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Senator Brian Schatz of Hawai‘i is hiring a legislative assistant or counsel for the senator’s economic development team.


This staffer will be responsible for:

  • leading on a some combination of the following issues: banking, consumer affairs, economic development, housing, infrastructure, transportation, small business, and tax policy;
  • supporting the Senator’s appropriations work;
  • advancing the senator’s existing initiatives and developing new priorities;
  • preparing for committee hearings and markups and staffing the senator at those meetings;
  • conducting oversight of federal agencies;
  • coordinating with all components of the office to support the senator’s work; and
  • addressing external requests and representing the office with public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders.

Experience and Skills

The successful applicant will:

  • have at least eight years of relevant experience;
  • have demonstrated experience in and knowledge of the relevant policy areas;
  • have demonstrable experience in developing new policies or innovative approaches;
  • have an understanding of relevant federal agencies, including their budgets, programs, and policy processes;
  • have experience advancing policy in coordination with state and local agencies;
  • have demonstrable experience in developing new policies or innovative approaches;
  • be driven and creative;
  • have excellent communication, analytical, negotiation, and organizational skills;
  • work well as part of a team;
  • have experience with coalition building and policy messaging; and
  • have a graduate degree (strongly preferred but not required).

Hawai‘i ties and a graduate degree are preferred but not required.

The Office of Senator Brian Schatz

Senator Schatz’s office is a great place to work. The office is made up of more than 50 driven, talented, personable staffers, and it is one of the most diverse and highly educated offices in the U.S. Senate. Staffers help to advocate for the people of Hawai‘i, make sure the federal government does what it should, and communicate how government works for people. Most staffers are based in offices in Washington, D.C., and Honolulu—though some staffers work on the islands of Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, and Maui.

Salary and Benefits

The starting salary for this position will be $70,000 per year. U.S. Senate employees are eligible for a number of benefits including student loan repayment, employer contribution for health care insurance, transit subsidy, car and bicycle parking, retirement plans, life insurance, borrowing privileges from the Library of Congress, access to the Senate staff gym, and personal and professional development courses.

Start Date

This position is available to start now.


The position is based in the Senator’s Washington, D.C. office.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted here. Please submit your application as soon as possible.