Congressional Fellow

  • U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
  • Washington, DC 20001, USA
Full time Government Research

Job Description

Under the direction of the Director of Congressional Affairs and Communications, the position will include duties split roughly 50/50 between Congressional Affairs and Research and Analysis.  Responsibilities include executing congressional outreach, development of outreach strategies, research and analysis of developments in the U.S.-China relationship, and research and analysis of legislation (both pending and enacted) relevant to the Commission’s mandate.  The work requires the ability to:
  1. Congressional Outreach
  • Support the Congressional Liaison in general outreach, ongoing efforts to engage key Member and committee staff, and disseminate Commission research to Congress.
  • Identify and work with the congressional staff of Members of Congress to provide Commission content and serve as a resource for them.
  • Support the development and implementation of strategies to engage Congressional staff and Members of committees key to the Commission’s research. These include, but are not limited to:
    • House and Senate Armed Services Committees; House Foreign Affairs Committee; Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; and House Ways and Means Committee.
  • Attend congressional hearings, briefings, and staff working groups; prepare memos on the substance of these events; identify potential engagement opportunities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
2. Legislation Analysis
  • Track developing and pending legislation related to the Commission’s mandate; identify opportunities to offer and provide Commission support or research content relevant to the legislation’s sponsors and cosponsors.
  • Support the development of relevant Commission research products by providing analysis on past or current legislation, interest of Members of Congress, and opportunities for engagement.
  • Conduct research on how to make Commission recommendations more “action ready” for the Committees of jurisdiction.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

3. Research and Analysis
  • As directed, research, monitor, analyze, and write about developments in the U.S.-China relationship.
  • Support the Director for Economics and Trade and the Director for Security and Foreign Affairs on research products prepared by their teams.
  • Support other substantive research to support Commission work in selected areas of interest and expertise (existing or developing) and serve as the Commission’s subject matter expert in those areas. 
  • Serve as a contributing author or co-author for staff analysis papers.
  • Work with a designated staff lead to support Co-Chairs, senior staff, and team members to organize and execute Commission hearings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  1. A minimum of 1 year experience working as a Congressional staff member in a position of substantial responsibility related to the Commission (National Security, Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. – China Relations, International Affairs and Institutions).
  2. Experience drafting, coordinating, or analyzing legislation.
  3. Expert knowledge of Congress, its structure, and operations.
  4. Prior research experience.
  5. Knowledge of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese strategic culture, and the major features of the U.S.-China relationship.
  6. Strong written and verbal communication skills, to include the ability to draft and edit reports, memoranda, and other official documents.
  7. Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-moving environment, setting and meeting deadlines, and adapting to new priorities.
  8. Ability to work independently and as part of a team with a strong attention to detail, excellent organization skills, and collegial demeanor.
  9. Bachelor’s degree or higher.
Submit a complete application package containing all of the below required documents in one PDF file via email to Incomplete application packages or information not received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date will not be considered. Note: Emails with attachments over 5 MB will not be received.

1. Cover letter, to include:
  1. Position title
  2. Vacancy number
  3. Brief statement outlining your interest in the Commission and this position
  4. Concise, point-by-point responses to all requirements and qualifications listed above  
  5. Your salary requirements and/or salary history
  6. Name and contact information for two professional references

2. Professional Resume
  1. Chronological work history (starting with the most recent position held), education (including degrees and dates attained), applicable publications, etc.
  2. Position-related training courses (title and year)
  3. Job-related skills (e.g., computer software, program and database programs, etc.)
  4. Job-related certificates and licenses
  5. Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.)

3. Current Writing Sample
The writing sample can be on any topic; writing and editing must be your own work and should not exceed 5 pages.