Monday , December 11 2023

USDA Employment – Legislative Affairs Specialist

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Job Description:

This position is located in the Northen Region, Region 1, See additional information section for more about remote worksite.

This position is responsible for all aspects of the Region’s Legislative Affairs program, including Congressional relations, hearing management, and issue analysis.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Prepare all needed briefing materials based on an analysis of the specific information from each individual witness.
  • Assist in gathering that data such as land management planning, wilderness, dispersed recreation, invasive and endangered species, Forest health, watersheds, dispersed recreation and climate change to provide valuable and effective legislation.
  • Provide professional advice to field units on the potential impact of a diverse range of legislation and congressional oversight activities on programs and operations.
  • Evaluate existing strategies and communication plans on a wide variety of subjects related to the Region to determine if changes in program emphasis or content is needed.
  • Coordinate with the senior leadership on legislative law engagements and strategy.
  • Provide analysis and advice on legislative matters affecting the Forest Service.
  • Coordinate regional efforts to track issues, and raise awareness to recommend action to mitigate issues before they reach crisis status.
  • Recommend action on highly complex legislation as it relates to all stages of forest resource management and research, USDA Forest Service operations, polices, budgets, programs and statutory authorities.
  • Handle requests for information and assistance from outside the Forest, e.g., Congressional staffs, other federal agencies, State and private organizations.
  • Draft legislative proposals in consultation with organizational subject matter experts to meet critical deadlines.
    Integrate information that assists Congress in understanding policies, actions, operations and requirements.

Job Requirements:

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.
  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

Qualification & Experience:

Basic Requirement: GS-0301 Specialized Experience Requirement: For the GS-13: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as meeting two or more of the following: Obtained legislative affairs experience while working a federal or state congressional office, another government agency, or in the private sector; Interpreted legislation and provide professional advice to others about the impact of that legislation; Developed materials such as congressional correspondence, briefing materials or draft testimony; Developed materials for congressional briefings or visits and worked with colleagues and leaders to prep them for those events; Worked on highly subjective, complex issues; tracked issues, raised awareness, and/ or recommended action to mitigate issues before they reach crisis status; Conveyed issues important to my organization and advocate points of view, both in writing and orally, to gain acceptance of agency recommendations; Managed, edited and reviewed materials and coordinate speeches and talking points.

Job Details:

Company: U.S. Department Of Agriculture

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: United States

Application Deadline: N/A

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