Public Policy & Research Assistant

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000
Maximum: $50,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



1310 L Street, NW
United States


Summary Description: This position provides administrative support and substantive federal and state policy, legal, and research support to the Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Research. 

Essential Duties:

·        Assists in responding to requests for information on our public policy, legal advocacy and research work.

·        Participates in and acts as a liaison for team projects and assists in assembling intra- and inter-departmental information on an as-needed basis.

·        Keeps up-to-date on policy issues, recent research, and legal cases by reading newspapers, magazines, professional journals, and other relevant sources.

·        In conjunction with other staff in the department, helps manage and track the organization’s participation in sign-on letters, endorsement of legislation, and legal cases supported by AAUW.

·        Assists SVP with drafting and editing AAUW material, including congressional letters, talking points, speaking remarks, factsheets, know your rights documents, voter education material, research reports, and legal case summaries.

·        Helps to write, research, and edit articles for AAUW publications, including Washington Update, In the Statehouse, and LAF Express.

·        Represents the SVP and AAUW at coalition, task forces, and other outside meetings.

·        Assists SVP with scheduling and coordination of internal and external meetings, including tracking and scheduling congressional hearings.

·        Performs basic clerical tasks, including word processing, copying, mailing, filing, organizing letters, and managing routine office business. 

·        Answers routine questions and route special inquiries on behalf of the SVP; uses initiative and judgment to see that matters requiring attention are referred to appropriate staff.

  • Assists in the preparation and maintenance of annual budgets for the department.

·        Reconciles SVP’s check requests and expense reports; assists with travel arrangements.

·        Assists SVP with accurate preparation of federal lobbying reports for department.

·        Be an active supporter and participant in a collegial and productive work environment.

  • Works as a member of the Public Policy & Research team to ensure AAUW’s goals.

·        Performs other related/comparable duties as required and assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

·        Bachelor’s degree required; paralegal experience a plus. 

·        At least two years’ related work experience.

·        Basic understanding of legislative and judicial processes and familiarity with government research databases.

·        Knowledge of employment, education, women’s rights, and civil rights issues.

·        Good organizational skills required; strong computer skills required, including Outlook, Excel, and Microsoft Office.

  • Familiarity with Quorum, CapWiz, Knowlegis, Salsa/COSM, StateNet, and/or other advocacy platforms is preferred.

·        Ability to organize work, follow through on projects, anticipate project needs, function independently as well as part of a team, and work effectively with volunteers.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and ability to analyze and synthesize information quickly and accurately.
  • Ability to demonstrate and establish professionalism with diverse audiences in person, over the phone, and in written communications. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Apply: Submit a résumé with cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications by email, indicating position title (Public Policy & Research Assistant) to