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CURRENTLY AVAILABLE POSITION(S):
Energy and Climate Advisor
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz seeks a policy advisor to lead his energy and environmental policy team. This is an area of highest priority for the senator and requires knowledge of domestic and international climate policy, environmental and energy regulatory policy, energy and infrastructure financing and economics, and state-level energy work. Applicants should have significant experience developing and implementing innovative strategies to address climate change through public policy development, oversight of private and public sector actions, and coordination with stakeholder and advocacy organizations. Qualified applicants will have strong writing, analytical, negotiation, and organizational skills; exercise sound political judgment; operate well under pressure; and work well as part of a team. Successful applicants will also be skilled with environmental policy messaging and coalition building. A graduate degree and Hill or related advocacy/policy experience are strongly preferred.
Labor Legislative Aide
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii is currently seeking a legislative aide to cover labor policy in his Washington, DC, office. The issue portfolio for this position also includes immigration policy. This is a new position that is being created to expand upon the senator’s work within the issue portfolio. The position provides an opportunity to join a great work environment with a team of committed, experienced professionals. Applicants should have a strong work ethic, an interest in improving lives through public policy, and advocacy and/or policy experience in labor policy.
Responsibilities: The issue portfolio for this position includes policies related to collective bargaining and unions, employment, the federal workforce, immigration (including family-based immigration, undocumented communities, and oversight of the administration), migrant and seasonal workers, minimum wage, mine safety, retirement and pensions, rights of disabled workers, unemployment insurance, the U.S. Postal Service, welfare and social safety net programs, worker training and retraining, workplace safety, and workers’ rights. This legislative aide will be responsible for staffing the senator as a member of the Appropriations Committee’s labor subcommittee and advancing funding and policy priorities through the annual appropriations process.
The duties for this position include staffing hearings and legislative markups;
writing memos to brief the senator; conducting policy research; coordinating with public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders on policy priorities; representing the senator in meetings with constituents and stakeholders; drafting constituent correspondence; and developing messaging related to labor and immigration policy. Responsibilities also include developing and implementing innovative strategies to advance support and protect working families; developing near and long term agendas to guide work within this issue portfolio; developing and advancing legislation; conducting oversight of federal, state, and private sector actions; and advocating for priorities identified by the senator.
Experience and Skills: This position requires knowledge of the laws and regulations related to labor policy, as well as experience working with relevant agencies and major stakeholders. Applicants should have experience developing and implementing innovative strategies to advance workers’ rights, working for or with unions and other stakeholders, developing messaging related to labor policy, and conducting oversight of federal, state, and private sector actions. Qualified applicants will have strong writing, analytical, negotiation, and organizational skills; exercise sound political judgment; operate well under pressure; and work well as part of a team. A graduate degree is preferred.
Benefits: U.S. Senate employees are eligible for a number of benefits including student loan repayment, employer contribution for health care insurance, transit subsidy, car and bicycle parking, retirement plans, life insurance, borrowing privileges from the Library of Congress, access to the Senate staff gym, and personal and professional development courses.
Start Date and Tenure: The start date for this position will be in the summer of 2018. The position is currently funded through fiscal year 2019 (9/30/2019) although the position may be extended past that date if office funding permits.