Senior Foreign Policy Advisor

Senior Foreign Policy Advisor

Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) seeks a hard-working, strategically minded, and proactive Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to join his Washington, D.C. team. This is a senior level position responsible for advising the Congressman on relevant areas of interest, helping craft and implement positions and policies, and communicating the same with relevant stakeholders.

The Congressman serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, including the Middle East, North Africa and Global Terrorism Subcommittee. He is a co-chair of the House Abraham Accords Caucus and a very active member of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism. As well, he is a House appointed Trustee for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. We are looking for someone with previous policy experience handling foreign affairs, specifically related to the Middle East, and combating antisemitism and hate in all its forms in the U.S. and abroad. Successful applicants will build upon this office’s existing leadership and effectively drive policy on Capitol Hill for these issue areas.

Ideal candidates should have 5 or more years of Capitol Hill or comparable advocacy experience working on the above policy issues, a deep understanding of U.S. policy and regional dynamics in the Middle East, familiarity with legislative processes and procedures, experience in formulating and advancing legislation and other policy initiatives, excellent organization and communication skills, the ability to work quickly and successfully under pressure and work well with others as part of a team. This position reports to the Legislative Director and will have extensive interaction with the Congressman, as well as working closely with the legislative, communications, and district teams. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing the Member’s work related to:

  • The House Foreign Affairs Committee — specifically the Middle East, North Africa and Global Terrorism Subcommittee

  • The House Abraham Accords Caucus

  • The House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism

  • U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing and staffing Member for meetings, committee hearings and markups, floor process, and related events 

  • Representing Member in meetings with constituents and both national- and local-level advocacy groups, think thanks, and other groups relevant to policy portfolio including foreign dignitaries, diplomats, and staff from the Executive Branch 

  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with congressional staff, district and national stakeholders, advocacy organizations, Executive Branch officials, foreign diplomats, and other key stakeholders relevant to policy portfolio 

  • Tracking legislation and other developments in assigned issue area(s), monitor relevant committee and floor activity, track developing local/international news events, make recommendations for votes, cosponsorships and letters for Member to sign 

  • Building support for Member’s policy priorities and developing/implementing ideas for new initiatives (legislation, letters, events, press, etc.) including a strong emphasis on bipartisanship 

  • Drafting legislation, letters, floor/committee remarks, talking points, press related materials, and other written material related to policy portfolio  

  • Exercising discretion and independent judgment in the formulation and recommendation of policy positions for the Member 

  • Other duties as assigned by the Legislative Director and Chief of Staff

This office is strongly committed to nurturing a diverse and inclusive workspace for all and does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or uniformed status. Persons of all backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Employment in this office comes with a competitive benefits package including health and dental insurance, federal student loan repayment stipends (terms apply), a transportation stipend, and 12 weeks of paid FMLA leave.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to IL10.Jobs@mail.house.gov and list “Senior Foreign Policy Advisor- [YOUR FULL NAME]” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the deadline to apply is Friday, September 16, 2022.