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Legislative and Public Affairs Associate

Job Title: Legislative and Public Affairs Associate

Agency: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Salary Range: $65,561 – $112,240/ Per Year

Series/Grade: The agency uses the Administratively Determined system in which rank is attached to the individual.

Position Information: This is an opportunity for permanent employment in the excepted service. You will be required to serve a two-year trial period.

Duty Location: Washington, DC

Who May Apply: Open to the public. U.S. citizenship required.

Security Clearance: Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET – Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) Security clearance. If you already have a TS/SCI clearance, please highlight your last investigation date in your application.

Agency Mission
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s responsibilities comprise two basic functions: oversight and advice. In its oversight role, the Board is authorized to continually review the implementation of executive branch policies, procedures, regulations, and information sharing practices relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are protected. The Board is also authorized to continually review any other actions of the executive branch relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to determine whether such actions appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties and whether they are consistent with governing laws, regulations, and policies regarding privacy and civil liberties. In its advice role, the Board is authorized to review proposed legislation, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism (as well as the implementation of new and existing policies and legal authorities), in order to advise the President and executive branch agencies on ensuring that privacy and civil liberties are appropriately considered in their development and implementation.

The primary purpose of this position is to perform duties as a Legislative and Public Affairs Associate, working under general supervision of the Director of Legislative and Public Affairs. The Associate will assist with legislative affairs, including but not limited to congressional relations, maintaining congressional contacts, formulating official responses and preparing for congressional briefings, and executive-legislative coordination activities. The Associate will also assist with public affairs duties, including but not limited to media outreach, drafting materials (i.e. fact sheets, media activities, and other communications initiatives), maintaining media contacts, handling social media as needed, and help with press engagements. When the Board holds public meetings and events, the Associate will be a key player in ensuring that the events run smoothly. In addition, there may be opportunities to work on policy matters and assist project teams within the scope of the Board’s mission.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assist the Director of Legislative and Public Affairs with legislative affairs, including but not limited to congressional relations, maintaining congressional contacts, formulating official responses and preparing for congressional briefings, tracking relevant legislation and news, and executive-legislative coordination activities.

  2. Assist the Director of Legislative and Public Affairs with public affairs duties, including but not limited to media outreach, maintaining media contacts, materials (i.e. fact sheets, media activities, and other communications initiatives), handling social media as needed, and help with press engagements.

  3. Research official responses to written and telephonic requests from Members of Congress and their Staffs.

  4. Monitor Congressional hearings and briefings for pertinent information relevant to the PCLOB’s mission and objectives.

  5. Assist in preparing management for interactions before Congress, including congressional hearings and member-level briefings.

  6. Review and make recommendations on a variety of correspondence and reports such as position papers, fact sheets, inserts for the record and testimony.

  7. Assist in preparing written materials to promote PCLOB’s position on a variety of sensitive and/or complex issues.

  8. Possess knowledge of the federal appropriations process, formulation of the federal budget, and the relationship between appropriations and authorizing legislation.

  9. Assist with Board meetings, events, and supports mission teams with policy matters as needed.

  10. Other related duties as assigned.

Educational Requirements
Must possess a college degree. Experience working with Congress and Congressional Committees on Capitol Hill is preferred.

Application Process
Please send the following required documents to PCLOB Jobs with the title “Legislative and Public Affairs Associate”: Cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages). If you are less than 2 years out of college, please also include a transcript. All submitted materials must be at the UNCLASSIFIED level. If all the materials above are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Candidates selected for an interview may be asked to provide references and undergo a writing assessment.

A candidate’s application may be considered for other eligible vacant positions at the agency. The candidate will be contacted if considered for another eligible vacant position.

Closing Date
A panel will convene to evaluate applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. A review of your application will be made to determine whether you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be evaluated. Candidates will be placed into categories of “best qualified”, “qualified”, and “not qualified”. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be placed in a different category. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your categorization.

No Travel Expenses for Interview
Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, any travel or lodging will be at the applicant’s personal expense.

Telework, Travel and Benefits
Telework may be made available per agency policy.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our budget office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.