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Legislative Director for National Nonprofit

Posted on: January 3, 2020

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Job Description

U.S. PIRG is seeking a Federal Legislative Director to promote our federal policy agenda and lead our DC-based advocacy team.

U.S. PIRG’s mission is to champion the public interest—to raise our voices on behalf of the public when decisions are being made that affect our health, our safety and our rights as consumers and citizens. The problems we address aren’t progressive or conservative. They’re just problems that our country shouldn’t tolerate.  

U.S. PIRG is part of The Public Interest Network, a network of organizations that are committed to a cutting-edge vision of a better world, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to change. We’re transpartisan. We value dialogue over polarization. We invest in people and strategies that deliver results, including advocacy, lobbying, campaigning, litigation, policy research and grassroots organizing. And over the past 45 years, our coordinated approach has won hundreds of victories. Working with State PIRGs in 26 states and 20 field offices around the country, U.S. PIRG’s federal legislative team has resources far beyond the confines of the beltway.

The groups in The Public Interest Network focus on tackling some of the big questions facing our country – how to make sure the next generation has clean air, clean water and a livable climate; how to transform our energy and transportation systems to meet the needs of today, not the last century; how to grow and raise our food in ways that leave both people and our environment healthier, and more. If our approach to change and the issues we work on resonate with you, please apply.


  • Develop and advance our federal policy agenda.
  • Lead our DC-based team of advocates and campaign staff to advance our policy goals
  • Seek out and identify policy opportunities related to our issue portfolio and make recommendations regarding policy positions and messaging.
  • Develop strong and collaborative relationships with federal agencies, partner organizations, coalitions, legislators and congressional staff on both sides of the aisle, and other stakeholders to advance shared goals.
  • Draft materials for lawmakers, the public, and the media to help advance our campaigns, including opinion editorials, press releases, letters to the editor, action campaign emails, factsheets, bill summaries and policy briefs, regulatory comments, analyses, and presentations.
  • Fundraise from charitable foundations and individual donors to support our program.


The ideal candidate will be:

  • An experienced communicator with excellent writing and verbal skills
  • Creative, effective at solving complex problems, and a strategic thinker
  • A good people-person and listener with a track record of successful access-building
  • Well-organized and able to work on multiple legislative and administrative proposals
  • At least 7 years of experience in advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition-building and/or campaign politics

Experience in a legislative office within Congress, a state legislature, or another organization is a plus but not required. 


Washington, DC


Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package.


To apply, fill out our online application. Please address your cover letter to Kate Canada, Hiring Director. 

U.S. PIRG  is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to getting things done. Visit for things you should know about our network when you apply.

U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer.


Washington, DC



Job category
Executive Director

Employment type
Full Time

7+ years

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package.

Start date
February 10, 2020

Apply by February 2, 2020