Director of Government Relations

Position Summary:

The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) seeks an efficient, experienced¬†Director of Government Relations. S/he plans and executes a comprehensive, proactive government affairs strategy that advances NAFEO’s mission and goals with local, regional, state, and federal elected officials.


In collaboration with the Executive team, the Director:

  • Develops and manages a strategy for strengthening relationships with elected officials and government agencies, and increasing their understanding of higher education issues, generally, and support for Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) in particular;
  • Works with the Executive leadership to identify priority legislative and government relations issues;
  • Communicates and advocates priorities to local, regional, state, and national elected officials and staff;
  • Monitors legislation and policy activities, updates and advises Executive team about relevant policy proposals and actions, and works with Executive team to analyze potential impacts on NAFEO Members;
  • Coordinates government relations strategy with other relevant stakeholders;
  • Develops a wide range of materials in support of the NAFEO’s agenda, such as talking points, legislative summaries, factsheets, testimony, reports, and letters;
  • Plans and implements events and other activities to support the NAFEO’s government relations goals;
  • Assists with the development and implementation of special projects;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • ¬†Bachelor’s degree in political science, public affairs, public relations, or related discipline is preferred;
  • 5 years government relations experience;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Knowledge and Skills:

Knowledge of:

  • Federal and state legislative and executive policy making process;
  • Project management and planning principles and practices.

Demonstrated Skills in:

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with public officials and their staffs;
  • Communicating effectively with all levels of management, boards of directors, and staff as well as external individuals and groups;
  • Analyzing and interpreting legislation and policy documents;
  • Legislative advocacy and negotiation;
  • Communicating complex concepts through oral and written mediums;
  • Preparing a variety of written communications such as reports, testimony, and factsheets;
  • Managing and coordinating special projects;
  • Developing and implementing strategic plans as well as responding to short-term objectives;
  • Critical and strategic thinking;
  • Working independently, as well as with teams;
  • Utilizing computer technology for communication, data gathering and reporting activities.

How to Apply:

For full consideration, please send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary requirements to No phone calls please.

About NAFEO:

The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) is the 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, not-for-profit umbrella organization of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). Founded in 1969, NAFEO is the only membership association of its kind, representing the presidents and chancellors of the diverse black colleges and universities: public, private, and land-grant, two-year, four-year, graduate, and professional, historically and predominantly black colleges and universities.

NAFEO was founded to provide an international voice for the nation’s HBCUs; to place and maintain the issue of equal opportunity in higher education on the national agenda; to advocate policies, programs, and practices designed to preserve and enhance HBCUs; and to increase the active participation of blacks at every level in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs in American higher education.