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Sr Manager, Government Relations

National Endowment for Democracy

Washington, District of Columbia 20004
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The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Sr. Manager for Government Relations.  This position is part of the Government Relations and Public Affairs (GRPA) Department and is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Sr. Manager will engage with the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch to share NED’s work and assist with NED’s annual budget and appropriations strategy.  The incumbent will coordinate with NED’s core institutes and collaborate with other NED Departments, including Program, Grants and the Forum to advance understanding of the work of the Endowment. 



  • Oversee congressional outreach, including educational meetings for congressional staff with visiting NED grantees and NED staff experts.
  • Coordinate congressional outreach with NED’s core institutes.
  • Share information about hearings and legislative developments with NED staff.
  • Manage the congressional relations responsibilities of the Program Coordinator for GRPA to enhance contact with appropriate legislative staff, explain the mission of the Endowment and its relationship with the Congress, and keep them informed of Endowment programs and other activities.
  • Coordinate NED’s appropriations strategy.
  • Coordinate yearly preparation of budget materials for submission to DRL, OMB and Congress.
  • Coordinate responses to government oversight entities (State Department, IG and GAO)
  • Assist VP for Government Relations and Public Affairs with Executive branch outreach efforts.
  • Coordinate with colleagues from Public Affairs and Leadership on the development, planning, implementation and follow-up for events on the Hill or involving the Congress.
  • Support FOIA officer and assist with managing responses to all FOIA inquiries. 






  • Knowledge/Experience:

­   Master’s Degree or similar preferred;

­   5-7 years of experience on Capitol Hill or equivalent in government/legislative affairs.


  • Other Qualifications: 

­   PC proficiency in Windows based environment;

­   Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Competencies:

­   Superior written, oral and interpersonal communication skills; 

­   Attention to detail and ability to multi-task; 

­   Must possess a “customer service” orientation with the ability to build relationships and partner with colleagues;

­   Strong collaboration skills capable of reaching across organizational hierarchies and structures.



To Apply:

Candidates must include a cover letter, resume, completed NED employment application, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please send to, with Job #1754 – SR MGR GOVT REL - YOUR NAME in the subject line.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at  Please, no phone call inquiries.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,400 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. 

Since its founding in 1983, the Endowment has remained on the leading edge of democratic struggles everywhere, while evolving into a multifaceted institution that is a hub of activity, resources and intellectual exchange for activists, practitioners and scholars of democracy the world over.