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Government Affairs Coordinator at The Urban Institute

Posted in Consultant 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Washington, Washington DC

Job Description:

Who we are:

At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities.  Our employees are empowered to influence policy, open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions.  We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.

How you’ll contribute:

The Urban Institute’s External Affairs team is seeking a Government Affairs Coordinator to help with outreach efforts to Capitol Hill, the federal executive branch, state and local government leaders, and other key stakeholders. The Coordinator will assist the External Affairs team in a range of functions that support a large nonprofit research organization’s successful outreach strategies, including government affairs, communications, and administrative functions.

This position is well suited for a proactive and communications-oriented individual who has a deep interest in public policy and the policy ecosystem. This position reports to the Senior Manager of Government Affairs and will work closely with members of the External Affairs team.


  • Coordinate logistics for meetings with policymakers and/or stakeholders, including organizing and developing support materials (e.g., agendas, presentations, and background information), managing room reservations, scheduling and other tasks

  • Assist with a variety of stakeholder outreach projects designed to inform and educate policymakers, including developing and managing outreach lists, drafting written messages, and managing dissemination process

  • Research and draft background memos on legislative proposals, policymakers, or public policy issues for internal use

  • Regularly monitor Congressional, administration, state, and local public policy proposals to help inform internal clients of policy developments

  • Maintain records for the External Affairs team related to policymaker and/or stakeholder engagement, and track analytics to measure impact

  • Perform a variety of administrative tasks related to external affairs and event management, including assisting with public events and briefings as needed

  • Support senior researchers and fellows at meetings, briefings, and external engagements

  • Represent Urban Institute at hearings, briefings, and external events

  • Perform other tasks as assigned related to the functions of the External Affairs team 

What you’ll bring:

The ideal candidate will take initiative, will be a quick study, and will be resourceful, innovative, excited to bring new ideas to the team, and interested in how research and evidence can be used by policymakers. Top-notch candidates will bring a solid understanding of the public policymaking process and excellent written and verbal communication skills. This position demands excellent interpersonal skills and maturity to communicate with outside stakeholders and internal clients.

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 1-year work experience preferred; office experience a plus

  • Demonstrated interest in public policy, government relations, stakeholder engagement, and/or federal, state, or local politics or policy required; direct experience working, volunteering, or interning at a state, local, or federal government office preferred

  •  Excellent written communications skills required; experience drafting policy memos, external-facing documents, and/or other materials regarding legislative proposals a plus

  • Previous office experience required (including internships or volunteer positions); nonprofit, public policy organization, or government agency experience preferred

  • Excellent verbal communications skills; public speaking and/or external communication experience highly desirable

  • Strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail required; experience establishing office processes and/or SOPs a plus

  • Spreadsheet and database experience preferred; Salesforce or proprietary CRM database experience a plus

  • Excellent verbal communications skills; public speaking and/or external communication experience highly desirable

  • Ability to multitask and adjust priorities as workload changes

  • Ability to work independently, as part of a small team, directly with outside stakeholders, and with senior leadership highly desirable

Please include a cover letter and résumé with application materials.

What you’ll experience:

Working in the Nation’s Capital- the epicenter of public policy- among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven and collaborative.  You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration; be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters; and, enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage.  Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan plus elect a pretax benefit for commuting expenses.

The Urban Institute strives to be a vibrant, creative community of skilled and committed people who bring to their work a whole range of different experiences. Accordingly, the Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.

The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer -- Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.