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Deputy Director of Federal Affairs

New Mexico Office of the Governor - Washington DC

Provide support services for the Governor’s Office and state agencies in their interactions with the federal government and analyze federal laws, policies and actions that affect the state. Support the D.C. Office in formulating and executing the Governor’s federal policy agenda. With the Director of Federal Affairs, serve as the Governor’s liaison to the New Mexico Congressional Delegation and represent the Governor in the National Governors Association (NGA), Western Governors’ Association (WGA), and other inter-state coalitions.

This position will be based in the Governor’s Washington DC office.


  • Track, analyze, and report on issues of importance at the federal level that will impact the State of New Mexico.
  • Summarize highly technical content in briefings for dissemination to colleagues, state agencies, congressional staff, and other external stakeholders.
  • Facilitate communication and maintain relationships with federal agency contacts, governors’ state-federal liaisons from other states, and congressional staff.
  • Act as a primary point of communication and coordination with staff of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation.
  • Meet with state agencies to understand their needs and challenges in interaction with the federal government and develop recommendations to address those needs.

Qualifications Required:

  • Four years of experience in a related policy/political role
  • Experience working with or for federal, state, or local government
  • Knowledge of state and federal legislative and regulatory processes
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task while meeting deadlines
  • High-level analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency with remote meetings and remote meeting platforms
  • Flexibility to participate in evening meetings when necessary


  • Experience working for or with the state of New Mexico
  • Five or more years of experience in a related policy/political role
  • Experience developing and analyzing policy
  • Experience with the annual federal appropriations process

Interested in the position? Let us know.

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The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is located on the fourth floor of the New Mexico State Capitol in Room 400.

490 Old Santa Fe Trail Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: (505) 476-2200
Toll free: (833) 520-0020

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