Monday, November 23, 2020

Policy Assistant Position with Guide Consulting Services for December or Recent Grad

Guide Consulting Services (GCS) is a boutique, full-service government relations firm representing non-profits and companies to advance their health and social policy goals into law. We prioritize getting results for our clients through strategy, legislative drafting, government relations and public affairs services. 


The position entails wide-ranging government relations and advocacy coordination for multiple Guide Consulting clients focused in mental and behavioral health, suicide prevention and crisis services, and Medicare/Medicaid. As we scale-up, we are seeking a candidate who is independent, organized, highly detail-oriented, a team player, and interested in growing with our business. 


Position responsibilities include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Monitor and attend congressional hearings and other briefings/events, producing memos and notes for clients
  • Monitor, analyze, and summarize legislative and regulatory developments on a wide variety of issues at the federal level
  • Research legislative history, academic research, and policy to help design and advance legislative goals
  • Assist team with organization operations and managing clients
  • Conduct outreach to Capitol Hill staff to help increase sponsorship on pending legislation or requested attendance at an event
  • Help organize congressional staff briefings, Capitol Hill/lobby days, virtual action days for clients
  • Provide moderate IT/ technical assistance for GCS staff
  • Enhance and support social media and marketing presence of coalitions/GCS and general management of accounts


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in political science, history, communications, English, international relations, public policy, or related degree program
  • 1-3 years legislative or government relations experience
  • Preferred familiarity with health care and behavioral health care
  • General working knowledge and strong interest in Congress and federal agencies
  • Technical skills include mastery of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint); as well as the ability to do edit and update web content on the firm’s website and other internet platforms
  • General facility with social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Highly organized, detail-oriented and able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong writing and editing skills, including ability to attend congressional hearings/mark-ups and provide summarized, detailed memorandums
  • Ability to develop new skills quickly
  • Strong research skills
  • Passionate about advocacy and meaningful messaging
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to work independently but also thrive in a team
  • Self-motivated and flexible, along with a can-do attitude
  • Ability to multi-task and juggle multiple projects with quick deadlines
  • Ability to think and act tactically
  • Good judgement
  • Positive attitude and sense of humor
  • Creativity, flexibility, and willingness to contribute ideas

This is a full-time, exempt position at 40 hours per week. There may be instances where the Policy Assistant is asked to work additional hours, as needed. This position is based in Washington, DC; remote working arrangements available while GCS office is closed.

Application instructions

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, three references and writing sample with the subject line “Policy Assistant – (your last name)” by  email to: If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your application materials by the end of the day on Friday, December 4, 2020.