Legislative Director

Legislative Director

Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) seeks candidates for the position of Legislative Director to manage and advise the Member on all legislative policy, positions, and strategy. This is not an entry-level position and previous legislative, Capitol Hill experience (4+ years) is required. Strong candidates will have a thorough understanding of the legislative process, experience managing a team, and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment. Ideal candidates will have ties to Illinois or Chicago and have Spanish-language proficiency, though not required. This senior staff position reports to the Chief of Staff and the Congressman and works closely with the Communications Director and District Director.   RESPONSIBILITIES * Executes long-term and short-term strategic planning for the Member’s legislative agenda * Manages and coaches the legislative staff in order to maintain compliance with high office standards, policies, and protocols * Handles a portfolio of legislative issues, including the Congressman’s Transportation & Infrastructure Committee assignment * Monitors legislative activity on the House Floor and the Member’s committees * Develops coalition-based, strategic approaches to advancing the Member’s agenda, including inside-outside tactical planning * Assists constituents, advocacy organizations, and the District Staff to provide relevant federal updates and guidance on federal matters * Assigns, monitors, and evaluates legislative staff work-products * Supervises, edits, and approves the work of the Legislative Correspondent * Takes constituent and advocacy group meetings as necessary * Coordinates the preparation of legislative memos, policy-related interview prep, and cosponsorships * Maintains meticulous records of votes, policy positions, legislative initiatives, and cosponsorships * Accepts performance-based constructive criticism and guidance * Works a flexible schedule including long hours, nights, and weekends; and * Performs other duties as assigned   SKILLS AND ABILITIES * Ability to think strategically to advance legislative agenda and priorities of the Member * Thorough knowledge of House Rules, procedures and the legislative process * High-level ability to communicate orally and in writing * Excellent writing and editing skills for various mediums including floor speeches, interview talking points, Op Eds, etc. * Understanding of and ability to harness the efficacy of coalition-based politics and issue-advocacy * Ability to self-motivate, think creatively, and problem solve * Works well under pressure, stress, tight deadlines and long hours * Strong multi-tasking capacity * Ability to work cooperatively and courteously with others   PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: * 4+ years of Capitol Hill / Legislative experience and some management experience * Spanish Language (written and oral proficiency) a plus * Knowledge of or ties to Illinois or Chicago a plus * Experience in Transportation & Infrastructure policy   TO APPLY: email a cover letter, detailed resume and the name, address, and phone number of three references to Resumes.IL-04@mail.house.gov [Resumes.IL-04@mail.house.gov] Your cover letter should answer the following questions: 1. Describe how your experience prepares you for the “responsibilities” specified in the job announcement. 2. Give examples of your work experience that demonstrates your command of some of the “skills and abilities” listed in the job announcement. 3. Describe how your work experience meets the “preferred experience” listed in the job announcement. APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 16, 2020 by 6:00PM EST THIS OFFICE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: Women and minorities are strongly 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, or parental status.
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