Manager, Government Affairs/DoD Small Business Liaison

NishAbout the Company
Established in 1974, NISH is one of two national, nonprofit agencies designated by the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled [a federal government agency] to support nonprofit agencies (NPAs) participating in the AbilityOne Program which provides employment opportunities for people who are blind or have other significant disabilities by procuring federal contracts for goods and services.
Headquartered in Vienna, Va., NISH supports a network of more than 1,300 NPAs as well as federal customers by providing the legislative and regulatory assistance, communications and public relations materials, information technology support, engineering and technical assistance, and extensive professional training needed for successful contract management.

NISH is seeking an Manager, Government Affairs/DOD Small Business Liaison in its National Office. The chosen candidate will implement the NISH mission of creating employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities by providing assistance to Community Rehabilitation Programs through activities in government relations, public policy and grassroots advocacy. Responsible for Government Affairs activities related to Department of Defense, small business, veterans and procurement policy.

Looking for candidates to:
Monitor and influence legislative, regulatory and other policy actions, with a focus on defense procurement and small business socio-economic program policy, as they affect the AbilityOne Program, NISH, Community Rehabilitation Programs and employment of people with disabilities.
Pursue efforts to influence and initiate procurement policy, including legislation and regulations that enhance the mission and vision of NISH and the AbilityOne Program.
Build and nurture relationships with key congressional committees and caucuses, including: Senate and House Armed Services, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, Small Business, and related appropriations Committees.

To apply for this position, submit a resume and an application online at

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, M/F/V/D

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