Senior Manager, Government Affairs [JRP-55213]

Posted On: May 20, 2023
Company: Council on Foundations


The Council on Foundations is a nonprofit membership association that serves as a guide for philanthropies as they advance the greater good. Building on our almost 75-year history, the Council supports over 800 member organizations in the United States and around the world to build trust in philanthropy, expand pathways to giving, engage broader perspectives, and co-create solutions that will lead to a better future for all.

We are currently seeking to hire Senior Manager, Government Affairs. In this role, you will support the Council’s work to foster a policy environment in which philanthropy can grow and thrive as we promote policies that allow the philanthropic sector and our community partners to advance the greater good. The selected candidate will work within the Legal Resources and Government Affairs team to strengthen federal policymakers’ understanding of the philanthropic sector and advance the Council’s policy agenda.

The starting salary range is $104,600 – $116,900. The salary range is based on D.C./DMV area. Compensation will be adjusted for other geographic locations. Benefits include: Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision: 100% paid for employee coverage); Retirement Plan (403(b), IRA) – contribute 7% of employee compensation; Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D – 2x annual salary); Paid Time Off ( 20 days of Vacation, 10 days Sick & 13 Holidays); Paid office closure – week of July 4th and week between Christmas day – New Years Day; Family Leave (6 weeks paid Maternity, Paternity); Short Term & Long Term Disability; Annual Employee Stipend for Training & Development; Remote Employee Stipend; and Wellness Resources.


  • Contribute to the success of the Council’s government affairs work, including assisting with the development of our policy priorities, position statements, policy recommendations, and other materials
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with members of Congress and their staff, federal agencies, coalition partners, and other stakeholders (serves as a representative of the Council in meetings with these key audiences)
  • Track, monitor, and analyze policy proposals, legislation, regulations, and other congressional actions that affect the Council, its members, and the nonprofit sector
  • Effectively communicate with diverse audiences about the Council’s work, our policy positions, and the work of our members, including speaking on behalf of the Council at external events
  • Develop programming and engagement opportunities for Council members, partners, and other stakeholders related to the Council’s government affairs priorities
  • Support the Council’s Public Policy Action Network, including providing foundation leaders with regular Congressional updates, scheduling meetings for members with their federal elected officials, and other needs as necessary
  • Support the Public Policy Advisory Committee, including drafting briefing materials, background memos, and other related materials
  • Monitor policy-related news, publications, research, and other commentaries from a variety of sources. As appropriate, summarizes and disseminates information and key updates to relevant audiences
  • Prepare advocacy and policy materials, including action alerts, talking points, fact sheets, bill summaries, and other materials for Council members and the philanthropic sector. Draft written testimony, comment letters, proposed legislative text, and other materials to share with members of Congress, Congressional Committees, and federal regulators
  • Support the Council’s thought leadership by drafting short policy reports, blogs, and other communication products as needed
  • Contribute to overarching organizational goals by participating in cross-functional working groups and programming (collaborate with other Council staff on key priorities, projects, and events)


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, or related field OR combination of at least 2 years of education and 12 years of direct experience
  • 7 years of experience working with members of Congress, and their staff
  • Demonstrated and robust experience analyzing tax legislation and policy
  • Understanding of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors is preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to listen well, and positively represent the organization and its mission
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to identify and solve problems efficiently and quickly
  • Ability to manage many and/or differing tasks and maintain productivity
  • Ability to work effectively and positively both independently and on a team with a range of working styles, and with people at all organization levels including staff, board members, foundation officers, donors, and vendors
  • Experience or ability to use CRM database solutions, preferably Salesforce
  • Proficient skill in Microsoft Office 365 applications


Posted On

May 20, 2023


Council on Foundations