Manager for Public Policy and Government Affairs
Council of Graduate Schools - Washington, DC

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Status: Exempt Employee

Reporting: Reports to the Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs

Basic Function: This position provides key staff support to CGS Public Policy and Government Affairs

Specific Responsibilities:
    •Tracks and analyzes authorizing, budget, and appropriations legislation related to graduate education and research policies and programs across federal agencies including the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy
    •Schedules, prepares materials for, and participates in meetings with Congressional offices
    •Drafts letters and statements regarding relevant legislation and responses to Congressional inquiries
    •Attends and reports on Congressional hearings, meetings at educational organizations, briefings, etc.
    •With input from the Vice President, schedules and organizes briefings for University Federal Relations Representatives
    •Manages the production process and content for 30+ e-newsletters each year, including researching and drafting articles, editing submissions from colleagues, and publishing the newsletter
    •Organizes the planning, execution and follow up for CGS Legislative Forums and Legislative Report outreach including: development of agenda, work plans and meeting logistics; communications with speakers; coordination of presentations, meetings and materials; scheduling of and preparing background materials for legislative visits; and reviewing and editing reports and associated materials.
    •Schedules conference calls and meetings for the Government Relations Advisory Committee.
    •Compiles and disseminates Weekly Roundup to CGS Staff and Consultants
    •Prepares summary of weekly quips and quotes for Government Affairs
    •Monitors relevant news and information sources, including Congressional hearing testimony and GAO reports, to assist in the identification of issues related to the work of CGS, its members and constituents

Position Requirements and Required Skills
    •Desire 5 years plus experience on Capitol Hill or related association/industry public policy and government affairs background
    •Master†s degree required with a concentration in education, political science or a related discipline
    •Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
    •Expertise in Microsoft Office suite applications
    •Demonstrated ability to develop and complete projects independently, respond in a timely manner and meet deadlines, and work cooperatively on team projects
    •Highly organized, with focus on details

Salary and Benefits: Excellent benefits and compensation for qualified candidates.

To Apply: Send your cover letter, resume or CV to along with three recent references and writing samples.