Deputy Director for Federal Affairs

Washington, DC
Full Time
Office of Federal and Regional Affairs (OFRA)
Senior Manager/Supervisor

OPEN: October 26, 2022

CLOSE: Open Until Filled 

SALARY: Excepted Service, Grade 8, $117,123.52

The Office of Federal and Regional Affairs (OFRA) serves as the liaison to federal agencies, regional and state partners and advises the Mayor on key issues with regional partners and on Capitol Hill.  The Deputy Director will work with the Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of Federal and Regional Affairs in managing OFRA's portfolio, guiding and developing strategies, policies and programs benefiting the District of Columbia.


Qualified candidates should have a Bachelor’s and an advanced degree in political science, law, or another public policy discipline with 5-8 years of public policy or legislative advocacy experience. This position requires political aptitude and the ideal candidate should have current or past connections with state, regional, congressional and or federal partners – and must have a working knowledge of Congress and intergovernmental operations.  The ideal candidate must be able to exercise independent judgment and discretion, have demonstrated management skills and work directly with senior administration officials. The candidate should also possess the ability to synthesize critical issues to develop legislative priorities and develop strategic advocacy tools or community engagement plans as required. This position requires a candidate with excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.


Working with the Senior Advisor and Director of OFRA, the Deputy Director will:

  • Manage federal and regional affairs of the agency by ensuring the coordination and integration of the Mayor’s legislative agenda to support the District’s growth and protect the District’s interest.
  • Must possess a working knowledge of the federal budget process and a demonstrated ability to track and influence the congressional appropriations process
  • Support strategic alignment of the Mayor’s priorities through advocacy and other proactive measures. 
  • Lead a team of associates, policy analysts and other staff in communicating with internal and external partners.
  • Develop and manage tools to support effective office operations, including creating reports on office operability.
  • Supports the development of annual Federal Payment justification plans that reflect the mayor’s vision.
  • Supports the creation and execution of specific government affairs strategies to ensure strategic positioning of the District in high integrity, strong innovation, competitive leadership, and growth potential. 
  • Build strong relationships with external stakeholders to align and communicate priorities of the Mayor’s legislative agenda. 
  • Develop a strategic direction as it relates to the Mayor’s outreach and engagement with federal government officials.
  • Provide clear and measurable short-term and long-term strategies for serving federal constituents and create strategies that target federal programs that are most relevant to the District’s growth.
  • Assist other District functions with regards to policy issues involving federal officials.


There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.



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