Policy Communications Coordinator

06 Apr, 2021


Policy Communications Coordinator

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Washington, DC


This position supports coordination of legislative and advocacy communications for the Government Relations department. Responsibilities will include managing a monthly advocacy newsletter, coordinating regular policy webinars, drafting blog posts and other social media, and other special projects. This position will support the federal appropriations work of the National Trust, including tracking Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) competitive grant programs and serving as project manager for our annual appropriations report. Responsibilities will also include support for the department at large, including bill tracking, coordinating with other departments, supporting meetings with external partners and Hill staff, as well as research and other activities that assist in influencing the outcome of legislative, planning and policy initiatives at the federal, state and local level. 


  • Serves as primary point of contact regarding coordination of government relations department content and external policy communications. With direction of senior staff, responds to public inquiries directed to the department.
  • Collaborates with other departments and offices of the Trust as required to ensure Government Relations activities are effectively communicated and coordinated with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinates creation and dissemination of department newsletter to external audiences.
  • Serves as project co0rdinator for the Preservation Budget Report, including responsibilities for select programs that support our diversity agenda, such as HPF competitive grant programs and NPS Networks.
  • Stays informed about legislation and policy issues of importance to the organization.
  • Provides conference planning and meeting logistics support as required. Serves as lead for executing the logistics of the Chafee Award as part of the National Trust Conference.
  • Assists with department advocacy efforts by conducting research and analysis on policy issues. Prepares draft reports and analysis regarding implications of government and/or partner actions for policies relevant to the organization.
  • Provides administrative and technical assistance for department staff as necessary, particularly with policy webinars.
  • Helps plan, prepare for, and execute lobbying days and other mettings and events, particularly communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least 3 years of professional level experience, particularly in a matrixed and geographically dispersed non-profit. Experience in a governmental relations setting, including experience developing communications strategies, coordinating projects and working with key external stakeholders preferred.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion, with ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment and ability to achieve results with general supervision.
  • Basic and analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
  • Basic project coordination skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively across departments, with track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set, with ability to think creatively, and demonstrated history of helping to establish new programs.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Experience in supporting outreach to and engagement of culturally diverse audiences, partners and stakeholders desired; connections to diverse professional or community affinity groups a plus.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, social media platforms, and database systems required, with ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology.


This is a full time, non-exempt level position, eligible for full benefits, including affordable health, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement plan contributions, and 3.5 weeks of paid vacation, plus sick time and holidays.
Hiring range:  $26.00 – $28.50/hour ($48-52,000/year annualized)

The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation  actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.

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Job posted: 2021-04-06