Coordinator, Advocacy & External Engagement

NCARB is a nonprofit organization and global leader in architectural regulation. Located in Washington, D.C., our mission is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects.

Our members are the architectural licensing boards of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. While each jurisdiction is responsible for regulating the practice of architecture within its borders, NCARB develops and administers national programs for licensure candidates and architects to ensure they have the mobility to go wherever their career takes them.

NCARB administers the national exam and the experience program necessary for licensure in the U.S. and offers an NCARB Certificate, which facilitates reciprocity for architects to work in multiple jurisdictions. Our talented team members in the Council Relations Directorate establish strong working relationships with the architectural licensing boards (their executives and members) to assist them in understanding the Council’s programs and services and support their efforts to protect the public and facilitate architectural licensure. We take great pride in being responsive and providing excellent customer service to our members. 

The Coordinator, Advocacy & External Engagement reports to the Manager, Advocacy & External Engagement and is a highly collaborative role that supports Council-wide advocacy initiatives and our shared goals and objectives set by NCARB leadership. If you are a motivated and outgoing person, don’t mind asking out-of-the box questions, have strong project management skills, enjoy building relationships, have a passion for advocacy work, are skilled at conducting legislative research, and enjoy supporting innovative projects, then this is the job for you.

Duties will include:

  • Research and analysis as you keep current with state and local architectural legislation and regulatory trends and developments.
  • Continual learning as you develop and maintain an understanding of the Council’s licensure programs and services.
  • Communication coordination as you help develop and edit advocacy-related content for articles, blogs, newsletters, and other materials.
  • Relationship management as you cultivate and maintain relationships with colleagues, volunteers, members, policymakers, and allied professional organizations.
  • Administration and project management as you contribute to supporting and organizing events and special projects as needed.



At a minimum, you have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science or related field; or, combination of substantial related experience, training, and education may substitute.
  • 1-2 years of relevant experience in a national, state and/or local public policy arena, advocacy or similar environment with emphasis on research, analysis, writing, and excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to interact with a wide-range of professionals.
  • A collaborative communication style with the ability to speak and write well.
  • The ability to build strong relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Attention to detail and can coordinate multiple projects in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using technology and a wide variety of software applications to include Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe (PDF) Applications, Westlaw, state tracking services and social media.
  • Traveled for work and don’t mind extra travel on weekends.


Ideally, you have:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of regulatory and political processes.
  • Prior experience with regulatory agencies and/or state government.

It would be awesome if you had:

  • Association experience or worked on Capitol Hill.
  • Interest in architectural licensing laws and regulations.
  • Experience working with teams in an Agile project management environment.


NCARB is an EEO employer committed to recruiting a diverse workforce. 

Council Relations Directorate
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Coordinator, Advocacy & External Engagement