Associate Legislative Director, Transportation

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is seeking a highly motivated intergovernmental relations professional to manage its transportation and infrastructure policy development and advocacy portfolio. The position requires knowledge and understanding of federal transportation and infrastructure policies affecting local governments and the ability to promote NACo’s transportation and infrastructure policy positions by developing and maintaining effective relationships with federal government officials, Members of Congress and their staffs and other executives and advocates working for public interest organizations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Under the general direction of the Legislative Affairs Director:

• Develops and implements legislative and advocacy strategies on issues falling within the Transportation section of the American County Platform;

• Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the legislative process—including the federal budget and appropriations;

• Represents to the Legislative and Executive branches NACo policy positions on legislation and regulations affecting counties and monitors and analyzes such legislation and regulations;

• Relates relevant legislative information to county officials, writes testimony for presentation at committee hearings, attends mark-ups and works as liaison with public interest groups to coordinate advocacy efforts and build support for NACo advocacy priorities;

• Works closely with other associate legislative directors and assists them as directed in developing grass roots lobbying strategies on NACo priority legislative issues across a broad set of issues;

• Presents issues the NACo membership and meetings of state associations of counties in a in a format that: (1) imparts information and (2) provides guidance for grassroots support of lobbying efforts in Washington;

• Regularly prepares written communications, including County News articles and blog posts and email communications with the congressional offices and county elected

• In coordination with the Public Affairs department, conducts on the record interviews with media publications on topics relevant to the transportation policy portfolio;

• Plans, prepares and conducts associated follow-up for meetings and seminars held in conjunction with NACo conferences and other association events;

• Serves as liaison with state associations and NACo affiliated organizations, communicating pertinent legislative activities;

• Performs administrative duties such as developing and maintaining files on legislative activities, maintaining records for the transportation steering committee and providing answers to membership inquires on legislative matters

• Represents the National Association of Counties as a member of the Western Rural Development Center’s Board of Directors; and

• Performs other duties as assigned.

• Bachelor’s degree plus four years’ progressively responsible experience in a legislative or advocacy related position, or a master’s degree plus two years’ progressively experience, or seven years of related experience;
• Thorough knowledge of transportation legislative and regulatory issues and policy issues unique to western states;
• Thorough knowledge of intergovernmental relations and functions of government at all levels;
• Thorough knowledge of the legislative process and how the system can be impacted by grass roots advocacy;
• Detailed knowledge of county structure and government;
• A team player that is self-motivated, creative, and innovative;
• Strong oral and written communication skills;
• Strong conceptualization, planning and follow through skills;
• Strong advocacy skills and good political judgment;
• Sensitivity and tact in dealing with others; and
• Familiarity with computer software—including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Employees of NACo enjoy a fun and challenging environment with a wide range of competitive benefits. Benefits include comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance coverage; paid holidays and leave; tuition reimbursement; group life insurance, 401(k) match and pension plans, credit union membership; and short-term/long-term disability coverage.

NACo and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Our jobs are open to all applications regardless of race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, disability, military status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.

To Apply: 

 Persons interested in this position should submit a cover letter, resume and salary history to: For more information about NACo, please visit