Legislative Director

Legislative · WASHINGTON, District of Columbia
Department Legislative
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $90,000-$120,000

The Organization

Issue One is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization that is uniting Republicans, Democrats, and independents to win game-changing federal reforms to fix our broken political system and create an inclusive democracy that works for everyone.


Issue One educates the public and Congress to pass legislation to increase transparency, strengthen government ethics and accountability, reduce the influence of big money in politics, protect the freedom to vote, and strengthen U.S. elections.


Since its founding in 2014, Issue One has had an outsized impact on Washington. Their Don’t Mess With US and election administration campaigns helped win $825 million in federal funding for states to improve their cybersecurity and manage their elections in 2020 amidst the pandemic.


Their $15 million Count Every Vote campaign and the National Council on Election Integrity – a unique bipartisan group of more than 40 leaders of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, business, and civic leaders – lead a crucial effort to defend the integrity of the 2020 elections and push back against attempts to undermine faith in the democratic process.

To do this vital work, they build relationships with partners on the Hill, renowned former elected officials, and peer organizations from across the breadth of the political spectrum. Issue One serves as an honest broker that both conservatives and progressives regularly seek out for collaboration and guidance. All of this work reflects the fact that no major political reform has passed Congress without bipartisan support in the past 70 years.

The Legislative Director (LD) manages and leads Issue One’s advocacy efforts, the majority of which are focused at the federal level. Working with the Chief of Program, the LD manages the organization’s coalition outreach and engagement and, within permissible legal limits, Issue One and Issue One Action’s lobbying efforts.

The LD is a key leader in developing and implementing strategies to advance Issue One’s issue agenda mobilize the ReFormers Caucus (RFC). The LD needs to be comfortable with public speaking and innovative when it comes to strategy. The LD must be skilled at coordinating with teams and synthesizing initiatives across the organization to ensure powerful and consistent messaging, including interacting regularly with the CEO. Issue One is a 501(c)(3) organization, and the LD is expected to register as a lobbyist in compliance with current law.  

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


Manages Issue One’s outreach efforts, ensures that the Legislative team is operating at the appropriate pace and level of prioritization, ensures that RFC co-chairs and paid consultants are being used effectively for legislative advocacy.

Manages a legislative team of four and works coordinates closely with the communications, research, and campaigns team.

Legislative Advocacy

Helps devise and implement the overall legislative strategy, including identifying coalition partners, prioritizing the order of operations for the strategy, and targeting appropriate congressional offices.

Understanding and identifying leaders and stakeholders on and off the Hill. Oversees mass communications to Hill offices; Works with the Executive Director and Legislative team to maximize utilization of the RFC and the National Council on Election Integrity for legislative advocacy.


Works with organizational leadership to identify upcoming policy issues and ensuring the organization has the materials and supporting documents needed to articulate Issue One’s positions internally and externally.

Responsible for overseeing the process for communicating policy positions to internal and external stakeholders.

Communications & Research

Reviews the content of communications and research documents to ensure they fit with the organization’s political strategy while flagging potential political pitfalls.

As appropriate, speaks with media and reporters to provide the organization’s views on related issues.

Working with the Chief of Program, oversees relationships with other stakeholders in the democracy reform space.

Organizational Management

Creates, executes, and evaluates operational plans for legislative/advocacy workflow.

Develops clear metrics to gauge impact and track results over time to enable modification of activities as necessary.

Supervises, mentors and manages the legislative team ensuring the work fulfills the organization’s capacity needs.

Position Requirements include but are not limited to: 

  • 7-10 years experience in executive and Congressional advocacy and lobbying, especially the ability to establish relationships with Republicans, Democrats, and independents
  • Proven ability to develop and implement a strategic advocacy plan
  • Experience in, or substantial knowledge of political reform issues 
  • Proven management skills including personnel and project management
  • Excellent detail-oriented project management
  • Enthusiastic communicator and presenter
  • Excellent writing, editing, pitching, and proofreading skills are essential, including the ability to present concepts orally to a diverse set of audiences
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • High capacity to work under pressure, under deadline, and think quickly on your feet 
  • Strong judgment on what kinds of tactics and campaigns will attract positive media attention
  • Self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to management

The successful candidate will also possess the following characteristics:

Team Player – Works well with others in a congenial, collaborative environment involving shared responsibility and credit. Is comfortable with both leading and following, as well as working in tandem with peer colleagues on joint projects.

Superior Influencing Skill – Draws upon an active network of contacts and relationships to gain access and influence with key stakeholders. Is a “known entity,” enjoys a reputation for working well with a wide variety of people, and is well received on both sides of the political aisle. Works on and through coalitions to achieve objectives.

Leadership – Demonstrates “situational diplomacy” and an appreciation for the personal and agency-level differences involved in executing an effective lobbying strategy. Able to lead teams through effective communications, clear direction, and steadfast follow-through. Hands-on and self-sufficient. 

Self-Directed – Able to spearhead initiatives, translate plans into specific actions across a team, and execute with urgency. Creates a level of trust with partners around sound judgments in an environment of shifting initiatives, priorities, and public opinion.      

Impeccable Integrity – Embodies and practices world-class ethical standards. Creates an environment of trust by acting with fairness and consistency, keeping commitments, and providing a rationale for decisions. 

Ego Maturity – A highly motivated, seasoned, and self-assured quality leader, with high confidence in her or his superior professional skills and ability to drive decisions. 

Intelligence – A person with strong intellectual capabilities who can synthesize complex data, legal concepts, and government/regulatory issues for the organization’s Hill education and policy efforts. High level of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated through credentials and recognition of key institutions.

Flexible Work Style – Comfort working within a public policy environment in general and within an organization proud of its reputation for collegiality, diversity, and creativity in delivering excellent policy and partnership outcomes.

Issue One is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. Issue One places a high value on fostering an inclusive workplace, and is committed to building a team as diverse as the American people. Issue One does not make hiring or advancement, or other employment decisions based on race, religion, gender, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, political affiliation, pregnancy, disability, or any other status protected by law. Individuals from across the political spectrum, are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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