National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • 07-May-2021 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Government Relations, Policy & Advocacy
  • Arlington, VA, USA
  • Full Time

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Today, we are an alliance of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and a national office who work in communities across the United States to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. NAMI advocates for all who are affected by mental illness, both the individuals and the people in their lives. In particular, we work to address disparities and injustices and to promote dignity and inclusion for all people with mental illness and their families. In addition to being advocates, we educate, we listen, and we lead as evidenced by our public awareness campaigns, the range of numerous programs we provide, and our strong public policy.

We currently have an opening for a Manager, Legislative Analysis. The Manager of Legislative Analysis will join the Government Relations, Policy & Advocacy team, which advocates to address disparities and injustices and to promote dignity and inclusion for all people with mental illness and their families. The Manager of Legislative Analysis is responsible for researching, summarizing, and making recommendations for NAMI's support of federal legislation and legislative proposals related to NAMI's public policy priorities. This includes proactive research, as well as helping the team respond to legislative endorsement requests. The Manager will also be responsible for tracking and managing federal bills NAMI supports and ensuring that NAMI's legislative endorsements are appropriately updated on

This position is based in Arlington, VA (currently remote due to COVID).


  • Reviews, analyzes, and summarizes federal legislation related to NAMI's public policy priorities.
  • Makes recommendations regarding NAMI's position on federal legislation and works with the Policy team and the Director of Legislative Advocacy to determine final support.
  • Proactively tracks newly introduced legislation related to NAMI's public policy priorities and highlight opportunities for NAMI's engagement.
  • Catalogues NAMI's legislative endorsements, manages sign-on letters, and ensures actions are reflected on NAMI's website.
  • Research congressional members who have interest in or have supported legislation related to NAMI's policy priorities and works with the Field Advocacy team to develop strategies for engagement with NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates.
  • Tracks congressional hearings, and briefings to provide succinct summaries for the team.
  • Tracking provisions in enacted legislation to ensure follow-up with appropriations requests and/or federal agency actions.
  • Contributes to development of high-quality resources for members of Congress, including welcome packets at the beginning of the congressional session and other constituent service materials.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field required
  • 3-5 years' experience in relevant field preferred, especially with experience analyzing federal legislation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment and across teams to plan and implement programs and initiatives
  • Ability to respond to and prioritize competing demands
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Must pass background check

NAMI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. NAMI prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, genetic information or any other legally protected group status. We also provide reasonable accommodation for candidates with disability.

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