Government Relations Specialist

  • Full-time

Company Description

We are Olsson, a team-based, purpose-driven engineering and design firm. Our solutions improve communities and our people make it possible.

Our most meaningful asset is our people, and we are dedicated to providing an environment where they can continue to learn, grow, and thrive. Our entrepreneurial spirit is what has allowed us — and will continue to allow us — to grow. The result? Inspired people, amazing designs, and projects with purpose.

Job Description

The Government Relations Specialist will support the Government Affairs team by representing the firm’s interests through consulting leadership, primarily within Arkansas, Missouri, and nearby states.  This role involves engaging in grassroots initiatives, interacting with industry associations, and supporting various government relations activities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage government affairs engagement.
  • Identify opportunities to engage our leaders with key stakeholders including economic development corporations, trade organizations, chambers, and political candidate engagement.
  • Monitor and research current and relevant emerging public policy issues affecting Olsson.
  • Manage legislative engagement with lobbyists and trade organizations.
  • Specialize in identified industry focus (Federal, Water, Transportation, Environmental, Technology) to build relationships and collaborate with key stakeholders, regulators, and policymakers.
  • Facilitate government affairs training and communications for Olsson employees.

We have one current opening and will consider candidates interested in being located out of our North Kansas City, MO, Overland Park, KS, Fayetteville or Little Rock, AR offices or working in a hybrid environment aligned with one of these locations.


You are passionate about:

  • Working collaboratively with others
  • Having ownership in the work you do
  • Using your talents to positively affect communities

You bring to the team:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, public policy, engineering, or a related field.
  • ­­­Minimum 6 years of experience, preferably in government affairs, public affairs, policy, economic development, engineering, or a related field.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong analytical and research skills
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to build connections through networking
  • Creating innovative grassroots approaches to public projects

Additional Information

Olsson is a nationally recognized, employee-owned firm specializing in planning and design, engineering, field services, environmental, and technology. Founded in 1956 on the very mindset that drives us today, we’re here to improve communities by making them more sustainable, better connected, and more efficient. Simply put, we work to leave the world better than we found it.

As an Olsson employee, you’ll receive our traditional benefits package (health care, vision, dental, paid time off, etc.), plus you’ll:

  • Become an owner in the company after your first year through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Engage in work that has a positive impact in communities
  • Receive an excellent 401(k) match
  • Participate in a wellness program promoting balanced lifestyles
  • Benefit from a bonus system that rewards performance
  • Have the possibility for flexible work arrangements

Olsson is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply and be considered for open positions. We do not discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, disability, age, or military status.