Policy Associate Lobbyist

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    Steve Ressler

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    April 6, 2010 —

    The Sunlight Foundation is seeking a Policy Associate/Lobbyist to be an integral member of Sunlight’s vibrant, growing policy team. The Sunlight Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on improving government transparency by making government information easily accessible to all citizens online.


    The Policy Associate/Lobbyist will be primarily responsible for expanding Sunlight’s role on Capitol Hill by taking our message, policy ideas and legislation directly to congressional staff. The Policy Associate/Lobbyist’s responsibilities include:

    • meeting with congressional staffers, to share information about the Sunlight Foundation’s policy goals
    • developing new relationships with congressional offices of both parties, in both the House and Senate
    • reporting to Sunlight staff a daily update of hearings, proposed bills, pending regulations and events relating to our work
    • attending hill briefings, hearings and markups related to transparency and open government issues

    The lobbyist will report to the Policy Director and work side-by-side with Sunlight’s Government Affairs Consultant and Policy Counsel on a comprehensive lobbying strategy to deliver Sunlight’s message to government decision-makers.


    The ideal candidate has at least two years of advocacy experience or policy-related Hill experience, and is committed to the idea of a more transparent and accountable government. He or she must be able to communicate effectively in writing and in person. The candidate must be detail-oriented, able to multitask, capable of working independently and have the ability to creatively solve problems. This is not an entry-level position.

    Additional factors we will consider include:
    • work experience on transparency-related issues
    • experience blogging or working with websites
    • public speaking experience
    • familiarity with social media

    Employment Information

    • full-time salaried position at Sunlight’s office in Dupont Circle
    • Sunlight-paid medical/dental coverage
    • retirement plan with matching
    • disability and life insurance
    • commuting benefit
    • paid vacation, holiday and sick leave

    The Sunlight Foundation is an Equal Opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Sunlight is a non-partisan organization.

    How to apply

    Please send your resume, a statement of interest, a relevant writing sample, and two references to Hafeezah Abdullah at [email protected], with the word “lobbyist” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

    Principals only, please; we do not work with headhunters or placement agencies. We respond to all applicants. No phone calls.

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