Deputy Director, Congressional Relations

09 Sep, 2019


Deputy Director, Congressional Relations

United States Institute of Peace
Washington, DC

Who We Are

Peace is our commitment. The United States Institute of Peace represents the American people’s shared values and commitment to peace around the world. We know that Peace is Security – it advances both U.S. and international security by preventing, managing and mitigating violent conflict.

We are an independent, non-partisan institution and are actively engaged with peacebuilding efforts around the world. Together we tackle the toughest problems and hold fast to the possibility of a more peaceful world. (To learn more about USIP programs and job openings, go to

If you have a passion for making the world a better place and want to have a front row seat to the world stage, USIP is the place for you.


The Deputy Director of Congressional Relations serves as the 2nd in-command on all matters pertaining to Institute activities and relations with the Congress. This position reports to the Director of Congressional Relations.


  • Serve as a point of contact for Members of Congress and congressional staff.
  • Analyze and recommend Institute action in its ongoing relationship with the Congress based on knowledge of current congressional issues and legislation.
  • Represent the Institute at congressional meetings, including those with Members of Congress, congressional committee staff, and other key congressional staff.
  • Generate interest in and serve as the point of contact for arranging for Institute experts as witnesses before congressional committees and caucuses.
  • Generate interest in and manage the Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue events series at USIP with outreach to Members of Congress and staff.
  • Manage monthly congressional staff briefing series with USIP experts on Capitol Hill.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field is required.
  • Minimum of twenty years of experience in a related field required.
  • Detailed knowledge of the U.S. Congress, legislative process, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of international relations, conflict analysis and resolution, and higher education fields is helpful.
  • Knowledge and skill to advise other staff at the Institute on issues involving the development or enhancement of the Institute’s congressional relations program.
  • Must have mastery of communication principles, methods, practices and techniques; analytical methods; and interpersonal relations practices; must have skill to apply this mastery in developing new methods in planning, integrating, and evaluating the congressional relations program with the Institute’s work
  • Must have excellent writing and communications skills.
  • Must have the ability to analyze legislation in order to identify areas of potential impact on Institute activities and potential congressional interest in Institute programs and activities.
  • Must have the ability to exercise considerable judgment in interpreting and adapting existing precedents as a foundation for executing congressional outreach that coordinates and integrates various aspects of the Institute’s mission.

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:

1. Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire and salary history.

2. Cover letter

3. Resume

For questions about this position please email Do not send resumes or attachments to this email address.

Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only.

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job posted: 2019-09-09