


Manager, Government Relations

Public Affairs Council
Washington, DC

DIVISION/DEPARTMENT: Council/Public Affairs Practice

About the Public Affairs Council:

Both nonpartisan and nonpolitical, the Public Affairs Council is the leading association for public affairs professionals worldwide. The Council’s mission is to advance the field of public affairs and provide its 700 member companies and associations with the executive education and expertise they need to succeed while maintaining the highest ethical standards. Learn more about the Council at

JOB SUMMARY: Serve as primary contact to membership and broader public affairs community on government relations best practices, trends and strategies. Manage all programs, resources and member services related to the key Council growth areas of federal and state government relations. This position will expand the availability of member services in these areas by developing new resources and training programs on government relations and emerging trends in the field.



  • Program management: Plan, execute and grow the Council’s annual State and Local Government Relations Conference, which brings together over 250 government affairs professionals each year
  • Develop and execute new workshops, webinars, and other events that expand the Council’s audience and attract both experienced and new government affairs professionals as well as generate program revenue
  • Grow and improve existing programs that help maintain the Council’s reputation as the leader in government affairs training, compliance and professional development
  • Manage and oversee the annual Innovation Awards program that selects/honors recipients of outstanding campaigns in communications, lobbying and grassroots advocacy from a pool of over 60 applicants.


  • Be an expert: Serve as the Council’s lead expert on federal and state government relations matters and respond to member assistance requests in these areas. These include topics like issues management, contract lobbyist management, opening a Washington DC office, meeting with policymakers, and measuring government affairs success.
  • Raise awareness: Increase recognition of the Council, including areas and services outside of your expertise.
  • Create resources: Write whitepapers, tip sheets, newsletter articles and web articles/materials that provide members with best practices on corporate and association government relations. Collect and leverage sample materials and case studies from the member community on relevant topics. Increase member communications on trends and emerging issues relevant to the government relations community.
  • Community building: Promotes networking and idea-sharing among public affairs professionals. Manage and grow the Council’s State Government Relations Network, a member benefit that provides networking and resources to state government relations professionals.
  • Public speaking: Increase awareness of Council expertise by delivering trainings and speeches as needed for Council members and the broader government relations community.
  • Manages and grows the Government Relations and Lobbying Certificate
  • Assists with consulting business the Council obtains as it relates to government relations or general public affairs trends.


  • Understanding of and passion for government relations
  • Excellent communication skills as both a public speaker (prepared and extemporaneous) and writer with solid editing skills
  • Ability to establish priorities, work independently, balance many projects at one time, and meet deadlines and objectives without direct supervision or administrative assistance
  • Ability to be successful in a work environment that is team-oriented, fast-paced, and member-focused
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and leadership, often without complete information
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, enthusiasm and strong problem-solving skills, with an interest in staying ahead of the curve and coaching others to do the same


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • 3-5 years of direct government relations experience in a corporate and/or association setting
  • Experience working successfully with senior-level executives and audiences
  • Public speaking, program management and event planning/consulting experience

At the Public Affairs Council we strive to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, stay and do their best work. We know our organization runs on the hard work and dedication of our passionate and creative team members. We are focused on equality and believe in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and all the other characteristics that make us different and better as a whole.

Email a cover letter and resume to Kristin Brackemyre at

Job posted: 2021-11-30