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Domestic Policy Assistant

Washington, DC

August 29, 2017


The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), an established Capitol Hill Quaker lobbying organization, is seeking an entry-level, legislative assistant, for a year-long appointment with the potential for renewal, to provide program support for our Domestic Policy lobbyists.

The Organization

We work for social and economic justice, peace, stewardship of the environment, and good government. FCNL lobbyists have extensive contacts on the Hill and conduct focused legislative campaigns on priorities ranging from peacebuilding to criminal justice sentencing reform to climate change. Our dedicated grassroots network brings constituent perspectives into congressional offices—both here in Washington at two major lobbying events each year and in local district offices throughout the year. We inform and educate our network through our newsletter and collateral materials; and activate our grassroots network through a robust web site, email, and social media outreach. FCNL witnesses from a basis of spiritual and ethical purpose and seeks to change government policy and practice for the better. FCNL is entering its 74th^ year of bringing Quaker values to bear on national policy through congressional testimony, Capitol Hill visits, grassroots lobbying, and educational initiatives.

Our national network includes people from many different faiths and backgrounds who are activists and donors. We are dedicated to growing the network with particular emphasis on effective relationship-building as a path to policy change. In the past 3 years, we’ve increased the number of in-person lobby visits from our constituents by 50%. Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, FCNL is governed by a General Committee of 190 Quakers from across the country and employs a staff of 43, including 20 registered lobbyists.

The Position

The Domestic Policy Assistant will support the Domestic Policy Team with special emphasis on the economic justice program by attending congressional hearings and coalition meetings with or for the lobbyists. The Assistant will contact constituents on behalf of the lobbyist when key legislative activity arises; respond to constituent queries; assist with organizing, drafting, and delivering letters and information to the Hill; provide support for lobby groups and coalitions; assist in setting up lobby visits with congressional offices; assist with data entry and recording grassroots lobbying; complete lobby disclosure reports; travel, as needed, to yearly meetings, conferences, or for other purposes to represent FCNL or to advance FCNL’s legislative work.

Priorities and Responsibilities:

Research

  • study background materials, keep up on current developments in domestic policy areas, with a strong emphasis on economic justice, poverty, health care, budget, tax, and immigration policy;

  • read government documents, committee reports, legislation, other organizational materials, and relevant articles;

  • survey information, opinions, and attitudes of various sources via phone or email;

  • research members of Congress and coalition capacity for effective powermapping;

  • prepare target/swing lists

Writing

  • as requested, prepare drafts of fact sheets, talking points, blogs, action alerts, sign-on letters

  • take detailed and comprehensive notes at meetings, briefings, hearings, and policy events

Communication

  • provide administrative support to the Domestic Policy Team;

  • communicate with congressional offices;

  • reach out to coalition partners;

  • give occasional presentations on legislative issues;

  • respond to FCNL constituents;

  • reach out to key FCNL constituents in key districts at certain moments;

  • potential for participating in lobby visits.

Other duties as assigned

Experience and Attributes:

  • Very well organized, detail oriented, and thorough

  • Takes initiative

  • Excellent notetaking

  • Works well in groups and in coalition

  • Study issues and can quickly absorb information

  • Strong writer

  • Good communication skills

  • Knows when to ask for guidance

  • Independent worker

  • Familiar with the legislative process, politics, and public policy

Qualifications

  • At least two years of relevant experience and a B.A. in a relevant field.

Compensation

  • Salary commensurate with experience.

  • Work Week: This is a full-time non-exempt position, based on a 37.5 hour work week, with significant travel.

  • Benefits: Health insurance; disability insurance; life insurance; paid holidays; vacation; sick leave; maternity/paternity leave; retirement plan.

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FCNL seeks to create a diverse workplace. We are actively soliciting applicants from all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.