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37LAAW Bulletin - October 9, 2009

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  • Eric Garduno
    Oct 9, 2009
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      LAAW Bulletin - October 9, 2009

      1. LatCrit Conference - Congratulations to Tony Varona and Maryam Ahranjani
      2. Dinner with Kim McLane Wardlaw, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
      3. Vote for Omar Vargas for Líder of the Year
      4. Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library of Congress
      5. House Jobs
      6. Senate Jobs
      7. Off the Hill Jobs


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      1. Congratulations to Professor Tony Varona for organizing a very successful Latino & Latina Critical Legal Theory (LatCrit) Conference on October 1-4, 2009, which was hosted by WCL. Also congratulations to our own Professor Maryam Ahranjani for a well received presentation on a paper she is working on that highlights LAAW's formation and the transformative effects of mentoring.

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      2. Dinner with Kim McLane Wardlaw, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

      Dean Claudio Grossman, the Program on Law and Government And the Office of Development and Alumni Relations Invite You to a Dinner in Honor of Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday, October 22, 2009, starting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 600 at WCL (4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW). Judge Wardlaw is the second Jurist-in-Residence at WCL, visiting with students, lecturing in classes and to the faculty and judging the Wechsler First Amendment MootCourt. Judge Wardlaw has had a distinguished career on the bench, serving as a U.S. District Court Judge in Los Angeles for two-and-a-half years before being elevated in 1998 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a graduate of UCLA Law School and practiced law in Los Angeles for 15 years before going on the bench. In the spring 2009, she was mentioned as a serious contender for the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice David Souter. Kindly RSVP to Patt Harvey at paharvey@... or 202-274-4053 by October 20.

      WCL has specifically requested that LAAW members (that's you if you are getting this message!) Mmake an effort to attend.

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      3. Vote for Omar Vargas for Líder of the Year

      Our fellow LAAW member Omar Vargas has been nominated to be "Líder of the Year," a grant program established by MillerCoor to honor the importance of leadership in the Hispanic community and to provide valuable resources to help members of the community with the challenges of today's economic climate. If he wins, he will receive a $25,000 grant to help the Deauville Relief Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of a fire that decimated a building in Washington, DC last year. The Fund seeks to help former resident-victims of the Deauville Building fire, nearly all Latino families, with help as they recover and resettle. Please go to http://www.facebook.com/l/1a3f6;www.MillerCoorsLideres.com to vote for Omar.

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      4. Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library of Congress

      Arizona Congressman to Deliver Closing Keynote Address for Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library of Congress

      In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) will deliver the closing keynote address on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library of Congress' James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. A small reception will follow.

      The theme of this year's celebration, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, is "Embracing the Fierce Urgency of Now!"

      A special display from the Library's collections highlighting the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the nation is on view in the Madison Building foyer through October 15, 2009. The Library launched an online resource page which highlights the collections on Hispanic Americans, their contributions and accomplishments. The site can be accessed via www.loc.gov/topics/hispanicheritage.

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      House Jobs
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      Legislative Assistant - Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, is seeking to hire a Legislative Assistant to handle health care issues, as well as social security, budget, and tax issues. Capitol Hill experience and a background in health care issues are essential. Candidates must have strong writing and communications skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Please send cover letter and resume to matt.mandel@... with "Legislative Position" in the subject line.

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      Senior Democrat/subcommittee chair seeks Chief of Staff. The position serves as the Member's chief policy advisor and manages D.C. personnel and office finances. He/she supervises a D.C. staff of nine, interacts closely with the subcommittee staff and coordinates with a district office staff of seven. Position requires excellent management skills, ability to delegate and the capacity to keep track of and follow-up on dozens of tasks. Ability to manage busy staff to ensure a smooth running office is critical. Prefer a candidate who has been a Chief of Staff or Legislative Director for a Member of Congress or a senior aide to a U.S. Senator. Candidate must be willing to work long hours and in pressure situations. Submit resume and salary history in confidence to CACOScaphill@...

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      Highly organized, active democratic office is seeking a Legislative Director. We can offer you an excellent work environment with a Member of Congress who is smart and hard working but doesn't micro-manage. Our leg staff is of the highest quality. Our LA's are experts in their fields and our we employ two LC's so that the LD doesn't have to spend copious amounts of time on mail. Our ideal candidate is a current LD who is looking to make a move but we would consider other backgrounds as well. The Chief in our office does not come from a policy/legislative background and is not looking to manage the members' legislative priorities. We are looking for someone with vision, passion, organization and a desire to commit to an office and member that is bound for great places. We are willing to offer an excellent salary for the right person. You can be sure that this is one of the best members and offices on the hill. Please send resume to legdirsearch@...

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      For Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin [D-SD] -- Moderate Midwestern Democrat, and member of the Natural Resources Committee, seeks an experienced Legislative Assistant to handle broad Native American issue portfolio. The position requires exceptional writing and organizational skills, knowledge of the legislative process including committee work, and experience with a range of issues important in Indian Country. Familiarity with South Dakota and/or Upper Great Plains tribes is preferred. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter (in body of email) and resume (attached) to hersethsandlinjob@.... No phone calls or drop-bys, please.

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      For Rep. Baron Hill [D-IN] -- Midwest House Democrat and member of the Blue Dog Coalition seeks highly-motivated Legislative Director to manage large legislative portfolio that includes issues coming before the House Energy & Commerce and Science & Technology Committees. Applicant must be an outgoing, inclusive team player with a sense of humor and an ability to focus heavily on managing district-specific legislative initiatives while balancing committee responsibilities. Three to five years of Hill experience required, and Midwest ties are a plus. Please e-mail resume and cover letter to Legdirector.Opening@... by Monday, October 5 at 5:30 p.m. No calls or drop-ins please.

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      LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT — Democratic Armed Services Committee member is seeking a legislative assistant to handle committee work. Candidates should have significant Hill experience, excellent written and oral communication skills. Preference is for candidates with military service. Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to MLAopening2009@....

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      LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT — Hardworking California Democrat on Rules and Energy and Commerce committees seeks a legislative assistant. Legislative portfolio to include: Immigration, Intelligence, Judiciary, Education, Homeland Security, Science, and various Appropriations. Individual will also be responsible for assisting the congresswoman with various caucuses and with Rules Committee work. Individual should have prior legislative Hill experience, be detail oriented, have a strong work ethic, good sense of humor and be able to work quickly under tight deadlines. Please e-mail your resume to cademjob@.... No telephone calls or drop bys, please.

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      Legislative Assistant – The office of Congressman Jeff Fortenberry seeks an experienced Legislative Assistant to handle banking, tax, and economic issues. Primary responsibilities include drafting and researching legislation, drafting correspondence to constituents, and meeting with constituent groups. Strong writing and analytical skills are a must. Advanced degree and prior professional experience are preferred. Nebraska ties are a plus. Please e-mail resumes to NE01@.... NO calls, faxes, or drop-ins please.

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      Military Legislative Assistant – Conservative eastern Member of House Armed Services Committee is seeking a Military Legislative Assistant for Washington, DC office. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, advising the Member on all issues related to the House Armed Services Committee, advising the Member on other legislative issues as assigned, formulating legislative proposals, interacting with the Pentagon and other federal agencies, and building coalitions with outside groups and other members of HASC. Applicants must have excellent writing and interpersonal skills, a thorough understanding of legislative policy, and several years of Hill experience. Military experience is a plus but not required. Please email a cover letter and resume to GOPJOB@.... No calls, faxes, or drop ins please.


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      Senate Jobs
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      092303 - LEGAL FELLOW - Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight (Democratic staff) seeks law student or recent graduate to help staff with investigations, research, hearings, and administrative tasks. Fellowship is unpaid. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to senate_employment@... indicating job referral number in the subject line.

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      092301 - LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR - Moderate Western Democratic Senator seeks Legislative Director. Ideal candidate will have Senate expertise and several years of policy or political experience. Legislative Director will lead dynamic team of 15 staffers. Applicants must be consummate team players who thrive in an environment where multiple senior staffers work with Senator to craft policy. Ideal applicant will be a creative thinker who aggressively pushes for policy victories, a top-notch writer and editor, and a detail-oriented manager who stays dedicated to task. Legislative Director must interact routinely with other senior managers, including Chief of Staff and senior policy advisor, to help implement Senator's full agenda. Sense of humor a big plus! Competitive salary and benefits. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to senate_employment@... indicating job referral number in the subject line.

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      091504 - PUBLICATIONS EDITOR-WRITER - Senate Select Committee on Ethics seeks experienced, non-partisan professional to revise the Senate Ethics Manual and work collaboratively to produce educational and training materials in printed and electronic formats. Candidates must possess a Master?s degree in English, communications or journalism or a law degree and bar admission; at least three years of progressively responsible professional experience writing and editing instructional manuals or handbooks or experience drafting educational materials for publication; and exceptional written and oral communication skills. Capitol Hill experience is desirable but not required. Salary commensurate with experience. Fax resume to (202) 224-7416 or email mailbox_office@....

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      091503 - CASEWORKER - Senior Republican Senator seeks a highly motivated, seasoned, well-organized Caseworker for position in Washington, DC. This is not an entry level position and extensive Capitol Hill casework experience is required. The candidate must be able to initiate and implement multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced office atmosphere. The candidate must have strong communication and writing skills. Please submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to senate_employment@... indicating job referral number in the subject line.

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      090902 - LEGAL FELLOW - Senior Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee seeks one law student to work with the Judiciary Committee staff for the fall semester. Responsibilities include: helping staff investigate judicial nominees; researching a variety of Judiciary Committee issues including crime, constitutional law, telecommunications, privacy, and antitrust; preparing for hearings and other Senate and Committee business; assisting with administrative tasks; and answering constituent inquiries. A minimum of ten hours per week preferred. Fellowship is unpaid. Please submit cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to senate_employment@... indicating job referral number in the subject line.

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      090404 - CRIME/NARCOTICS COUNSEL/LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT - Senior Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee seeks a Counsel or Legislative Assistant to handle crime and/or narcotics issues. Successful candidate should have excellent written and oral communications skills and the demonstrated ability to thrive in a high-pressure, results-oriented environment. At least two years of prior Hill experience preferred; Senate or Committee experience is a plus. Please no recent graduates. Salary commensurate with experience. Please e-mail cover letter and resume for consideration to jud.dem.senate@....

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      082001 - LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT - Moderate Democratic Senator seeks experienced Legislative Assistant to support work on the Senate Commerce Committee. Issues include telecommunications, consumer protection, small business, insurance, and privacy. Relevant Hill, academic, and professional experienced required. Legal background preferred. Please send cover letter and resume to frstaffer@.... No phone calls.

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      072901 - LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT - Democratic Senator seeks Legislative Assistant to handle transportation, infrastructure, homeland security and labor issues. Applicants should have experience with the appropriations process, particularly with respect to transportation. Qualified candidates will have experience and familiarity with transportation policies, regulations and funding mechanisms. Experience working on a surface transportation authorization bill is a plus. Successful applicants must be clear and concise writers and possess the ability to analyze legislative policies independently in a fast-paced environment. Salary commensurate with experience. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to senate_employment@... indicating job referral number in the subject line.

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      071303 - HEALTH LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT - Democratic Senator on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee seeks a senior Legislative Assistant to handle health, aging, and Social Security. Applicants should have direct expertise in current health care issues including health reform, Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, mental health, prescription drugs, children?s health, and appropriations. At least three years of Hill experience is required and experience working on or with the Senate or House Health Committees and/or with the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee is strongly preferred as are Rhode Island ties. Qualified candidates will also have strong writing, analytical, negotiation, and organizational skills; the ability to perform well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks; and sound political judgment. The Legislative Assistant will be expected to handle relevant committee work and related constituent matters. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to senateposition@.... No phone calls please.

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      070804 - DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PLANNING - Senate Committee (Majority) seeks Director of Strategic Planning to work on a variety of budget issues. Applicants should have experience with budget issues and strong networking skills. The candidate should have the ability to meet tight deadlines, have excellent written and oral communications skills and initiative and be ready to step in and handle projects at a moment?s notice. Press experience a plus, Budget or Hill experience preferred. Send resumes to Senate_Employment@... or fax to 202 228-2007.

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      070201 - FALL LAW CLERKS - Senior Democratic Senator is seeking candidates for unpaid, full- or part-time fall law clerkships in Senate Judiciary office. Judiciary staff advises the Senator in areas related to terrorism, criminal and civil law, civil rights, privacy, intellectual property, and immigration, as well as judicial nominations. Law clerks assist staff with legislative and oversight responsibilities and engage in a range of activities, including, but not limited to, attending hearings, conducting legal research, and drafting briefing memos for the Senator. Some general office support is also required. Clerkship is for law students only. Ideal candidates are 2L or 3L law students interested in government and public interest law, learning about the legislative process, have excellent writing and research skills, and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Strong written and oral communication skills and a good sense of humor are musts. Please e-mail resume, cover letter including availability, and a short legal writing sample for consideration to jud.law.clerk@....

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      051503 - PROFESSIONAL STAFF MEMBER - Majority staff of Senate Subcommittee seeks experienced person to handle pension and retirement security issues. Responsibilities will include implementing a comprehensive legislative and oversight agenda. Must have substantial experience related to the issue areas, work well under pressure, and have strong writing, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Capitol Hill experience and an advanced degree preferred. Equal opportunity employer. To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to senate_employment@... indicating job referral number in the subject line.

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      031001 - TRADE SPECIALIST/PROFESSIONAL STAFF - Senior Member of the Senate Finance Committee seeks experienced counsel or professional staffer to serve as Staff Director of Trade Subcommittee, and to staff other personal office issues yet to be determined. Responsibilities include conducting oversight and investigation of trade and competitiveness issues, as well as developing, drafting and promoting legislation. Successful candidates will have extensive experience in the field, and significant Congressional experience a strong plus. Excellent opportunities for professional growth. Equal opportunity employer. No telephone inquiries. Send resume and cover letter to TDPosition@....

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      013010 - INVESTIGATIVE COUNSEL/INVESTIGATIVE STAFF - Seeking experienced attorneys or otherwise qualified professionals to work on the bipartisan Congressional Oversight Panel created by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to oversee the implementation of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). Familiarity with financial services regulation, the mortgage crisis, and the financial crisis is required. Investigative counsel and staff will work with a team of attorneys and in conjunction with finance experts and economists to investigate all aspects of the U.S. Department of Treasury's TARP activities, including the use of TARP funds, the impact of TARP on financial institutions and markets, the transparency and fairness of the Treasury Department's administration of TARP, and the effectiveness of foreclosure mitigation efforts. Job responsibilities will include preparing for hearings on TARP operations, staffing Panel members, reviewing administrative agency information, conducting interviews with agency personnel, consultation with policy experts, and preparation of reports. Please email cover letter and resume to oversightpanel@....

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      013009 - POLICY ADVISOR - Seeking experienced policy analysts to work on the bipartisan Congressional Oversight Panel (COP) created by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to: 1) oversee the implementation of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) and 2) make recommendations on regulatory reform to the next Congress and Administration. Experience in the fields of economics, finance and banking, financial services regulation, consumer protection, or housing policy is necessary. Job responsibilities will include research, analysis of Working Group policy papers, preparation of briefing materials for Panel Members, drafting report language, and offering substantive recommendations on regulatory reform to Panel members. Please email cover letter and resume to oversightpanel@....

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      013001 - LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT - Moderate Democrat seeks highly qualified staffer to cover primarily financial services and housing issues. The Senator plans to be very active on these issues. Candidates should be highly motivated, experienced, with excellent written and oral communication skills. Send resume to bankingstaffer@....

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      Off the Hill Jobs
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      Jeffrey J. Kimbell &Associates, a life science government affairs firm is seeking a Manager of Government Affairs. Kimbell & Associates was founded in 1998 and has since grown to include four full-time lobbyists and/or policy experts in the fields of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biodefense, and biotechnology. The firm's expertise focuses on the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. federal government and specializes in providing strategic solutions to a select group of healthcare sector clients seeking creation, modification, or proper implementation of public law. The firm currently retains 14 hand-selected clients, all active in the life sciences space.

      Responsibilities
      – Researching, analyzing, and reporting on congressional and legislative activities
      – Writing briefs on congressional hearings for vice presidents and clients
      – Researching and authoring political reports as it relates to the firm's clients
      – Monitor activities and represent firm and clients at relevant trade association events
      – Draft government affairs due diligence reports for clients
      – Prepare written background materials and speaking points for client meetings and presentations
      – Assemble profiles of congressional and administrative officials
      – Assist with day-to-day operation of the firm
      – File lobbying reports with Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate

      Background / Skills

      – Bachelor's Degree required
      – 2-5 years of experience, which could include recent Hill experience and knowledge and/or experience working with federal departments and agencies

      – Excellent written and oral communication skills
      – Strong leadership, problem-solving, and strategic thinking skills
      – Rigorous work ethic
      – Superior attention to detail and follow-up
      – Understanding of pharmaceutical/medical device and other health care issues strongly preferred
      – Experience with House and Senate ethics rules preferred
      – Expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint necessary

      Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and salary history to Ian Weston via iweston@.... Salary $60,000 - $90,000.

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      Assistant Vice President Position - Venn Strategies, a nationally recognized, independent public affairs and government relations firm, is seeking an advocacy professional to support a substantial client portfolio. Candidates should be familiar with key economic policy issues/players. Prior experience working with clients and/or coalitions in a legislative advocacy and/or public affairs capability is required. Experience on Capitol Hill or in the Administration a plus. Must be highly client-oriented, an excellent communicator, comfortable handling multiple tasks in a fast-moving environment, a team player with a strong work ethic, and a level of comfort working across interest groups and political ideological aisles. Salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits. Resumes with cover letter and writing sample should be sent to jobs@...

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      Government relations office involved in the hottest topics on the Hill needs a Temporary to Hire Legislative Assistant to support three busy lobbyists; some with international concerns, some with environmental issues. Position will be managing their ever-changing schedules, travel plans to include international travel arrangements, meeting prep, briefing books, executive visits, expense reports, and so much more. The position requires an individual who is highly organized, self-motivated, flexible, and proactive. Candidate must have four years of administrative experience plus excellent communication skills. $50K when hired but must be able to start as a temporary; hourly to $15 per hour. Please send resumes to Clare.Edwards@... or call Clare Edwards at 202-466-8850, refer to job #10853174.

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      DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC POLICY - National Industries for the Blind, Alexandria, VA

      Incorporated as a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) enhances the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. NIB operates under the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Act, a mandatory federal purchasing program, enabling people who are blind to work and provide products and services to federal and commercial customers. By harnessing the demand and purchasing power of the federal government, NIB and its associated agencies supply federal markets with a selection of more than 3,000 quality products and services under the trade name SKILCRAFT®— manufactured and provided by people who are blind at more than 80 associated agencies, across the nation. Currently, NIB is searching for a Director, Public Policy. This position will be the owner of NIB's strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting federal procurement and disability employment. The person will provide leadership in cultivating understanding and support for NIB and the AbilityOne Program from Congress, Federal Executive Branch Agencies, Consumer and/or other organization also concerned with procurement and/or disability employment policy. This position directly supervises the Public Policy Administrative Assistant and will supervise a future Government Relations Specialist.

      CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

      Lead and manage the development, implementation, and execution of annual plan for Public Policy including managing the departmental budget and supervising a team of two staff.

      Direct the training and development of the Public Policy team to improve project management capabilities and aid professional development.

      Manage the day-to-day activities of NIB's government relations consulting firm.

      Oversee the daily monitoring via electronic data base search service of introduced and tracked legislation, selected Congressional Committees and Subcommittees. The Congressional Record, Federal Register and news articles.

      Monitor and influence relevant evolving public policy by participating in and articulating NIB's positions at meetings, conferences and Task Forces and analyzing communications of other organizations, related disability associations and government agencies.

      Develop a grassroots plan and coordinate activities of NIB associated nonprofit agencies in their local communities.

      Provide staff support for the Government Relations Committee of the NIB Board of Directors and for the Rehabilitation and Public Policy Committee of the National Association for Employment of People who are Blind (NAEPB).

      Oversee collaboration with NISH to select and honor Congressional AbilityOne Champions.

      Serve as a pro-active information resource for staff of NIB and associated nonprofit agencies on current issues and developments in the federal procurement and disability employment arenas.

      Write position papers, legislative alerts and periodic updates for approval of the Vice- President, External Affairs and Public Policy and dissemination according to organization procedures.
      Educate selected Members of Congress and their staffs on the JWOD Act and AbilityOne Program and NIB accomplishments and/or concerns.

      Prepare semi-monthly reports for the Vice-President of External Affairs and Public Policy and quarterly summaries for the NIB Leadership Team.

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      Bachelor's degree in Political Science or related discipline. Minimum of seven years (7) of directly related experience in a nonprofit or government environment. Prior Capitol Hill office experience is a strong plus. A plus: any familiarity with federal procurement policy, disability employment policy, understanding of the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act and AbilityOne Program and issues, and organizations in the blindness and broader disability communities. Experience in working with coalitions preferred. Ability to travel up to 20% to visit associated agencies.

      COMPENSATION:

      $110,000 base salary + excellent benefit plan including major medical, dental, life, short and long term disability, 11% contribution to pension plan after 1 year of employment, 403b, flexible work schedule for some positions, metro access, discounted parking, workout facility access, a generous vacation/sick plan and the best group of individuals to work with.

      FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION:

      This is an exclusive, retained search. Email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Shira Harrington, Director, Professional Search, Positions Inc. at sharrington@.... If possible, please utilize email rather than voicemail when applying. NIB is an equal opportunity employer. Those who are blind are strongly encouraged to apply.

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      http://mayor.lacity.org/MeettheMayor/JobswiththeMayor/index.htm
      COUNSEL TO THE MAYOR

      The Counsel to the Mayor is the top legal advisor to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and chief ethics compliance officer for the Mayor's Office. The Counsel provides legal and policy advice to the Office of the Mayor regarding ethics compliance, conflicts of interest, litigation, claims, labor relations, executive employment, risk management, legislation, elections, and various other matters. The Counsel oversees a small team of lawyers and other policy experts in providing these and related services to the Mayor and his senior staff.

      The Counsel is one of four members of the Mayor's Executive Team and, as such, participates in high-level discussion and oversight of all Mayor's Office activities, including the supervision
      of all general managers and commissions, City Council relations, and all internal operational and external relational services of the City. The Counsel is also a member of the Mayor's senior staff, including the Executive Team, Deputy Mayors, and Senior Advisors. The Counsel also serves as the Mayor's designee on the three-member City Claims Board, which reviews all proposed litigation compromises over $50,000. The Counsel and legal team are responsible for oversight of the City Clerk's Office and City Personnel departments. This includes certain budgetary and policy matters and review of citywide hiring, transfer, and promotional practices. The Counsel is also responsible for providing the liaison between the Mayor's Office and the City Attorney's Office, City Ethics Commission, and City Employee Relations Board. The Counsel is the Mayor's lead City union liaison and labor negotiator, in coordination with the CAO Employee Relations Division, and serves as staff to the Mayor in his role as Chair of the City Executive Employee Relations Committee. The Counsel and team also oversee the Mayor's Office internship program and other human resources issues related to the Mayor's Office staff and all City general managers. The Counsel's office also currently oversees and directs the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs. The Counsel must maintain a close working relationship with the Chief of Staff, Deputy Chiefs of Staff, and Deputy Mayors in order to provide legal advice and counsel when needed in reviewing policy matters. The Counsel's team oversees responses to all Public Records Act requests submitted to the Mayor's Office. The Counsel and team review all City Council actions and make recommendations for mayoral action (veto, signature, return without signature) in the areas of litigation settlements, ordinance enactments, charter reforms and other voter measures, outside counsel contracts, federal/state legislative positions, and relevant expenditures or fund transfers. The Counsel and team review contracts within Mayor's Office and various related City department-initiated contracts. The Counsel drafts or reviews and approves all mayoral Executive Directives, and Counsel and team are responsible for monitoring compliance with various directives. The Counsel reviews and approves mayoral correspondence in areas related to responsibilities. The Counsel also oversees mayoral initiatives in the areas of labor, ethics, civil rights, immigration, and criminal and civil law reform. The ideal candidate for this position must be an active member of the California State bar, and should have significant civil litigation and legal counseling experience, executive leadership experience, superior communications and interpersonal skills, bringing energy and enthusiasm to this important work. Public service is a noble calling, and the singular importance of ethics in this work is a deeply held value of Mayor Villaraigosa. This value must be shared and exhibited by all who work for his administration. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume to Robin M. Kramer, Chief of Staff at mayor.resumesubmission@....

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      Education Policy Director

      Mayor Villaraigosa is committed to improving educational quality for the children of Los Angeles, and is seeking a wise, dynamic, consensus-building leader to accelerate these efforts.
      The Education Policy Director will oversee, coordinate and drive the Mayor's education policy agenda.

      Specifically, the Director will:
      o Further develop and oversee implementation of the Mayor's education policy initiatives;
      o Analyze and evaluate education policy proposals from partners and others;
      o Coordinate outreach and collaborative efforts with external stakeholders and partners, including institutions of higher education, education reform organizations, parent groups, charter and charter management operators, school-related labor organizations, and philanthropic groups;
      o Work closely with the LAUSD Board and Superintendent Cortines to ensure seamless coordination of city and LAUSD programs;o Monitor education legislation and funding opportunities on the Federal, State, and County level;
      o Coordinate education work with leaders of multiple divisions of the Mayor's team, including Education, Youth and Families, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, Communications, and Office of Strategic Partnerships, among others.

      Qualifications:
      Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years of leadership experience in the field of education, as well as significant expertise in urban education policy development. The director will be committed to Mayor Villaraigosa's agenda and strategies for public education transformation, believe deeply that all children can learn, and have strong working knowledge of data-driven systems to support teaching, learning and accountability. Familiarity with and relationships in the
      Los Angeles education arena - particularly LAUSD - is preferred, as is a working knowledge of California Education Code and related regulations. The Education Policy Director must be a leader, creative problem solver, able to multi-task and cultivate relationships throughout the full spectrum of the education community. The director will work closely with a talented interdisciplinary team.

      The importance of public service is a noble calling and the signature importance of ethics in this work are deeply held values of Mayor Villaraigosa. These values must be shared and exhibited by all who work for his administration. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest and resume to Robin M. Kramer, Chief of Staff, and submit to: mayor.resumesubmission@...

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      Education Policy Director

      Communications Department - Director of Speechwriting


      The Office of Communications operates in a fast pace, high energy environment serving a dynamic mayor who has set a bold agenda around reforming public schools, investing in the green economy and building a first rate transportation system in Los Angeles. If you are interested in applying for the position, please send your resume and cover letter to mayor.press@....

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      AAOS is looking for a Manager of State Legislative Affairs for our Washington, D.C. office. Below is the job description. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of relevant experience in state and federal government and/or private sector advocacy, including negotiating legislative compromises. Please send all resumes to Alanna Porter at porter@....

      *Job Description*

      Develops and directs a comprehensive and coordinated State legislative and regulatory affairs program for all fifty States. Engages in direct lobbying and develops policy materials on specific issues at the state level. Works with AAOS federal lobbyists to develop and implement dual track campaigns on various policy issues including in-office imaging and scope of practice policy. Assists state orthopaedic societies and their lobbyists in addressing state legislative issues of interest to the orthopaedic community. Staffs the BOC Committee on State Legislative and Regulatory Issues which is responsible for the Health Policy Action Fund. Solicits grant applications for and administers the Health Policy Action Fund. Identifies and prioritizes state legislative and regulatory issues which impact orthopaedic surgeons and their patients in conjunction with volunteer committees and appropriate health policy staff. Monitors, analyzes and prepares timely and concise advocacy resources on health policy issues. Prepares and distributes state legislative updates to appropriate orthopaedic audiences. Represents the Academy at various legislative and healthcare policy conferences. Develops relationships and coalitions with outside organizations including the American Medical Association and other physician specialty associations. Develop state legislative articles for AAOS publications - including Advocacy Now. Provides legislative and regulatory information for the AAOS Government Relations web page.

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      Center for Strategic and International Studies is seeking a Congressional Relations Manager to help execute the Center's bipartisan outreach efforts with Congress and assist the Center with
      other External Relations priorities. This position will work closely with the Director to track activities on Capitol Hill and in the Administration, provide guidance to CSIS programs and expand the Center's outreach to Congress. Additional responsibilities include, organizing events and meetings on the Hill, updating and managing the contact database; liaising with CSIS programs to track future initiatives that relate to priorities on the Hill; and tracking CSIS congressional activities. This position reports to the Director for Congressional Relations.

      Successful candidates will have a degree in international relations, government, or public policy, as well as 2-3 years Capitol Hill experience. A background in international relations and an interest in policy-related research are desirable. Familiarity with the legislative process and the Washington policy community are essential to this position. Strong written and verbal communication skills are emphasized. The candidate must be highly organized and able to operate in a fast-paced environment and manage competing priorities. In addition, she/he must have an ability to promote the organization's mission, products, and scholars persuasively to the Washington policy community. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and salary history to employment@....

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      CRS Seeks Analyst in Tax and Social Policy, GS-14 ($102,721.00 - $133,543.00) to serve the United States Congress as part of the CRS Domestic Social Policy Division. The analyst will work primarily on issues related to the use of tax expenditure approaches to advance social policy goals, in lieu of, or in conjunction with, direct spending approaches to achieve social objectives. In addressing issues in education, health, income security, pensions, family policy, and related issues, the analyst might evaluate:

      * The use of tax credits to encourage the purchasing of health insurance in the non-group market
      * Subsidies for child care, the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit
      * Tax incentives for saving for retirement, education, home ownership or charitable contributions

      The successful candidate for this position will have a thorough understanding of the tax code as an instrument to achieve such public policy objectives.

      This position is being offered at the GS-14 level ($102,721 - $133,543) and applications must be submitted by November 2, 2009. For more information and to apply online please visit www.loc.gov/crsinfo. If you are unable to apply online, please call 202.707.5627 to request an applicant job kit. Please refer to vacancy #090218.

      CRS is also looking for:

      * Analyst in Disability Policy, GS-13 ($86,927-$113,007) Deadline to apply: October 26, 2009
      * Analyst in Income Security (Social Security), GS-13 ($86,927-$113,007) Deadline to apply: October 26, 2009

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      Management Sciences for Health - Public Affairs Officer - The Public Affairs Officer, reporting to the Vice President of Communications and Knowledge Exchange, works to advance sound health policy by increasing MSH's voice and presence in policy circles and by bringing evidenced-based proof points directly to Members of Congress, government officials, and the general public.
      Salary - Competitive
      Location - Arlington, VA
      Closing Date - 30th October

      Find out more at http://www.publicaffairslinks.co.uk/msh.html.

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      Associate Director, Government & Public Affairs - Your positional responsibilities include, but are not limited to monitoring and analyzing state and federal policy developments (political, legislative and regulatory) related to the Society and its membership; developing and providing strategic and tactical guidance for state legislative coalitions and analyzing and tracking of state legislation impacting the Society and its membership."
      Salary - Details on request
      Location - Washington, DC
      Closing Date - 30th October
      Find out more at http://www.publicaffairslinks.co.uk/asid.html.

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      Oxfam America - Associate Director for Government Affairs - Reporting to the Director of Government Affairs, the Associate Director is responsible for helping direct the development and implementation of strategies affecting Congress, the legislative process, and activities of federal departments and agencies to ensure that Oxfam America's goals and objectives are met.
      Salary - Details on request
      Location - Washington, DC
      Closing Date - 30th October

      Find out more at http://www.publicaffairslinks.co.uk/oxfam.html.

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      HDMA - Associate Director, State Government Affairs - Associate Director, State Government Affairs, needed to advocate for member interests in assigned states by researching, analyzing, and reporting on state legislative/regulatory activities; maintaining and expanding grassroots efforts; writing briefs and testimony as well as summaries for communications to members; and lobbying/testifying before state legislative and regulatory bodies.
      Salary - Details on request
      Location - Arlington, VA
      Closing Date - 26th October

      Find out more at http://www.publicaffairslinks.co.uk/hdma.html.

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      Reed Elsevier, Inc. - Manager, Government Affairs - Reed Elsevier Inc. (REI), a leading publishing and information company, has an immediate opening for a highly motivated individual to provide representation on federal policy issues including health IT and scientific and medical publishing issues. Strong lobbying, analytical and written/verbal communication skills required. Experience in managing health or scientific-related issues preferred.
      Salary - Competitive
      Location - Washington, DC
      Closing Date - 12th October

      Find out more at http://www.publicaffairslinks.co.uk/reed.html.