Senior Manager, Government Relations

Senior Manager, Government Relations

The Government Relations Senior Manager is responsible for advancing Higher Learning Advocates’ policy priorities and strategy with Congressional and executive branch officials. Based in Washington, DC, this position will interact with the Higher Learning Advocates team as well as external stakeholders and consultants, and requires an understanding of the organization’s mission and priorities as well as the enjoyment of working with others to accomplish the organization’s goals.


  • Develop and implement strategy for advancing the organization’s policy goals with key decision makers in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. 
  • Cultivate, build, and maintain relationships with Congressional members and staff on both sides of the aisle.
  • Increase the breadth, reach, and visibility of the organization among policymakers and other external stakeholders.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of coalitions, meetings, and conferences to advance organization’s policy strategies.
  • Support organization’s external appearances and communications, including through drafting of testimony, statements, and other materials.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of higher education, workforce, and federal fiscal policy and related issues;
  • Demonstrated success in influencing and affecting policy change at the federal level;
  • Experience with policy development or analysis and knowledge of public policy organizations impacting higher education, the executive branch, and Capitol Hill;
  • Ability to work creatively to identify opportunities for organizational advancement; ability to work independently, to be highly-organized, and pay keen attention to detail;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrated by the ability to summarize complex policy topics for multiple audiences; 
  • Able to manage complex situations and relationships with confidence, confidentiality and tact; and
  • Operating style suited to working in a small team environment where teamwork, creativity, and flexibility are valued.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • Work is performed in an office environment, mostly sedentary.
  • Visual and auditory acuity for extensive use of various forms of technology.
  • The position is currently remote, but is based in Washington, DC.
  • This position may require the employee to register to lobby.


A competitive compensation package including salary and benefits is available and is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Higher Learning Advocates is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to with GR in the message title.

Higher Learning Advocates is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC that supports and advances policy changes that increase postsecondary attainment. We support a postsecondary system that is student-centered, equitable, outcomes-based, and focused on educational quality by advocating for policies that: are based on student outcomes, make postsecondary education and student aid work for today’s student, and ensure access and affordability.  We are bipartisan, strategically minded, and focused on improving postsecondary outcomes for all students. 

For more information about Higher Learning Advocates, visit