Government Affairs Associate

Department:  Government Affairs
Reports to: Senior Director, Government Affairs & Communications


The Associate of Government Affairs supports and provides advice and recommendations on the development of Catalyst’s public positions on various social/government policies. Additionally, she or he helps create and promote public advocacy strategies to support the advancement of Catalyst’s mission, vision, and business objectives, thereby positioning Catalyst to give “expert” testimony to various government agencies around the world. This position will serve as a local liaison for Catalyst and will be a virtual role based in Washington, DC.


  • Work with the Senior Director, Government Affairs to develop the strategies and actions required to establish Catalyst as the leading expert and resource on women in leadership in the workplace, resulting in Catalyst's being requested to give expert testimony and serve as a resource for key government agencies in Washington, DC.
  • Monitor government actions and policies on current business issues. Help develop an organizational response to economic, political, and other current events or trends affecting women in business.
  • Establish and cultivate government contacts on an ongoing basis, maintaining and updating a contact database.
  • Act as Secretary of the Catalyst Advocacy Committee
  • Assist the Chair of the Advocacy Committee in developing meeting agendas and take meeting minutes
  • Issue regular updates on matters that require the attention of Advocacy Committee members

Knowledge and Skills

  • Awareness of political sensitivities and ability to navigate the various government structures and  bureaucracies.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with members of government and their staffs, caucuses, and senior officials at the highest levels.
  • Strong balance between executional excellence and long-term strategic thinking; must be able to apply creative thinking skills and idea generation to the development of an effective policy agenda.
  • Excellent judgment.
  • Strong project management skills, including leadership, project planning and oversight, and problem-solving.
  • Ability to lead and motivate project teams as well as to serve as a team member.
  • Resilience and flexibility; ability to operate effectively under conditions of uncertainty.
  • Ability to juggle/prioritize multiple projects.
  • Personal computer literacy in a network environment with a Windows base.  Proficiency in word processing. Knowledge of database software.

Working Conditions

  • Multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Frequent and sometimes unexpected demands.
  • Deadline-driven and fast-paced working environment.
  • Regular need to work beyond usual business hours.
  • Some travel, especially between New York and Washington, DC.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • This position requires a bachelor's degree in political science, communications, or a related field.
  • Three years related experience and experience working in government a plus.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected] with "Government Affairs Associate" in the subject line as well as the source of the job listing.