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Thank you for your interest in staff positions in Senator Schatz’s office in Washington, DC.  Please click the appropriate link below to submit your application for either legislative or press positions. You may submit your application to be considered both for positions currently being advertised and positions available in the future. Only applications that are fully completed and submitted through this site will be reviewed. Once you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email.  Should you have any problems submitting your application, please contact our DC office at (202) 224-3934.

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE POSITION(S):

Entry-level Defense Policy Position (Staff Assistant/Legislative Correspondent)

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii is currently hiring for an entry-level defense policy position in his Washington, DC, office. The portfolio includes foreign policy and veterans affairs. This position has great potential for growth and promotion within the office, and it provides an opportunity to join a great work environment with a team of committed, experienced professionals. Applicants should have:

  • a strong work ethic,
  • an interest in improving lives through public policy,
  • a demonstrated interest in defense, foreign relations policy, and/or veterans affairs,
  • ties to Hawaii (preferred), such as a current/former resident of the state or through work experience related to the state.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities for this position include conducting policy research, drafting correspondence, writing memos to brief the senator, and performing administrative duties. This staff position will work as part of the team that advises the senator on topics related to defense, foreign policy, and veterans affairs. Responsibilities will include assisting with the senator’s work on the Senate Appropriations Committee (including the senator’s role as ranking members of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies subcommittee). This position will also assist in developing and advancing the senator’s policy priorities, such as promoting alternative energy research and military installation resilience, strengthening engagement with Asia Pacific allies and partners, and promoting telemedicine through the Veterans Administration. Additional issue areas may be added to the portfolio. The position reports directly to the senator’s national security advisor.

Experience and Skills

Qualified candidates will have zero to five years of work experience. Applicants must:

  • have strong writing, communication, research, and organizational skills;
  • work well as part of a team; exercise sound judgment; operate well under pressure; and
  • have a college degree by the time of the start date in the office.

Salary and Benefits

The starting salary for this entry-level position is $40,000 per year with the potential for a promotion and raise after 12 months. 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

The start date for this position will be in the summer of 2019.

Executive Assistant/Deputy Scheduler

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii is currently hiring a detail oriented individual to serve as Executive Assistant and Deputy Scheduler in our Washington, DC office. Successful candidates will demonstrate outstanding interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, and be able to prioritize and follow through on multiple tasks in a high pressure/fast-paced environment. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Working closely with and supporting the Deputy Chief of Staff and Scheduler;
  • Coordinating all travel for the Senator and filing travel reports;
  • Assisting with incoming meeting requests and invitations;
  • Managing the Senator’s daily schedule in DC;
  • Greeting the Senator’s meeting attendees;
  • Managing Senator’s personal and VIP correspondence;
  • Other projects as required
     

The ideal candidate will be:

  • An excellent communicator;
  • Organized with excellent attention to detail;
  • Able to exercise sound judgment and discretion;
  • Excellent with time-management;
  • Able to anticipate problems, seek solutions, and effectively communicate with others;
  • Able to work flexible hours;
  • Professional at all times

Previous congressional work experience and scheduling and/or executive assistant experience is strongly preferred.


Staff Assistant/Legislative Correspondent Position

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii for an entry-level staff position in his Washington, DC, office. This staffer will work on a range of policy issues related to the senator’s work on the Senate Commerce Committee; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; Committee on Indian Affairs; and Senate Appropriations Committee, such as housing, transportation, aviation, and Native Hawaiian issues. Responsibilities will include drafting and responding to constituent correspondent and supporting the senior legislative staff by conducting policy research, drafting memos and legislation, and meeting with constituents. This position has great potential for growth within the office, and it provides an opportunity to join a great work environment with a team of committed, experienced professionals. Applicants should have:

  • a strong work ethic,
  • an interest in improving lives through public policy, and
  • substantial ties to Hawaii, such as being a current or former resident of the state or through work or education experience in the state.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities for this position include drafting correspondence, conducting policy research, writing memos to brief the senator, and performing administrative duties. This staff position will work as part of the teams that advise the senator on topics related to housing, transportation, aviation, and Native Hawaiian issues. Other issue areas may be added.  Responsibilities will include assisting with the senator’s work on the Senate Commerce Committee; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; Committee on Indian Affairs; and Senate Appropriations Committee. This position will also assist in developing and advancing the senator’s policy priorities.


Experience and Skills


Relevant work experience is not required for this job, but applicants must:

  • have strong writing, communication, research, and organizational skills;
  • work well as part of a team; exercise sound judgment; operate well under pressure; and
  • have a college degree by the time of the start date in the office.

Salary and Benefits

The starting salary for this entry-level position is $40,000 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

The start date for this position will be in the summer of 2019.



APPLICATION LINKS:

Please click on one of the links below to submit your application for either legislative or press jobs.