Legislative Specialist

Legislative · WASHINGTON, District of Columbia
Department Legislative
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $58,000-$70,000

Full-Time (40 hours per week, full benefits)
Reports to: Legislative Director  

Salary Grade: Specialist

Salary Range: $58,000-$70,000

Location: Washington, DC (hybrid schedule)

Organization Overview

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 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 is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization that unites Republicans, Democrats, and independents to win game-changing federal reforms; 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. In addition, 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.

Position Overview 

The Legislative Specialist (LS) will work with the legislative, communications, and research teams to promote meaningful legislation and drive effective campaigns to protect our elections and defend democracy. In addition, the LS will actively lobby Congress, provide top-tier policy research and analysis, and manage day-to-day lobbying compliance at Issue One (IO) and Issue One Action (IOA). 

This position will require registering under the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) and driving a portfolio of legislative issues focusing on election protection issues. This position will also produce high-level written communications and steward organizational and coalition relationships for IO/IOA.

This role is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced public policy professional ready to take the next step in their career and work on some of the most pressing issues of our time and help create an inclusive democracy.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Research, develop, and draft policy solutions on IO’s core issue areas of election protection, congressional ethics, and money in politics. 
  • Work with the Legislative Director to implement IO’s legislative agenda by meeting with Senate and House staff, stewarding relationships and communicating with key Hill offices, and working with coalition partners to advance legislation.
  • Assist other staff by describing our legislative priorities and providing substantive expertise to all IO/IOA campaigns.
  • Interface with coalition partners and like-minded organizations to discuss ways to advance IO/IOA priorities through issue campaigns.
  • Track direct and grassroots lobbying time to ensure compliance. 

Key Attributes and Qualifications 

  • At least three years of experience in legal, legislative, or public affairs settings. Internships and clerkships will count as relevant experience. 
  • Experience analyzing and communicating policy issues is required. 
  • Experience in lobbying, legislative, or government affairs is required.
  • Baseline knowledge of US election administration policy and election issues is required.
  • Strong emotional intelligence is required to understand how to approach decision-makers and avoid political missteps. 
  • Understanding the federal legislative process is vital, and Hill experience is a plus. 
  • Superb communication skills are needed, including writing for diverse audiences and being an expert listener.
  • Organizational skills are a must, as well as the ability to work under pressure, under multiple deadlines, and think quickly on your feet. 
  • A successful LS must be seen as a non-partisan advocate on issues related to democracy, US elections, congressional modernization, and money in politics. 
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace is required.

Structure and Location

This full-time role is based in Washington, DC, or the surrounding area. The Legislative Specialist must also work on-site in our DC office twice weekly (Tuesday and Wednesday).

The Legislative Specialist reports directly to the Legislative Director.



Issue One has developed a comprehensive benefits package that invests in our staff to improve their health and promote a solid work-life balance. 

  • All full-time employees are eligible for a platinum health plan with 100% of the premium paid by Issue One. In addition, the organization covers 75% of the premium for all spouses and dependents of IO staff. 
  • Staff receives more than 50 paid days off annually, including holidays, vacation, personal time, and office-wide closures. 
  • Issue One provides reimbursements and stipends for internet and commuting and promotes a hybrid work environment that allows for working from home but establishes regular in-person office opportunities twice a week.
  • Issue One offers wellness reimbursements and student loan assistance. In addition, all staff are encouraged to participate in professional development throughout the year, and the organization hosts several opportunities for fun and fellowship. 

How to Apply:

All interested applicants can apply by clicking "apply for this job" in the right-hand corner of this page. Issue One encourages all interested applicants to complete this self-identification questionnaire as a part of their candidacy.

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

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 across the political spectrum who are passionate about fixing our broken political system are strongly encouraged to apply.

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