Director of Government Affairs

Counter Extremism Project
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    May 23

Position description

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, international policy organization formed to combat the growing threat from extremist ideology. To learn more about CEP, check out our website,

CEP is seeking a full-time Government Affairs Director, who will be based in Washington, D.C. and will report to CEP’s New York-based Executive Director. A successful candidate will be someone who is a dynamic self-starter and have an existing network that could support CEP’s bi-partisan initiatives. S/he will be responsible for monitoring policy and legislative issues of interest to CEP; make recommendations on legislative strategies to senior staff to help further the goals and objectives of CEP’s mission to hold Internet companies accountable for terrorist and extremist material on their sites; organize comprehensive, senior- and staff-level events and policy briefings on behalf of CEP; and other tasks as requested by the Executive Director.


  • Identify and track House and Senate Committees relevant to CEP’s mission and advocacy work, and in particular, monitor hearing schedules to identify opportunities for testimony by CEP’s leadership in a timely manner
  • Identify and track Hill staffers for engagement on CEP’s efforts, and in particular, develop and maintain effective working relationships with staffers whose members serve on committees with oversight of the Communications Decency Act, foreign assistance, and counter-extremism/counterterrorism policy
  • Identify and track existing legislation to support and/or add on to
  • Propose and draft model legislation to advance CEP’s efforts to combat extremism online
  • Identify and track coalition partners who are allied with and/or can support CEP’s Hill outreach efforts
  • Identify strategic entry points with decisionmakers and influences in Congress and within the U.S. government on counter-extremism/counterterrorism matters
  • Draft a weekly written report detailing outreach progress and challenges, including recommended actions/next steps to help further CEP’s Hill outreach efforts, to be submitted to the Executive Director
  • Performs duties and responsibilities as may be assigned from time-to-time by the Executive Director including, among other things, drafting policy positions, testimony, talking points, op-eds, and CEP promotional material



Required Skills

  • Proven exceptional inter-personal relationships with U.S. government officials, Congressional staff, and potential coalition partners
  • Demonstrable success in managing U.S. government and Congressional staff relationships
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication and organizational skills
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills with meticulous attention to detail
  • Clear understanding and command of the U.S. legislative and policymaking processes
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, coalition building skills, strategic thinking abilities, and policy acumen
  • Capacity to successfully identify, develop, and implement legislative and policy advocacy strategies
  • Ability to digest and explain clearly and concisely legislative/policy initiatives to CEP staff and leadership, including tactical planning
  • Takes initiative and able to work independently on complex, fast-paced issues with clear deadlines
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, in particular Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to keep initiatives/projects flowing smoothly, organized, communicative, and deadline driven
  • Ability to anticipate questions and/or issues and communicate with senior leadership to problem-solve
  • Two or more years’ experience in legislative advocacy and strategy work

Preferred Skills

  • Experience working with non-profits, advocacy, and/or policy groups
  • Knowledge and interest in foreign policy with a focus on counter-extremism- and/or counterterrorism-related issues
  • Knowledge of the tech industry and the issues concerning extremism online

Work Environment

  • Lean DC team with limited administrative support
  • Occasional travel to CEP headquarters in New York City as required by the Executive Director

Application instructions

Please send a cover letter, CV, and three writing samples.

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