Director of Government Relations

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


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District of Columbia
United States


The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the nation’s leading progressive economic think tank, is seeking a Director of Government Relations who is dynamic, collaborative, collegial, articulate, creative, and committed to advancing policies that improve the lives of working people. The person in this role will ensure that policymakers and advocates gain access to EPI research and initiatives that support their efforts to improve wages and working conditions for low- to middle-income workers and their families.


Serve as the primary liaison between EPI and legislative offices, Congress, and the executive branch:

  • Ensure that policymakers are aware of EPI research products and policy recommendations;
  • Provide technical assistance grounded in EPI’s research and mission to develop legislative initiatives;
  • Engage and involve EPI in congressional issue conferences, hearings, briefings, and legislative actions.

Coordinate projects between the EPI research, policy, and communications departments.

  • Develop plans and strategies for congressional outreach, policy initiatives, and coalition activities;
  • Develop materials on key policy issues for the public, advocates, and media.

Represent EPI in outreach activities, including key partnerships focused on policy advocacy.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, with a minimum of 6-10 years of experience in government affairs, policy, or organizing/engagement work, preferably in a mission-driven environment;
  • Strong knowledge of federal legislative and regulatory processes, and a foundation in economic, social, and labor policy;
  • Experience working with Congress strongly preferred;
  • Political experience and proven ability to develop and maintain relationships with a variety of constituencies;
  • Excellent writing, editing, verbal communications, and project management skills;
  • Comfort and experience with public speaking;
  • Experience with media a plus;
  • Capacity to build trust, confidence, and consensus around priorities within EPI and with partner organizations.


  • EPI is a unionized workplace. This position is in the barganing unit.
  • Pay for this position is commensurate with experience. The salary range for this position, dependent on experience, is $70,000-$95,000 annually, plus benefits.
  • EPI offers an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, as well as retirement contributions, medical, vision, dental, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance.

EPI is an EEO employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage everyone across the spectrums of race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and religion to apply.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply: Please send a cover letter articulating your interest in this particular job, along with a resume to, with the subject “Government Affairs.” Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.