Government Affairs Manager

  • Denver, CO
  • Oct 24, 2022
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

About the National Service Office

The National Service Office is the central operational engine for two evidence-based programs: Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First. In 2020, what was formerly the National Service Office solely for Nurse-Family Partnership united with Child First, a merger empowering two proven models to share complementary expertise, infrastructure and integrated services. The resulting unified entity works to ensure that healthcare, early childhood development, and the mental wellness of the entire family are served in proven ways to achieve long-term positive outcomes.


Our Commitment to You

We recognize that inequity stems from policies and practices that cause and justify inequitable distribution of rights, opportunities, and experiences across underserved communities, including various racial, ethnic, gender, religious, and sexual orientation groups.  The NSO is committed to addressing its principles and practices that cause inequality and is committed to promoting anti-racism, anti-oppression, diversity, equity, and inclusion in our research, education, and operations. We respect and honor differences in race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status and have an ongoing commitment to identify and address issues that affect our staff and the communities we serve.


Position Description

The primary purpose of this position is to pursue state legislative, regulatory, and grassroots advocacy strategies that support growth, sustainability and impact of public funding and policies for the Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First programs. This role will cultivate and manage key relationships with policymakers at the state and local level, as well as district staff members of Congress, stakeholders and other funders, etc. to build support for the Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First programs for a group of regionally assigned states. 

This position is based remotely and requires working across the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. In addition to travel within region, this position will occasionally require travel to other regions in the country, including travel to Washington D.C. and Denver, Colorado. The position will be based in one of the assigned states.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and successfully execute annual planning and resulting strategies and tactics to achieve national and state advocacy goals and state-level policy, funding and private-public partnership goals.
  • Sustain and grow existing public funding for the Nurse-Family Partnership and/or Child First programs across assigned states. 
  • Implement strategies that contribute to the goals of the national public policy priorities, including the alignment of federal priorities to state-level efforts which reinforce key maternal, infant, nurse workforce and mental health policy issues, expand funding availability and seek regulatory changes to improve both models’ efficiencies and effectiveness.
  • Cultivate strong, bipartisan relationships with key stakeholders including elected officials and staff, executive branch and state agency officials, district-level congressional staff, political influencers, community leaders, coalitions and other stakeholder groups. 
  • Identify and analyze key public policy and funding trends impacting states and network partners across assigned portfolio, and provide comprehensive, data-specific reporting and presentations upon request.
  • Oversee management and accountability of state lobbying contracts for a subset of states and throughout the assigned portfolio.
  • Develop and leverage grassroots advocates, political influencers and strong stakeholder partnerships to achieve state advocacy cultivation and outreach goals, including hosted events, forums and media.
  • Ensure timely and accurate submissions of progress in Salesforce, Fiscal Note, Voter Voice and other reporting requests deemed essential to productivity tracking
  • Provide support as requested in the attendance, planning and execution of PGA-related advocacy events, meetings and retreats. 
  • Work collaboratively with a cross-functional team across multiple departments to support local implementing agency partners on implementation, blended/braided funding strategies and meeting regulatory or administrative requirements.  
  • Flexibility and adaptability; demonstrated ability to adjust to changing priorities and political/fiscal climates.


Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Administration, Public Health, or related field required
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in lobbying and/or advocacy; legislative and regulatory processes, budget cycles, working with elected officials, federal/state/local government agencies, and coalitions.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience developing and executing strategic and tactical plans at the state level.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in people/program management.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience managing contract lobbyists and knowledge of lobbying strategies, compliance, etc.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working with coalitions and managing partnerships.
  • Excellent organizational, negotiating, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with public funding, policies, programs that support Maternal and Child health and/or child welfare initiatives, including Title V, TANF and MIECHV preferred.
  • Knowledge of Medicaid, health care systems and/or managed care is preferred
  • Ability to travel 30% of the time (dependent upon current public health orders and business need)


Supervisory Responsibilities

This position reports to Senior Manager, Government Affairs and has no direct reports.



  • Salary is determined based on experience and skill set. Geographical adjustments will be considered.
  • Range: $67,750 - $90,105/year



The National Service Office offers the following benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k, Group Term Life Insurance, Short-term and long-term disability, vacation time, personal time, sick time and 14 paid holidays. 


Core Organizational Values

  • Be tenacious caregivers by bringing passion and excellence to our clinical practice and professional services
  • Actively listen to and persistently serve our families and our implementation network 
  • Provide leadership in the field of evidence-based and home visitation programs
  • Seek and find solutions
  • Innovate and stay relevant
  • Translate and enhance the science of pregnancy, brain, and early childhood development to serve vulnerable babies and families
  • Promote health equity and eliminate disparities to improve outcomes for the moms and babies we serve now and beyond.
  • Respect and honor differences in race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status
  • Be respectful, collaborative and tenacious in all our interactions with each other and on behalf of our families and implementation network


To learn more about the programs and the national service office, please visit and  

Please mention that you saw this position posted on


Nurse-Family Partnership