Manager, Government Relations

  • 1602 L St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Founded in 1980, Independent Sector is the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good. From the biggest foundations to local charities, with staffs from 35,000 to 2, our membership of over 400 organizations consists of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations from around the United States engaged in every kind of charitable endeavor. We are the “vital meeting ground” for America’s change-makers and problem-solvers. We seek to be the place where vision and strategy come together, where dreamers and doers find common ground. This is “The Great Shared Task,” as our founder John W. Gardner put it.

We envision a world of engaged individuals, robust institutions, and vibrant communities working together to improve lives, improve the natural world, and strengthen democratic societies.

Job Description

Independent Sector seeks a team-player who is enthusiastic about making the case for our nation’s nonprofit sector on Capitol Hill. The manager of government relations plays a critical role on the organization’s public policy team by offering strategic input, executing policy strategy, and providing operational support to the team. He or she will have the opportunity to work with congressional offices, policy allies, members, and colleagues to advance our policy agenda.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in representing the interests of Independent Sector’s members and the nonprofit sector during meetings with congressional staff and coalition partners.
  • Establish collaborative relationships with key congressional staff, regulatory agency officials, and other policymakers.
  • Maintain strong working knowledge of IS policy positions and track key developments.
  • Train internal staff on IS policy positions and lobbying skills to further embed advocacy within the organization. This includes a key role in designing and executing an all-staff day on Capitol Hill.
  • Coordinate policy and advocacy activities with IS members and coalition partners.
  • Provide strategic advice on key initiatives to the Director, Chief Strategy Officer, and other staff.
  • Prepare print and electronic communications as needed. This may include background memos, talking points, fact sheets, website public policy materials, bulletins and member action alerts to ensure IS members, advocates, congressional staff and federal policymakers have current, accurate information on IS policy issues and advocacy efforts.
  • Coordinate the tracking of performance metrics related to the organization’s policy work.
  • Manage logistics and technology for regularly scheduled in-person and virtual policy events.
  • Manage digital software for legislative tracking and digital advocacy campaigns.
  • Assist with special projects and other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of full-time work experience in policy advocacy.
  • Experience working on Capitol Hill or on federal tax policy strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated success developing and advancing a policy advocacy strategy.
  • Proficiency with legislative and advocacy software is beneficial.
  • Knowledge of congressional procedures and organizational structures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Attention to detail and ability to take ownership of projects, yet ask for help when needed.
  • A burning passion for the minutiae of tax policy and a sense of humor.
  • An actual passion for advancing federal policy that helps nonprofits serve their communities.
  • Adaptable and flexible in an evolving, matrix organization.
  • A commitment to learning and growth, both individually and as a team.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


The salary range for this position is $65,000 – $75,000.