Professional Staff Member, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee

Professional Staff Member, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee


The Majority of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact seeks a Professional Staff Member to support the subcommittee’s work. The position will support Congressman Joaquin Castro in his role as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact.


  • Manage a policy portfolio, including on United States policy on international development and international organizations, in addition to other foreign policy issues that are priorities for Representative Joaquin Castro

  • Conduct oversight of programs, budgets, and policies of Department of State, United States Agency for International Development, Development Finance Corporation, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and other foreign affairs agencies

  • Track current events throughout the world and on issues of international development and international organizations to advise the Chair and other Subcommittee members on policy options

  • Conceive, design and execute subcommittee hearings and briefings that both respond to recent events and feed into a proactive and forward-thinking policy and oversight agenda

  • Support and staff the chairman for meetings with senior administration officials, foreign dignitaries, policy experts, advocates, and constituents

  • Draft memos and speeches to prepare the Chair for meetings, conferences, roundtables, and press events

  • Develop talking points, statements and social media posts to advance the Chairman’s policy goals and initiatives

  • Draft, review, and consider bills, resolutions, and amendments that falls under the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee

  • Liaise with embassies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and advocacy groups that are relevant to the subcommittee’s jurisdiction

  • Prepare opening remarks and suggested questions for House Foreign Affairs full committee hearings and markups and subcommittee hearings

  • Plan and participate in international Congressional Delegations (CODELs) and Staff Delegations (STAFFDELs)

Additional Qualifications:

  • Previous Hill experience, experience at the State Department, USAID, or another federal agency is strongly preferred.

  • Spanish language skills are a plus.

  • Texas ties are a plus.

  • Candidates must have the ability to obtain a security clearance

The ideal candidate has strong verbal and writing skills, the ability to operate in a fast-paced environment under deadlines, and is both self-motivated and solutions focused. This is not an entry level position.

Benefits include competitive salary, health insurance, retirement plan, four weeks of paid vacation, transit benefits, student loan repayment, teleworking options, and more.

The Subcommittee is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The Subcommittee encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.

Qualified candidates should send resume, cover letter, and writing sample as PDF documents to with the subject line ‘Professional Staff Member.” Please submit all materials by December 10th, 2021. No calls or drop-ins.