Counsel and Policy Advisor

Counsel and Policy Advisor

SUMMARY:  The Counsel and Policy Advisor is primarily responsible for the Congresswoman’s House Judiciary Committee work and handles a portfolio that also includes foreign policy, tax, and technology. This position requires that the individual prepare Member for hearings and markups; draft and review legislation; write briefing memos, floor speeches, and constituent correspondence; and meet with constituents and special interest groups on behalf of the Member.

Reports to: Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Primary legislative staffer responsible for the Member’s House Judiciary Committee work and handling issue areas related to the HJC portfolio;

  • In coordination with the Legislative Director, formulates legislative initiatives for assigned issue areas which include:

    • Developing and drafting legislation;

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

    • Gathering support for a bill or amendment from other Members, as well as appropriate interest and movement groups;

    • Working with committees on legislation;

    • Coordinating legislative support to get the bill passed in the House.

  • Advises the Member on legislative work within issue area portfolio, and works in coordination with the Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to advance legislative goals;

  • Tracks legislation and other developments in 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 co-sponsorship and support of other legislation;

  • Writes Floor speeches for the Member;

  • 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 a liaison with committee and agency staffs;

  • Meets with constituents and interest groups; and

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION (OR EQUIVALENT EXPERIENCE):

The ideal applicant has a law degree, a strong policy background within the portfolio, previous Capitol Hill legislative experience or experience working directly within the legal system. St. Louis and/or Missouri ties preferred but not required.

SALARY: $78,000

Women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, unhoused people, formerly incarcerated individuals, and members of other marginalized communities are encouraged to apply.  The office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, disability, military status, age, marital status, criminal history or parental status.

Applications for this position will close COB Friday, September 30.   No phone calls, faxes, or drop-ins, please. Click here to apply.