Monday, February 22, 2010

US Senate Vacancies--February 18th, 2009 and Heartland Institute Texas Position

Revised: February 22, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Offices within the United States Senate are equal opportunity employers.

Democratic Committee Chair seeks aggressive senior-level staff member to handle banking/financial services. Knowledge of banking/financial sector and credit card industry issues a plus. The position involves drafting legislation, planning legislative strategy, building coalitions, preparing for hearings, writing policy memos, speeches and talking points. Interested applicants must be strong writers, independent self-starters and work well in a fast-paced environment. Capitol Hill/legislative oversight experience preferred. Salary commensurate with experience. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to indicating job referral number in the subject line.

Northeast Democratic Senator is seeking a Legislative Correspondent to answer constituent mail and research issues related to energy, environment, transportation, judiciary, and others. Ties to Rhode Island and Hill or other experience in one or more of these issue areas are strongly preferred. Qualified candidates must have excellent writing, research, and communication skills. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to In the text of your email, please indicate whether you have any ties to Rhode Island and/or experience on the Hill or with the issues listed above. Applicants who do not include this information in their email will not be considered. No phone calls please. The deadline for applying is March 5, 2010.

The ranking member of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) is seeking a full-time Investigator. Candidates must have a proven track record investigating and conducting oversight of agencies in the federal government. Strong analytical and writing skills are required. Must be a self-starter with a willingness to work long hours and have a firm commitment to thoroughness and accuracy. Preference will be given to those with a legal background. Familiarity with executive branch and congressional procedure and practice a plus, but not required. Competitive salary and benefits, offering a rare opportunity to conduct relevant, hard-hitting oversight of the federal government. Candidates will submit a resume, cover letter with salary requirements, and three references to with the subject line "PSI Resume: (your name)." Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 5th.

Senior Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee seeks a Counsel to handle immigration and other issues. SIGNIFICANT IMMIGRATION EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Hill experience preferred. Must be able to work well under pressure and with quick deadlines. J.D. is required. Please e-mail resume to

Democratic Senator seeks a Systems Administrator to oversee computer systems in DC and State offices. Responsibilities include determining hardware, software and system requirements to meet the IT needs of the office, and maintaining and troubleshooting hardware and software problems related to the network, desktop devices and other office equipment. This office is configured as an Office Forest operation. Qualified candidates will have knowledge of Microsoft Office, Intranet Quorum and Office Forest operations. The ideal candidate should be well-organized, able to balance multiple-tasks, maintain composure under pressure, dependable and flexible. Applicants must also demonstrate a strong aptitude for training staff on computer applications, and have strong oral and written communication skills. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to indicating job referral number in the subject line.

Progressive Northeast Senator seeks Deputy Communications Director for a four person press shop. Responsibilities include: planning and implementing media strategy, including "new" media; writing press releases and other materials; and building and maintaining relationships with members of the media and editorial boards. Candidates must have exceptional writing skills, ability to work quickly under tight deadlines and work well as part of a team. Hill or campaign experience is preferred. Please send resume and writing sample to

Senate Republican Conference seeks undergraduate students or recent graduates for May 17 thru mid-August 2010 to assist professional staff. Responsibilities include administrative tasks, conducting research, assisting with press events, and strategically thinking with staff members regarding different governmental issues. Candidates should possess strong writing and research skills. Prior political experience is preferred; Spanish fluency a plus. Only full-time internships are available. You can learn more about the SRC by going to or Visit to learn more about Senator Alexander who chairs the conference. Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample no more than 3 pages to Deadline for applications is March 19, 2010.

Democratic Senator seeking Research Assistant to organize Senator's record and compile daily material for Senator's review. Must be organized, quick, able to balance many projects simultaneously, comfortable using technology and a strong writer. Research experience preferred. Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to indicating job referral number in the subject line.

Democratic Senator is seeking a Legislative Assistant to handle budget, tax, banking, and other economic issues. Hill or related experience necessary. Must be flexible, creative and work well under pressure. Strong writing and analytical skills needed. Please e-mail a resume, cover letter and brief writing sample to indicating job referral number in the subject line. Salary commensurate with experience.

Democratic Senator seeks Legislative Director for fast-paced office. Would be responsible for managing a large legislative staff and the implementation of the Senator's agenda. Individual must have experience with legislation, outreach and advocacy. Must be entrepreneurial and work well under pressure. Strong management and writing skills necessary. Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to indicating job referral number in the subject line.

Senator Casey seeks a Constituent Advocate for his Philadelphia office to act as a liaison with federal, state and or/local agencies on behalf of constituents under the supervision of the Director of Constituent Services. Responsibilities will include answering casework correspondence and oral communications from constituents; communicating with various levels of government officials to apprise them of constituents' problems and assist in their resolution; as well as other administrative duties as assigned. The ideal candidate will have excellent oral and written communications skills, the ability to efficiently multi-task, and be able to function effectively in a fast-paced environment. Interested parties should e-mail a cover letter and resume to with the subject line "Constituent Advocate" by COB on Friday, February 19, 2010. Late applications will not be considered. Absolutely no phone calls or drop-bys, please.

Midwestern Democratic Senator seeks a Legislative Assistant responsible for banking, finance and budget issues. There is also some involvement in judiciary and rules matters. Strong familiarity with financial issues and previous Capitol Hill experience are preferred. Please send cover letter and resume to No phone calls please.

Are you a current or former journalist or researcher interested in public policy? Do you understand international economics and finance? Know how Congress works? Interested in U.S. competitiveness? Do you have some working knowledge of China and would you like to learn more? The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission has an opening for an analyst in the fields of economics and trade. The Commission, now in its ninth year, is an independent agency established by Congress to advise it on policy toward China. The bi-partisan Commission holds hearings, conducts research, briefs members of Congress and their staffs and produces a 300-page annual report with policy recommendations. The job is intellectually demanding and requires individual initiative and an ability to monitor and report on current events. Strong communication skills - writing and oral -are absolutely essential. The Commission has a broad mandate in economics and trade that includes capital markets, technology transfers, export controls and employment effects of the bilateral relationship. Check the USCC website for more details and the application procedure.

Senior Democratic Senator seeking Legislative Director with considerable Senate legislative experience to manage and coordinate a first-rate legislative team and an aggressive legislative agenda. Excellent communication skills are essential. The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree, political savvy, and a demonstrated ability to navigate the legislative process. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to indicating job referral number in the subject line.

The Democratic Labor Policy Office of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee seeks a Pensions Counsel/Advisor. Applicants should demonstrate a strong knowledge of pension and retirement policy, including familiarity with pension funding and fiduciary rules. Duties include drafting legislation, planning legislative strategy, and preparing for hearings and floor debate. Interested applicants must be strong writers and work well in a fast-paced environment. Legislative background a plus. To apply, please e-mail cover letter, resume and references to The office is an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank based in Chicago with offices in Florida and Washington, DC, is looking to hire a director to start up and run the Texas office of its Center on Risk, Regulation, and Markets. The director will be responsible for writing, research, building coalitions, and outreach related to Heartland’s free-market agenda for property and casualty insurance reform and other issues in the State of Texas.
All candidates should have at least a two years of experience working in and around the Texas legislature and some knowledge of insurance and windstorm legislation, Texas insurance markets, and related topics. Candidates should have at least one reference from a sitting member of the Texas legislature. A bachelor’s degree, roots in Texas, and work on environmental protection issues are all significant plus factors. The best candidates will have lots of energy, a record of published writing, a good sense of humor, ability to learn new things quickly, and an extreme aversion to nanny-state central planning.

Heartland is a free-market organization and candidates wishing to apply should review its Web site ( to learn more. The work Heartland has done on insurance in Florida is similar to the type of work we hope to do in Texas. While all candidates should have a commitment to free markets and human freedom, we don’t have an ideological litmus test. Our work on insurance involves coalition work with a variety of groups—particularly environmental groups—that do not always see eye to eye with free-market groups. We welcome Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and anyone else to apply for this position. There’s no need that candidates agree with every position everyone at Heartland has ever taken.

It goes without saying but we won’t discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, taste in music, affection for bad action movies, or anything else that’s illegal, immoral, or stupid for us to use as a basis for hiring. (One exception: If you listen only to accordion polka music all day, every day, you’re probably really, really annoying and won’t get hired for that reason.)

To apply, candidates should submit a writing sample, a resume, a brief cover letter, and a list of three (total) books, films, works of art, or other things they have found particularly influential in their lives. Candidates are free to also submit anything else they think will help us learn more about them and their backgrounds. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Eli Lehrer
Senior Fellow and Director
Center on Risk, Regulation, and Markets
The Heartland Institute

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