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State Government Affairs Associate

American Planning Association

District of Columbia 20005
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The State Government Affairs Associate will manage APA’s state-level policy development and issue advocacy. The Associate will work as part of the APA policy and advocacy team to identify and analyze key planning-related issues and trends at the state and local level, support state issue campaigns, aid APA Chapters and Divisions working on state policy advocacy, cultivate state policy partnerships and develop critical content and products related to planning policies at the state level. 


Monitor, analyze and report on key trends in state legislation and regulation related to planning issues, land use and community development

Assist APA chapters with legislative information requests, technical assistance for selected state advocacy campaigns, and the development of specialized resources and content

Work with colleagues in multiple departments in the development of education, training and information products for APA members and components related to state legislative and policy issues, including sessions at conferences and online content

Conduct briefings and training sessions for targeted events and conferences related to state planning-related policy and advocacy issues

Provide staff support as needed on state legislative and regulatory issues to key leadership committees, such as the Legislative and Policy Committee, Chapter Presidents Council Policy and Advocacy Committee, and Amicus Committee

Cultivate and maintain partnerships with state policy professionals working in allied organizations and support the development of coalitions to advance state legislative and policy priorities

Contribute state legislative and policy information as needed to policy, communications, education, and research products, activities and services

Collaborate with relevant advocacy and communication team members on the training and development of the APA grassroots program and related member engagement activities

Collaborate with the government affairs team in the development of APA policies, priorities and overall advocacy strategy

Assist in the implementation of key government affairs, policy and advocacy program strategies

Participate, as appropriate, in interdepartmental teams to advance organizational goals and objectives

Support targeted website and social media projects associated with state policy issues, legislative priorities and grassroots development

Conduct periodic travel, as required, for APA and partner events



Undergraduate degree, particularly with relevant public policy or political science focus

2 – 3 years of relevant professional experience

Excellent writing, critical thinking, strategic planning, public presentation and project management skills

Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based, collaborative environment

Experience or expertise with planning issues and related public policy


Experience or expertise with state or local level public policy and issue advocacy, particularly in a non-profit or association environment