Legislative Advocate

Washington D.C.
Compensation for this position is commensurate with the candidate’s relevant professional experience
Jan 11, 2019
Feb 10, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

U.S. PIRG is seeking a Federal Legislative Advocate to promote our federal policy agenda and be a part of our DC-based advocacy team.

U.S. PIRG’s mission is to champion the public interest — to raise our voices on behalf of the public when decisions are being made that affect our health, our safety and our rights as consumers and citizens. The problems we address aren’t progressive or conservative. They’re just problems that our country shouldn’t tolerate.  

For more than 40 years, U.S. PIRG has been a national leader in alerting Americans to the threats in the marketplace to their health, safety, and environment. More than 150 unsafe toys have been recalled because of our annual report and advocacy. We’ve supported successful legislation to regulate personal care products in a dozen states. And, we convinced the largest manufacturers of consumer products to start disclosing dangerous chemicals of concern in products.


  • Seek out and identify policy opportunities related to our issue portfolio and make recommendations regarding policy positions and messaging.
  • Draft materials for lawmakers, the public, and the media to help advance our campaigns, including opinion editorials, press releases, letters to the editor, action campaign emails, factsheets, bill summaries and policy briefs, regulatory comments, analyses, and presentations.
  • Serve as the spokesperson for our campaigns through media events, press releases and opinion writing. Raise the profile of our campaigns in the media.
  • Advocate for our issues. Develop strong and collaborative relationships with federal agencies, partner organizations, coalitions, legislators and congressional staff on both sides of the aisle, and other stakeholders to advance shared goals. 
  • Develop plans to win our campaigns using research, advocacy, coalition-building, media attention, and grassroots mobilization; assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda.
  • Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundations, and meet with major donors, to bring more resources to our campaigns. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and deepen our membership base.
  • Recruit new staff and volunteers.


The ideal candidate will be:

  • An experienced communicator with excellent writing and verbal skills
  • A good people-person and listener with a track record of successful access-building
  • Well-organized and able to work on multiple legislative and administrative proposals
  • At least 3 years of experience in advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition-building and/or campaign politics
  • Experience in a legislative office within Congress, a state legislature, or another organization is a plus but not required. 


Washington, DC


To apply, fill out our online application at https://jobs.uspirg.org/apply.html?utm_source=work-for-good&utm_medium=web-ad&utm_campaign=USPspring2019&utm_term=270&utm_content=LAT_P_1-11

Please address your cover letter to Kyle Larson, Hiring Director. 

U.S. PIRG is part of The Public Interest Network, a group of organizations that share a vision of a better world, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Visit http://jobs.uspirg.org/core-values.html for things you should know about our network when you apply.

U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy or veteran status.

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