Title: Federal Affairs Manager
Reports to: Federal Affairs Director
Direct Reports: None
Hours: Full-time, exempt
Location: Washington, DC
Led by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, GIFFORDS is a nonprofit organization whose team is on a mission to save lives from gun violence. GIFFORDS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an environment that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion. People of color, trans individuals, gender non-conforming individuals, women, people with differing abilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
We are seeking a Federal Affairs Manager to join our team. The Federal Affairs Manager serves as a member of the Government Affairs team, executing GIFFORDS’ federal legislative strategy and promoting the GIFFORDS policy agenda with Congress, the Administration, and partner organizations. Position requires ability and interest in staffing occasional evening or weekend events, with the potential of travel 2-3 times a year.
This is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office. This position will work a hybrid office and remote schedule. All GIFFORDS employees are expected to be up-to-date on COVID vaccinations with limited exemptions as required under federal and state law.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applicants, no phone calls or emails, please.
Duties + Responsibilities
Execute work plans for advancing the organization’s gun violence prevention policy priorities at the federal level
Manage relationships with congressional offices through frequent contact with a designated portfolio of legislators and their staff to communicate GIFFORDS’ mission and goals; provide feedback on legislation, letters, and other Member-led gun safety initiatives; and provide education regarding gun safety issues
Manage GIFFORDS’ federal appropriations advocacy by coordinating with internal stakeholders and external partners, as well as monitoring the annual appropriations process
Monitor legislative developments on an ongoing basis, provide analysis of new information, and support the federal affairs agenda by drafting talking points, fact sheets, testimony, letters, and memos
Coordinate with Engagement team to identify opportunities for grasstops leaders to participate in advocacy events at the federal level (press conferences, briefings, etc.) and train and assist GIFFORDS supporters participating in advocacy events
Develop and maintain working relationships with counterparts at allied organizations
Register as a lobbyist and meet all compliance regulations and requirements related to federal lobbying work
Staff occasional evening or weekend events
Support GIFFORDS’ internal inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism (IDEA) work
Other duties as assigned
Required knowledge, skills + experience
Three to five years’ experience with lobbying, advocacy, and legislative tracking at the federal level
Demonstrated knowledge of congressional procedure, the appropriations process, and the general legislative process, including committee consideration, amendments, and House and Senate floor procedure
Ability to coordinate effectively with allied organizations, build new relationships, and create partnerships
Superior problem-solving skills and ability to be flexible
Ability to independently manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
Sense of humor and interest in working closely with people
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Shares GIFFORDS’ commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and anti-racism (IDEA)
Valued non-essential knowledge, skills, + experience
Prior Capitol Hill experience
Familiarity with federal firearms regulations
Prior work in nonprofit advocacy
Salary + benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and the range for this position is $60,000 – $75,000. Competitive benefits include employer funded health, dental, and vision insurance; health, transit, and parking flexible spending accounts; 401k plan with 4% employer match; 25 days of paid time off (PTO) annually plus paid week closure at the end of the year; and ten paid holidays.
Applying + the interview process
Submit your resume and a brief cover letter (400 words maximum) that outlines three specific ways that you would be a good fit for this position—bullet points are great. Our interview process for this position consists of a phone interview, a video interview, a skills assessment exercise, and reference checks.
GIFFORDS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an environment that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion. People of color, trans individuals, gender non-conforming individuals, women, people with differing abilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.