Agency Relations Manager (Temporary Full-Time)

Location: San Francisco, CA

Department: Government Affairs

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced


The temporary Agency Relations Manager will support and manage relationships, as well as, assist with negotiating terms with government agencies and tribal bodies in support of Burning Man’s annual permits and contracts. This position will draft important reports and internal and external communications, and will have access to highly confidential information. The position will conduct research and manage data related to permit requirements, economic impact, and law enforcement.

You will report directly to the Associate Director of Government Affairs and work with multiple internal departments. Excellent judgment, discretion, and initiative are required.



Relationship Management

  • Support relationships and facilitate negotiations with government agencies and tribal bodies in Nevada including Nevada Department of Transportation, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Washoe County, Pershing County, Federal Aviation Administration, and Nevada Department of Public and Behavioral Health
  • Assist as needed with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) meetings and negotiations
  • Work with contractors and project managers to evaluate permit requirements and expenditures
  • Support and manage relationships and contribute as needed in local communities including Gerlach and Empire
  • Debrief post-event with government agencies and tribal bodies; ensure After Action Reports are submitted and submitted on time
  • Coordinate and attend meetings with elected officials and government agencies, including Burning Man’s Cooperator meetings
  • Work internally with Burning Man Operational Departments when negotiating agency permits and contracts;  ensure terms are met and communication flow is accurate and timely
  • Attend Pershing County Commission meetings and meet with Commissioners
  • Interface with agencies, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Black Rock City (BRC) Highway Cleanup Crew post-event to ensure smooth communications, compliance, and completion
  • Manage relationship with Washoe County Health District and ensure permits are submitted and paid
  • On playa, manage agency relationships and communications, support Government Relations and Tier 1 functions as needed

Operational and Project Management

  • Ensure annual contracts and agreements are signed and delivered on time; ensure payments are sent and delivered on time
  • Review annual cost recovery documents and statements of work
  • Draft letters and correspondence to elected officials and government agencies
  • Draft the annual Burning Man After Action Report, track deadlines, and work with BRC Planning Team and Departments to deliver content
  • Track and compile law enforcement feedback; prepare content for BRC After Action Report with Law Enforcement Advisor
  • Work with BRC Law Enforcement Advisor to track and update law enforcement statistics
  • Manage and update multiple Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Pershing County fees, costs, and resources databases; work with stakeholder agencies to update information
  • Support 2019-2028 NEPA environmental analysis as needed

Other Functions and Responsibilities

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Learning – Pursues ongoing learning in their area of expertise, working to stay current on emergent knowledge, skills, and processes.
  • Documentation - Assists in the creation, publishing, and maintenance of process documentation related to their assigned duties.
  • Knowledge sharing – Helps acculturate and educate junior staff in Burning Man culture and business processes.
  • Training development - Collaborates with the education team to develop training materials in their area of expertise, as requested.



  • 3+ years experience working in regulatory affairs or government relations
  • Proven track record of multifaceted internal and external relationship management
  • Skillful negotiator
  • Strategic thinker with strong record of problem-solving creative solutions
  • Experience working at or with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail oriented with very strong organizational skills
  • Excellent discretion and professionalism; ability to uphold high standards of confidentiality
  • Proven ability to multitask and manage multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines
  • Excellence in the Google suite (Mail, Calendar, Sheets, Documents, Slides)
  • Ability to write/edit executive summaries and drafts in a professional voice
  • Friendly, personable professional demeanor
  • Ability to travel for meetings as necessary
  • Ability to adjust schedule seasonally to work at the Burning Man event held in Nevada


  • Familiarity with Burning Man; preference given to those who have attended Burning Man in Black Rock City
  • Government Affairs experience in Northern Nevada


  • Valid Driver’s License and Clean Driving Record


  • Off-playa:  Work is primarily sedentary in nature, no special demands are required.
  • On-playa:  Work is primarily sedentary but will also include the need to find and meet with department representatives who may not be in the vicinity therefore this could include walking or using some form of transportation.  Some of the work will be in outside weather conditions and will be exposed to fumes or airborne particles as well as possible extremes in temperature.


  • This is a temporary, full-time position eligible for benefits, working out of our San Francisco office and in Black Rock City, Nevada.
  • The expected timeframe of temporary, full-time employment for this role is through November 2019.
  • Burning Man is an equal-opportunity employer


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