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24 Sep 2021

Full-Time Governmental Relations Director

Kansas National Education Association – Posted by Sari117 Topeka, Kansas, United States

Job Description



Kansas National Education Association (KNEA) is seeking qualified candidates who have the necessary experience to fill the Governmental Relations Director position.


Position Description: The Governmental Relations Director is responsible for managing KNEA’s political endorsements, campaign involvement, fundraising, and lobbying activities. The position offices at KNEA Headquarters in Topeka, Kansas.



  • Baccalaureate degree – Major in Political Science or a related field preferred
  • Governmental relations experience—experience in Kansas preferred
  • Knowledge of—and willingness to work toward—Kansas NEA’s mission and goals
  • Knowledge of issues facing K-12 and higher education employees and their students
  • Ability to gather and articulate information in order to develop a political agenda and to efficiently and effectively implement specific strategies to advance that agenda
  • Experience facilitating public campaign and election activities
  • Knowledge of information gathering, polling, and surveying techniques
  • Knowledge of and ability to comply with the election and campaign finance laws relating to conflict of interests, financial disclosure, and the regulation of lobbying
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to use adult learning theory in planning, presentations, and training
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate group and individual interaction in managing change
  • Ability to work with groups with diverse viewpoints
  • Familiarity with Kansas education statutes
  • Ability to analyze education agency budgets
  • Ability to prioritize and organize work to ensure the completion of multiple tasks
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours, including evenings and weekends, as necessary
  • Ability to manage support staff
  • Ability to develop and manage program area budgets


Position Responsibilities:

  • Prepare a proposed political agenda and present it for board of directors’ approval
  • Advance the adopted political agenda by endorsing candidates, assisting in campaigns, distributing contributions, and complying with election, campaign finance, and reporting laws
  • Review bills, coordinate a team of staff and leaders in the development of positions, sharing of information through testimony
  • Keep membership informed:  presentations and training; writing articles for Under The Dome


Salary and Benefits:

  • Under the KNEA/Kansas Staff Organization contract
  • Salary Range is between $73,900 to $119,150, commensurate with experience
  • Liberal fringe benefits and leaves, as provided in the contract


Employment Date:  TBD


About KNEA:  KNEA’s mission is to advocate for education professionals and unite our members, Kansans, and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world. Our vision is a great public school for every student. Our members include K-12 classroom teachers, higher education employees, support professionals, college students, and retired educators.


KNEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

How to Apply

How to Apply:  Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to Kevin Riemann, KNEA Executive Director, at Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. CDT on October 22, 2021.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time.

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