Government Relations Director, Foreign Policy & Defense

Washington, DC
Full Time
Government Relations

Title:                         Government Relations Director, Foreign Policy & Defense

Reports to:             Vice President, Government relations

Job Summary:          The Government Relations Director, Foreign Policy & Defense, oversees the Congressional strategic outreach portfolio which provides policy guidance, educational events, fellowships, and trainings for current members of Congress and their staff, Congressional candidates, and allies in the conservative movement. This portfolio focuses on matters of foreign policy and national defense, particularly on matters related to China and the annual NDAA process. The Government Relations Director serves as a senior spokesperson for The Heritage Foundation and ensures Heritage policy positions are communicated to Hill audiences. This position informs Heritage analysts of emerging issues in Congress and coordinates opportunities for analysts to educate members of Congress and their staff. 


Job Duties:

  • Ensure Heritage policy positions are communicated effectively to the Hill through strategic policy briefings, retreats, fellowships, and working groups.
  • Drive successful achievement of department priorities, including coordinating and leading coalition working groups on strategic priorities.
  • Use department resources effectively to achieve Heritage objectives.
  • Represent government relations in one or more internal policy campaign teams and lead cross-departmental collaboration.
  • Represent Heritage policy positions with members of Congress, Congressional staff, the Administration, and coalition members.
  • Develop and foster strategic congressional relationships for the President of Heritage and attend Capitol Hill meetings with him.
  • Participate in the Conservative Candidate Briefing Program.
  • Coordinate Heritage Fellowship Programs as applicable, including the annual Marshall Fellowship



Education:                   BA/BS required.

Experience:                 7-9 years of relevant experience in foreign policy and defense, with an emphasis on China; SASC/HASC experience, including annual NDAA process, strongly preferred.

Communication:         Excellent writing, interpersonal, presentation and public speaking skills.

Technology:                Microsoft Suite.


Other Requirements:           

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department’s goals and objectives.
  • Promote policies consistent with Heritage’s priorities; speak with one voice.
  • Strategic thinker, understanding of the importance of collaboration.
  • Work well in a fast-paced environment.
  • Extensive Hill relationships and advanced knowledge of issues before Congress and Congressional priorities
  • Able to articulate Heritage policy positions to external stakeholders.

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