Legislative Director


Reports to: Executive Director


Issue One is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization that is uniting Republicans, Democrats, and independents in the movement for political reform. Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus (RFC) of more than 200 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet officials is the largest bipartisan coalition of its kind ever assembled to advocate for solutions to strengthen our democracy. Issue One is building a multi-year initiative to win game-changing federal legislation that fixes our broken political system.


The Legislative Director (LD) manages and leads Issue One’s advocacy efforts, the majority of which are focused at the federal level. The LD, with the input and guidance of the Executive Director, manages the organization’s coalition outreach and engagement and, within permissible legal limits, Issue One and Issue One Action’s lobbying efforts.  The LD is a key leader in developing and especially implementing strategies to advance Issue One’s issue agenda including the ReFormers Caucus. It is important for the LD to be comfortable with public speaking and innovative when it comes to strategy.  Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the LD must be skilled at coordinating with all aspects of the organization to ensure powerful and consistent messaging, including interacting regularly with the CEO.  Even though Issue One is a 501(c)(3) organization, the LD is expected to register as a lobbyist in compliance with current law.  



  • Manages Issue One’s outreach efforts, ensures that the Legislative team is operating at the appropriate pace and level of prioritization, ensures that RFC co-chairs and paid consultants are being used effectively for legislative and Congressional advocacy
  • Works closely with organizational leadership to direct legislative and programmatic activity and coordinate with other Issue One staff 

Legislative Advocacy

  • Helps devise and implement the overall legislative strategy, including identifying coalition partners, prioritizing the order of operations for the strategy, targeting appropriate congressional offices, understanding and identifying leaders on and off the Hill while also integrating advice from the RFC national co-chairs into planning and operations
  • Oversees mass-communications to Hill offices
  • Works with the Executive Director and Legislative team to maximize utilization of the RFC for legislative advocacy


  • Works with organizational leadership to identify upcoming policy issues and ensuring the organization has the materials and supporting documents needed to articulate Issue One’s positions internally and externally
  • Is responsible for overseeing the process for communicating policy positions to internal and external stakeholders

Communications & Research

  • Reviews the content of Communications and Research documents to ensure they fit with the organization’s political strategy while flagging potential political pitfalls
  • As appropriate, speaks with reporters to provide the organization’s views on related issues 
  • Oversees relationships with other stakeholders in the democracy reform space

Organizational Management

  • Creates, executes and evaluates operational plans for legislative/advocacy work streams
  • Develops clear metrics to gauge impact and track results over time to enable modification of activities as necessary
  • Supervises, mentors and manages the legislative team ensuring the work fulfills the organization’s capacity needs

Position Requirements:

  • 7-10 years experience in federal/Capitol Hill advocacy and lobbying, especially the ability to establish relationships with Republicans, Democrats, and independents
  • Proven ability to develop and implement strategic advocacy plan
  • Experience in political reform issues preferred
  • Proven management skills including personnel and project management
  • Excellent detail-oriented project management
  • Enthusiastic communicator and presenter
  • Excellent writing, editing, pitching and proofreading skills are essential, including ability to present concepts orally to a diverse set of audiences
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • High capacity to work under pressure, under deadline, and think quickly on your feet 
  • Strong judgment on what kinds of tactics and campaigns will attract positive media attention
  • Self-motivated with a positive and professional approach to management


This will be a full-time position based in Washington, D.C. This position is temporarily remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Salary & Benefits:

Issue One offers competitive salaries, including benefits for all full-time employees. Salary range is $85,000-$100,000. 

How to Apply:

Email a resume and cover letter in a single document, labeled with your name and “Legislative Director” in the subject line to jobs@issueone.org. Please include how you heard about the position and complete the self-identification questionnaire

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Due to the volume of applications, we will unfortunately not be able to acknowledge receipt of all applications. No phone calls, please.

Issue One is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a nondiscriminatory work environment. Issue One places a high value on fostering an inclusive workplace, and we are committed to building a team as diverse as the American people. We do not make hiring or advancement, or other employment decisions based on race, religion, gender, gender identity & expression, sexual orientation, political affiliation, pregnancy, disability, or any other status protected by law. Individuals from across the political spectrum who are passionate about fixing our broken political system are strongly encouraged to apply.