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Catholic Relief Services | Washington, DC
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Job Title: Short-Term Summer Hire, Government Relations

Department/Location: Washington, DC

Job Type: Full time, 35 hours/week

Reports To: Director, Government Relations

Duration: June -- September

About CRS:

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS' relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.


The CRS Government Relations Department supports U.S. policies and practices that improve the lives of the people CRS serves worldwide. The Government Relations Department carries out direct policy advocacy with elected officials and policymakers in Washington, DC and seeks to engage grassroots constituents and grasstops leaders in promoting CRS policy positions.

Key Job Responsibilities:

* Attending relevant hearings on Capitol Hill and other policy meetings with partners.
* Researching positions of Members of Congress on relevant issues.
* Researching and monitoring legislation as it moves through committees.
* Supporting staff to schedule legislative visits, especially for overseas staff.
* Supporting staff with new database to log visits, and other such administrative tasks.
* Supporting staff to prepare questions or statements for hearings.
* Drafting language for input into legislation.
* Identifying opportunities to communicate the Advocacy Department's efforts through social media and drafting appropriate content for the CRS blog, Facebook, Twitter feeds, and other relevant media outlets.
* Other duties as assigned.

Key Working Relationships:

Internal - Director of Government Relations and other CRS DC based staff, Vice President for Government Relations and Advocacy, Deputy Director for Policy, department grassroots/grasstops outreach staff, other U.S. Operations and Overseas Operations, HQ staff, and Media Department.

External - Members of Congress, Congressional committee and personal office staff, Executive branch staff, USCCB, Interaction, US Global Leadership Campaign, and other PVO/NGO Government Relations colleagues and working groups.


Education and Experience

* Pursuing degree and proven interest in international affairs, political science, public policy, communications/public relations and/or relevant social sciences.
* Working knowledge of: (1) Catholic Church organizational structures and (2) Catholic Social Teaching.
* Overseas economic development/humanitarian relief experience helpful.

Personal Skills

* Demonstrated excellent writing skills.
* Accomplished verbal communication and representation skills.
* Accomplished interpersonal skills, especially the ability to work in teams and collaborate effectively and proactively in a complex organization.
* Ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative.
* Ability to respond flexibly and with perseverance to challenges of advocacy.
* Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and willingness to work according to the Congressional calendar and schedule.
* Excellent computer skills including fluency in MS Office, list-serve creation, Constituency-Relationship Management database, as well as such web-based research tools.
* Knowledge/familiarity with social networking.

Agency-wide Competencies:

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff membe

About Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on 5 continents and in over 90 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging these people to help with their own development. Together, this fosters secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the US Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.