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Legislative Representative/Generalist

Legislative Representative/Generalist
Organization: AFL-CIO
Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 05/01/2024

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Advocacy Hub

The Advocacy Hub is responsible for advocating public policies at the federal, state, and local level, with a special focus on Congress and the Executive Branch. The Department covers a wide range of economic and social issues and works closely with other AFL-CIO Hubs/Resources and with our affiliates to identify key legislative and regulatory priorities.

Legislative Representative/Generalist

The Legislative Representative/Generalist is responsible for communicating to members of Congress and their staff the views of the AFL-CIO on these issues and works closely with other AFL-CIO departments, affiliates, and other allied organizations to formulate comprehensive legislative strategies on these issues. The Legislative Representative may also be called upon to participate in the AFL-CIO’s state and local government advocacy work.

The Legislative Representative works under the supervision of the Director of Advocacy and works in coordination with the respective program hubs.


Technical Skills:

  • Lobby congress on a wide range of economic and social issues, with a particular focus on pension security: both defined benefit and defined contribution plans, including monitoring of the PBGC, ERISA Advisory Group, and ESG-related legislation and rulemaking. Coordinate and guide affiliate lobbying, together with the AFL-CIO on issues of mutual interest in the above areas and, as needed, deliver testimony and make public speaking appearances.
  • Develop material on issues in forms appropriate for Washington lobbying as well as for grassroots lobbying, including AFL-CIO policy letters, fact sheets, and legislative updates.
  • Respond to requests for information and provide technical assistance as required to Congressional members and staff, the Administration and department/agency staff, affiliate union departments and members, the media, education institutions, national and local organizations and the general public.
  • Conduct briefings on issues for hill staff, assist Congressional members and staff in preparation for hearings and markups.
  • Analyze legislation and prepare written materials for use by Congressional members and their staff, the Administration and department/agency staff, and AFL-CIO staff as required.


  • Represent the AFL-CIO in a variety of public settings including at congressional hearings, conferences, meetings with Members of Congress and congressional staff, appropriate government agencies, educational institutions, and before other allied organizations.
  • Coordinate efforts with relevant AFL-CIO departments, affiliate unions and outside organizations at both the local and national level.


  • Keeps the director fully informed on a regular basis on issues affecting lobbying activities.
  • Prepares and submits regular and ad hoc reports on legislative activities as required.


  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • A bachelor’s degree with at least 5 – 7 years of lobbying experience at the national or local level, or 5 -7 years of experience on Capitol Hill.
  • Knowledge of the labor movement; actual experience working for a union is highly desirable.


  • Must be able to effectively articulate the AFL-CIO’s position on issues and be able to negotiate the resolution of differing points of view within the labor movement and on Capitol Hill.
  • Demonstrate effective ability to lead people and get along well with a wide variety of people.
  • Strong interpersonal skill, including experience in convening and managing working groups of affiliates, state and local central bodies and others involved in legislative activities.
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills, including demonstrating the ability to appear before large groups.
  • Proficiency in Internet-based research, word processing, and email programs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments.
  • Ability to work independently within the context of a plan.
  • Flexibility to travel as required in performance of duties.
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours when needed.

Starting salary: $114,357.55

Please include a cover letter

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