The National League of Cities is seeking an experienced professional to be responsible for proactively driving federal policy by advocating for the interests of local governments on transportation infrastructure and community and economic development in legislative and regulatory policy matters before Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies. The principal associate is also responsible for overseeing and supporting the policy development process for these issue areas working through committees of local government officials. Reports to a Program Director.
Examples of Work
Consistent with NLC’s National Municipal Policy, advocates adoption of NLC positions in federal legislation and regulations; monitors and tracks the status of federal legislation, reviews and drafts legislation, and analyzes and assesses the possible impact of legislation on local governments.
Develop member-engaged advocacy strategies in collaboration with other NLC teams, including Strategic Communications, Member Services, City Solutions and Applied Research, and the Institute for Youth, Education and Families.
Reviews and analyzes proposed federal agency regulations and submits comments to agencies on behalf of NLC in response to proposed rules.
Drafts congressional testimony for local officials, and prepares local officials to testify in congressional hearings.
Facilitate the policy development process working through assigned policy committees and in consultation with other NLC member groups, including the Advisory Council, constituency groups, and member councils.
Support local officials in their understanding of federal policy and the legislative and administrative processes.
Writes articles regarding NLC legislative and regulatory activities for organizational publications and social media; prepares briefing papers on federal policy issues for local officials, state municipal leagues, congressional offices, NLC’s Board of Directors, policy and advocacy committees, and other national organizations.
Works collaboratively with and builds coalitions with local officials, state municipal leagues, congressional offices, other national organizations, and the Administration in support of the organization’s federal advocacy goals.
Assists with the leadership and committee appointments process by providing background information on candidates.
Organizes and presents at relevant workshops and roundtables at NLC’s national conferences and other convening’s.
Provides guidance to NLC staff on legislative and regulatory issues.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in political science, urban affairs, public administration or related field; advanced degree preferred; minimum five years of progressively responsible relevant work experience on Capitol Hill or with a public interest association, federal agency, or working for a local government in related areas; experience with the federal legislative and regulatory process; or a combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Extensive knowledge of workings of all levels of government, issues of importance to local governments, workings of public interest associations; demonstrated ability to analyze and communicate these issues effectively; demonstrated ability to interpret policy positions and apply those positions in a highly political and frequently changing environment; understanding of the federal legislative and regulatory process and how it relates to the needs of local governments; demonstrated ability to develop and implement lobbying strategies on a variety of issues; ability to build and work effectively with coalitions to achieve shared advocacy goals; demonstrated ability to adhere to organizational policies and procedures; demonstrated ability to represent organizational perspective internally and externally; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with and provide guidance and assistance to other staff. Excellent oral, written, interpersonal communication and organizational skills; and the ability to interact effectively with local elected officials, federal agency and Congressional officials and staffs, and all levels of NLC staff.
To apply submit a cover letter and resume to:
National League of Cities
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004