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Deputy Director - Government Affairs

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

The Government Affairs Department has an opening for a Deputy Director.  The position will report to the Deputy Executive Director for the organization.  The Deputy Director of Government Affairs is responsible for directing the activities of the Government Affairs Department to include: lobbying, coalition building and media outreach, assistance to steering committees in a broad range of policy and program areas, policy analysis and implementation; and consultation and advice to the Deputy Executive Director for various program and administrative issues.

You will have a diverse policy background and a fluency and good understanding of county policy issues so that you can shape public policy debate. You will also have excellent analytical and organizational skills, the ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing, an aptitude for learning, an ability to develop and implement creative ideas, and the discipline to manage multiple projects and staff members with tight deadlines.


Develops and implements lobbying strategies and coalition building efforts around NACo public policy priorities with federal agencies, Congress, state and local governments, and grassroots organizations. 
As a member of the senior management team, develops strategic plans to meet organizational objectives.  This includes developing and allocating the staff and financial resources of the department to assist in implementation of the organization’s legislative and regulatory agenda
Delegates work assignments, allocates resources and provides leadership to ensure that steering committee priorities remain consistent with overall goals
Ensures that the products and services provided by the department meet the quality control standards of the association, including but not limited to financial and administrative guidelines
Supervises the allocation of support for each legislative committee, subcommittee and task force, including agenda development, preparation of resource materials, and ongoing implementation of committee activities; adjusts assignments as needed to meet committee objectives
Works with the Director of Public Affairs to develop media relations strategies for public policy matters
Formulates recommendations to the Executive Director on all human resources matters affecting the department including; hiring, performance evaluations, promotions, salary levels, staff development, and termination
Supervises professional and support staff assigned to the department with a strong emphasis on leadership, team building, and staff motivation
Represents the association at hearings, meetings and conferences as assigned by the Executive Director
Performs other duties as assigned


A thorough understanding of the legislative and regulatory process
Bachelor’s degree plus seven years of progressively responsible work experience.  A master’s degree can substitute for two years of work experience
Must have proven financial, human resources and program management abilities
Must be innovative, self-motivated, creative and a team player
Must possess the interpersonal skills necessary to coordinate, manage and supervise professional and support staff
Must have a proven track record in establishing networks, negotiating, persuading, building consensus, and providing leadership
Must understand the federal and local government policy processes and be able to evaluate the political, economic, historical and intergovernmental context of policy
Sensitivity and tact in dealing with others
Strong written and oral communications skills


Supervision Exercised

The incumbent will supervise the professional and support staff assigned to the department.



Cover letter, resume and salary history should be emailed to


Employees of NACo enjoy a challenging environment and a wide range of competitive benefits.  Benefits include comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance coverage; paid holidays and leave; tuition reimbursement; group life insurance; 401(k) match and pension plans; credit union membership; pet insurance; 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.