American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

Legislative Affairs Specialist I
Federal Government Affairs

Based in Washington, DC


Legislative Affairs Specialist I
Federal Government Affairs
Headquarters - Washington, DC
USU: Grade 8
Salary Range: $79,190 – $118,778

This is a lobbyist position in the AFSCME Department of Federal Government Affairs. The position is responsible for advancing AFSCME’s federal legislative agenda by developing and maintaining relationships on the Hill and with the administration, building and maintaining relationships with other labor unions and coalition allies, and informing and engaging AFSCME’s affiliates in federal legislative campaigns where appropriate.


  • Serves as liaison with members of Congress, their staff and committees of Congress; and may appear before congressional committees/groups and travels to state councils to discuss AFSCME legislative agenda.
  • Monitors legislative activities, coordinates analysis and comments on legislation, and advocates for AFSCME’s position on legislation.
  • Drafts testimony, letters of support, and other written statements and may serve as AFSCME's spokesperson with members of Congress, congressional and agency staff, and interest groups.
  • In consultation with other relevant departments, coordinates drafting and revising legislative language; may provide briefings on proposed legislation and amendments proposed during legislative sessions; and keeps relevant departments apprised of developments.
  • Serves as a specialist concentrating on major legislative/regulatory issues.
  • In consultation with department leadership, assists in developing grassroots legislative campaign field plans to engage affiliates and coalition partners in campaigns to advance AFSCME’s major legislative priorities.
  • Responds to affiliate and members’ inquiries on a wide variety of legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Staffs various policy making bodies within AFSCME, as assigned.
  • May serve as an AFSCME representative at various professional meetings/gatherings, conducts briefings and workshops at International and affiliate conferences and meetings.
  • Prepares legislative summaries and reports for various AFSCME and outside publications.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience:

  • A college degree from an accredited college or university in political science, history, government.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of related work experience or equivalent combination of related experience which provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities.


  • Experience in working for labor unions or federal, state or local governments.
  • Experience in oral and written communications including public speaking.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process and the workings of Congress.
  • Proficient knowledge of relevant coalition and support group organizations’ operations.
  • Strong ability to communicate complicated information effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize relevant lobbying coalitions.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently on assigned issues.

Travel and Work Hours:

  • Occasional travel and extended work hours are required.

Posting Date: August 12, 2022

Please submit résumé and cover letter to: recruiting@afscme.org.

AFSCME is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

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