Job Details

Requisition Number 17-0030
Post Date 7/24/2017
Job Title Division Director, Government Affairs
City Washington
State DC
Job Description

The National Fire Protection Association’s mission is to help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge and passion. An international nonprofit established in 1896, we are dedicated to the elimination of death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The Association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission.

Want to be part of something big? As an employee of the National Fire Protection Association, you are working toward truly making a difference all over the world. You play a key role in keeping first responders safe, helping to provide architects with guidelines for building design and safety, providing education to children in schools, and so much more. Employees at NFPA bring a collective passion to work every day as together, they contribute toward solving the fire problem…all while being offered great benefits, including a pension plan and an on-site fitness center.

Want to make a difference? Join Us.

NFPA is currently searching for a Division Director for the Government Affairs team. The Division Director of Government Affairs is responsible for defining, developing, implementing and managing a strategic government affairs approach and achieving effective outcomes for NFPA. Develops and maintains relationships with relevant individuals, organizations and agencies within the federal government. Proactively identifies, recommends and executes targeted activities to advance NFPA, its goals and mission. Leads team and applies resources to deliver high value outcomes that promote NFPA and its strategic goals. Represents NFPA’s policies and positions both in writing and in person at appropriate legislative and policy hearings and meetings. Monitors and informs NFPA staff of legislative, regulatory and other issues of importance to NFPA by developing appropriate context and communication channels. Has a role understanding and coordinating relevant state activities.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Establishes and maintains contact with Congressional and agency staff as well as officials in private sector groups and organizations to advance NFPA and its mission. 
  • Provides leadership, develops, motivates and supports a high quality staff. 
  • Serves as NFPA representative to promote NFPA policies, positions, and capabilities.
  • Attends, monitors, and reports on Congressional and agency hearings and meetings. 
  • Gathers and analyzes information important to the organization and educates NFPA staff.
  • Determines best use of government affairs staff and resources to advance NFPA’s goals.
  • Serves as the NFPA representative to government and non-government committees, coalitions, and advisory groups as appropriate. 
  • Prepares and delivers legislative and regulatory correspondence and comments on behalf of NFPA. 
  • Acts as a resource on federal government activities (legislative, regulatory, etc.) to NFPA staff. 
  • Maintains NFPA’s integrity and leadership in fire, electrical and life safety. 
  • Responsible to develop and manage allocated budget. 

Job Requirements

  • Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree and 10+ years of government relations experience including work on Capitol Hill with Congress and Federal agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage government affairs team and activities to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Strong communication skills – both written and oral.
  • Managing and building strong relationships.
  • Ability to advocate and influence.
  • Flexible, strategic and forward thinking with ability to create and execute ideas and strategies.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated success at motivating team.
  • Strong drafting and public speaking experience.
  • Knowledge of fire service may be helpful, not required.
  • Knowledge of the following entities : FEMA, NIST, DHS, DOD, DOE, DOT, CSB).

Job Scope:

  • The scope of this position is broad; the impact of this role reaches across all parts of the Association.

Management Responsibility:

  • Manage government affairs team; currently includes 2 individuals located in Washington, DC.

Financial Responsibility:

  • Division Director, Government Affairs will work with supervisor to develop and manage budget for government affairs function.


This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions. It does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Duties may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

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