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Director, Government Relations & Public Policy

American Alliance of Museums

Arlington, Virginia 22202
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Come help make the case for museums!  Persuasive public policy professional needed to help shape the public policy goals and legislative objectives of the American Alliance of Museums, the largest organization representing the nation’s museums.  Use your extensive knowledge of congressional procedure, committee structure and process, federal budget process and the larger political landscape to convey the societal value of museums to policymakers of all kinds.


About the position:

The Director of Government Relations and Public Policy develops, implements, executes and evaluates the Alliance’s long-range public policy goals and legislative objectives. The Director directs the strategies and tactics to advance these goals and objectives with Congress, federal agencies and coalition partners; oversees the development of and produces materials needed to support these goals; provides appropriate calls to action content and materials; and plays a significant role in planning and executing Museums Advocacy Day, directing all elements involving the legislative agenda. The Director maintains effective working relationships with congressional staff and other stakeholders and partners (federal agency officials, the museum community, and coalition partners) and staffs the President and CEO’s public policy activities as needed. Salary is mid-high $80s. 


Skills and qualifications:  The successful candidate has an understanding of legislative issues that affect museums, including arts and humanities funding, tax policy, and education policy and the related federal agencies; a proactiveentrepreneurial approach to advancing policy positions; can cultivate relationships with key stakeholders; ability to compile complex reports, compose congressional testimony & position statements and communicate public policy positions verbally (including public speaking) and in writing.  At least 5-7 years of experience in policy advocacy and college degree required. Some Capitol Hill experience (or equivalent experience) strongly preferred.  This position travels out of state for conferences and industry events 2-4 times per year.


How to apply:  In order to encourage a broad pool of candidates with various backgrounds to apply and to mitigate any potential implicit bias during our review of applications, we are applying some principles of “blind hiring.” Please follow the directions below when submitting your application materials.

  • Submit a cover letter and resume to:, using “Government Relations" in the subject line. Please do not include your name or address on either document.  Please include education but omit school names and graduation years.  Include your email address as the only personal identifier on these documents.
  • As part of your cover letter, please tell us about a government relations or public policy effort or campaign you led or played a significant role in, including the overall strategy and tactics used, stakeholders involved /engaged and results or outcomes so far. Limit your cover letter to no more than two pages.


Applications must be received by May 25, 2018to receive full consideration. Submissions will be reviewed by our hiring team and candidates who are selected for further screening will be contacted by email within three weeks of this deadline.  Due to the large number of applications AAM receives, we can only contact those candidates selected for further screening. 


About the Alliance. The American Alliance of Museums, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a trusted leader, partner, and advocate for museums and works to build a field that includes dynamic and diverse individuals, institutions, and communities. With a budget of $10M, the Alliance provides leadership, advocacy, and service to its membership and the museum field, which includes a broad range of museums, from art museums to zoos. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace. For more information, please visit



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