Director of Government Affairs

Director of Government Affairs


JINSA seeks an experienced, creative, and hard-working individual to join our team as Director of Government Affairs. This is a full-time position, with excellent benefits, and will report to the Vice President, Government Affairs. Salary is commensurate with experience.


  • Identify, build, and maintain relationships with key congressional offices and committees, as well as Executive Branch agencies and departments, relevant to JINSA’s policy priorities to advance U.S. national security interests in the Middle East.
  • Work with JINSA’s policy and communications team to adapt policy reports, national security briefs, memos, etc. into products tailored to government audiences to maximize impact on a bipartisan basis.
  • Develop and implement strategies to communicate JINSA policy recommendations to relevant government officials and relay to JINSA the evolving priority concerns of policymakers.
  • Prepare JINSA subject matter experts to brief members of congress and provide educational briefings to congressional staffers.
  • Recruit national security professionals working for members of congress to participate in JINSA’s annual Congressional National Security Program to Israel, which showcases the strength of the U.S.-Israel partnership through visits to key strategic locations including military installations, Israel’s borders, and defense industrial and innovation sites. Help plan and execute the program.
  • Secure participation of key policymakers and staff in JINSA’s in-person and virtual events and webinars.
  • Track engagement metrics to help improve productivity over time.


  • 5+ years in a relevant position, such as Congressional staffer or Executive Branch official, or non-profit, trade association, or corporate government affairs director, , etc.
  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in political science, international affairs, history, or related fields.
  • Experience working in government strongly preferred. Experience managing a national security portfolio for a congressman on the Armed Services or Foreign Affairs Committees ideal.
  • Proven ability to multi-task on diverse projects, handle multiple assignments at once, and work under tight deadlines.
  • Self-starter who is comfortable working alone or collaboratively with a team.
  • Strong interest in U.S. military and national security issues, including issues related to Israel, Iran, Saudia Arabia, and the broader Middle East.

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and relevant writing sample to JINSA Vice President for Government Affairs Matt Kenney at (No phone calls, please.)

About JINSA: The Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) is dedicated to educating Congressional, military and civilian national security decision-makers on American defense and strategic interests, primarily in the Middle East, the cornerstone of which is a robust U.S.-Israeli security cooperation. JINSA believes that a strong American military and national security posture is the best guarantor of peace and the survival of our values and civilization.