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Director, Government Relations

Department: Congressional Relations
Location: Washington, DC
Job Type: Full-time

Job Summary:

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to defending democracy, building strong transatlantic communities and winning the strategic future.

This position will manage GMF's government relations to build strong ties between the U.S. Congress and GMF programs, activities and experts.  The incumbent will craft GMF’s strategic plan for policy advocacy and public relations, and establish and manage a substantial network of journalists, government officials, Hill contacts, and other constituencies.

The Director will develop new relationships with national associations, governors, mayors and state legislators in alignment with GMF programs and activities as well as increase visibility with key agencies and departments across the federal government.  The government relations team conducts a wide variety of activities that draws on GMF's intellectual resources and extensive European networks. These activities include supporting Congressional testimony and briefings by GMF staff, arranging regular staff- and member-level briefings and study tours, and recruiting Members of Congress and other key government stakeholders to participate in GMF's large conferences.   

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Serve as principal liaison between GMF and U.S. Congress and government interlocutors at the state and local level; develop and maintain strong working relationships with members of Congress and their staff
  • Design, develop and implement strategies to highlight, inform and educate members of Congress and staff about GMF's priorities and interests and to ensure GMF’s research and policy materials gain wide reach with policymakers, including by establishing regular contacts in the executive branch and in Congress and serving as a liaison between GMF and U.S. policymakers on matters of policy and analysis
  • Ensure that all applicable lobbying, foreign agent registration, conflict of interest, ethics and transparency rules are strictly complied with and that our interactions with government officials adhere to the highest standards of conduct
  • Advise GMF's board of trustees, executive management and staff on potential legislative issues of relevance to GMF
  • Liaise with GMF European offices and other departments to implement congressional strategies and exchange activities
  • In collaboration with others, develop strategic communications, particularly by proactively identifying opportunities for GMF experts to present analysis publicly
  • As directed, serve as a spokesperson for GMF; facilitate accurate media reporting by providing relevant information to journalists, academics, and policy makers
  • Develop and oversee databases of key government relations interlocuters
  • Support individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere
  • Convene leaders and members of the policy and business communities
  • Contribute towards research and analysis on transatlantic topics
  • Provide exchange of opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship

Knowledge and Skills Needed:

  • Minimum of 8 years of experience working in a legislative position on Capitol Hill or in government affairs department
  • Strong existing network of contacts on Capitol Hill, federal agencies, state and local networks and other stakeholder groups
  • Impact driven and goal oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a desire to build and maintain professional networks
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Flexibility in work schedule — occasional evening events and periodic domestic and international travel.
  • Experience in foreign policy and communications/public relations, including experience in government or on the Hill
  • Substantial experience in communications, congressional affairs, and foreign policy
  • Knowledge of the U.S. government structure, both Congress and the executive branch
  • Ability to translate complex ideas into a compelling message


Master’s degree in a related field strongly preferred.

Please provide a cover letter and your salary requirements.

GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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