Reports to: Vice President, Foreign Affairs

Squad: Federal policy

Who we are:

Council for a Strong America (CSA) is a bipartisan non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices throughout the country. CSA engages law enforcement, military, and business leaders to promote evidence-based policies and programs that enable children to be healthy, well educated, and equipped for productive lives.

Job Overview:

The professional federal policy staffer plays a key role in implementing the CSA’s bipartisan federal policy agenda. The staff member will work directly with the team to develop and maintain relationships with Congressmen and staff, support CSA members, and help track Congressional contacts. The professional staffer will strengthen relations with Congress and the administration, monitor major congressional committee actions, and follow up on relevant legislation and executive branch action for internal and external audiences.

Roles and responsibilities

  1. Identify key policy and advocacy opportunities;

  2. Assistance in developing policy and advocacy strategies to achieve political victories for children and youth in Congress and with the executive branch;

  3. Scheduling and attending meetings with Congressional staff and members of Congress and federal agency staff (with members of the organization);

  4. Coordinating with other internal teams to advance federal policy goals;

  5. Develop and maintain strong relationships with Congressional and agency staff;

  6. Attend hearings, briefings, annotations and meetings and provide insightful and actionable recommendations to increase the impact of CSA;

  7. Develop substantive advocacy materials on a variety of topics of interest to CSA, including background papers, talking points, letters, testimony, fact sheets, formal comments to federal agencies, etc.;

  8. Inform members of CSA organizations about research and legislative details in preparation for meeting with policymakers or congressional briefings;

  9. Briefing and presentation to CSA staff, allies, or congressional and administration staff on research and policy details;

  10. Contribute to Federal political messaging, Hill and Administration outreach activities, and the planning and execution of Hill-facing events; And

  11. Maintain the federal policy aspects of the CSA database, record findings and next steps for all Hill meetings and interactions, and provide analysis and reporting to demonstrate the impact of CSA on policy change.

Skills, competencies and knowledge required for the position:

Essential Qualifications:

  1. Strong commitment to CSA’s mission, strategic vision, and bipartisan approach;

  2. At least two to four years of legislative experience on Capitol Hill (as a staffer, lobbyist, policy advocate, etc.: this is not an entry-level position);

  3. Knowledge of or demonstrated interest in United States Congress and federal and legislative agency processes;

  4. Demonstrated ability to be an effective and persuasive communicator, both orally and in writing;

  5. Ability to perform complex legislative and regulatory searches on a variety of topics and ability to make recommendations on possible courses of action;

  6. Ability to juggle multiple projects at a time and respond quickly and flexibly to changing priorities, meeting deadlines;

  7. Proficiency with the Google suite, communication tools and Microsoft Office: Experience with spreadsheets especially valuable;

  8. Ability to conduct effective meetings with high profile members;

  9. Ability to advocate independently and effectively in meetings on Capitol Hill and the administration, with both staff and policy makers;

  10. Ability to work in coalitions of like-minded organizations working on issues affecting children;

  11. Ability to effectively manage upwards;

  12. Willingness to learn with great attention to detail and organization; And

  13. Ability to work collegially with a diverse group of colleagues in the Washington, DC National Office and 10 state offices.

Desirable Qualifications:

  1. Pre-existing relationships with incumbent congressional staff from both parties and Administration staff;

  2. Current bipartisan and bicameral relationships and a record of legislative achievements with Congressional leadership and committees, including Appropriations, Agriculture, Armed Services, HELP, Education and Workforce, Ways and Means, and/or Finance:

  3. Demonstrated record of bipartisan legislative and policy achievements;

  4. Experience advocating for or working on children’s policy issues, including early learning and care system, child nutrition programs, home visits, and child poverty alleviation;

  5. Working knowledge of Salesforce CRM;

  6. Proficiency with spreadsheets for sorting, analyzing and managing policy and constituent data for advocacy.

Minimum experience required: Minimum of two to four years experience in government, advocacy, campaigning or government relations. This is not an entry level position.

Experience strongly preferred: Minimum of two to four years of Capitol Hill experience as a Legislative Correspondent, Legislative Assistant, Legislative Assistant, Professional Committee Staff, or Legislative Director.

Travel required? Yes – Average attendance: 2 days per quarter

Salary: Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

Advantages and Benefits: Generous insurance coverage for doctors, ophthalmologists and dentists. 403 (b) correspondence of the pension savings plan. 11 paid public holidays, ½ days before holidays and no meeting Fridays – every other Friday to promote work-life balance. Paid maternity/paternity/adoption/custody leave. 2 days per calendar year for Invest in Kids which can be spent with children you know or volunteering. Flexible spending accounts, fully paid premiums for life insurance, long and short term disability and long term care. Aids for the gym and cell phone. All staff can participate in our professional development programme, which provides funding and 2 paid days off per year for staff to use for ongoing learning and development. We are a hybrid work environment, with flexible hours and telecommuting options. All new hires are enrolled in our mentorship program after joining CSA to assist with onboarding into our organization and culture.

Minimum Education: Three-year degree

Application procedure

Only applications with a resume and cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications for the position included will be considered. Please also include a 1-2 page writing sample such as a memo, press release, fact sheet, or congressional or defense letter. Do not submit an academic paper. Click on the link to apply.

Council for a Strong America is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and strongly encourage everyone to apply. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our employees.

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