Public Policy and Government Affairs Manager

23 Aug, 2019


Public Policy and Government Affairs Manager

Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)
Washington, DC

Position Title:               Public Policy and Government Affairs Manager

Status:                          Full-time, Exempt Employee

Reports to:                   Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs



The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a national 501(c)(3) higher education membership based not-for-profit association dedicated to the advancement of graduate education and research, is seeking a Public Policy and Government Affairs Manager. This individual provides key support to the Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs. The Manager is responsible for tracking and analyzing federal policies via the legislative and regulatory processes and assists in drafting responses to federal stakeholders. The Manager takes a proactive role in developing and updating policy and advocacy resources for CGS members that relay the association’s position on policy issues as well as the public value of graduate education. Additionally, coordinating CGS’s Advocacy Hill Day is a major component of the Manager’s responsibilities.




Regulatory and Legislative Affairs

  • Monitors, summarizes, and makes recommendations to the Vice President on federal policies (legislative, executive, and judicial) that align with CGS’s Federal Policy Agenda.
  • Drafts public comment responses to federal policymakers.
  • Procures, analyzes, and summarizes data sets from federal agencies.
  • Summarizes publications such as reports and white papers from policy think-tank organizations and federal entities.
  • Attends congressional hearings and briefings and provides timely summaries.
  • Attends meetings with federal departments/agencies and Congressional offices with the Vice President, as appropriate.

Membership Engagement and Resource Development

  • Procures and drafts legislative and regulatory content for Washington Insights & Highlights newsletter.
  • Coordinates with the Vice President to plan, organize, and execute CGS’s Advocacy Hill Day.
  • Updates the design and content of CGS legislative/policy briefs and State Snapshots.
  • Develops digital content for advocacy resources, such as online tool kits and webinars.
  • Drafts communications for CGS member stakeholder groups.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working with an association, a congressional office, or federal agency is preferred, but not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Understanding of legislative, congressional, and regulatory processes and procedures.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word and Excel. Experience with digital platforms to create infographics/charts such as InDesign is preferred.
  • Familiarity with, and ability to retrieve and summarize relevant information from large national databases and agencies such as NCES, NSF, BLS, and GAO.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Is highly analytical and able to perceive a policy issue from the lens of multiple stakeholders.
  • Has excellent customer service skills and is responsive to CGS’s membership and staff.
  • Demonstrates ability to complete projects with a strong sense of time-management and able to meet deadlines.
  • Strong ability to multi-task and is flexible when department priorities shift.
  • Operates well in a team-based setting and promotes a collaborative environment.
  • Displays strong self-initiative and collaborates with the Vice President to advance existing projects and establish new ones.


For full consideration, you should submit a resume or CV complete with writing sample: to Resumes or CV’s will be accepted on a continuous basis until the position is filled by a qualified applicant.  Selected applicants will be invited to the next phase of the screening, which will be a telephone interview format.


Informational Interviews:  For questions about the position, you may request an informational interview with the Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs via email at  In requesting informational interviews, please DO NOT send your CV or any other application materials.


CGS offers competitive compensation based on relevant experience and educational background.  An excellent fringe benefits package is provided to all successful applicants. At present, no opportunities exist for remote work or flexible hours due to the size of the organization. CGS strives for and highly values diversity and inclusion in its workforce.



EOE / AA. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.


Applicants should send their resume or CV and writing sample to:

Job posted: 2019-08-23