Job Opening: Government Affairs Policy Advocate/Counsel

Position Summary: The Government Affairs Policy Advocate/Counsel will play a key role in implementing Public Knowledge's government affairs strategy through advocacy, strategy development, and relationship building in Congress, at Federal agencies, within the Executive Branch, and across the public interest field.

Position Status: Full-time

Location: Washington, D.C.

Reports to: Vice President, Government Affairs

Essential Duties:

  • Assist in developing and implementing Public Knowledge's legislative and outreach strategy
  • Analyze legislative and regulatory proposals and obtain up-to-date information on legislative/regulatory matters
  • Represent Public Knowledge at relevant conferences, events, coalition meetings, and before policy-making bodies such as Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Copyright Office
  • Draft and edit agency comments and/or congressional testimony for legislative hearings on telecommunications /technology policy, intellectual property, and other issues
  • Serve as a resource to allies and other non-D.C. based groups in building advocacy strategy and relationships with policymakers
  • Organize events to advance policy positions, including Congressional advocacy days and field events
  • Coordinate development of Public Knowledge advocacy materials
  • Mentor legal and policy fellows.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and resource to the media within areas of expertise


  • A college graduate with a passion for public policy, knowledge and interest in technology, and a demonstrated interest in the political process and advocacy in the public interest
  • Graduate degree preferred
  •  Three or more years of experience with Capitol Hill, Federal agencies, or other relevant policy-related experience
  • Familiarity with legislative matters regarding technology policy preferred
  • Experience conducting outreach and developing partnerships with a wide range of organizations and constituencies
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • A creative self-starter who can devise new, innovative outreach strategies
  • A willingness and ability to learn complex technological and legal issues quickly
  • Ability to translate complex technical and legal issues for consumption by policymakers and the general public
  • The ability to produce high‐quality results on tight deadlines and with little oversight

Compensation: Public Knowledge provides competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and opportunities for professional growth.

To Apply: Send a resume including salary history, cover letter stating your interest in Public Knowledge, and at least one writing sample (max. 5 pages each) to:, with the subject line “Government Affairs Policy Advocate/Counsel.”  The deadline for applications is January 7, 2019.