Director/Manager of State Government Affairs, Niskanen Center

The Niskanen Center, a libertarian 501(c)(3) think tank that works to change public policy through direct engagement in the policymaking process, is seeking a highly talented individual to manage its state government affairs program that includes several policy areas, with a main focus on energy and climate.

A successful candidate will be responsible for managing all aspects of a state affairs program, focused on policymakers in both the legislative and executive branch. The role will include developing and executing a state-based strategy, managing several contractors, and implementing policy at the administrative level.

Past experiences should include developing and maintaining strategic relationships with high-level public policy officials, including state legislators, government officials, and coalition leaders.

• Have 3+ years of experience managing state-level policy advocacy, government affairs, or related fields for a non-profit, association, or corporation;
• Have significant experience on energy, climate, or immigration related issues;
• Be self-directed with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
• Able to rapidly build relationships;
• Be able to work well in a fast-paced, team-focused environment and to manage and advance multiple projects;
• Be able to work under the pressure of tight deadlines;
• Be willing to travel in upwards of 50% of the time;
• Have a Bachelor’s degree preferably in economics, environmental studies, political science or other relevant fields. Master’s Degree is a plus but not required.

This position is based in Washington, D.C.

How to Apply:
Qualified candidates should submit the following materials in one PDF file to Niskanen Center vice president Joe Coon at
• Résumé
• A cover letter detailing your interest in the organization and your salary requirements
• Writing sample that demonstrates an ability to communicate complex concepts to other policy experts

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