Title: Director of Government Affairs

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director of Government Affairs and Communications 

FLSA: Exempt



The Director of Government Affairs leads the association’s federal policy, lobbying, advocacy and coalition activities. The individual also provides analysis of legislation and regulations and advocates on selected issues on behalf of PTA members before Congress and the Administration. The Director works closely with volunteer leadership and collaborates across the association on policy and advocacy efforts.




Public Policy

  • Leads National PTA’s federal policy and lobbying activities, including the association’s congressional and administration outreach
  • Manages and maintains key relationships with education groups and coalitions to further National PTA’s mission and public policy priorities
  • Oversees the development and production of National PTA’s Public Policy Agenda
  • Monitors and analyzes legislation, best practices and federal funding streams in selected policy areas
  • Provides strategic analysis of federal programs and policies to PTA leadership
  • Advocates on behalf of PTA members to a variety of external audiences, including congressional staff, federal agencies and the Administration, and representatives of other national education organizations
  • Prepares letters to Congress and the Administration, coalition sign-on letters, public comment and testimony
  • Drafts legislation and report language for congressional offices and committees to advance PTA’s policy agenda
  • Attends Capitol Hill, White House and agency briefings, coalition meetings, congressional hearings and mark-ups, press conferences and other policy-related meetings to gather and present information
  • Oversees the association’s annual Legislative Conference and project management team
  • Develops strategic advocacy campaigns and communications that result in grassroots activation of PTA state and local membership in support of the association’s public policy agenda

Volunteer Management & Engagement

  • Serves as a staff liaison to selected National volunteer committee(s) and/or task force(s)
  • Oversees engagement and advocacy efforts of the Federal Legislative Chairs (FLCs), a state network of grasstop volunteers
  • Establishes and maintain positive working relationships with National PTA elected leadership and state PTA leaders and members


Business Operations, General Functions & Duties

  • Supervise, mentor and coach Government Affairs staff; provide guidance, work direction and evaluate performance
  • Work with other departments on organizational projects and programs
  • Oversee and maintain vendor and consultant relationships
  • Prepare, manage, and monitor government affairs department budget
  • Represent National PTA at necessary public events, panels, workshops, conferences and advocacy gatherings
  • Other duties as assigned by the Deputy Director of Communications and Government Affairs



  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 7 years of related experience in public policy, working on Capitol Hill, in a state legislature, or non-profit association
  • Senior level policy and legislative experience, including thorough knowledge of 501(c)3 legislative and lobbying rules and processes
  • Knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes and education and child advocacy issues is required
  • Understanding of, and experience in, non-profit and affiliate or chapter-based associations




  • Strong time and task management skills
  • Professional demeanor and excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
  • Effective organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proven ability to prioritize, execute project tasks and conform to shifting priorities as needed
  • Highly motivated and independent, yet team-oriented
  • Ability to meet deadlines and use technology to improve workflow and work productively in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Demonstrated presentation and public speaking skills
  • Possess strong computer/technology skills