Associate Director, Government Affairs

Associate Director, Government Affairs

About the Milken Institute:

The Milken Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank.

For the past three decades, the Milken Institute has served as a catalyst for practical, scalable solutions to global challenges by connecting vital human, financial, and educational resources to those who need them. Guided by a conviction that the best ideas, under-resourced, cannot succeed, we conduct research and analysis and convene top experts, innovators and influencers from different backgrounds and competing viewpoints. We leverage this expertise and insight to construct programs and policy initiatives.  

These activities are designed to help people build meaningful lives, in which they can experience health and well-being, pursue effective education and gainful employment, and access the resources required to create ever-expanding opportunities for themselves and their broader communities.

Position Description:

The Associate Director of Government Affairs at the Milken Institute is responsible for engaging with government officials and external stakeholders to support the overall mission of the Milken Institute by advancing policy solutions through programmatic initiatives, research, and events.  The role will have a particular focus on advancing policy implementation with Governors and Mayors by working closely with the Institute’s programmatic centers on issue areas of finance and health, including with the Center for Regional Economics, Center for Public Health, Center for Financial Markets, Center for the Future of Aging, FasterCures, and Research.


  • Engage with government officials and external stakeholders to advance policy solutions through programmatic initiatives, research, and events;
  • Lead the engagement with Governors and Mayors at Institute-hosted conferences and summits and to advance Institute research and policy solutions that are relevant for those constituencies by working closely with the Institute’s programmatic Centers;
  • Identify and research legislative issues, track priority legislation and regulatory developments, and synthesize this information into plans to advance policy objectives;  
  • Write and distribute weekly internal government affairs communication to keep key internal constituents apprised of policy-related developments.


  • Minimum BA or BS in government, public policy or a related field required;
  • MA in government, public policy, or related field preferred;
  • Minimum 8-10 years experience in government and a public policy organization;
  • Experience working in and/or with State governments preferred;
  • Strong research skills with the ability to synthesize complex issues into concise and digestible information;
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills are requisite;
  • Strong attention to detail and high standards of excellence.

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer. 

Please submit a cover letter and resume - all applications materials should be attached as PDF files. Any application that does not include both a cover letter and a resume saved as PDFs will be rejected.


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