Legislative Assistant

United States Senate

Position description

Senior Democratic Midwest Senator on the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs seeks a highly motivated individual for a Legislative Assistant position handling defense, veterans, and foreign policy issues. Tasks include: formulating legislative initiatives within their portfolio; advancing the Senator’s legislative agenda within their portfolio; drafting legislation; advising and briefing the Senator; working collaboratively with other legislative assistants; supporting other team members departments including the press, outreach, and casework teams to promote the Senator’s key priorities and help ensure timely responses to constituent requests; providing guidance to junior policy staff and editing constituent correspondence in a timely manner; representing the Senator at events and in constituent meetings; staffing the Senator at Committee hearings and mark-ups; and other duties as assigned. Successful candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Experience working on defense, veterans, and foreign policy issues.
  • Highly organized, proactive, and self-motivated. Willing to take the lead on team projects and execute to completion.
  • Strong communication skills – both oral and written.
  • Team player who is flexible and able to anticipate and manage changing circumstances and priorities.
  • Experience working collaboratively within and across departments to advance office-wide goals and priorities.
  • Enthusiastic about engaging, supporting, and providing guidance to junior policy staff and helping them ensure timely and accurate responses to constituents.
  • Demonstrated ability to issue spot, identify creative solutions to legislative challenges, set a legislative agenda, and execute on strategy.
  • Capacity to work directly with constituent services team and state staff to support and serve the veteran community.
  • Experience drafting legislation and engaging in oversight.
  • An ability to “manage up” and brief supervisors and the Senator efficiently and thoroughly.
  • A willingness to identify spaces in need of improvement and come prepared with potential solutions.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize effectively, and manage multiple priorities at once.
  • Eligible to hold a security clearance.
  • Commitment to public service and the dignity of work.

This position will be based in Washington, DC. Graduate degree and prior Hill experience preferred but not required. This is not an entry level position. The office is an equal employment opportunity employer and strongly encourages all interested candidates to apply, including veterans, women, people of color, and LGBTQIA individuals. Applicants with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to participate effectively in the application or hiring processes are encouraged to request an accommodation at any time during those processes.

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