Director of Government Relations AssistantPosition Open to Applicants
Washington D.C.:Do You Have nonprofit organization, public, or government policy experience? Interested in making a difference for military women? SWAN is growing and looking for motivated people with military experience!
We are now accepting applications for our volunteer Director of Government Relations Assistant position! Job description listed below. To apply, candidates should send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line”Director of Government Relations Assistant Application”.
About SWAN: SWAN’s mission is to connect support and advocate for servicewomen and women veterans past, present and future. SWAN is a member-driven community network that amplifies the voices of, draws attention to the unique needs of, and advocates for solutions for women in the military.
Position Description: The Director of Government Relations Assistant will contribute to SWAN’s mission by taking the lead in developing and implementing SWAN’s policy agenda, working with the CEO and fellow senior staff to develop and communicate SWAN’s short and long-term policy agenda. Works to establish SWAN as a leading voice in developing effective solutions to the tough issues facing service members and veterans through legislation, litigation, policy changes, and regulatory reform. Enhances SWAN’s ability to engage and influence lawmakers and policymakers on legislative matters that affect SWAN and the servicewomen and women veterans it advocates for. Reports to the CEO and the Director of Operations.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Monitors select legislative activities at the federal, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and peer organizations level.
- Establish and sustain relationships with policymakers and their staff, thought leaders and other key audiences to further SWAN’s policy agenda. Identify partnership opportunities that can be leveraged to broaden SWAN’s policy impact
- Develop policy proposals and advocate for them individually or in conjunction with coalitions. Creates and supervises advocacy and public policy campaigns.
- Provides strategic policy analysis and background information and advocacy on issues related to servicewomen, women veterans, and survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Does this in collaboration with the Communications Director.
- Writes policy briefs on SWAN initiatives for dissemination to stakeholders and SWAN members. Prepares legislative memos, testimony, and correspondence.
- When needed, writes legislative updates or summaries of previous legislative sessions for distribution to SWAN staff.
- Provides a monthly legislative update for the newsletter.
- Provides oversight of policy staff and interns.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Ability to communicate effectively and compassionately via email or telephone.
- Advance understanding of U.S. branches of the military, government policy, and gender issues
- Strong written and verbal communication skills