Government Relations/Legislative Associate

17 May, 2021


Government Relations/Legislative Associate

Smith Dawson & Andrews
Washington, DC

Smith Dawson & Andrews (SDA), a boutique government affairs and consulting firm specializing in transportation and infrastructure policy, is seeking a government relations professional. This position affords an opportunity to represent clients before the White House, Congress, and the federal government to help further clients’ policies and positions. Hill experience a plus.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Developing legislative strategies and providing strategic direction to achieve specific client goals;

• Conducting legislative and regulatory analysis, tracking legislation, and providing legislative recommendations to clients;

• Monitoring congressional hearings and markups and providing summaries to clients;

• Monitoring the congressional appropriations process, including drafting appropriations requests and report language that meet clients’ needs;

• Monitoring federal grant opportunities and assisting clients in garnering Congressional support for grant applications;

• Drafting legislation, amendments, and questions to be asked at congressional hearings that are relevant to client interests;

• Organizing advocacy trips to D.C. for clients, including scheduling meetings with key congressional, federal, and industry members;

• Drafting memos and letters on various topics relevant to client interests;

• Developing and maintain relationships with key congressional, federal, and industry members; and

• Working with coalitions and trade associations to build support for client goals.

Desired Skills

• Strong legislative drafting and analysis skills;

• Familiarity with legislative procedure in both chambers of Congress (especially the appropriations process);

• Ability to build relationships and advocate effectively in a variety of settings;

• Strong verbal presentation and writing skills;

• An understanding of how to grow relationships with Members of Congress and staff;

• Sound political judgment.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package. Occasional travel expected.

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Job posted: 2021-05-17