Sr. Director, Government Relations

16 Aug, 2021


Sr. Director, Government Relations

Kellen Co.
Washington, DC

General Purpose of the Position
This individual will serve as the lead on multiple accounts and oversee staff across a number of Kellen’s vertical markets. They will serve as the go-to expert on operational standards, overseeing day-to-day execution and offering strategic guidance as needed.

Essential Functions

  • Monitor Federal and state legislative and regulatory processes, inform clients of impacts, and propose Advocacy responses as appropriate.
  • Identify and analyze emerging issues in proposed government policies, including priority in terms of client Advocacy objectives and their alignment with the administration’s interests.
  • Develop key issue objectives and communication plans to address topics of client concern or interest, collaborating across Advocacy and other Kellen departments to develop messaging to policymakers, stakeholders, and others.
  • Manage relationships with policymakers and stakeholders.
  • Initiate and maintain liaison with appropriate government officials and organizations in Washington and state capitals to promote client legislative and regulatory agendas.
  • Advocate client positions to stakeholders and government officials, and relay information back to the client.
  • Liaise with external organizations including identifying potential stakeholders and arranging conference participants and speakers.
  • Brief stakeholders, client leadership, and Advocacy colleagues on priorities for federal and state Advocacy.
  • Prepare briefings for leaders representing the client in official meetings.
  • Lead coalition meetings and make public presentations on behalf of the client, as appropriate.
  • Advise clients on impacts of legislation and regulations; educate Advocacy colleagues and others about policy areas within your particular expertise.
  • May include other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree in government, political science, public affairs, or policy, or similar ‎required.
  • Graduate degree strongly preferred.
  • 10+ years’ experience working in government, consulting firms, corporations, business, and trade associations, in any combination of roles.
  • Expert knowledge of federal and state government, how it functions, and how to engage ‎and influence.‎
  • In-depth knowledge of US federal policies, processes, and stakeholders related to a wide range of industry verticals and policy issue areas.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including string presentation skills.
  • Track record organizing and leading strategic policy and/or advocacy efforts in a dynamic environment.
  • Independent, flexible, and entrepreneurial with a strong results-oriented outlook.
  • Strategic thinker comfortable developing innovative solutions for a diverse set of complex, cross-functional ‎‎challenges, and opportunities.
  • Superior interpersonal skills crucial for success, including relationship building and maintenance skills.

We Value

Expertise – Demonstrated expertise in government processes and policy. Successful experience in working ‎professionally and confidently with senior leaders, including government leaders, political appointees, and elected ‎officials. Ability to work in a demanding team environment is required. Ability to synthesize complex information ‎from multiple sources, identify and analyze the most relevant points for the specific audience and communicate ‎effectively verbally or through written formats, including power point. Record of providing clients with advice ‎that blends government relations experience, expert legislative knowledge, and an understanding of, and ‎appreciation for, a client’s business objectives.‎

Strategic thinking – Ability to take complex issues and develop an effective strategy and execute those plans to ‎effectively achieve results.‎

Organizational skills – Adept at leading an effective operating system and process to drive results and to measure ‎effectiveness of the group’s outcomes. Ability to set priorities, and the discipline to execute to those priorities, ‎while also actively understanding organizational priorities to contribute or adjust as needed.‎

Office Skills – Competency in using modern office functions and basic, professional information technology ‎systems (including, but not limited to word processing, analytical, presentation, communications, and database ‎software) is required.‎

Urgency – Acts with urgency, able to prioritize decisions and make decisions quickly and mitigate risk where ‎needed.‎

Ownership – Self-motivated, dedicated team player with a strong sense of ownership and accountability, interested ‎in working to continuously improve the function.‎

Integrity – Highest Integrity, good judgment, and commitment to all laws.‎

Work Ethic – Strong work ethic. Willing to do what it takes to get the right results in the time needed. Willing to ‎go beyond.‎

Professionalism and Composure – Ability to sustain a professional, respectful, and composed demeanor always.‎

Range – Ability to work across multiple functions, at all levels.‎

Adaptability – Ability to adjust to adverse and challenging circumstances, including shifting political dynamics ‎and learning/mastering new skills.‎

Vision – Ability to fully evaluate the status quo, identify challenges, present plans for improvement and further ‎development, and then implement and manage positive change aligned to desired objectives.‎

Working at Kellen
This role is based in Kellen’s Washington, D.C., office located in the historic National Press Building. Kellen employees enjoy competitive compensation and full benefits packages including 12 U.S. holidays plus accrued PTO, retirement plans with company match, medical/dental/vision insurance, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules, and much more. The successful candidate will join a collegial, diverse and friendly atmosphere of communications, management and public affairs professionals working hard to turn our client missions into reality. For more information, visit

Travel Requirements
Ability to travel as needed.

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Job posted: 2021-08-16