On the job market? Thinking about it? Check out the list of positions below!
Not yet on the market? Kinda thinking about thinking about a job? Take a look at the types of skills that policy-related organizations are seeking! (See if you can find a position that doesn’t include “excellent communication skills.”) The think about what more you can do — curricular, co-curricular, or extra-curricular — to enhance your strengths in these and other areas.
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Senior Legislative Assistant: North Carolina Democratic Member seeks a Senior Legislative Assistant to handle issues pertaining to: Defense, Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Immigration, Intelligence, Trade, Law Enforcement, Veterans Affairs, and Gun Control. Responsibilities also include developing legislative initiatives, tracking legislation, writing briefing materials, constituent correspondence and floor statements, and representing Member in meetings with interested parties. Candidate must be a strong and effective writer and possess excellent verbal communication skills. Legislative experience and understanding of the legislative process are essential. Salary commensurate with experience. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Senior Legislative Assistant” as your subject title.
Legislative Correspondent: North Carolina Democratic Member seeks Legislative Correspondent with extremely good writing skills. Primary duties include overseeing mail management system and writing constituent correspondence on an array of issues in a timely manner. The LC will work closely with the legislative team to draft responses and will also handle a small portfolio of legislative issues. Familiarity with Intranet Quorum is preferred. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples to email@example.com with “Legislative Correspondent” as your subject title. Salary commensurate with experience.
Legislative Assistant: Rep. Langevin seeks an experienced and energetic Legislative Assistant to handle defense, homeland security, intelligence and foreign policy issues. Responsibilities will include committee work, developing legislation, securing appropriations, monitoring activity on assigned issues, advising and representing the Congressman, and building relationships with constituent groups and advocacy organizations. This is not an entry-level legislative position. Excellent writing skills, Capitol Hill legislative experience, and knowledge of national security policy are critical. Rhode Island ties and security clearance a plus. Please email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls or drop-bys.
Legislative Assistant: Democrat seeks a Legislative Assistant to provide policy analysis and serve as liaison with one of the most important committees in the House. Applicants must have strong research, writing and communication skills; knowledge of the legislative process; strong organizational skills; and attention to detail. Hill experience a plus, but not necessary. To apply send resume, cover letter and writing sample to DemHouseLA@gmail.com
D.C. Scheduler and Office Manager — Senior Member of Congress and Committee Chair seeks an energetic D.C. Scheduler and Office Manager. This position is responsible for managing the Member’s D.C. schedule, making travel arrangements and administering the office finances. The ideal candidate must possess meticulous attention to detail, and the ability to organize, adapt, and problem solve in a fast-paced environment. Prior Hill experience and familiarity with CAPS a plus. Must be flexible and willing to work irregular hours. Please send resume and cover letter to: email@example.com
Legislative Director. Newly elected Democratic Member seeks experienced individual to serve as Legislative Director. Three plus years of substantive Hill experience a requirement. Excellent verbal and writing skills required. Legislative duties subject to candidates experience, qualifications, and office requirements. An ideal candidate will be a team player, have excellent political judgment, substantive management experience, a strong knowledge of the workings of the House, and a desire to work in a fast-paced environment. Knowledge of Colorado a plus but not necessary. Please email cover letter, resume, salary history, references, and writing sample with the subject line — Legislative Director — to CO2jobs@yahoo.com
Press Secretary — Newly elected Democratic Member seeks experienced Press Secretary to handle all media matters. Responsibilities include responding to all media inquiries, planning and implementing press strategy around district and national events, working with staff to generate press stories, and writing media releases, opinion pieces, email updates, and newsletters. Requires strong written and oral communication skills, as well as sufficient technical skills to expertly build and manage our website. An ideal candidate will have political savvy, press experience, knowledge of Colorado, an easy- going nature, and a desire to work in a fast-paced, multi-task environment. Applicants should enjoy working in a fast-paced environment. Please email a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample with the subject line — Press Secretary — to CO2jobs@yahoo.com. ”’
Legislative Assistant — Newly elected Democratic Member seeks experienced legislative assistant to manage active legislative portfolio. Applicants must have at least two years of Hill experience, strong writing and verbal communications skills, and the ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines. Must be a team player. Legislative duties subject to candidates experience, qualifications, and office requirements. Knowledge of Colorado a plus but not necessary. Please email resume, references, cover letter, and two writing samples with the subject line –Legislative Assistant — to CO2jobs@yahoo.com.
Legislative Correspondent — Newly elected Democratic Member seeks Legislative Correspondent/Systems Administrator. Chief responsibility will be managing aggressive constituent mail system. Staffer must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a demanding office environment, must have superior written and oral communications skills, and must be able to interface effectively with legislative and district staff. Ideal candidate will have some prior Capitol Hill or legislative policy experience. Please email resume, references, cover letter, and two writing samples with the subject line — Legislative Correspondent — to CO2jobs@yahoo.com.
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR – Democratic Senator seeks Communications Director to oversee all aspects of press operations. The position will direct the day-to-day press outreach with state and national media, oversee press office, provide counsel and guidance to the Senator and other members of the staff regarding all aspects of communications, manage all communications including speeches and website, and be responsible for developing and implementing all aspects of a comprehensive, short- and long-term communications plan. The job requires exceptional writing skills including previous experience with speeches, op-eds, and press releases; experience working with print, broadcast, and new media; organizational and strategic planning skills; and the ability to be flexible, creative, and take initiative. Candidates with Hill or campaign experience highly desirable. Please submit cover letter, resume and
writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating job referral number in the subject line.
LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT – Senior Democratic Senator seeks a Legislative Assistant to handle a defense and foreign policy portfolio including some work on international trade issues.
Candidates must be familiar with Senate organization and procedures, knowledgeable on DoD and State Department structure and operations, and comfortable communicating with senior military and diplomatic officials. The position requires outstanding oral communication and writing skills, as well as the ability to produce quality work under pressure and in an extremely fast-paced environment. Advanced degree and previous Hill experience strongly preferred. Interested applicants should e-mail cover letter and resume to email@example.com
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PRESS SECRETARY – Evan Bayh, a Midwest Democratic Senator seeks an experienced media relations professional to serve as Press Secretary in an active Senate press office. Ideal candidate will have established relationships with print and broadcast media, strong writing and editing skills, solid news judgment, strategic planning and project management skills, and significant on-the-record experience. This position will have primary responsibility for handling the Senator’s state media portfolio. Preference will be given to candidates with Indiana ties. Send resume, cover letter, and three writing samples to INPressSec@gmail.com. No calls please.
Legislative Director: Texas Democrat (Rep. Al Green) seeks experienced, proactive, detail-oriented individual with excellent communication and research skills to serve as Legislative Director. Knowledge of Financial Services Committee issues is preferred. Candidate will be responsible for managing the Member’s legislative agenda and supervising the legislative staff. The ideal candidate will have three plus years of Hill experience and in-depth knowledge of the legislative and appropriations process. Professional degree and/or Texas ties a plus, but not required. Please send cover letter, resume, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday December 12th. No phone calls please.
Executive Assistant: Texas Democrat (Rep. Al Green) seeks Executive Assistant for Washington, DC office. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, coordinating Member’s schedule, handling travel arrangements, and managing all meeting requests. Meticulous attention to detail, excellent communications skills, and strong organizational skills are essential. Must be flexible and willing to work long hours. Please send resume and cover letter to: email@example.com. No phone calls please.
Legislative Director – Senior Democrat is seeking a highly energetic, motivated and organized individual with strong interpersonal abilities who can manage multiple tasks, and work well under pressure while handling issues that include but are not limited to government reform and oversight, homeland security, economic development, property management, emergency management, defense, education, human and civil rights. Candidate must possess a law degree and be a taxpaying resident of the District of Columbia or willing to move to DC. This is a fast-paced office where the (LD) works closely with the Member to develop and implement the Member’s legislative strategy in every area of interest for the Member while supervising two Legislative Assistants (LAs) and the Legislative Correspondence Associate. The LD advises the Member on policy and politics, including work on several committees; the LD helps LAs prepare materials for hearings and amendments; assists in the drafting of legislation, floor statements, statements for the congressional record, press releases and questions for witnesses; researches and analyzes issues; and answers constituent mail. Excellent writing, analytical and organizational skills are essential. Candidate must be able to negotiate matters with staff of other members and individuals outside the Congress. Candidate must be able to handle multiple tasks and issues effectively while meeting strict deadlines and must have a flexible personal schedule. Leadership and leadership experience will be expected to manage several staff and act for the Member. A successful candidate will be a results-oriented problem solver, a motivated self-starter, possess a demonstrated ability to work independently as a policy entrepreneur, and think outside the box. Prior legislative Hill or comparable experience is preferred. Salary based on skill and experience level. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, references and two brief writing samples to (202) 225-1129 (fax) or NortonResume@mail.house.gov.
SENIOR MIDWEST DEMOCRAT seeks experienced legislative assistant to handle Resource Committee work (energy, environment, and public lands) as well as Congressional Automotive Caucus, trade issues, and special appropriations projects and grants. Candidates should have previous Capitol Hill legislative experience, excellent written and oral communications skills, and a mature professional manner. Fax cover letter, resume, references, and short writing samples to 202-225-6393. No phone calls please.
LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR — Northeastern Democratic congressman is seeking a legislative director to supervise legislative staff and implement legislative agenda. Member’s key issue areas are transportation, infrastructure, energy and veterans’ affairs. LD would be responsible for energy, T & I, environment, education and appropriations. Preferred applicants will have minimum five years’ legislative Hill experience, in-depth understanding of legislative process, knowledge of energy and T & I issues, ability to hire and manage staff, and ability to link DC legislative activity to district needs. Excellent writing and editing skills are mandatory. Demonstrated creativity in generating legislative ideas and developing legislative solutions are required. Please send resume, cover letter and one writing sample to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legislative Director. Senior Appropriations Committee Democrat looking for an experienced individual to serve as Legislative Director. Three plus years of Hill experience a requirement. Professional degree (JD, MBA, et cetera) preferred. Excellent verbal and writing skills required. Legislative duties subject to candidates experience, qualifications, and office requirements. Please email cover letter, resume, salary history, references, and writing sample to house.ldjob@ mail.house. gov. No calls, drop-ins, or faxes please.
Press Secretary/Communications Director – Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Washington, DC office seeks an experienced professional to develop and implement a media, communications, and public relations strategy. Qualified candidate will have excellent writing and communication skills, be able to multi-task and work well under tight deadlines.
Experience with online communications, website management, e-news outreach, blogging, etc. is an important part of the position. Candidate must be a good team player with an ability to speak on a range of issues.
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR — California Democratic member with prominent committee assignments seeks a communications director to handle all media matters. Duties include long-term planning, serving as spokesperson for the member, conducting very proactive media outreach, and drafting press releases, op eds, and speeches. The position requires a close partnership with legislative and district staff and remarkable attention to detail. The communications director also oversees an active new media operation as well as crafting direct mail pieces. Excellent communications skills required. Hill experience is preferred. Salary commensurate with experience. Send cover letter, resume, references, and two writing samples to capressposition@ gmail.com.”
PROFESSIONAL STAFF/COUNSEL —Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., chair of the subcommittee on housing and community opportunity, seeks a professional staff/counsel to manage a broad range of housing and financial services issues. Ideal candidates should have at least two years of substantive experience in the areas of financial services and/or housing, possess excellent writing and verbal communication skills, be comfortable in a fast-paced environment, and have a understanding of the legislative process. Primary responsibilities include developing legislative initiatives, preparing the member for hearings, tracking legislation, drafting correspondence and floor/committee statements, drafting press releases, and representing the member in meetings. The successful candidate will be a results-oriented problem solver, a motivated self-starter, and possess a demonstrated legislative imagination. To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples to email@example.com.
Experienced Speechwriter/Communications Director
Speechwriter/Communications Director: Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ), a veteran Member of the House Appropriations Committee, is seeking an experienced speechwriter/communications director for his Washington, DC office. This is NOT an entry level position. We are looking for someone with extensive communications and writing experience. Responsibilities include developing and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy, as well as writing speeches, media releases, opinion pieces, email updates, and newsletters. Serious candidates should write extremely well, have solid political experience and instincts, as well as sufficient technical skills to expertly manage our website. Please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample (no more than one page each!!) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legislative Assistant: Northeast Democrat seeks a Legislative Assistant with expertise in economic policy, banking and financial services to handle Financial Services Committee work. This individual is also responsible for taxes, housing, insurance, money laundering and budget issues. Qualified applicants should have strong writing, communication and organizational skills, attention to detail, flexibility, ability to handle multiple issues and a demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment. A JD or advanced degree is required. Hill experience preferred. Interested candidates should submit a resume and writing sample to FSLA@mail.house.gov. No phone call or drop-ins.
Staff Assistant — Newly elected Democratic Member seeks Staff Assistant for a fast-paced office. The successful candidate will have strong written and verbal communication skills, be detail oriented, organized, dependable and able to multi-task with various ongoing projects. The Staff Assistant is responsible for front desk duties including answering phones, greeting visitors, drafting correspondence, conducting tours, sorting mail, and other administrative tasks. This entry-level position offers excellent career growth opportunity for a person who demonstrates a strong commitment to constituent service, effective time management and organizational skills and superior writing abilities. Colorado ties a plus. To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample with the subject line — Staff Assistant — to CO2jobs@yahoo.com.
DATA ENTRY ASSISTANT – Midwestern Democratic Senator is seeking a part-time Data Entry Assistant to aid the office with logging mail into Internet Quorum (IQ). Attention to detail is a must. Knowledge of IQ is desirable, but not mandatory. This part-time position is 20 hours per week. A minimum commitment of one year is required. Please send resume and references to email@example.com, indicating the job referral number in the subject line.
The RAND Corporation – Legislative Assistant: The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit research organization providing objective analysis and effective solutions that address the challenges facing the public and private sectors around the world. RAND has six offices on three continents and RAND research teams work with government, corporate and foundation clients domestically and internationally to advance informed decision making across a broad spectrum of policy areas. The Office of Congressional Relations is part of RAND’s Office of External Affairs, which works to expand awareness of RAND and RAND research. The Office of Congressional Relations supports outreach to Capitol Hill as well as elected officials in state capitals.
This position is responsible for liaison activities in support of RAND’s Congressional outreach efforts. Develops strategies to promote RAND studies in Congress. Works on a variety of projects using complete understanding of the strategies to promote RAND studies in Congress. Works on a variety of projects using complete understanding of the organization’s policies, procedures, and guidelines. Responsible for Congressional email newsletters. briefings, meetings and testimony in areas of designated legislative policy assignments including energy and environment and transportation. Broadens outreach by strategically and energetically building a network of solid legislative contacts in the House of Representatives and the Senate, identifying new opportunities for RAND to provide input into policymaking.
• BS/BA degree, non specific
• 3-5 years related work experience.
• General knowledge of PC usage, excellent verbal and written communication.
• Experience as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill required.
• US citizenship is required in order to obtain a DoD Secret security clearance.
RAND offers competitive benefits including vacation pay, medical benefits, and tuition reimbursement. Closing Date: 19th December 2008
If you would like to be a member of an organization that is working to find solutions to today’s difficult, sensitive and important problems, please apply online at our website: http://www.rand.org/jobs and reference Job ID# 2285. EOE.
Senior Legislative Aide – Small DC-based lobbying firm representing corporate and non-profit clients is looking for a senior legislative aide. Hill / campaign experience, strong research, writing, and people skills are essential. Pay is commensurate with experience (possible bonus for those willing to give two year commitment). Email resume and cover letter to LRA@lizrobbins.com.
Office Manager – Government Affairs firm specializing in representing not-for-profits is seeking an Office Manager to support the Washington, DC office, Requires an ability to meet established commitment to co-workers and clients, an ability to juggle multiple and competing priorities, a professional attitude, an honest and earnest disposition, and an excellent work ethics. Duties include but not limited to handling all financial transactions for the DC office including invoices, billing, request for job numbers and phone codes, office credit card billing, expense reports, and assist with lobby compliance activities. Qualified applicants will have good bookkeeping experience, excellent communication skills, familiar with accounting practices, and attention to details in a fast pace work environment. Experience in accounting or IT is a plus. Must be proficient in MS Office. Must have 2 or more years of administrative work experience. Qualified applicants please email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communications Specialist – The Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) seeks an independent and resourceful person to serve as Communications Specialist for a small, but growing 501©(3) nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to protecting health, safety, and the environment. Great opportunity to use your editing and writing skills in communicating with the media, advocacy and blogging communities. Background in progressive politics and/or environmental knowledge, and Washington DC area preferred. For more information and to apply: http://www.progressivereform.org/cprjobs.cfm