Program Coordinator, Government Relations

Position Details

Type Full Time
Offered By National Trust for Historic Preservation
Office of Government Relations & Public Policy
Washington , District of Columbia

Love historic places and distinctive older neighborhoods? Are you currently a legislative correspondent or junior legislative assistant looking to move into the non-profit advocacy arena? This may be the job for you!

You can help support our advocacy to save historic places and revitalize older neighborhoods. The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects culturally significant places by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support for preservation, including advocating for legislative and agency action at the federal, state & local levels. Examples of our government relations work include securing national monument designation for endangered historic sites, educating congress about the value of preservation tax credits to create jobs & revenue in culturally diverse neighborhoods, and encouraging federal agencies to be better stewards of Tribal resources on public lands.



  • Stay current on major National Trust policy initiatives and issues. Provide research and some basic policy analysis in support of National Trust legislative and policy priorities and track policies and decisions that directly affect the National Trust's goals.
  • Perform a variety of other substantive tasks in support of the Vice President and specific program areas of the department as requested – for example, compiling data and using GIS software to map impact of legislative initiatives.
  • Support the department’s outreach to and engagement of culturally diverse constituents and partners, including the Congressional Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus and other diverse affinity networks.
  • Coordinate scheduling and workflow in the VP's office and provide administrative support to the department as a whole. Coordinate daily briefing materials preparation for meetings and conference calls. Take minutes at meetings as requested.
  • Coordinate planning and logistics for the VP’s out-of-town travel and follow-up expense reports and travel reimbursements.
  • Maintain and keep up-to-date, office files, directories, calendars of events, and related information.
  • Draft and prepare correspondence for the Vice President as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least 3 years of professional level experience, particularly in a matrixed and geographically dispersed non-profit. Experience in a government relations setting, including experience coordinating projects and working with key external stakeholders preferred.
  • Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
  • Basic project-coordination skills, including some experience in helping prepare and track budgets. Ability to achieve results with general supervision.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively across departments, with track record of building and maintaining productive relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set, with ability to think creatively, and demonstrated history of helping to establish new programs.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion, with ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment and ability to achieve results with general supervision.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Experience helping with outreach to and engagement of culturally diverse audiences and partners preferred; bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a plus.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and database systems required, with ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology.
  • Undergraduate degree required.

Preferred Additional Qualifications

  • Experience developing, managing and reporting on budgets.
  • Knowledge of mapping software such as ESRI ArcGIS.
  • Masters degree in related field.

How to Apply

To apply, please include a cover letter in the body of a message and email your resume as a Word, PDF or Text document to

The National Trust for Historic Preservation an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation  actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.