Manager of Government and Community Affairs - NYPL

Job Information


The office of Government and Community Affairs (GOVREL) is responsible for all NYPL interaction with government officials and agencies.  

Its primary functions are to:

  • Work with elected and governmental officials at the City, State and Federal levels to preserve and expand public funding (expense and capital).
  • Organize, implement and support all advocacy activities, including contacts with and outreach to elected officials and staff on all levels of government - City of New York (Mayor’s Office, City Council, Community Boards, etc.), New York State (Governor’s Office, Senate, Assembly, etc.) and Federal (Senate, Congress, etc.).
  • Track and monitor proposed legislation and provide legislative and policy analysis.
  • Liaise with government officials regarding the process and progress of Library capital projects.
  • Project manage City initiatives and partnerships, including liasing with the City and engaging appropriate NYPL staff

  • Liaison with Capital Planning on capital needs requests, project status and overall communication of capital and technology for the Library. Coordinate capital request meetings with elected officials 

  • Coordinate the Library’s NYS legislative affairs 

  • Assist in the coordination of the Library’s annual budget advocacy campaign 

  • Manage the Library’s involvement in the City’s Participatory Budgeting process, including identification and development of projects, branch training and engagement, and voter outreach

  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with local community boards and other organizations

  • Serve as point of contact for branch staff for all government affairs related issues at the branch level

  • Performing miscellaneous job related duties as assigned
Midtown Manhattan

Job Requirements


3-5 years experience in relevant field
Demonstrated knowledge of government budget, legislative and agency processes
Demonstrated project management ability
Results oriented and possess the ability to multitask while meeting deadlines
Strong interpersonal skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work effectively with a diverse and decentralized staff
Valid drivers license and ability to attend evening/weekend meetings and events
Strong computer skills
Understanding of non-profit organizations and public libraries strongly preferred

Education Required

Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.)