U.S. PIRG is seeking a Federal Legislative Director to promote our federal policy agenda and lead our DC-based advocacy team.

U.S. PIRG’s mission is to champion the public interest—to raise our voices on behalf of the public when decisions are being made that affect our health, our safety and our rights as consumers and citizens. The problems we address aren’t progressive or conservative, they’re just problems that our country shouldn’t tolerate in an age of great abundance and technological progress. And these problems affect all of us, whether we live in a blue state, red state or purple state. To solve them, we need to find common ground around commonsense ideas.

Over the past 45 years, U.S.PIRG’s coordinated approach has won hundreds of victories. Working with State PIRGs in 26 states and 20 field offices around the country, U.S. PIRG’s federal legislative team has resources far beyond the confines of the beltway. We’ve successfully advocated for changes that have resulted in more recycling and less waste, healthier and safer choices in the marketplace, and greater accountability in government. We have a 45-plus year track record of figuring out solutions that will work and advocating for them until we get results.


-Develop and advance our federal policy agenda including work on consumer protections, banning single-use plastics and calling for a more urgent, more strategic and better-coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis.

-Lead our DC-based team of advocates and campaign staff to advance our policy goals.

-Seek out and identify policy opportunities related to our issue portfolio and make recommendations regarding policy positions and messaging.

-Develop strong and collaborative relationships with federal agencies, partner organizations, coalitions, legislators and congressional staff on both sides of the aisle, and other stakeholders to advance shared goals.

-Draft materials for lawmakers, the public, and the media to help advance our campaigns, including opinion editorials, press releases, letters to the editor, action campaign emails, factsheets, bill summaries and policy briefs, regulatory comments, analyses, and presentations.

-Fundraise from charitable foundations and individual donors to support our program.


The ideal candidate will be:

-An experienced communicator with excellent writing and verbal skills.

-Creative, effective at solving complex problems, and a strategic thinker who can take advantage of new opportunities.

-A good people-person and listener with a track record of successful access-building.

-Well-organized and able to work on multiple legislative and administrative proposals, have excellent judgement and discretion and be able to manage multiple projects independently.

-Experienced in campaign advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition building and or campaign politics for at least 5 years.

-Experience in a legislative office within Congress, a state legislature, or another organization is a plus but not required.


Washington, DC. For the foreseeable future, all of our staff are working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package.


To apply, fill out our online application at https://jobs.uspirg.org/apply_282.html?utm_source=Chesapeake-Network&utm_medium=web-ad&utm_campaign=USPfall2020&utm_term=282&utm_content=Legislative-Director-for-National-Nonprofit

U.S. PIRG is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Visit https://publicinterestnetwork.org/core-values.html?utm_source=Chesapeake-Network&utm_medium=web-ad&utm_campaign=USPfall2020&utm_term=282&utm_content=Legislative-Director-for-National-Nonprofit for things you should know about our network when you apply.. Please address your cover letter to Kate Canada, Hiring Director.

U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer.