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Associate, Government Affairs. Washington, DC. Full-time.

IAVA’s Associate, Government Affairs will primarily be responsible for becoming an expert in a variety of assigned veterans issues. Working closely with colleagues in the Government Affairs Division, the Associate, Government Affairs will track and report on federal and state legislation, legal matters, and government policies pertaining to the veterans’ community and IAVA’s policy goals. The Associate, Government Affairs will support the organization’s efforts to increase public support of IAVA priorities through support to our traditional and social media initiatives.

The Associate, Government Affairs will be expected to support, as needed, all government relations activities, including with Congress, the Administration, and state/local, as needed. They will also be expected to research and learn to draft hearing testimony, with the goal of being on track to personally deliver Congressional testimony.

Experience (at least one of the following):

  • Two years of experience in advocacy, on Capitol Hill, or with/within the federal government, or in a related field.
  • Two years of experience in State or Municipal government dealing with veterans’ affairs or related issues.
  • Two years of experience working within the Federal Government working on veteran related programs or agencies.
  • Experience working on National or State campaigns.
  • Experience writing memorandum and briefing materials for principles.

Skills and Traits (all of the following):

  • Passion for improving the lives of veterans, servicemembers and their families.
  • Fundamental knowledge of the legislative process and ability to provide related analysis – and the willingness/desire to learn.
  • Excellent ability to communicate quickly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Public speaking and ability/willingness to appear before media; comfort with a very public-facing job.
  • Must be able to speak with authenticity in public appearances.
  • Excellent organization and leadership skills.
    Comfort working on multiple tasks under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Flexibility, dedication to IAVA’s mission, a robust sense of humor, and humility.
  • A dedication to quality and execution – perfectionists welcome.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team or independently with minimal oversight.

Join the IAVA Team

IAVA is looking for highly motivated Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, veteran family members, and civilian supporters to fill openings in our New York City and Washington, DC offices, or remotely. 

Basic Information

Military Experience

Please note: You are permitted to black out personal information such as your social security number, but we must be able to see your full name and information that proves you served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Personal Information

Applicant’s Certification and Agreement:
I hereby certify that the facts set forth in the above employment application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge, and I authorize IAVA to verify the accuracy of past employment and education as well as to obtain reference information on my work performance. I hereby release IAVA from any/all liability of whatever kind and nature which, at any time, could result from obtaining and having an employment decision based on such information.
I understand that providing false information on any form related to the hiring process may be grounds for an offer of employment being revoked, or for termination of employment at any point in the future.
I understand that should an offer of employment be extended to me and accepted that I will fully adhere to the policies, rules and regulations of employment of IAVA.
Further, I understand that neither the policies, rules, regulations of employment nor anything said during the interview process shall be deemed to constitute the terms of an implied employment contract. I also understand that any employment offered is for an indefinite duration and at will, and that either I or IAVA may terminate my employment at any time with or without notice or cause.


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