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Federal Affairs Manager (American Institutions Network)

R Street Institute

Washington, DC

The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with regional offices across the country—seeks an energetic Federal Affairs Manager to manage the American Institutions Network (AIN), a new R Street initiative focused on protecting democratic norms and institutions. This position will work closely with the Governance Project and report to the Associate Vice President.

Ideal candidates will be skilled in engaging with external audiences, including the Hill, and have the ability to rapidly respond to the news cycle. The R Street Institute is a relatively young think tank experiencing rapid growth in both personnel and scholarly output. This role will maintain and grow the American Institutions Network, a key priority for the organization.


  • Serve as the Federal Affairs lead for AIN. Identify norms and institutions that need protection and engage in doing so by identifying and collaborating with key external partners.
  • Establish relationships with members of Congress to defend constitutional and democratic norms.
  • Engage in rapid response efforts with coalition members to address threats to democratic norms.
  • Function as R Street’s lead for all third party coalitions work.
  • Coordinate AIN activities regularly with R Street’s governance team. 


  • Must have five years of coalitions experience or demonstrated experience engaging external audiences.
  • While Hill experience is not required, it is preferred.
  • Must present oneself professionally and have ability to liaise with a variety of groups effectively
  • Ability to gather a coalition to rapidly respond to issues happening in the news cycle
  • Ability to work with groups across the political spectrum and find common ground between ideologically diverse groups

This is a full-time job based in Washington that requires a daily presence in our office. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families); wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with up to a 4 percent match; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. Candidates in whom we are interested will be contacted for telephone interviews, which will be conducted on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our D.C. office.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format, along with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email. The email address for applications is



R Street Institute accepts interns through the following programs:

If you have any questions, or want to tell us about a program you think we should know of, email Patricia Simon at