Government Affairs Manager Position | Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Government Affairs Manager
Position Title: Government Affairs Manager
Department: External Relations/Development
Reports To: VP of External Relations
FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt

Essential Job Functions:

  • Develops and cultivates positive, credible, and influential working relationships with elected officials and decision-makers;

  • Represent and advance the Zoo’s government relations agenda before elected officials and government decision-makers on both a local and state level;

  • Foster a productive relationship between the Zoo’s senior staff members and elected officials;

  • Monitor and track proposed legislation and analyze potential impact on the organization’s operations;

  • Communicate the organization’s views internally and externally to business partners, customers, and potential allies;

  • Works to influence public and government policy at the local and state level, in the areas of conservation, activist policy, funding, and wildlife care;

  • Works with Board members and other community members who have relationships with government representatives and communicate our position with elected officials, as assigned by the Vice President of External Relations;

  • Carries a significant portfolio of elected officials and their staffs, meeting with individuals regularly to maintain professional relationships;

  • Identifies and acquires public funding and programming opportunities for the Zoo and handles reporting requests for these funds;

  • Represent the organization at industry forums, political networking events, and community gatherings;

  • Conducts tours of exhibitry as a means of education and stewardship of prospects and officials;

  • Regularly coordinate governmental activities with External Relations team members including Director of Development and PR Manager.

Other Job Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Conducts indivudual prospect research.

  • Attends volunteer and staff meetings, as assigned.

  • Attends Zoo events, as assigned.


  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant government, community or public affairs required. Experience in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented organization.

  • Strong network with state and local government representatives.

  • Ability to advocate for laws and regulations, as well as government’s role in adoption and enforcement.

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred and excellent people skills.

  • PC proficiency and knowledge of Microsoft Office, strong organizational/communication skills, ability to multi-task, ability to research and pay attention to details, work with the team, and be an independent self-starter.

  • Position will require work on weekends and holidays.

  • Valid PA driver’s license and access to car required.

Apply online below or submit resumé with salary requirements to:

Zoological Society of Pittsburgh
Human Resources Department
One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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