Manager of Government Affairs

Description

The Advocacy and Policy Department of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is responsible for assisting the President in the coordination and management of all federal legislative and regulatory advocacy; providing affiliates with state and local legislative technical assistance, strategy development and training; membership support with education, employment, and social security issues; and the administration of the NFB-NEWSLINE® system, a national information access service for blind and print-disabled Americans.

The Manager of Government Affairs reports to the Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy, and is responsible for supervising the Government Affairs staff. This role requires an efficient, multitasking individual capable of applying thoughtful analysis to legislation and policies that affect blind Americans, as well as the ability to articulate, educate, and persuade varying audiences with regard to NFB’s policy priorities. Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, various day trips, and overnight travel in order to meet a variety of external deadlines. This role requires a person with extensive knowledge of federal and state legislative processes.

Responsibilities

  • Advising the President of the National Federation of the Blind on advocacy and policy objectives.
  • Working to strengthen the membership of the organization.
  • Providing supervisory support to the government affairs staff, including providing feedback and guidance on legislative strategy.
  • Analyzing legislation and regulations.
  • Assisting in the development of national and state-level legislative strategy.
  • Coordination and communication with NFB membership.
  • Fostering relationships with Congressional staff and members of Congress.
  • Reviewing and preparing regulatory responses.
  • Reviewing and drafting model legislation and policy statements.
  • Participating in strategic collaborations and working groups to advance the policy priorities of the organization.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process. (Capitol Hill or state capitol work experience preferred.)
  • Strong analytical reasoning in evaluating current and potential regulations, legislation, and other policy initiatives.
  • Minimum of three to five years of relevant experience required.
  • Superior ability in written and oral communications.
  • Ability to function on teams or individually, depending upon task required, and to move quickly and efficiently from one task to another.
  • Strong commitment to diversity and inclusion through the use of public policy and advocacy.
  • Flexibility in undertaking other duties as required.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in political science, public policy or administration, law, or related field is preferred.

How to Apply

We do not speak in terms of “positions” for many of our jobs at the NFB National Office, preferring to focus on the applicant’s total skill set in determining a fit with our needs. Candidates for jobs at this level are hired on the basis of their education and experience ratings and careful assessment of performance in multiple interviews. We seek individuals who long to identify with a cause and to assist in advocacy for a group long denied equal opportunity to succeed or fail on the basis of ability and not be denied opportunity on the basis of society’s stereotypes.

This job is open until filled. Applicants should send, preferably via email, a résumé and cover letter indicating salary requirements to: Human Resources, National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230; telephone 410-659-9314, ext. 2488; fax 410-685-5653; email HR@nfb.org.