Managers of government affairs are responsible for effectively managing all aspects of government affairs for their organization. They handle government communication efforts, create detailed reports based on current government positions, and coordinate and schedule government events and activities. They use a personal computer to keep accurate records of interactions with individuals, corporations, and other government officials. Managers of government affairs need to have experience working in a broad range of policy, regulatory, and legal environments.
These managers work with other managers, sharing crucial government affairs information. They act as a liaison between individuals and government officials, as well as oversee the development and recommendation of policies changes. They participate in business meetings to contribute ideas, prepare public testimony, and present on behalf of their organization. They develop strong business relationships with external partners, as well as cultivate positive relationships between companies and governments at local, state, and federal levels. Additionally, these managers translate complex issues and systems into clear, concise, and engaging documents and presentations. They need to follow strict privacy procedures to avoid disclosing sensitive information to the public.
A bachelor's degree in political science, public administration, management, marketing, or a related field is required for this job. Previous experience in a similar position is needed as well. Managers of government affairs must be motivated, result-oriented individuals that pay close attention to detail. They need to be organized and use their time-management skills to multitask effectively on a variety of projects. Additionally, managers of government affairs should have strong interpersonal skills, perform well in a team environment, and work effectively on their own with minimal supervision.
Manager, Government Affairs Tasks
Reach out to and develop relationships with local government, business, and regulatory bodies.
Manage and monitor regulatory activities, applications, proceedings, and filings.
Monitor legal environment and propose legislative activities to encourage business objectives.
Be internal expert for compliance, regulations and requirements, including advising other departments.
Lobby on behalf of the organization.