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    Executive Director Office of Government Relations (OGR)

    Position Summary

    Under the supervision of the Associate General Secretary and General Counsel, and in collaboration with directors of the policy offices, the Executive Director of Government Relations coordinates and monitors the USCCB public policy agenda and assigns elements of it to the OGR Associate Directors whom he or she supervises.  The Executive Director must be a practicing Catholic, registered in a Catholic parish or regularly attending a Catholic parish or Catholic faith community, who embraces, upholds and promotes in every aspect of his/her work the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church.  The Executive Director contributes to the Bishops’ strategic plan for the Conference.  He or she demonstrates willingness and ability to understand, respect and contribute to the USCCB mission and to fulfill job duties in accordance with its Catholic identity. 


    • Plans and prioritizes the USCCB legislative program in each new Congress.

    • Recommends positions to be taken on specific legislation.

    • Develops and implements strategies with Congress and the Executive Branch to influence the passage-defeat or amendment of legislation of interest to the USCCB generally and with regard to his/her portfolio.

    • In collaboration with the Office of General Counsel, develops original legislation or amendments to proposed legislation.

    • Reviews, approves and, when necessary, recommends revisions to written testimony, letters and statements to be sent to Congress.

    • Monitors and tracks legislation and Congressional developments related to a range of issues of   interest to the USCCB.

    • Analyzes the issues of interest to the USCCB under consideration in Congress.

    • Develops good working relationships with members of Congress and their staff.

    • Provides advice to the Associate General Secretary, to USCCB offices and committees and other Church agencies with respect to the development of positions on public policy issues as well as legislative programs to influence these policies.

    • Organizes and directs the advocacy efforts of USCCB with other Catholic organizations as well as broader coalitions by soliciting support within the larger religious and secular communities for the USCCB legislative objectives in Congress.

    • Informs the Bishops, USCCB staff, State Catholic Conference Directors and appropriate Diocesan leaders of legislative developments.


    • 7-10 years related experience:

    • Professional experience in Government and/or prior position on Congressional staff

    • Professional experience in public policy and/or government relations, preferably with a Church or non-profit agency 

    • Management and/or supervisory experience  

    • Ability to follow established policies and procedures  

    • Ability to collaborate with peers, colleagues and others to achieve mission goals and objectives

    • Bachelor’s degree required; Graduate degree preferred

    • Major Field/Specialty: Law, Political Science, Public Policy or Administration, History, Sociology

    • Must have knowledge of Catholic teaching as it affects the public policy agenda of the USCCB or willingness to acquire such in a reasonable time. 

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Share-point, e-mail, Internet, etc.

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