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Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is seeking a Scheduler based in his D.C. office.  The Scheduler manages two other staffers, one based in D.C. and one based in Denver.  Applicants should have prior experience scheduling in a fast-paced, dynamic office.  Among other qualities, applicants must be able to:  (1) juggle multiple tasks with a keen eye for detail, (2) possess exceptional organizational skills, (3) exercise mature judgment in scheduling the Senator's time, (4) be a consummate team player who can work to accommodate competing requests from colleagues and the Senator, (5) show grace under pressure, ideally with a sense of humor, (6) deal with constituents, VIPs, and others in a professional and friendly manner, and (7) successfully manage a scheduling team to meet goals/expectations.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Send resume and cover letter to chief of staff Michael Sozan at
Active, progressive Democrat and member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee seeks an energetic and proactive legislative assistant to handle T&I Committee and a broad portfolio of other issues. The ideal candidate will have 1-2 years prior Hill experience, excellent writing and analytical skills, ability to perform under pressure in a fast-paced environment, a strong knowledge of the legislative process, and a demonstrated ability to work with other offices and committees to advance the member’s agenda. The candidate will be responsible for developing legislative initiatives, tracking legislation, drafting correspondence and floor/committee statements, and representing the member in meetings. The successful candidate will be a results-oriented problem solver, a motivated self-starter, a team player, and someone who has demonstrated initiative and creativity in previous positions. Knowledge of and ties to Hawaii and/or the Pacific region are a plus. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and two brief writing samples with the words “T&I Legislative Assistant Position” in the subject line to

Progressive New York State Assemblymember is recruiting applicants for the position of Chief of Staff.
DUTIES:    The Chief of Staff directs the operations of district and Albany offices and the coordination of all activities and policies, in the areas of community, constituent, legislative and communication.  This person is responsible for ensuring Assemblymember's priorities are carried out; strategic and long-range planning; managing staff, communications program, and legislative and budgetary areas. COS serves as surrogate for member and interacts with community, groups and other offices.
QUALIFICATIONS:    College degree is required, and experience in a local, state or federal government office is strongly preferred.  

The ideal, successful candidate will have exceptional writing and analytical skills; excellent judgment; knowledge of press outreach and political sensibility.  The applicant should be highly organized and focused, have strong interpersonal skills, be adept at developing and implementing creative ideas, be willing to work long hours and serve in a highly collaborative work environment.  

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and government sector. Health coverage and excellent benefits package provided.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Qualified candidates should email a cover letter and resume to

Townsend Public Affairs (TPA) is a bipartisan firm based in Southern California, with offices in Oakland, Sacramento, and Washington, DC. The firm specializes in the development and execution of government and community relation strategies for a select clientele of public agencies, non-profit organizations and corporations, including helping them maneuver the halls of Congress and the CA State Capitol.
More specifically, TPA's focus for their clients is securing significant public sector funding for legacy projects such as libraries, parks, recreational centers, museums, and numerous infrastructure related projects such as transit, water, and waste-water systems.
The DC office is currently looking for a Spring intern to help coordinate the Fiscal Year 2011 Federal Appropriations process – including the submission of completed request forms to relevant CA member offices, conducting follow up with staff at Member offices as needed throughout the process and helping to coordinate our client visits to member offices. Additional duties may include monitoring federal legislation, attending congressional hearings, drafting briefing documents for team members, and researching issues of concern to our clients.
Interns will experience a fast-paced environment, an opportunity to meet Congressional staff and Members of Congress and learn from experienced team members who will mentor throughout the internship period.
Qualifications:  Candidates should have a strong work ethic, be highly organized and motivated, and possess a positive, can-do attitude. College credit, if applicable, will be provided.
Monthly expense stipend to be determined.  To apply, please contact or call us directly at 202-546-8696.
Position Description

StudentsFirst seeks an energetic, customer-service oriented Membership Coordinator focused on growing a strong teacher membership base.  The Membership Coordinator serves as a liaison to existing members, assists in recruiting new members and provides technical assistance.

Key Responsibilities
The Membership Coordinator reports directly to the Membership Director and is responsible for the following:

1.        Identifying and recruiting teachers to join StudentsFirst
  • Developing and implementing a membership growth and outreach strategy.
  • Creating teacher-specific recruitment materials.
  • Cultivating relationships with key organizations and partners such as Teach for America.
  • Attending teacher related meetings, events and conferences.

1.        Retaining and mobilizing members
  • Planning online and offline member events and activities.
  • Organizing online teacher groups by geography and interest areas.
  • Contributing to the writing of member correspondence such as newsletters and email blasts.
  • Helping develop and administer member welcome program.
  • Monitoring of member interests and satisfaction through administration of surveys and other strategies.

1.        Maintaining timely and effective communication with teachers members
  • Monitoring and tracking email and telephone inquiries from teacher members, including developing a list of frequently asked questions and responses.
  • Responding to general email and telephone inquiries.
  • Routing specific questions to appropriate contact on the response team.
Candidate Profile
StudentsFirst attracts employees with distinctive backgrounds and accomplishments and is committed to building and maintaining a team whose voices reflect the many communities with a stake in public education.  Integrity, creativity, and intensity are key attributes of competitive candidates.  

For this position, the following factors will strengthen an applicant’s candidacy:
  • Experience in the educational field and understanding of current education policy.
  • Experience in marketing, sales and/or organizing.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with an attention to detail.
StudentsFirst is an equal opportunity employer.  Background and reference checks are conducted on all prospective new hires.

Background on StudentsFirst
StudentsFirst is a new national movement to defend the interests of children in public education founded by Michelle Rhee.  Michelle began her began her career as a teacher in Baltimore’s public schools.  After graduate school, she founded The New Teacher Project, which has partnered with districts and unions to deploy 23,000 highly qualified teachers in difficult-to-staff schools.  From 2007 through 2010, Michelle was Chancellor of DC Public Schools. Under her leadership, the worst performing school district in the country became the only major city system to see double-digit growth in both their state reading and state math scores in seventh, eighth and tenth grades over three years. The graduation rate rose and enrollment increased for the first time in 40 years after steep declines.      

Michelle founded StudentsFirst in order to broaden and accelerate education reform because our nation’s public education system is in crisis.  The United States spends $600 billion every year on our public schools, which educate nearly 90% of the country’s children, but we are not getting results.  Of 30 the industrialized countries regularly surveyed, U.S. schools rank near the bottom and are not getting better.  This translates into an economic loss of over $2 trillion per year.  Additionally, schools in the U.S. fail to create social mobility: on average, students’ life outcomes are still determined too much by their parents’ backgrounds.  

There are reforms that will work, yet massive amounts of money is being wasted on investments that do not improve student results.  StudentsFirst will build upon, connect, and accelerate effective reform efforts. Specifically, the organization will articulate a gold standard for education reform, based on the best evidence as to what works in teacher professionalism, student choice, and system-wide accountability.  We will provide tools and services to local leaders who want to implement local change and we will build a membership movement with a national voice.  We will deploy resources to defend students’ interests with litigation, mobilization, advocacy, and direct political activity.  Fighters for reform will know that they are not fighting alone.  

StudentFirst’s organizational culture flows from a refusal to compromise on our commitment to students.  We operate in a fast-paced environment with minimal overhead.  We expect all of our professionals to thrive in conditions of uncertainty, frequent feedback, and rapid change.  We focus on accountability for results, and therefore expect an orientation toward action.  Our national scale requires us to work virtually and with diverse partners, but our shared mission builds deep loyalty and sense of team.  

Salary is competitive and commensurate with proven performance.

Application Process
The application process will include a resume review, phone interview, project and in-person interviews.  To be considered for the position, please send your resume and a cover letter to Bridget Davis at
Pfizer Inc DC Office Receptionist Job Duties
Primary responsibilities include: Answering the phone; getting the morning newspapers, getting
and sorting the mail; re-stocking all network printers and faxes regularly with paper; assisting the
office manager
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with one hour off for lunch (11:30 to 12:30 p.m.)
The DC Office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• Daily pick-up and display of morning newspapers & periodicals
o Removal of previous days newspapers
• Check of overnight phone messages and forward to intended recipient
• Check refrigerator to make sure that it is fully stocked with cold drinks
• First responder for all incoming telephone calls to main line
• Receive all packages, courier mail, rush distribution mail (from Pfizer headquarters), and
distribute accordingly
o Collect mail and distribute between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m.
o Make photocopies of invoices for Office Manager and prepare a FedEx envelope for
NASS (unless already prepared)
• Provide office manager with a list of needed office supplies and pantry items every
• Receive and put away supplies once a week
o Monitor office equipment and report to manager if there are any problems (faxes,
network printers, shredders, telephones)
• Back-up responder for calls to Head of Office’s line
• Check in meeting attendees online @ (building’s online visitor system)
• Call courier for all correspondence to the Hill, (CEO’s, Head of Office, and as requested
• Make repair requests online for the office as requested by office manager
• Receive all guests to suite and let host know that guests are here
o In the case of Head of Office – go to office if no answer on EA’s line
o Show all meeting attendees to requisite conference room and offer a beverage
(Water, coffee, tea, juice or a soda)
• Assist office coordinator with any specific projects as requested
• Re-stock refrigerator – check at 11 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.
• May be asked by office coordinator to assist other colleagues with projects as needed
• Monitor workrooms and touchdown stations to replenish office supplies
• Assist with any in-house meetings: set-up, beverages, help with clean-up

 Topic: Communications Specialist at People for the American Way
Dec 30 06:09PM -0500 ^

Communications Specialist

People For the American Way is a national organization dedicated to
defending constitutional and civil rights and promoting the democratic
values of citizen participation, freedom of expression, freedom of religion
and equal opportunity for all. The Communications Specialist works with
other staff to help shape communications strategies; build working
relationships with the media to position the organization as an expert
resource on a range of issues, including constitutional rights and civil
liberties, public education, and the Religious Right political movement and
its allies. The position is located in Washington, DC and reports to the
Director of Communications.

- Respond to media queries.
- Prepare press releases, statements, advisories, news kits, and other
media materials.
- Participate in organizing and executing press events.
- Pitch story ideas to print, broadcast, and Internet media, with
appropriate follow-up.
- Arrange media interviews for PFAW spokespersons.
- Assist in the preparation of PFAW briefing materials for spokespersons.


- Excellent writing skills and ability to generate copy under tight
- Strong interpersonal skills and professional phone manner.
- Flexibility, resourcefulness, and tenacity for handling multiple issues
and deadlines.
- Creativity and initiative to seek out new approaches and contacts.
- Solid computer skills, including especially word processing, Internet
research and database management.
- At least two years experience in a communications role for an advocacy
organization, public relations firm, association, or elected official.
- Desirable skills include fluency in Spanish; experience with video and
still photography; and graphic design experience.
- Familiarity with specialty and minority outlets, including African
American and Hispanic outlets, desirable.
- Interest in progressive issues and public interest commitment.

*To apply:* Send resume, statement of interest, and three writing samples to
Human Resources, People For the American Way, 2000 M St., NW, Suite 400,
Washington, DC 20036, email to

*People For the American Way is an Equal Opportunity Employer.*

 Job Opening: Press Officer - Corporate Accountability International Boston
Dec 30 01:44PM -0800 ^

Press Officer

Since 1977, Corporate Accountability International has successfully
challenged corporations like Nestlé, General Electric, and Philip
Morris to halt abusive practices that threaten human rights, public
health, the environment and our democracy.

The organization is expanding—and leading campaigns challenging some
of the world’s most powerful industries, including food and
agriculture, water, and big tobacco. Think Outside the Bottle exposes
the truth behind bottled water marketing and defends the human right
to water in the face of increasing corporate control. Value [the] Meal
challenges the fast food industry to stop driving an epidemic of diet-
related disease, and our campaign Challenging Big Tobacco protects the
first-ever corporate accountability treaty from tobacco industry

The Press Officer is responsible for conducting Corporate
Accountability International’s media outreach and overseeing effective
operation of this program. The Press Officer communicates regularly
with targeted journalists, drafts and edits press materials, maintains
records of Corporate Accountability International’s media coverage,
and assists in training staff and activists in working with the media,
while working in a creative and enthusiastic office atmosphere. The
Press Officer works with the Communications Director to contribute to
the development of Corporate Accountability International’s media
outreach plan.

Implement Corporate Accountability International’s strategic
communications and media outreach plan.
Identify, build and maintain relationships with targeted journalists.
Draft, edit and proof press releases and other written materials.
Assist in training staff spokespeople and media activists nationwide.
Maintain up-to-date files, records, and systems, including a
comprehensive reporter database.
Assist in developing and evaluating Corporate Accountability
International’s overall media strategy and media outreach tools.
Participate in campaign activities and fundraising drives such as
shareholder’s meetings, phone banks, and campaign events.

Demonstrated commitment to social justice and progressive social
At least one year full-time staff experience in grassroots organizing.
Experience in media relations, fundraising and non-profit
communications a plus.
Talented and experienced copy writer and editor.
Excellent verbal and written skills — enthusiasm for talking on the
phone and writing.
Excellent administrative skills.
Proven ability to work hard with a diverse group of people.
Enthusiasm for travel.
A sense of humor.

ACCOUNTABILITY: The Press Officer reports to the Communications
SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience, with an excellent
benefits package.
LOCATION: Campaign Headquarters, Boston.
TO APPLY: Email letter of interest, résumé, and three to five
references to Randall Smith, Recruitment Organizer at

Corporate Accountability International is an equal opportunity
employer and an inclusive organization. People of color, women, and
GLBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Opening: Deputy Finance Director Position on Senate Campaign
Dec 30 11:51AM -0800 ^

Incumbent Democratic Senator seeks Deputy Finance Director for
reelection campaign.

Individual will be responsible for managing the candidate's in-state
event calendar, supervising finance staff and interns (staff to be
added as campaign progresses), managing a portfolio of major
fundraising events each quarter, assisting Compliance in contribution
processing and documentation, leading departmental research
initiatives for donor prospecting, and running the finance shop
operations on a daily basis.

In conjunction with the Finance Director individual will coordinate
call time, staff the candidate at finance and other events, and
identify new opportunities to grow the finance plan over the next two

Position reports to the state Finance Director.

Position requires a previous cycle of finance experience on a federal
or gubernatorial campaign. This is not an entry-level position. The
ideal individual should possess excellent interpersonal and analytical
skills, be a proven team player and leader, have a history of
executing successful fundraising events, and be comfortable working
under the pressure of a major national race. Campaign uses NGP as its
database. Excellent opportunity for those with career aspirations to
serve as a Finance Director on a future senate or governors race.

To apply please send a resume and three references to
Salary commensurate with experience.

Executive Assistant- Education Policy
Dec 30 12:52PM -0800 ^

Executive Assistant
Washington, DC

Education/Public Policy

Outstanding opportunity for an executive assistant role, newly
created, in this rapidly expanding educational policy organization.
As EA you'll manage the calendar of an extremely busy executive, plan
meetings, schedule appointments, and be exposed to state of the art
changes that will affect education policy and the future of education
for generations. FREE BENEFITS in this role! Must have a degree with
at least 3+ years of experience with stable tenure supporting a
director level or above, should have managed a very busy calendar and
love managing day to day logistics of a busy exec. Experience or
interest in education is a huge plus. To 60K.

Please send resumes to or call me at
202-466-8850, refer to job #18421053.

"We Know the People Who Want to Know You!"


Church Administrator sought for Unitarian-Universalist congregation. Major responsibilities include managing church’s business, administrative, and financial affairs including the supervision of custodial, property, financial, and administrative staff.  Position requires organizational, writing and oral communication skills. Ability to work independently and with staff /volunteer teams also required. Must be able to handle multiple projects and deadlines.  Bachelor’s degree in public/business administration or related field, three years experience in organizational/business management and prior supervisory experience are required. Previous professional experience with religious, social service or other nonprofit institutions is a plus. Salary $45,000-$50,000. Generous benefits package.  EOE employer. Members and friends of the congregation will not be considered for this position. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to or mail to:
Church Administrator Search
Mount Vernon Unitarian Church
1909 Windmill Lane
Alexandria, VA  22307

Join GAIN for our first event of 2011 coming up this Thursday, January 6th.
Speed Networking: Consulting!

Thinking about transitioning into consulting? Wondering what it's like to work for a mail or polling firm?

Then come on out for a night of speed networking - it's just like speed dating, but with networking instead!

Our rockstar consultants include:

John Brougher - Business Development Executive, Salsa Labs
Karen Defilippi - Account Manager, The Chadderdon Group
Amy Gershkoff - CEO, Changing Targets Media
Sabrina Hersi Issa - Digital Director, Be Bold Media
Drew Lieberman - Senior Associate, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
Katy Milani - Associate, Corner Alliance
Matt Taverna - DC Regional Director, Grossman Marketing Group

This is a perfect opportunity for you to network with consultants from many different worlds of political consulting.
Make sure to register as space is limited.
What: Speed Networking: Consulting
Date: Thursday, January 6
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: GAIN Office – 1850 M St NW, Suite 1100

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