Position: 2021-2022 Government Affairs and Law Fellow

Job Status: Full-Time

Experience: Entry Level (2-4 years)

Salary: $85–110/year

The Niskanen Center, a nonpartisan think tank and advocacy organization that works to promote an open society, is seeking a Government Affairs and Law Fellow. The fellow would further develop Niskanen’s portfolio of research, policy, and government affairs with specific regards to FERC’s natural gas pipeline authorization process, and other public interest issues. The ideal individual will have experience with research and policy change, and will be responsible for developing policy reports, comment letters, regulatory proposals, testimony, speeches, or commentary. Responsibilities also frequently include briefing allies, building coalitions with new partners, and directing outreach to regulators and legislators or their staff.  

The fellow will report to Niskanen’s Chief Counsel, Senior Staff Attorney, and Director of Governmental Affairs. With the supervision and guidance of senior staff, the fellow will assume substantial responsibilities, including: 

  • Develop and disseminate policy and commentaries to the Hill, media, coalitions, and the broader public recommending initiatives that improve the FERC process; 
  • Develop and coordinate external relationships and partnerships, including with landowners directly impacted by pipelines;
  • Conducting research, writing, and collaboration across all substantive Niskanen litigation issues; and
  • Coordinating with research associates, paralegals, and/or interns related to specific cases (but not formally supervising them).  

Qualifications and Skills

  • A J.D. degree with at least 2 years of Hill or federal policy experience;
  • Bar membership preferred, but not required;
  • Superior oral communication skills and comfortability engaging outside individuals and organizations;
  • Ability to translate complex issues to key takeaways for diverse audiences; 
  • Possess the ability to manage independently long-term projects from conception to completion, and a willingness to collaborate with other Niskanen colleagues and stakeholders; and 
  • Strong interpersonal, research, and writing skills. 

Please note that all positions will be remote until the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available.

Niskanen Center is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without discrimination of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. We also seek to expand our professional networks and workplace composition to better reflect our dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion.

How to Apply

Position open until filled. Please include a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements in your application. Send all applications to: jobs@niskanencenter.org. No phone calls, please.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm EST on March 19, 2021.