Criterion Systems, Inc.

Government Relations Manager

Job Locations US
Regular Full-Time


At Criterion Systems, we developed a different kind of business—a company whose real value is a reputation for excellence built upon the collective skills, talents, perspectives, and backgrounds of its people. By accepting a position with Criterion Systems, you will join a group of professionals with a collaborative mindset where we share ideas and foster professional development to accomplish our goals. In addition to our great culture, we also offer competitive compensation and benefit packages, company-sponsored team building events, and advancement opportunities. To find out more about how Criterion can help you take your career to the next level please visit our


Criterion is seeking a Government Relations Manager to mature and extend Criterion’s government relations program by putting in place processes to identify and implement key Federal public policy initiatives; serving as the liaison to Members of Congress, the Administration, and industry associations; and working closely with Criterion’s Strategy and Corporate Development organization to develop and maintain needed tools and materials.


Elements Of the Role Include:

  • Work with Criterion’s senior leaders to understand the company’s point-of-view on public policy
  • Manage long-term and time-sensitive government relations projects and programs
  • Help analyze proposed legislative actions and determine the potential risk/opportunity impact on the organization
  • Represent Criterion with Members of Congress, the Administration, and other governmental agencies, including maintaining existing relationships and forming strategically important new ones
  • Develop and maintain tools and materials designed to support government relations efforts in coordination with Criterion’s business development, marketing, and communications functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Planning and Implementation – Work with the senior leadership team to develop and maintain a strategic plan to support the company’s long- and short-term goals. Strong project management skills are key.
  • Policy /Legislative/Regulatory analysis – Keep your fingers on the pulse of relevant trends/news and advise leadership on upcoming opportunities/risks. Evaluate pending legislation, policy and regulations; determine impact to Criterion, and help develop the company’s response. Create documents to brief company executives on legislative matters and provide guidance/recommendations on external communications. You must have strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Build/Maintain Stakeholder Relationships – Nurture positive relationships with strategically important government officials, opinion leaders, third-party agencies, and other external stakeholders; determine points of influence and advocacy and advise senior leaders; and tell the company’s story in powerful and appropriate ways.
  • Develop/Maintain Portfolio of Communications Tools – Work with Criterion’s strategic communications team on messaging, external outreach, and the development of relevant communications tools.


Education And Experience Required:

  • Degrees in Political Science, Public Policy/Administration, Law, Business Administration, Communications or other related field
  • Minimum 5-7+ years of progressive experience with federal legislation, grassroots advocacy, lobbying, or campaign organizing experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated skills with risk assessment, setting priorities, negotiation, and influence management
  • Positive, can-do attitude with strong support of Criterion’s values of ethics, integrity, excellence, and focus on the mission
  • Successful multi-tasker experienced working with tight deadlines and competing demands

Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; exceptional listening skills; strong presentation skills.


Criterion Systems, Inc. and its subsidiaries are committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination at all levels of our organization.  We believe in treating all applicants and employees fairly and make employment decisions without regard to any individual’s protected status:  race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex/gender, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and mental disability, marital/parental status, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), age, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit


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