Military Legislative Assistant

Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii is currently seeking to hire a military legislative assistant to cover policy matters related to defense, homeland security, intelligence, and veterans.  The military legislative assistant will take the lead on the senator’s work as a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies.  This staffer will also assist the deputy legislative director on matters related to foreign policy and the senator’s role as a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations where appropriate.


This staffer will be responsible for:

  • advising the senator on defense, homeland security, intelligence, and veterans issues;
  • preparing for committee hearings and markups and staffing the senator at those meetings;
  • developing and advancing policy initiatives;
  • supporting oversight of federal agencies;
  • addressing external requests and representing the office; and
  • coordinating with all components of the senator’s office to support the senator’s work. 

This staffer will also help to manage a defense fellow, legislative correspondent, and intern.

Experience and Skills

The successful applicant will:

  • have significant understanding of national security agencies, including their budgets, programs, and policy processes;
  • be extremely knowledgeable of defense, homeland security, intelligence, and veterans issues;
  • be incredibly driven;
  • have excellent communications, analytical, negotiation, and organizational skills;
  • work well as part of a team; and
  • have experience with coalition building and policy messaging. 


Although the senator’s staff is currently working remotely, the position is based in his Washington, DC, office when the office is open.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position is approximately $60,000-70,000 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 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 Hawaii, make sure the federal government does what it should, and communicate how government can and should work for people.  Most staffers are based in offices in Washington, D.C., and Honolulu—though some staffers work on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through the legislative jobs resume bank.  Please submit your application as soon as possible.