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As promised, here are the Capitol Hill offices hiring right now:

1. Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), Chief of Staff

This office seeks a passionate, organized, and empathetic professional to serve as Chief of Staff in her Washington, DC office. The ideal candidate will have management experience, an understanding of the New York political landscape, experience on Capitol Hill, and coalition building experience. Above all else, the Chief of Staff is responsible for advancing Congresswoman Meng’s work on behalf of her constituents.

The Role:

  • Directly supervising up to eighteen full-time employees and up to four part-time employees; carrying out responsibilities in accordance with office policy and applicable laws. 
  • Coordinating and supervising the efforts of all employees including the administrative, legislative, outreach, press and constituent service staffs.
  • Setting and overseeing the implementation of office goals, policies and procedures and maintaining responsibility for all personnel matters.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the office’s legislative goals and objectives
  • Maintaining a good working relationship with the Member, staff, stakeholders, constituents, and congressional colleagues.
  • Working well under pressure and with a flexible schedule.
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the Member.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated management skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of the legislative process, rules and procedures.
  • An understanding of the district and federal political processes.
  • An ability to work cooperatively, and give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities in a professional manner.

How to Apply

The office is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. New York ties are a plus. Qualified applicants should send a resume and cover letter to this email address. The interview process will be conducted on a rolling basis starting immediately.

2. Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), Communications Director 

This office is seeking a communications director to serve in the Washington, DC office.  

The Role

  • Responsibilities include designing and implementing a proactive communications strategy; handling daily media inquiries; writing press releases, opinion pieces, speeches, and newsletters; building relationships with local and national media contacts; pitching stories to the media; 
  • Overseeing the Congressman’s web and social media presence; 
  • Working closely with legislative staff to effectively message policy issues; 
  • As well as planning and managing community events.

Qualifications

  • Qualified candidates should possess at least 3 years of political communications experience; 
  • Impeccable writing and editing skills, experience speaking on-the-record, comfort with social media platforms, and an ability to produce high-quality work in a fast paced environment.  
  • Rhode Island ties and experience working on National Security-related issues are a plus.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to this email with “Communications Director” and your name in the subject line. The expected salary range for this position is $75K to $80K – commensurate with experience. This office is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified candidates to apply. No calls or drop-ins, please.

3. Congressman Greg Stanton, Legislative Assistant – Judiciary Committee 

The Office of Congressman Greg Stanton is seeking a highly motivated legislative assistant to manage the Congressman’s Judiciary Committee work and other issues as assigned.  

The Role

  • Developing legislative proposals and strategy; preparing memos, floor statements,  and remarks along with hearing and markup materials;
  • Researching and developing policy; generating non-legislative initiatives and in-district event ideas to advance the Congressman’s priorities, and representing him at events and in meetings with constituents and outside groups.  

Qualifications

  • Hill experience or equivalent issue experience strongly preferred. Qualified candidates should have strong written and oral communications skills, sound political judgement, and solid interpersonal skills. 
  • Additionally, candidates should be able to work collaboratively in a team environment and be a self-starter with a track record of delivering results.  

How to Apply

A cover letter, resume, and short writing sample should be submitted to this email address.

4. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Legislative Correspondent

This office seeks a detail-oriented Legislative Correspondent to manage an active constituent mail program in her Washington, D.C. office. 

Responsibilities 

  • Core responsibilities include researching and drafting all constituent correspondence, managing constituent mail database and outreach lists;
  • Hiring/managing 1 – 2 interns per semester. 
  • The position will also include some, but not all, staff assistant responsibilities, such as flag requests and other duties to be assigned. The office is currently operating at maximum telework, but when it is safe to reopen.
  • This position will be located in the front office and the LC will greet visitors and assist with leading capitol tours. 

Qualifications 

  • Ideal candidates will be extremely organized, detail-oriented, have strong writing skills and interpersonal skills, and thrive in a fast-paced, team environment.
  • Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Oregon ties and familiarity with IQ are preferred. 
  • Salary: $40,000/year.

How to Apply

Please email resume, cover letter, and one short writing sample to this email.

5. Representative Susan Wild, Scheduler 

This office seeks an exceptionally organized and hard-working scheduler for the D.C. office. 

Responsibilities 

  • Managing the Member’s daily and long-term schedule in D.C. and in the district;
  • Evaluating and responding to all incoming meeting and event requests; 
  • Booking travel; coordinating logistics for events; communicating key information regarding the schedule to staff; 
  • Working closely with the Member to ensure smooth daily operations; and other administrative duties as assigned. 

Qualifications 

  • The ideal candidate will exhibit excellent attention to detail, have a strong work ethic, organizational skills, strong communication skills, good judgement, a positive attitude, and must have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced team environment.
  • This is not an entry level position and previous scheduling experience is preferred.
  • Salary commensurate with experience. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume here.

6. Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), Scheduler & Office Manager 

This office seeks an experienced, organized, and highly motivated Scheduler / Office Manager for his Washington, DC, office.  

Responsibilities 

  • Managing all aspects of the Member’s Washington, DC, schedule; making all travel arrangements; organizing and responding to incoming scheduling requests; 
  • Managing the Member’s time in a productive and timely manner; and coordinating with the District Scheduler to ensure a smooth operation. 
  • Additional responsibilities may include managing the office’s budget and finances; overseeing office operations; processing payroll and benefits forms; and maintaining office records, inventories, and supplies. 

Qualifications

  • This is not an entry-level position.  
  • The ideal candidate will have prior experience as a scheduler, office manager, or executive assistant, whether on Capitol Hill or off.  
  • We are looking for a detail-oriented problem-solver who can manage the challenges of an ever changing schedule with patience and efficiency.  
  • This position may require flexible hours and availability by phone during evenings and weekends. 

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter here with “Scheduler / Office Manager” and their name in the subject line. This office is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

7. Representative Karen Bass, Subcommittee Staff Director

The office seeks a Staff Director with demonstrated leadership skills for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights. The Staff Director will support the Chairwoman and lead a small team to support the policy direction of the Africa Subcommittee by implementing the legislative and oversight agenda.

Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities include drafting legislation, developing policy and communications objectives; managing implementation of Subcommittee hearings and briefings; drafting official letters, memoranda, and investigative reports; 
  • Helping publicize activities and investigative findings; organizing and acting as lead staff on Congressional Delegations abroad; 
  • Managing, mentoring, and directing Subcommittee staff; 
  • Serving as primary support for Subcommittee Members and staff; and coordinating with the House Foreign Affairs Committee staff.

Qualifications

  • The candidate will utilize a broad array of legislative, oversight, and regulatory tools to enact the foreign policy related goals focused on Africa. 
  • Applicants should possess a clear background in foreign policy, with a specific expertise on the continent of Africa; 
  • Strong network of ties in the foreign affairs policy community; strong leadership skills and verifiable experience managing a team; robust verbal and written communication skills; and the ability to manage multiple projects at one time in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Ideal candidates will have a deep understanding of the Hill and a proven track record of achieving policy goals.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample here. Please include “Subcommittee Staff Director” in the subject line. The office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, military status, age, marital status, or parental status. and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.  

 

8. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee Staff Director 

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs seeks a Staff Director for the DAMA Subcommittee. The Staff Director will be responsible for directing and managing the activities of the Subcommittee, which includes oversight, policy development, and legislative efforts related to disability and pension, as well as burial and memorial benefits for veterans and their families.  Specifically, the Staff Director will oversee the Compensation & Pension program of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), Arlington National Cemetery, and the American Battlefield Monuments Commission. 

The Subcommittee Staff Director develops and executes an oversight plan in consultation with Committee leadership, advises the Committee and Subcommittee chairs on DAMA issues, directs an oversight agenda, develops relevant legislation, plans Subcommittee hearings, and supports the Committee’s oversight and legislative activities. 

Responsibilities

  • Carry out robust congressional oversight of VBA C&P and NCA Programs. 
  • Advise Committee Chair, Subcommittee Chair, and HVAC Staff Director on matters related to veterans’ disability and burial benefits, assist in development and implementation of strategy and policy goals. 
  • Advance initiatives related to veterans’ military toxic exposure, including policy reform related to compensation for toxic wounds. 
  • Support Committee efforts to prioritize issues affecting minority veterans. 
  • Assist and advise on legislative initiatives and activities of the Committee, including drafting of legislation. 
  • Develop and execute an oversight plan, including proposed hearings, oversight letters, site visits, etc. in consultation with Committee leadership. 
  • Supervise Subcommittee staff and manage all aspects of Subcommittee activities and work product.   
  • Prepare and manage all aspects of Subcommittee oversight hearings. 
  • Maintain professional relationships with key stakeholders to facilitate oversight activities. 
  • Monitor legislative needs and developments within congressional committees and on the House floor within the disability and burial benefit space. 
  • Draft hearing statements and floor speeches for the Committee Chair and Subcommittee chair. 
  • Coordinate policy oversight and investigative initiatives with other HVAC Subcommittees and relevant House Committees. 

Qualifications 

  • Working knowledge of VBA and NCA programs.  
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Knowledge of the legislative process.  
  • Ability to work cooperatively and courteously with others. 
  • Thoroughness and careful attention to detail. 
  • Availability to work non-traditional hours (on occasion). 
  • Ability to manage and oversee a team. 

How to Apply

Candidates will be evaluated on experience, skills, character and fitness, and how well you meet the qualifications and requirements above. In an effort to build a diverse and more inclusive work environment, the committee strongly encourages veterans, minority, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ candidates to apply. Salary range $105-115k, commensurate with experience. All candidates are required to complete an Online Application for consideration of this position. There you can upload your resume, cover letter, and writing sample.

9. Congressional Research Service, Analyst in Science and Technology Policy 

The Resources, Science and Industry Division of the seeks an Analyst in Science and Technology Policy.

Responsibilities

  • The analyst will address science and technology issues related to scientific innovation resulting in the emergence, adoption, and impacts of new technologies, such as the influence of federal policies and actions on innovation; the impacts on economic sectors, labor, and productivity; and/or the distribution of benefits and risks.
  • The analyst will possess knowledge of the sciences, theories, concepts, practices, issues, and/or principles of scientific innovation resulting in the emergence, adoption, and impacts of new technologies, such as the influence of federal policies and actions on innovation; the potential impacts of emergent technologies on economic sectors, labor, and productivity; and/or the distribution of benefits and risks of emergent technologies. 
  • This includes knowledge of the history, trends, and current status of science and technology policy and interrelationships of federal programs and policies with the positions of key state, industry, academic, and/or nongovernmental stakeholders. 
  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate ability to develop expertise in new areas.

Qualifications 

  • This position requires the ability to utilize analytical methods and techniques to analyze policy issues for the U.S. Congress. 
  • Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative and qualitative approaches in research and familiar with policy related to science and technology policy, particularly scientific innovation resulting in the emergence, adoption, and impacts of new technologies. 
  • Strong writing and presentation skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, are required.

How to Apply

Open & Closing Dates: 03/17/2021 to 04/19/2021. Salary: $103,690 to $134,798 per year. CRS is fully committed to workforce diversity. Interested applicants must apply online at USAJOBS.