Western Governors’ Association


Policy Advisor


Job Description




Reporting to the Policy Director, Policy Advisors are responsible for managing a policy portfolio on behalf of Western Governors in a full-time position located in Denver, Colorado.




Principal responsibilities include:


  • Conducting thorough legal and policy research on issues identified by Governors and their staff.
  • Convening and managing stakeholder groups to develop recommendations for the Governors’ consideration.
  • Managing grants, contracts and funding for work within the Advisor’s portfolio.  Among other things, this involves development of grant applications and completion of reports and other deliverables.
  • Working collaboratively with other Policy Advisors either as a member or leader on policy teams.
  • Drafting analyses, correspondence, testimony, regulatory comments, articles, memos, briefing papers, policy resolutions and reports as needed.
  • Providing content to Communications Director on a regular basis to promote public understanding and support for the Governors’ policy efforts (talking points, web content, etc.).
  • Working with Policy Director to advance Governors’ policies at the federal level.
  • Identifying potential sponsors for WGA and coordinating outreach to them with WGA’s Development Director.




  • Demonstrable experience working on western and federal environmental and/or natural resource policy.  Ability to work effectively on cross-cutting environmental, natural resource and economic issues.
  • Clear understanding of the federal legislative process.  Experience interacting with relevant Congressional Committees a plus.
  • Demonstrable understanding of federal regulatory processes, including familiarity with the Administrative Procedure Act and federal agencies’ regulatory processes, particularly with respect to agencies responsible for energy, environmental and natural resource policy.
  • Demonstrable understanding of federalism and the interplay of state and federal authority in the development and management of federal policy impacting natural resource management in the West.
  • Project management and facilitation experience a plus.
  • Demonstrable ability to function in a team construct.
  • Ability to respond quickly and effectively to new issues and assignments.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills (writing samples required).
  • Demonstrable integrity and initiative.
  • Experience facilitating agreements among, and working well with, a diverse array of interests in a bipartisan manner.
  • Experience working with elected officials is a plus.
  • A graduate degree preferred.
  • Availability to travel regularly.


Salary and Benefits


  • The position is full-time and located in Denver. Salary range: $47,500 - $80,000, commensurate with experience.
  • WGA, an equal opportunity employer, offers exceptional benefits, including health care, vacation and a retirement plan.


To Apply: 

How to Apply:


Please submit your resume, a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position and writing samples to Holly Propst (hpropst@westgov.org) by 5 p.m. MDT on Friday, April 16, 2021.