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Legislative Affairs Specialist III

Department: Federal Government Affairs
Location:Washington, D.C.
Grade:United Staff Union – Grade 10
Salary:Starts at $84,034
Benefits:List of benefits
Posting Date:June 18, 2018

This position is a primary lobbyist position in the AFSCME Department of Federal Government Affairs. The position is responsible for representing AFSCME legislative interests before the U.S. Congress, the executive branch and various executive branch agencies.  The position is responsible for monitoring legislative activities, providing analysis and comments on legislation. 

Duties: 

  • Prepares and delivers testimony and other written statements and serves as AFSCME's spokesperson with members of congress, congressional and agency staff, and interest groups.
  • Drafts legislative language; provides technical briefings on proposed legislation and amendments proposed during legislative sessions; and consults with relevant departments of AFSCME to keep them regularly apprised of developments.
  • Acts as primary liaison with members of congress, their staff and committees of congress; and may appear before congressional committees/groups and travels to state councils to discuss AFSCME legislative agenda.
  • Serves as a specialist concentrating on major legislative/regulatory issues. 
  • Responds to affiliate and members inquiries on a wide variety of legislative and regulatory issues. Prepares policy option papers, directs research projects and studies. 
  • Staffs various policy making bodies within AFSCME, as assigned.
  • Speaks at various professional meetings/gatherings, conducts briefings and workshops at International and affiliate conferences and meetings.
  • Prepares articles for various AFSCME and outside publications enunciating the union's position on various issues.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

Education and Experience:

A college degree from an accredited college or university in political science, history, government and seven (7) to ten (10) years of related work experience or equivalent combination of related experience which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities.

Skills:

  • Considerable experience in working for labor unions or federal, state or local governments.
  • Considerable experience in oral and written communications including public speaking.
  • Considerable knowledge of the legislative process and the workings of Congress. 
  • Thorough knowledge of legislation in the areas of public sector employment, labor and benefit issues, social services, including emphasis on federal budget, and related appropriation issues.
  • Thorough knowledge of relevant coalition and support group organizations’ operations and ability to play a leadership role.
  • Strong ability to communicate complicated information effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize and play a leadership role with relevant lobbying coalitions.

Travel and work hours:

  • Occasional travel and extended work hours may be required.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to, recruiting@afscme.org.

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