Director of Government Affairs
Position: Director of Government Affairs (Registered Lobbyist)
Reports to: Senior Vice President of Government Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Start Date: Fall 2019
Are you interested in joining an expanding organization that is changing the way Washington thinks and talks about Israel and U.S. Middle East policy? J Street’s Government Affairs team—named one of DC’s top lobbying operations by The Hill—is seeking an experienced legislative professional and manager to help advance its advocacy strategy. The Director of Government Affairs will oversee legislative and policy analysis, line-manage much of the team and directly lobby a key portfolio of Congressional offices.
The Director of Government Affairs should be a dedicated team player and leader, skilled manager and mentor, effective communicator and highly organized self-starter who thrives on hitting ambitious goals and is excited by the challenge of changing the dynamics that shape the discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Congress, American politics and the American Jewish community.
In consultation with the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs:
- Managing the advocacy operations and activities of the Government Affairs team including:
- guiding the formulation and execution of strategies and tactics to advance legislative and policy priorities;
- overseeing the drafting, editing and analyzing legislative language;
- overseeing the researching and drafting informational materials and statements related to J Street legislative and policy issues;
- speaking in various forums and to press on-the-record;
- ensuring successful execution of briefings, fly-ins, advocacy days and related events on Capitol Hill; and
- ensuring compliance with lobbying disclosure, ethics and related rules.
- Managing and supporting the professional development of the Government Affairs team, including line-managing lobbyists and congressional education staff.
- Directly lobbying a portfolio of Congressional offices by:
- growing new and existing relationships between Members of Congress and J Street through timely, effective and appropriate use of the entire range of the organization’s advocates and assets;
- being voracious in meeting and communicating with Members’ offices;
- persuasively, confidently, clearly and knowledgeably communicating J Street policy views and issue information; and
- maintaining up-to-date awareness and deep knowledge of relevant legislative initiatives and policy developments on our issues.
More about J Street
J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans working for the future of Israel as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people. The organization believes that preserving Israel’s Jewish and democratic character depends on achieving a two-state solution, resulting in a Palestinian state living alongside Israel in peace and security.
Launched in 2008 with four staff and a limited budget, J Street is now a $10 million organization with a national staff of more than 60. The organization is headquartered in Washington, DC, employing staff in 8 cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Tel Aviv. The New York office is the largest regional office (outside of DC), housing both regional and national staff.
J Street focuses its work in three main areas: (1) Advocating and demonstrating support for pro-Israel, pro-peace policies in Congress, the media and the Jewish community; (2) Endorsing and raising money for federal candidates who share J Street’s agenda; and (3) Educating the public and raising awareness of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the two-state solution.
- 10+ years of government, legislative or policy professional experience, including at least two years of management experience
- Strong legislative drafting and analysis skills;
- Familiarity with legislative procedure in both chambers of Congress;
- Solid writing skills, particularly with respect to the drafting and editing of talking points, memos and policy statements;
- Strong verbal presentation skills, including comfort with public speaking;
- Sound political judgment;
- An understanding of how to grow relationships with Members of Congress and candidates for federal office, and how to identify opportunities for advancing the organization’s agenda;
- Personally engaging style and eagerness to work with Members of Congress, Congressional and campaign staff, and grassroots and grasstops leaders;
- Comfort with current business technology, online communications and data management;
- Willingness to travel once or twice a year, and to put in extended hours around large events such as the national conference; and
- A strong commitment to J Street’s mission.
- Legislative and management experience at the Legislative Director or Senior Legislative Assistant level or above in a US Congressional office; and
- An understanding how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays out in American politics.
Compensation and Hours
Salary for this full-time position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Hours and duties may fluctuate based on J Street event and staff travel schedules. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, paid time off on federal and Jewish holidays, health and dental insurance, company paid life insurance, 401k and flexible spending account.