Legislative Associate II

$52,500 yearly
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Jul 01, 2019
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services Other

Job Description

Legislative Associate II

Center for Science and Democracy     

Union of Concerned Scientists

Washington, DC


Do you want to help influence national science policy, and help create a stronger democracy? Would you like to join an ambitious and creative group of people who believe science can help inform solutions to our most pressing challenges? The Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is seeking a Legislative Associate II to join our legislative affairs team and represent UCS priorities on Capitol Hill. The Legislative Associate II will be a resource to members of Congress and their staff, equipping policymakers with tools and perspectives to defend science and scientists from political attacks, and to improve the use of science in federal decision-making. If you are a great communicator, have some lobbying experience, and are enthusiastic about the role of science in public policy, we welcome you to apply.


This position requires basic knowledge of science or technical policy issues; must have a substantive knowledge of legislative processes, including advocacy/lobbying techniques and strategies, legislative strategy, and the policymaking process. Successful candidates must be able to learn quickly. Strong time management skills along with strong oral and written communication skills, and an ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences are required. Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, Bloomberg Government, CQ, and Politico is a plus. The ability to analyze complex issues and synthesize them quickly and clearly to meet the needs of the current media and congressional landscape is essential.

The position requires 3 to 5 years of comparable experience in legislative, campaign, and lobbying work at the national, state, or grassroots level. Proven advocacy and communication skills and experience working either in Congress, in government implementing programs and policies, or for NGOs working to engage stakeholders and influence decision-making are necessary. Applicants should also demonstrate strong research skills, a positive, team-oriented work ethic, and the ability to work in a deadline-driven environment. A successful legislative associate will have experience working on public interest advocacy campaigns with Capitol Hill.

May spend extended periods at computer terminal.  Limited travel may be required.

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

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