The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a national 501(c)(3) higher education membership based not-for-profit association dedicated to the advancement of graduate education and research, is seeking a Public Policy and Government Affairs Assistant. This individual provides key support to the Public Policy and Government Affairs department. The Assistant is responsible for the logistical aspects of communications and the preparation of policy/advocacy materials used by CGS staff and members. This Assistant role responds to both internal and external stakeholders, and therefore must be both engaging and flexible. Supporting the planning and execution of CGS’s Advocacy Hill Day is a major component of the Assistant’s responsibilities.
Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
Assists in monitoring federal policies (legislative, regulatory, and judicial) that align with CGS’s Federal Policy Agenda.
Assists in summarizing publications such as reports and white papers from policy think-tank organizations and federal entities.
Tracks and reports political activity impacting the federal policy environment, such as congressional election outcomes and federal appointments.
Prepares background memos for meetings with congressional offices and other external stakeholders.
Attends coalition meetings with the Vice President, as appropriate.
Membership Engagement and Resource Development
Procures and drafts legislative and regulatory content for weekly newsletter.
Coordinates with the Vice President and Manager to plan, organize, and execute CGS’s Advocacy Hill Day, including scheduling meetings with congressional offices, printing and collating materials/handouts, and setting up event space/handling A/V needs.
Schedules quarterly calls, sends out call reminders, and takes minutes for CGS’s Advisory Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy (ACAPP).
Assists with updating CGS legislative/policy briefs and State Snapshots.
Assists in scheduling intradepartmental meetings and meetings with external stakeholders.
Responsible for printing and collating materials for meetings.
Manages contact listservs for the ACAPP, Advocacy Ambassadors Network, and Graduate Government Relations Network.
Manages congressional staff contacts and imports notes from Hill meetings.
Updates content on the CGS public policy and government affairs webpages.
Tracks department activity and creates dashboards for internal use.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in political science, public policy, or public affairs.
Basic understanding of legislative, congressional, and regulatory processes and procedures.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word and Excel.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Has excellent customer service skills and is responsive to CGS’s membership and staff.
Demonstrates ability to complete projects with a strong sense of time-management and able to meet deadlines.
Strong ability to multi-task and process feedback in a swift manner.
Operates well in a team-based setting and thrives in a collaborative environment.
Takes initiative to anticipate department needs and is proactive in keeping colleagues apprised.
For full consideration, you should submit a resume complete with writing sample: to email@example.com Resumes or CV’s will be accepted on a continuous basis until the position is filled by a qualified applicant. Selected applicants will be invited to the next phase of the screening, which will be a telephone interview format.
Informational Interviews: For questions about the position, you may request an informational interview with the Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In requesting informational interviews, please DO NOT send your resume or any other application materials.
CGS offers competitive compensation based on relevant experience and educational background. An excellent fringe benefits package is provided to all successful applicants. At present, no opportunities exist for remote work or flexible hours due to the size of the organization. CGS strives for and highly values diversity and inclusion in its workforce.
EOE / AA. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.
About Council of Graduate Schools
For more than five decades, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has been the national voice for the graduate dean community. CGS is the only national organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to the advancement of graduate education and research.
CGS accomplishes its mission through advocacy in the policy arena, innovative research, and the development and dissemination of best practices. CGS also acts as a convening authority, organizing major events that bring together graduate deans and other stakeholders to discuss and take action on a broad range of issues affecting graduate education today.