Legislative Assistant

Legislative Assistant

Position Location: Washington, DC

The Office of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) is seeking a Legislative Assistant to handle a broad portfolio centered around Labor, jobs, trade and economic issues. This position will be the lead staff person for Congresswoman Jayapal’s membership on the Budget Committee and her recent appointment to the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth.

This position requires the ability to advance Congresswoman Jayapal's legislative priorities and other progressive policies in their issue portfolio. The ideal candidate will possess strong strategic thinking, planning and execution skills. Additionally, candidates should have strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to work well under pressure.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Driving current and new legislative initiatives including idea generation, legislative drafting and producing accompanying materials, such as speeches, policy memos, and factsheets; 

  • Preparing and staffing the Congresswoman for relevant committee hearing and markups; drafting hearing remarks and questions; 

  • Representing the Congresswoman’s priorities with external stakeholders;

  • Building and maintaining relationships with external and internal stakeholders including advocacy organizations; academics; fellow Congressional and Committee offices; and

  • Carrying out additional duties as required.

Job Requirements: 

  • 3 - 5 years of relevant experience including policy development and analysis; issue advocacy; and strategic planning; 

  • Passionate about public service and committed to progressive values;

  • Excellent writing and time management skills;

  • Ability to digest new content with a political and ideological lens that is appropriate for the office;  

  • Poised, level-headed, flexible, collaborative, team oriented; and

  • Eager to learn, grow, and thrive in a dynamic and high-paced environment.

The Office of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, new Americans, people with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. State and/or district ties are a plus. Prior Hill experience is strongly preferred.

Candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and references in PDF format to jobs.pramila@mail.house.gov with “Legislative Assistant: [Applicant’s First and Last Name]” in the subject line. No calls or drop-ins please.