Position: 2023-2024 Government Affairs and Law Fellow

Job Status: Full-Time 

Term: Temporary for one year, beginning in winter of 2023

Experience: Mid-Level (2-5 years)

Salary: $85,000- 95,000 per year, depending on experience

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 goal of the Fellowship is to elevate the Niskanen Center’s growing body of work in transmission and natural gas pipeline policy on the Hill, with FERC and DOE, and within the field. 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 in collaboration with Niskanen’s experts. 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 the Vice President of Government Affairs, in close consultation with the Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsel. 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 energy infrastructure authorization processes, especially at FERC; 
  • Develop and coordinate external relationships and partnerships, including with landowners directly impacted by pipelines and transmission projects;
  • Conduct research, writing, and collaboration across issues related to pipeline and transmission projects; and
  • Coordinate with research associates, paralegals, and/or interns related to specific cases and policies (but not formally supervise them).  

Qualifications and Skills

  • At least 2 years of Hill or federal policy experience;
  • J.D. preferred, but not required; 
  • 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 the Niskanen Center is currently operating under a voluntary in-office policy and staff are welcome to work from the DC office or remotely from anywhere in the country, so long as they are available during East Coast work hours.

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 writing sample in your application. Send all applications to: jobs@niskanencenter.org. No phone calls, please.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm ET on November 30, 2022.

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