Position: Director of Government Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Status: Exempt, Full-time
Reports to: Executive Director

About Accountable.US

Accountable.US is a nonpartisan watchdog organization that shines a light on the corrupting influence of powerful corporations and special interests on public policymaking. Our hard-hitting investigative research and communications helps pave the way for policies that advance the interests of all Americans, not just the rich and powerful. If you're looking for a growing, fast-paced organization that invests in its people and strives to create more equitable and inclusive communities, then Accountable.US could be the place for you. We offer competitive salaries, exceptional benefits, and we encourage a healthy work/life balance for our staff.

Position Summary

Do you love the wheeling and dealing of Capitol Hill while also remaining humble and authentic? Are you passionate about leveraging your relationships to achieve progressive change? Do you like building things from scratch and working across teams to develop innovative solutions?

Accountable.US seeks an entrepreneurial Director of Government Relations to build and lead our presence on Capitol Hill. Working closely with our Project Directors and the rest of the Leadership Team, the Director of Government Relations will develop and execute the organization’s Capitol Hill strategy for the 118th congress by leveraging their existing knowledge of the legislative process and relationships with key offices.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Build and maintain relationships with both senior- and junior-level staff in key Capitol Hill offices for the purposes of advancing our efforts to hold elected officials and special interests accountable.
  • Devise and execute strategy to increase Accountable.US’s brand and influence on Capitol Hill.
  • Keep track of important developments and hearings on Capitol Hill as they relate to Accountable.US’s issue portfolio and overall government accountability issues.
  • Educate elected officials and their staff on Accountable.US’s work and the resources we can provide.
  • Work with our Project Directors to build awareness of each program’s priorities on Capitol Hill and leverage relationships with key offices.
  • Work with the Communications Department to coordinate briefings, distribution of messaging documents, and public communications (such as tweeting hearings) around Accountable.US priorities.
  • Serve as a resource for Accountable.US staff on basic legislative policy and procedures as they plan and execute campaigns and programs.
  • Track communications and metrics related to Accountable.US’s work on Capitol Hill.

Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • 7+ years experience working on Capitol Hill (or related advocacy experience) and a willingness to leverage existing relationships there;
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills;
  • Sound judgment and discerning eye;
  • Ability to work independently and juggle competing priorities and strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Proven track record of being a self-starter;
  • Commitment to government accountability and progressive values; and
  • Demonstrated interest in and ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Compensation & Benefits

Minimum salary for this position is $140,000. Exact compensation package is commensurate with experience. Our excellent benefits package includes health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, a 401(k) match, generous paid time off, professional development opportunities, and more. During the pandemic, all Accountable.US employees are working remotely. Some weekend work may be required.

Accountable.US Careers

Accountable.US is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. Our work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

A Note to BIPOC Candidates: Studies have shown that women, nonbinary folks, and People of Color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s okay. We would strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.