Senior Government Relations and Communications Manager

National Democratic Institute

About the organization

The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. Since its founding in 1983, NDI has worked with local partners in 130 countries and territories, bringing together individuals and groups to share ideas, knowledge, experiences and expertise.


Senior Government Relations and Communications Manager

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is seeking a Senior Government Relations and Communications Manager. The individual will join an Executive Office team responsible for expanding external audiences, telling NDI success stories and increasing support for the organization. The Manager is responsible for expanding outreach for NDI, particularly on Capitol Hill, and with other external audiences. This position involves creating and editing content for the NDI website, blog and social media accounts. The Manager will provide training and support on external outreach and communications to NDI teams in Washington, DC and in the field.

Primary Responsibilities

Outreach Management
• Under the leadership of the Director, the Manager highlights for donors and external audiences the relevance of NDI in confronting today's international governance problems, the importance of democracy assistance and the work of our partners in over seventy countries
• Expands congressional outreach with Members of Congress and staff to increase support and understanding of NDI's role in promoting international democracy, credible and fair elections, and open and transparent governance
• Serves as liaison with NDI teams for Hill meetings and events
• Leads on outreach for visiting field staff, members of parliament and democracy partners


• Organizes congressional panels and events to demonstrate NDI impact
• Monitors legislation, congressional hearings and markups on democracy assistance, human rights and foreign policy issues
• Gathers relevant NDI information to share with Hill audiences and formulates strategies that achieve policy outcomes in support of democracy assistance
• Assists in drafting congressional testimony for NDI experts
• Deepens and expands existing networks and coalitions that work together to support democracy assistance

Bachelor's degree required; a combination of experience and education in lieu of degree will be considered.

• Minimum of (10) years of experience implementing government relations and communication strategies
• Congressional experience or prior engagement with the U.S. Congress
• International relations and development experience, including knowledge of NDI's democracy work, a plus
• Excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills
• Proven track record in rapidly expanding online outreach through social media, email marketing, online advertising and fundraising preferred
• Experience and skills working with:


NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees.

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