Policy and Government Relations Assistant

Center for US Global Leadership
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 03

Position description

The USGLC’s Policy and Government Relations Assistant position has a dual reporting structure with public policy related functions (50%) reporting to the Director of Policy and the government relations functions (50%) reporting to the Director of Government Relations.


At USGLC, we are committed to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion among staff, volunteers, partners, and programs.


Policy responsibilities will include:

Policy Outreach. Work with policy team colleagues to elevate and deepen Administration commitment to diplomacy and global development, including State Department, USAID, and other agencies funded by International Affairs Budget.

  • Design and implement strategies to engage with policymakers in Executive Branch involved in related global development and diplomacy legislation.
  • Design and implement strategies to engage with think tank and advocacy experts on global development and diplomacy legislation.


  • Author and contribute to blog posts and other USGLC materials and publications.
  • Provide research assistance on special projects relating to U.S. foreign policy, global development, and economic prosperity including climate change, rising authoritarianism, global economic competition, and humanitarian crises.
  • Update and maintain USGLC State Fact Sheets highlighting local impacts of global investments in diplomacy and development. 


  • Assist preparation of materials for USGLC events including drafting internal memos for public and private events.
  • Coordinate coverage for ongoing think tank events and Congressional hearings relating to diplomacy and global development.
  • Other duties as assigned based on the needs of the department.


Government Relations responsibilities will include:

Advocacy. Work with Government Relations colleagues to strengthen and expand bipartisan Congressional support for America’s global leadership, the International Affairs Budget, and relevant global development and diplomacy legislation. Activities include:

  • Design and implement strategies to engage bipartisan Members of Congress and their staff on USGLC priorities, including those in USGLC field states.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with bipartisan House and Senate offices on Capitol Hill.
  • Lead engagement with National Outreach team on in-District Meetings & Field Events to prepare materials and memos for in-district congressional meetings and in-state events with government officials and local validators.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of Capitol Hill advocacy days and other events.
  • Monitor congressional hearings, legislation, and briefings; particularly around relevant non-budget focused issues (e.g. Development Finance, Food Security, Aid Transparency).
  • Prepare briefing materials both for internal and external audiences, including assisting in drafting of budget and legislative analysis documents.


  • Research and analyze legislation and policy initiatives, particularly for non-budget areas that impact development and diplomacy programs.
  • Draft background information and voting records for Members of Congress as needed for events and meetings.


  • Liaison: Serve as a liaison between GR and Policy Departments.
  • Other duties as assigned based on the needs of the department.



Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in public policy, government relations, foreign policy, international relations or a similar subject. The position requires at least 1-3 years of public policy and/or government relations experience related to U.S. foreign policy and international development. Strong analytical, writing, proofing/editing and communication skills are required. Limited travel, in line with the latest CDC guidelines related to COVID-19, is anticipated. 



Competitive salary will be offered, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The USGLC also provides a package of benefits, including health and disability insurance, retirement plan, paid annual and sick leave and federal holidays.


About the USGLC: 

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition is a bipartisan, broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.

Application instructions

Please email cover letter and resume. Please reference “Policy and Government Relations Assistant” in the subject line. Short listed candidates will be contacted. No calls please.

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