Specialist, Federal Government Relations–Child Nutrition

18 Nov, 2020


Specialist, Federal Government Relations–Child Nutrition

Save the Children
Washington, DC

Job Details



The Specialist, Federal Government Relations (GR), Child Nutrition will work on the federal issue portfolio to advance legislative initiatives that address the issues children in the U.S. face related to access to nutritious food, especially in rural communities. In this role, you will work with the Senior Director of Political and Public Affairs and partner with the Director of Federal Government Relations to research and develop materials for use in outreach on Save the Children Action Network’s (SCAN) child nutrition priorities. You will assist with outreach at the federal level with Capitol Hill, Administration and other organizations that align with our child nutrition priorities. You will also assist the Director of Government Relations with implementing legislative strategy and initiatives, and will work closely with other SCAN departments and Save the Children’s United States Programs & Advocacy (USPA).


What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

  • Coordinate Child Nutrition Issue Portfolio (35%)- The Specialist will work on the child nutrition federal issue portfolio to ensure that initiatives are developed, coordinated, and accomplished in a timely manner. They will carry out legislative strategies under the direction of the Director of GR to advance SCAN priorities. The Specialist will be the liaison to Save the Children USPA programmatic and policy staff.


  • Assist with External Relationships (25%)- The Specialist, under supervision of the Senior Director, Political and Public Affairs, will assist with developing and maintaining bipartisan and bicameral relationships on Capitol Hill with a focus on key committees of jurisdiction and members in leadership. This also includes relationships with federal agencies and the child nutrition advocacy community.


  • Develop Advocacy & Educational Materials (25%)- The Specialist will work with the Director, Federal Government Relations, to research and develop educational materials to provide to our congressional targets and the Administration on child nutrition legislative policy. This also includes developing materials including one-pagers, action alerts, and other documents.


  • Internal Coordination with SCAN & USPA (15%)- The Specialist will work closely with the Director of Government Relations and other SCAN and Save the Children departments to ensure federal strategy is coordinated and appropriately aligned. They will work with USPA to coordinate outreach and develop materials to generate grassroots and grass-tops support for influencing federal policy.


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in area of expertise
  • High School or Technical/Vocational Degree
  • Professional level of specialized knowledge to manage complex tasks, programs or projects.
  • Demonstrated working understanding of federal government operations and the legislative process
  • Proven comfort with public speaking
  • Professional proficiency with written and verbal English communication skills
  • Proven successful collaboration with internal and external colleagues
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office software
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple competing priorities



Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in or with Congressional offices
  • Experience working in coalition
  • Experience working on child nutrition issues including, but not limited to, SNAP, WIC, CACFP, appropriations, etc.
  • Experience working on issues of importance for rural communities


Why you should join the Save the Children Team… 


Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.  


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About Save the Children

Save the Children Action Network is the political voice for kids. We believe that every child deserves the best start in life. As the political advocacy arm of Save the Children, we’re building bipartisan will and voter support to make sure every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early learning and that no mother or child around the globe dies from a preventable disease or illness. By investing in kids and holding leaders accountable, we are helping kids from birth to age five survive and thrive.


Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in timeof crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. 


Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue. 


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Job posted: 2020-11-18