Governmental Relations Associate

Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 14, 2020
Oct 14, 2020
Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
50 - 75%
Experience Level


The Georgia Municipal Association is seeking candidates for the position of Governmental Relations Associate.

A successful candidate for the position of Governmental Relations Associate should possess a commitment to professionalism, teamwork and integrity.  The ideal candidate is someone who has strong verbal and written communication skills. 

The primary purpose of this position is to advocate on behalf of the Association at the Georgia General Assembly.  They will also play a key role in the development and implementation the Association’s legislative policies.


Identifies, analyzes and develops recommendations for the Association on state and federal policy issues which affect municipalities.

Monitors state legislation, regulations and laws and communicate with GMA members.

Testifies before legislative committees and state boards advocating on behalf of the Association.

Serves as registered lobbyist for the Association at the Georgia General Assembly; attends committee meetings and legislative sessions; confers with local officials and state legislators regarding the Association’s legislative program; lobbies for the passage or defeat of legislative bills and amendments.

Responds to inquiries from GMA member cities’ officials regarding state and federal issues and other legislative matters.

Represents GMA at meetings, workshops and conferences; makes presentations on legislative issues and GMA activities.

Assists in planning and developing the Association’s policy development process.

Assists in convening Association policy committees to obtain input on Association’s annual legislative priorities.

Writes, prepares, or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, legislative analyses, legislative policies, policy statements, lobbyist reports, or other documents; drafts reports, guides and other documents for use by GMA officials.

Maintains working relationships with state legislators, state agencies and advocacy organizations to ensure that the interests of cities are represented as regulations, programs and policies are developed.


Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Political Science, or related field required, or a Master’s degree in a related field, or a Juris Doctorate; three years of experience in public policy analysis or governmental affairs, preferably in local government or a related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.