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Council Relations Coordinator / Administrative Assistant

National Association of Counties
Job Location: 
National Association of Counties
660 N. Capitol Street NW Ste. 400, Washington, DC 20001

The National Association of Counties (NACo), a non-profit in Washington, D.C., is the only national organization that supports our nations’ counties’ elected officials through policy and advocacy work.  NACo announces an opening for a Council Relations Coordinator / Administrative Assistant in the Counties Innovation Lab department. 

This is a role you can sink your teeth into.  The individual in the seat will be responsible for coordinating high-level thought-leadership events for two high profile urban councils for the organization.  In this role, you will coordinate logistics for two small but high-pressure events that occur each fall.

In addition, you will assess and collect content ideas for event programming based on informal member feedback as well as conducting and executing member surveys.  You will track issues affecting large urban counties and our council members through press releases, news and other resources – flagging potential topics and speakers.  

You will play a leading role in planning these events and the participating councils by maintaining an active network directory tracking all committee / cohort members.  You will respond to correspondence and keep members up to date on the status of these events.

In addition, this position reports to and provides administrative support to the Chief Innovation Officer in the Counties Innovation Lab.  Administrative support will include calendaring, scheduling, preparing expense reimbursements and helping to create and fine-tune department processes.  Other duties as assigned. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate high-level thought leadership events on the future of counties in partnership with think-tanks, other membership organizations, academia, etc.
  • Field calls, emails, requests and inquiries from stakeholders involved in event formation. 
  • Build and maintain networks of thought leaders on county government innovation.
  • Develop workshops, forums, etc. for NACo conferences.
  • Work with the Public Affairs Department and other NACo colleagues to coordinate the distribution of NACo Lab’s products and content.
  • Respond to requests for information from NACo members, county officials, county staff, academia, NACo staff and other interested parties.
  • Represent NACo in meetings and at conferences and travel overnight occasionally (<10%).
  • Provide administrative support to the Chief Innovation Officer.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2-3 years’ experience performing an administrative function for an association or non-profit
  •  At least 1 years’ experience with planning workshops, conferences and other thought-leadership events in an association or non-profit environment
  • Project management skills, ability to deliver on time working with multiple projects
  • Demonstrated capacity to tailor written communication to a variety of audiences, including but not limited to state or local government elected officials and staff, media, federal policymakers, other policy experts, and the general public
  • Attention to detail and strong writing skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively and to work cooperatively with elected officials, local government staff, coworkers and the public.
  • Strong work ethic, a commitment to constituent service, sensitivity and tact in dealing with others
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work independently

Application Procedures:

Persons interested in this position should submit a CV and cover letter with salary requirements to:

Employees of NACo enjoy a fun and challenging environment with a wide range of competitive benefits.  Benefits include comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance coverage; paid holidays and leave; transportation subsidy, tuition reimbursement; group life insurance, 401(k) match and pension plans, credit union membership; and short-term/long-term disability coverage.

NACo and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers.  Our jobs are open to all applications regardless of race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, disability, military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.