Government Relations Director

Washington, DC
Full Time
Government Relations

Title:                         Government Relations Director

Reports to:             Vice President, Government relations

Job Summary:          The Government Relations Director oversees a 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.  The Director serves as a senior spokesperson for The Heritage Foundation and ensures Heritage policy positions are communicated to Hill audiences. The Director 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 and attend Capitol Hill meetings with the President.
  • Participate in the Conservative Candidate Briefing Program.
  • Coordinate Heritage Fellowship Programs as applicable, including Heritage Congressional Fellowship, Marshall Fellowship, Madison Fellows, and Feulner-Weyrich Fellowship.


Education:                  BA/BS minimum

Experience:                 7-9 years of relevant experience; extensive knowledge of Capitol Hill

Communication:         Excellent writing, presentation, and public speaking skills

Computer:                   Microsoft Suite


Other Requirements: 

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department’s goals and objectives
  • Strategic thinking and understanding of the importance of collaboration
  • Works well in a fast-paced environment
  • Extensive Hill relationships and advanced knowledge of issues before Congress and Congressional priorities
  • Ability to articulate Heritage policy positions to external stakeholders

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