The Office of Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-7) is seeking an experienced, highly-motivated Legislative Director to lead the Representative’s legislative work and manage a team of Legislative Assistants and Fellows. The LD will work with the Chief of Staff, Member, and other senior team members to develop a legislative strategy and priorities. S/he will train and supervise the legislative team members, review/approve work from other legislative team members, track legislative accomplishments and statistics, provide vote recommendations, and develop and advance legislative proposals from initial idea to final passage. The LD will also work closely with the District team to ensure that the team’s legislative focus aligns with District priorities and legislative ideas are coming from District issues and casework. As the senior member of the Legislative Team and as a member of the office’s Senior Leadership Team, the Legislative Director should be knowledgeable about procedure in the House of Representatives, have a handle on major legislation across policy areas, and be able to provide legislative ideas and process/procedural guidance to other team members.
The LD will also manage his/her own portfolio of legislative work. The portfolio will have a domestic policy focus, with flexibility as to the specific policy topics. (The portfolio could include some but not all of: healthcare, finance, taxes, appropriations, small business, agriculture, rural broadband, transportation, infrastructure, energy, environment, education, civil rights, workforce development, labor, gun violence prevention.) As the office is currently also in the process of hiring an LA and legislative fellow(s), there is substantial flexibility in portfolios. Cover letters should include a sentence on the portfolio you would like to cover.
The best-qualified candidates will have several years of Hill experience, preferably in the House and ideally in more than one office. Other requirements include strong writing and analytical skills, a substantial policy background, attention to detail, facility at managing multiple competing tasks, and the ability to operate with grace and humor in a fast-paced environment. Other advantages include experience in a frontline or Blue Dog office, ties to Central Virginia, advanced education, management experience, and the ability to motivate others.
Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and three references to Spanberger.Inquiries@mail.house.gov with “Legislative Director – [Last Name]” as the subject line. For consideration in the first round of interviews, please apply by 12pm Eastern time on Sunday, December 1. (Applications will continue to be accepted and considered on a rolling basis after that time.)
Representative Spanberger’s office is an equal opportunity employer. The office does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or uniformed service.