Director Of Government Relations – Center for US Global Leadership – Washington, DC

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) is seeking an experienced Director of Government Relations to lead its efforts to amplify the importance of America’s global leadership and the effectiveness of U.S. international affairs programs. The USGLC works to educate and inspire support from the American public and policymakers for a strong and effective International Affairs budget. The Government Relations Director, a member of the senior management team, will lead a talented team responsible for USGLC’s outreach to Capitol Hill and relevant agencies within the Executive Branch. The position will report to the Executive Director and reside in Washington, D.C.

Position Requirements:

Given the importance of building and growing Congressional support for the U.S. International Affairs budget and programs, this position requires at least 10 years’ experience in government relations, including a deep knowledge of Capitol Hill and some foreign policy background, particularly in global development issues. An understanding of the Federal budget process, along with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, is required. Congressional and campaign experience is highly desirable. Limited travel is expected.

Specific responsibilities for the Director of Government Relations will include:

Devise, Manage and Execute USGLC’s Government Relations. Develop and implement forward-thinking strategies for building targeted and bipartisan Congressional support for the U.S. International Affairs budget and effective global development and diplomacy policies. Such strategies will include direct outreach to key members of Congress and staff through direct lobbying, Capitol Hill events, lobby days, in-district meetings and national coalition mobilizations.

Serve as Member of the Senior Management Team. Actively participate in the senior management team, helping to shape and drive the overall direction and strategy for the organization, as well as providing strategic support to the Outreach, Communications and Program teams.

Represent the USGLC. Serve as the primary representative with Congress, as well as a resource to national and local media. Represent USGLC at public events in Washington D.C. and around the country, traveling as needed to support USGLC’s national efforts. Work with the prestigious national Advisory Committees, as well as the USGLC’s Boards of Directors, to strategically use their voices to build Congressional support.

Serve as the Lead on Budget Issues. Serve as the primary internal and external expert on budget, appropriations and related policy issues, including tracking, analyzing and communicating the status of the U.S. International Affairs budget throughout the budget and appropriations process. Identify, monitor and shape responses to emerging policy issues which would affect support for USGLC’s priorities.

Message Development and Dissemination. Work in collaboration with both the Communications and Policy teams to develop materials and craft messages that educate and mobilize key stakeholders and build congressional support for the International Affairs budget and smart power policies. Work with USGLC’s business, military and humanitarian grasstops leaders to shape their messaging for use in op-eds, letters to the editor and congressional testimony.

Supervise Staff. Supervise, mentor and coach a staff of four. Oversee outside government relations consultants and lobbyists. Compensation: Competitive salary will be offered, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The USGLC also provides a package of benefits, including health and disability insurance, retirement plan, paid annual and sick leave and federal holidays.

About the USGLC: The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition is a bipartisan, broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.

To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Please reference “Director of Government Relations” in the subject line. Short listed candidates will be contacted. No calls please.