Legislative Associate

Legislative · WASHINGTON, District of Columbia
Department Legislative
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $55,000-$60,500

Position: Legislative Associate


Reports to: Legislative Director

Salary Range: $55,000-$60,500

Location: Washington, D.C., required

Work Arrangement: Hybrid (two days per week in the office) 



Issue One is committed to winning game-changing federal reforms to fix our broken political system and create an inclusive democracy that works for everyone. 

Since 2014, Issue One has worked to educate 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.

Issue One is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization that unites 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 is helping lead the fight to protect U.S. elections and election workers in 2022, ensure a peaceful transfer of power in 2025, and win comprehensive reforms to combat disinformation on technology platforms. Issue One built the National Council on Election Integrity and led its $15 million Count Every Vote Campaigns to defend the integrity of the 2020 elections and push back against attempts to undermine faith in our democratic process. 


Since its founding, Issue One has had an outsized impact on Washington. For example, our 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 amid the pandemic.


Issue One helped lead the congressional push to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol, which passed the House, won bipartisan support in the Senate, and helped drive the national conversation about election disinformation, political accountability, and national security.


Our ReFormers Caucus of more than 200 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet secretaries allows us to form unique relationships with current decision-makers and brings heft to our legislative and communications work. Our legislative work is backed by a strong research arm, a savvy and innovative communications team, and a strong development program enabling us to have the resources necessary to win.


As part of the legislative team, the Legislative Associate supports the organization's mission overall in a variety of capacities, including legislative support, strategic analysis, project management, event planning, policy research and information gathering, and more. 


Legislative Advocacy 

  • Works both independently and with a team in researching, writing, planning, and executing IO’s legislative goals and priorities in the areas of election protection, congressional modernization, ethics, and money in politics.
  • Schedules and attends, as assigned, Hill meetings, and follows up with congressional offices.
  • Ensures coordinated, cohesive efforts between Legislative Team and other IO departments and programs.
  • Serves as principal staffer managing Issue One’s day-to-day work on congressional modernization issues, including maintaining relationships with external stakeholders, coordinating the Fix Congress Working Group, and participating in the Fix Congress Cohort.
  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date legislative trackers and software.

Assist with ReFormers Caucus Management 

  • Works with the Legislative Director to help engage and deploy Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus to advance IO’s legislative goals.

Writing and Editing 

  • Produces written materials as needed on Issue One’s issue agenda, including testimony, op-eds, letters, blogposts, etc.
  • Assists with the editorial flow as needed (editing, proofreading, etc.)

Other Duties

  • Assist with managing legislative intern workflow, as needed.


Job-Related Experience

  • 2+ years of experience in a similar legislative role; and
  • Proven experience with major organizational event planning.

Job-Related Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Ability to prioritize, execute, and problem-solve without frequent direction;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence skills, and an ability to foster new organizational relationships;
  • High-level computer skills and ability to learn new programs quickly;
  • Commitment to building a more equitable and inclusive political system;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must;
  • Ability to research, analyze data, summarize, and present findings in a clear manner; and
  • A passion for or interest in democracy reform issues.

Physical Demands 

  • Most work is carried out in an office-like environment with the Associate completing projects at a desk for extended periods of time and working from a computer. 
  • At times the Associate may have to lift, push, and/or carry items in excess of ten (10) pounds. 
  • Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the job.


This role is a full-time, fully benefited position that requires residency in the Washington D.C. area. Issue One promotes a hybrid work environment where staff come to the office two days a week and work remotely the other three working days. 


Issue One has developed a comprehensive benefits package that invests in our staff to improve their overall health and promote a strong work/life balance. All full-time employees are eligible for a platinum health plan with 100 percent of the premium paid by Issue One. Between holidays, vacation, personal time, and office-wide closures, all staff receive more than 50 paid days off in their first year of employment. In addition to providing reimbursements for internet and wellness expenses, Issue One promotes a hybrid work environment that encourages working from home but establishes weekly in-person opportunities to foster relationships between colleagues. All staff are encouraged to participate in professional development throughout the year, and the organization hosts several opportunities to build camaraderie. DMV-based staff receive additional benefits, including a commuter stipend and making their commute part of their workday. 

How to Apply:

All interested applicants can apply by clicking "Apply for this Job" at the top right of this page. Please include how you heard about the position and complete the self-identification questionnaire

Due to the volume of applications, we will unfortunately not be able to acknowledge receipt of all applications. No phone calls, please. 

Additional information

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 we are committed to building a team as diverse as the American people. We do 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 the political spectrum who are passionate about fixing our broken political system are strongly encouraged to apply.

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