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State Government Affairs Associate

American Planning Association

Washington, DC, District of Columbia 20005
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The American Planning Association (APA) is a national organization that advocates for the development of healthy, safe, prosperous communities though good planning. 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. Issue areas include transportation, housing, land use and community development.


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


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