Legislative Assistant

Legislative Assistant

A Senior Rocky Mountain Democrat is seeking a hardworking, motivated Legislative Assistant to primarily assist with the public lands portfolio related to the Member’s work on the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands subcommittee within the House Committee on Natural Resources. The primary responsibilities for this position will be leading the Member’s existing public lands initiatives, identifying new areas for legislative action, and coordinating with other Members and outside stakeholders. Additional duties will be assigned based on experience and office needs.

This is not an entry level position. Experience working on public lands issues is required, and previous experience working in advocacy and organizing is preferred. The ideal candidate is organized, detail-oriented and resilient in the face of a fast-paced and ever-changing environment. The ideal candidate is also proactive and comfortable working with diverse staff, community members and constituents. The office is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to RockyMountain.Dem@mail.house.gov by Thursday, October 14, 2021.

SUMMARY

The Legislative Assistant reports to the Legislative Director and assists in the overall operation of the Washington, D.C. office, drafting and planning legislative initiatives, advising the Member on subject matters relating to the assigned portfolio, monitoring legislation on the Floor, and meeting with constituents and interest groups on behalf of the Member.  

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • to develop and plan legislative initiatives;

  • to monitor legislative developments within Committees and on the House floor; and

  • to meet with constituents and special interest groups on behalf of the Member.

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • at least 3 years of legislative and/or advocacy and organizing experience;

  • strong academic credentials;

  • strong leadership and organizational skills;

  • excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • thorough knowledge of the legislative process;

  • ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in the formulation and recommendation of policy positions for the Member;

  • ability to work cooperatively and courteously with others;

  • ability to work well under pressure;

  • thoroughness and careful attention to detail; and

  • availability to work long hours and at night.

DUTIES:

  • formulates legislative initiatives for assigned issue areas which includes:

o   planning, coordinating and scheduling introduction of legislation in the House (or offering it on an appropriate vehicle if it is an amendment);

o   gathering support for a bill or amendment from other Members, as well as appropriate interest groups;

o   working with committees on legislation;

o   coordinating legislative support to get the bill passed in the House.

  • tracks legislation and other developments in his or her assigned issue areas and briefs the Member for floor work, committee work, work in the district, and outside House-related activities;

  • monitors legislative developments within committees;

  • plans and coordinates cosponsorship and support of other legislation;

  • monitors legislation on the House floor, providing the Member with information on each vote;

  • if assigned to issues pending before a specific committee, prepares for and attends committee meetings and hearings with or without the Member (i.e., keeps in contact with committee staff and meets with interest groups and constituents with interests in such meetings);

  • acts as liaison with committee and agency staffs;

  • performs special projects assigned by the Member, Chief of Staff, or Legislative Director;

  • meets with constituents and interest groups;

  • answers constituent letters and helps constituents on federal matters; and

  • performs other duties as assigned.

 WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Work is mainly performed in an office environment. Noise levels are usually moderate;

  • Work at a small workstation without an expectation of privacy.

 EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Prior Congressional office and/or advocacy and organizing experience is preferred; and

  • College degree required.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience;

  • Healthcare insurance, including medical, dental and vision packages;

  • Retirement benefits;

  • Paid vacation, sick days and holidays; and

  • Student Loan Repayment Program.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

This Office is an equal opportunity employer; and women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and members of other traditionally underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter and resume in a single PDF document to RockyMountain.Dem@mail.house.gov with “D.C. – Legislative Assistant” in the subject line by Thursday, October 14, 2021. No phone calls please.