Political Advocacy Manager

  • Washington, DC, DC -
  • Full-time

Company Description

You and Northwestern Mutual. We believe relationships are built on trust. That our lives and our work matter. And we’re much stronger together than we are apart. These beliefs launched our company nearly 160 years ago. Today, they’re just a few of the reasons why people choose to build careers at Northwestern Mutual.

Our business is about helping people secure their financial futures, and that starts with putting people first – our clients, our employees and our field representatives. Northwestern Mutual is known for financial strength. We’re strong, innovative and growing. Come grow with us.

Job Description

At Northwestern Mutual, we believe relationships are built on trust. That our lives and our work matter. These beliefs launched our company nearly 160 years ago. Today, they're just a few of the reasons why people choose to build careers at Northwestern Mutual.

We're strong and growing. In a company with such a long and storied history, this may be the most exciting and important time to be a part of Northwestern Mutual. We're strong, innovative and growing.

We invest in our people. We provide opportunities for employees to grow themselves, their career and in turn, our business.

We care.  We make a positive difference in our communities. Nationally, thousands have benefitted from our support of research and programs to fight childhood cancer. Each year, our Foundation, employees and financial representatives donate time, talent and financial support to causes they're passionate about.


This position has been classified as an Access Person, which will require the reporting of your personal securities transactions.


We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.


What's the role?


As the Political Advocacy Manager, you will plan and implement Government Relations grassroots activities. Related duties will include running the network “delegate” program, serving as the first point of contact for Northwestern Mutual grassroots advocates, developing grassroots outreach activities at the company’s annual and regional meetings, coordinating with other departments to develop new outreach opportunities, and working with trade associations and industry peers.


You will handle 3 corporate political action committees (PACs) – the Federal PAC, the Wisconsin PAC, and the Wisconsin Individual Political Contribution Accounts. Your additional tasks include planning and coordinating annual PAC solicitations for home office employees and managing partners, developing familiarity with federal and state compliance rules, serving as liaison with the PAC boards, and coordinating with the Law Department, Controller, and external compliance personnel.


You will maintain relationships with contractors providing grassroots functionality and coordinate technology projects related to these efforts. Related duties of yours include maintaining internal and public-facing political advocacy websites as well as related software and databases.


You will develop and compile content for communications related to Northwestern Mutual’s grassroots activities.


You will represent Northwestern Mutual as appropriate before lawmakers, congressional staffers, and industry coalitions.


You will support the Government Relations team on special projects or initiatives on an as-needed basis.



Bring Your Best! What this role needs:


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • You have two years of experience in with advocacy, PACs, government relations and/or legislative environments.
  • Strong organizational, written and oral communication are skills of yours
  • You have PowerPoint and Excel experience, and like working with new technologies.
  • Your ability to work independently on a regular basis.
  • Your willingness to travel (>10% of the time.)
  • It is preferable that you have previous experience working in a congressional office.
  • You should have demonstrated ability to be flexible and take on new challenges or assignments.



Req ID: 15202
Position Type: Regular Full Time
Education Experience: Bachelor's Required
Employment Experience: 3-5 years
FLSA Status: Exempt
Posting Date: 06/29/2017