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Government Affairs Associate

American Planning Association

Washington, District of Columbia 20005
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The government affairs associate supports the policy and advocacy work of APA by managing operations of the Planners’ Advocacy Network, supporting legislative advocacy, and contributing to digital advocacy initiatives and policy-related outreach campaigns.

Duties and responsibilities

Grassroots and Legislative Network Development

  • Maintain and support the development and day-to-day operations of the APA Planners’ Advocacy Network
  • Draft grassroots advocacy materials, including “tool kits” for targeted grassroots advocacy events and alerts related to relevant federal agency and congressional activity
  • Support the development and implementation of issue campaigns related to key advocacy milestones including, but not limited to, August recess, National Community Development Week, Infrastructure Week, National Community Planning Month, and the midterm elections.
  • Coordinate with the state government affairs associate on grassroots advocacy activities and programming for APA chapters on various state issues


Policy Communications and Online Advocacy

  • Support public outreach and policy-related communication campaigns, such as Great Places in America and National Community Planning Month
  • Provide content and administrative support for the APA policy blog, policy sections of the APA website, and advocacy-related social media outlets
  • Draft legislative alerts, issue updates, bill summaries, policy reports, special products and policy-related correspondence for APA members and constituent groups, congressional offices and federal agencies
  • Assist communications and outreach staff with the development of communication materials related to APA legislative and advocacy activities and priorities
  • Support policy and legislative coalitions and partnerships with allied organizations and represent APA, as needed, at meetings, conferences and events
  • Collaborate with relevant APA staff to promote policy programs, information and initiatives


Policy Research and Development

  • Provide support to the Legislative and Policy Committee, and assist in the development of APA’s annual legislative priorities, policy guides, and National Delegate Assembly as needed
  • Provide staff support to Chapter President Council’s Advocacy Committee as they work to identify and build out resources APA chapters can use to engage on timely legislative issues at the state level
  • Support the development of policy materials related to advocacy on federal legislation and executive branch regulatory actions
  • Attend relevant congressional briefings and hearings as needed and coordinate meetings with federal legislators, officials and staff



  • Support the development, promotion and implementation of the APA Policy and Advocacy conference, policy briefings, or advocacy events
  • Support policy sessions and onsite advocacy recruitment and engagement opportunities at the National Planning Conference
  • Minimal travel required.



Requires strong communication, research, project management and collaboration, political advocacy skills and understanding of the legislative process, particularly in areas related to planning. Bachelor’s degree required.

Preferred candidates will have some prior experience in advocacy, grassroots development or policy; demonstrated interest in planning, policy or related field.

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