Government Affairs Manager/Director

Cato Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 09

Position description

The Cato Institute is seeking applications for a full-time position located in DC as a Government Affairs Manager/Director.  The Government Affairs Manager/Director will work to establish Cato as the prime source for objective analysis for policymakers, and to ensure that Cato scholars have the access and proper tools to help lawmakers develop and advance good policy. The Government Affairs Manager/Director will work with the Vice President of Communications and appropriate senior policy staff to devise outreach strategies for individual issue areas and specific research projects, as well as overseeing distribution of materials to Capitol Hill audiences on key issues, and working with other government affairs staff on briefings and other events.  Salary and title commensurate with experience.

Position reports to Vice President, Communications, and issue-specific senior policy staff.

Company Overview:

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of a society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets – turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future. Cato Institute is an EOE.


  •  Meet regularly with appropriate policy staff to discuss policy proposals and schedule for     research products
  • Maintain relationships with key Congressional committee staff, as well as staff in personal offices as necessary
  • Participate in appropriate planning and policy meetings with Congressional caucuses and other groups
  • Seek individual meetings for Cato senior staff with Members of Congress and key Congressional staff as necessary to promote policy area
  • Recommend actions to Cato policy staff to help advance issue area
  • Ensure all Cato research products in assigned issue areas are distributed to appropriate Capitol Hill offices


  •  3 to 10 years experience in issue management on Capitol Hill or equivalent association/think tank, government or corporate experience
  •  A bachelor’s degree in Political Science or related field
  •  Comprehensive understanding of Congressional rules, procedures and operations

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