Common Sense Media
Washington, DC

Common Sense Media ( is the nation’s leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Netflix, Comcast, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 325,000 educators in over 100,000 schools across the country use our ratings, free curricula, and edtech training materials. Through our advocacy and policy platform, we work with policymakers, industry leaders, other grassroots organizations, the business sector, and communities of concerned parents and teachers to improve the lives of all children, in everything from media and technology to education and health. And our original research on media and technology issues is widely covered by major national media.

The advocacy and policy platform, Common Sense Kids Action, is committed to making kids America’s top priority. We drive public policy at the state and federal levels in four key areas that directly affect the opportunity for all children and families to succeed: a positive media and technology world, high-quality early childhood, 21st-century schools, and commonsense support for families.

The Common Sense Kids Action team is seeking a policy associate to contribute to the advancement of federal legislative efforts. Reporting to the vice president for federal policy, the policy associate will assist with research, writing, and advocacy tactics and will help with the development, implementation, and communication of the organization’s advocacy agenda. Resourceful, creative, and efficient, the ideal candidate is an excellent researcher and writer, passionate about advocacy, tech-savvy, and able to work collaboratively and independently and can multitask seamlessly.

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.


Legislative Research

Advance Common Sense Kids Action’s legislative efforts:

  • Identify and analyze selected federal legislation and administration policies that affect children.
  • Assist in development of policy and legislative proposals and priorities.
  • Research and write about issues related to kids.
  • Track and monitor legislation and policy issues.
  • Write legislative summaries for Common Sense Federal Legislative Ratings.

Communication and Public Relations

Build outreach material to activate external constituency:

  • Research and write blogs, policy briefs, memos, and other collateral materials to effectively communicate our position and message on a range of kid-related issues to help garner support and encourage our user base to act. Particular emphasis will be placed on early childhood, children’s health, digital citizenship and education, and family economic issues.
  • Draft and organize support materials, PowerPoint presentations, and talking points for meetings and speaking engagements.
  • Condense legislative issues into comprehensive briefs for public distribution.


Work on special projects and other duties as assigned. For example:

  • Help facilitate outreach to legislative staff and administration officials with relevant information (e.g., fact sheets, bill information and deadlines).
  • Represent the office at legislative, administration, and advocacy meetings or events.
  • Assist with the planning and execution of events and meetings as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one year’s experience with a legislative office (local, state, or federal), a nonprofit advocacy organization, or a political campaign (candidate or issue).
  • Experience with one or more relevant issue, such as early childhood, nutrition, health, paid family or sick leave, K–12 education, poverty and social mobility, and media and technology.
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, research, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines, multitask, prioritize, and adjust to fluctuating demands.


  • You are inspired by the Common Sense mission.
  • You follow politics and policy and understand the nuances as well as the big picture of complex issues.
  • You like to write and have written materials with a creative flair and a clear and strong voice.
  • You are organized, energetic, enthusiastic, disciplined, hardworking, and a team player.
  • You have a good sense of humor, even under pressure, and you are flexible and easygoing while remaining focused on results.


  • The chance to work with talented, passionate professionals on major issues.
  • The opportunity to hone your advocacy skills and interact with federal legislators, regulators, the business community, and other advocates.
  • Competitive HR benefits, including medical, dental, vision, a matching 401(k), paid sick days, and paid family and medical leave.
  • An organization that values a healthy work/life balance.
  • The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and families.



Job Posted: February 13, 2017