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Government Relations Manager

About the Organization:

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR has developed and supports a national network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships that provide regional, state and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships. Together, we engage with the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that all youth have the support they need through mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school and, ultimately, work.

About the Position:

MENTOR seeks a Government Relations Manager to play a critical role in ensuring the organization achieves its long-term outcome of increased investment and engagement in mentoring in America.

The Government Relations Manager will assist with planning, implementation and execution of three key strategic activities: mobilize grassroots support to advance the mentoring advocacy agenda, propose new and advocate for pending legislation to support and expand access to mentoring opportunities and propose new and advocate for access to federal funding streams for quality mentoring programs. The Government Relations Manager will help represent MENTOR, its national network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships and the mentoring field in day to day interactions with Congress and the Administration, as well as the development of new relationships with external and national coalition partners. This individual will also develop and manage a library of resources dedicated to increasing MENTOR’s ability to effectively advocate for mentoring-related issues at a national level.

This position reports to the Director of Government Relations and is based out of Washington, DC.


Strategy & Implementation for Expanding Government Relations

● Build relationships with Congressional offices in order to further MENTOR’s impact and influence across the country.
● Represent MENTOR, Mentoring Partnership network affiliates and the mentoring field in meetings and briefings on Capitol Hill.
● Assist in developing proposed legislation focused on expanding opportunities for quality youth mentoring and promoting existing MENTOR-endorsed legislation.
● Attend key Congressional hearings, markups, briefings and activities to monitor and advise Congressional staff as appropriate, including supporting activities hosted by the House Mentoring Caucus.

Strategy & Implementation for Expanding External Partnerships

● Collaborate with national coalition partners to grow and strengthen the mentoring field and its representation at the congressional level
● Partner with Mentoring Partnerships to develop and execute key legislative activities in addition to MENTOR’s annual fly-in (Capital Hill Day)

Research & Analysis

● Monitor and analyze federal policies, proposed legislation, regulations and rules that may impact mentors, mentees and affiliate Mentoring Partnerships
● Track and analyze the benefits of federal funding for MENTOR, affiliate Mentoring Partnerships and mentoring programs, and identify new opportunities for public investment
● In partnership with Marketing & Communications team, prepare talking points, presentations, issue briefs, speeches, white papers and other documents based on state and national impact of mentoring.


• 4-7 years of government relations experience; familiarity with legislative and/or grassroots advocacy. Bachelor’s degree required.
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a diverse set of stakeholders, including external partners and Congressional offices; track record of successful interactions with relevant federal and non-profit organizations preferred.
• Thrives independently in a fast-paced, fluid environment with creative problem-solving and organizational skills for maximizing effectiveness and efficiency.
• Proven writing and editing skills.
• Ability to travel approximately 10% of the time to represent MENTOR at national conferences, trainings and partner meetings
• Fluency in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint required. Familiarity with CQ Roll Call, or similar, a plus.
• Passionate about MENTOR’s mission and able to promote and communicate the philosophy, mission and values of MENTOR to external and internal stakeholders.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is an outstanding opportunity to provide leadership, vision and strategy to a highly effective non-profit’s External Affairs team. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Full benefits include health care, 403B, vacation, and life and short- and long-term disability insurance.

MENTOR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Diversity of opinions, experiences, and backgrounds is a key asset.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to resume@mentoring.org.

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