Manager, Government Affairs

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) seeks to design a more sustainable, livable, and beautiful world. Landscape architects create city master plans, design ecosystems, develop innovative park projects like the High Line in New York City, roll out bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and renew residential landscapes. ASLA represents some 16,000 landscape architects in the U.S. and around the world.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) seeks a full-time Manager in our Government Affairs (GA) Department. The GA manager will assist the department director and the federal government affairs director in developing and implementing the society’s state and federal government affairs programs and in representing and advocating ASLA interests with external audiences, including Congress, state legislatures, state and federal agencies, and other organizations.

  • Manages state and federal legislative issues as assigned, including licensure, transportation design and planning, water management, community design, and small business issues.
  • Manages partnerships and relationships with allied and related organizations, including other design professions and industry and environmental groups.
  • Manages grassroots communications on state and federal legislative issues through the ASLA Advocacy Network.
  • Supports the government affairs director and federal government affairs manager in staffing volunteer advisory committees.
  • Coordinates efforts for ASLA’s annual advocacy day programs and licensure summit.
  • Maintains government affairs web pages to ensure timely, accurate information.
  • Assists the department director as needed in advancing ASLA national, state, and local legislative/regulatory goals.

Education: BA degree in political science, public policy, communication, or related field; graduate degree a plus.

Skills: Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Excellent organizational skills, good judgment, and attention to detail. Ability to balance heavy workload with short- and long-term project deadlines, address changing priorities, and work well under pressure. Proficiency in Microsoft Office computer applications required; experience with Adobe and Macromedia helpful.

Knowledge of state and federal government processes and lobbying strategies. Ability to work with committees and volunteer leadership. Strong consensus-building and facilitation skills.

Experience: Five to seven years’ experience in state and/or federal government affairs with emphasis on advocacy and agency relations; knowledge of landscape architecture and/or the planning, design, and construction industry a plus.

MUST SUBMIT ALL ITEMS in order to be considered: Cover letter, resume, salary requirement/history and two writing samples to Individuals only (no agencies or recruiters), no phone calls please.


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