Competition Policy Advocate

24 Aug, 2023


Competition Policy Advocate

Public Citizen
Washington, D.C.

Public Citizen is a national, non-partisan, public interest group with more than 500,000 members and activists. The Congress Watch division conducts public education campaigns and advocates before the Congress and administrative agencies on issues like:  money in politics, open government, corporate accountability, financial regulation, public health and safety, tax and budget, competition, and access to justice.

Corporate concentration and anti-competitive practices are increasing income inequality, undermining our democracy, stagnating the economy, depressing workers’ bargaining power, widening the opportunity gap for Black and Brown Americans, and enabling the looting of consumers. A long-term concerted campaign by large corporations and ideologically driven theorists has degraded antitrust and competition law and enforcement agencies, so that they are too narrowly focused, too timid, and too indulgent of corporate claims about synergy and market efficiency. At a time when intense corporate concentration, severe wealth inequality, and the rise of Big Tech with its unique competitive challenges, the need for a far more robust antitrust enforcement and jurisprudence is clear. There is a growing sense among the public and policymakers that a new approach is needed. With that backdrop, there are moving legislative pieces with real momentum, agencies with progressive leadership, and real opportunities for Public Citizen to foster new approaches that will translate into concrete policy success.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: The Competition Policy Advocate will coordinate Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division’s work on competition policy, including developing and implementing our campaign strategy; running our coalition focused on fighting concentration of corporate power; expanding the network of allied organizations; developing advocacy positions and specific proposals; lobbying in Congress and at  agencies; developing technical and public education materials; and working with others at Public Citizen focused on technology, privacy policy, and other areas of overlap.

The position calls for someone who can marry policy expertise with strategic campaign acumen, and technical aptitude with public messaging. This position reports directly to the Executive Vice President and Congress Watch Managing Director.


  • Policy Development: Take a lead role in developing Public Citizen proposals and positions on competition issues– mixing big-picture reforms and narrow fixes, and public and private enforcement. We are keen to identify new approaches that will unleash more activity to rein in corporate concentration and a broader frame of reference for competition policy.
  • Lobbying:  Advocate against corporate concentration and for competition in Congress, administrative agencies, and select state legislatures.  Analyze and track bills throughout the legislative process.
  • Testify before Congress and administrative agencies.
  • Campaign Development: Plan advocacy campaigns aimed at winning meaningful change in Congress and the executive agencies, and potentially in states.
  • Outreach and Coalition work:  Cultivate and coordinate networks directed at building more robust competition policy, both generally and in specific sectors.
  • Collaboration: Work collaboratively within the Congress Watch team, as well as across the organization, including with the president and others fighting Big Tech, on policy, strategy and campaigns.
  • Public Education:  Serve as an organizational spokesperson on competition policy on panels, briefings and similar. Translate antitrust talk into the language of democracy, equality, fair competition and consumer rights, so the non-expert public understands both what is at stake and available solutions.
  • Media: Respond to media requests, and help develop media strategies in coordination with our communications team and the Congress Watch team. Author blogs, op-eds, editorial backgrounders, and assist with press releases and news advisories.
  • Research and write white papers, reports, fact sheets, letters, law review articles, legal and policy memorandum, testimony, and comments on proposed rules.
  • Organization building:  Assist in writing grant proposals and reports.  Establish relationships with foundation officers and individual donors.
  • Other duties as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS: J.D. or higher level degree, expertise in anti-trust and competition policy, and five to ten years of experience with legislative advocacy, litigation, or Congressional staff experience preferred. Outstanding analytical thinking, political judgment, and oral and written communication skills. Ability to learn new, often complex, material quickly and to execute planned strategy while responding to unexpected developments. Strong drives to self-start and self-finish. Collaborative spirit, high energy, leadership capacity, initiative, and enthusiasm, as well as a passion for public interest work, and a willingness to work long hours when necessary

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Competitive salary and generous benefit package. Below is a list of some of our benefits (please note that some benefits have eligibility requirements).

Salary range: $74,368–$123,360

Benefits include:

  • Great medical and dental coverage, 100% paid by PC, including full coverage for children
  • Three weeks paid vacation for new employees, plus five personal days
  • 401K plan with a 5% contribution from PC after one year of employment
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave after one year of employment
  • Sabbatical after 10 years of employment
  • Student loan reimbursement program

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to Susan Harley at Please include your last name and the position for which you are applying in the subject line of your email and in the filenames of attachments.

Job posted: 2023-08-24