Federal Outreach Associate

Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Dec 29

Position description

If you’re dynamic, outgoing, and results-oriented with experience working in Congress or a federal agency, apply to be our next Federal Outreach Associate today. You’ll assist with the strategic development and implementation of research dissemination to Congress and federal agencies on a wide variety of issues from financial regulation and technological innovation to antitrust, fiscal issues, health care and entitlement reform. This role will serve as a generalist at first, with more specific issues areas assigned at a later date. The position works closely with members of the Outreach, Communications and Marketing, and Policy Research teams, and reports to the Vice President of Outreach. 


Primary Responsibilities

• Develop proactive dissemination strategies to promote Mercatus policy research in several issue areas to policymakers, committees of jurisdiction, and federal agencies

• Proactively identify opportunities for federal policy engagement with research scholars

• Establish and expand network of Hill and agency contacts on relevant policy issues

• Regularly monitor current and anticipated policy action on assigned issues on Capitol Hill and federal regulatory agencies and provide relevant updates to teams in a timely manner

• Identify and secure opportunities for scholars to brief and testify before relevant committees, Members of Congress, and agency decision makers

• Coordinate timely internal communications and reporting between Outreach team and other Mercatus departments

• Work collaboratively with the Media Relations and Events teams to develop communications tools and materials for research promotion, but also independently when necessary

• Support internal and external events related to assigned issues


• Minimum of 2 years full-time experience working on Capitol Hill or a federal agency, with increasing levels of responsibility (Senate experience is a plus)

• Basic understanding or strong interest in learning primary issues:  financial services, banking, judiciary committee, and secondary issues:  health, fiscal/spending, labor, entitlement issues

• Strong network of Capitol Hill contacts and/or federal agencies preferred

• Knowledge of legislative process and familiarity with rulemaking procedures and regulatory policy analysis

• Effective writer and communicator, with excellent project management skills

• Good decision-maker who is organized, flexible, and prompt

• Strong attention to detail and high standards of excellence

• Outside of the box thinker who is a self-starter, and team-player with a sense of humor

• Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Economics, or related field

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Please submit your cover letter and resume through our online application process. Your cover letter must indicate your interest in the Mercatus Center's mission.

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