Government Affairs Specialist
FIRM DESCRIPTION K&L Gates LLP delivers legal services on an integrated and global basis, with more than 2,000 lawyers across five continents. Positioned at strategic intersections of the global economy, K&L Gates has one of the largest contingents of lawyers and offices across the United States of any law firm and strong local presence in key capital cities and world commercial and financial centers. The firm's extensive latticework of lawyers, practices, and offices - more than 300 lawyers in Europe's largest economies and one of the largest international practices in Asia among US law firms - creates a worldwide network to serve clients' growing international needs, with lawyers counseling clients on their most sophisticated legal challenges in all areas of corporate and regulatory law and litigation. Watch our video, "Grow Your Career at K&L Gates," to really get a sense of what sets us apart from other law firms. JOB SUMMARY POSITION SUMMARY Entry-level position with a top global law and lobbying firm. Responsible for monitoring legislation, press publications, and Capitol Hill publications for a variety of issues including technology, ecommerce, postal, and defense. Researching legislation and client-specific issues, communicating with clients on key developments, attending congressional hearings, and preparing materials for client meetings. KEY RELATIONSHIPS Sr Government Affairs Specialist, lawyers, lobbyists, clients, and other staff ESSENTIAL DUTIES * The daily make up of tasks changes depending on department needs * Monitor legislation, press, and Capitol Hill publications for a variety of topics and issues of interest to our clients * Research legislation and client-specific issues * Attend congressional hearings * Prepare materials for client meetings * Manage the coordination of client projects * Interact with staffers on Capitol Hill to arrange client meetings and obtain legislative information * Plan and coordinate client and Hill-related events * Maintain client databases of lobbying information and client files ADDITIONAL DUTIES * Establish and maintain effective working relationships with legal and administrative personnel throughout the firm * Recognize the importance of effective client service and present the firm in a positive light * Successfully set priorities, perform tasks in an orderly fashion, and meet deadlines * Demonstrate good written and oral communications skills and communicate effectively * Operate well without specific direction and close supervision, given general guidelines for the position * Keep up with changing priorities, and is willing and able to take on new tasks and responsibilities * Remain calm and focused in pressure situations EXPERIENCE SKILLS REQUIRED * 12 months Capitol Hill or trade association work experience * Bachelor's degree * Strong communication and organizational skills * Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Internet, and electronic information services BENEFITS We offer a dynamic work environment and excellent benefits. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Firm is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the Firm that employment decisions shall be based on merit, qualifications and competence. Employment practices shall not be influenced or affected by virtue of a person's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy governs all aspects of employment including, without limitation, recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotion, assignment and dismissal. In addition, it is the Firm's policy to provide an environment that is free of unlawful harassment of any kind including, without limitation, that which is sexual, racial, age-related, disability-related or ethnic background-related. CLOSING STATEMENT We seek exceptional employees who want to become a part of our practice on all levels, to help us expand, challenge our limits, and push us to grow into the future. If you are motivated by job challenges and personal growth, then K&L Gates could be the right place for you. If you feel that you meet the requirements and would like to apply for this position, please use the apply now button. Please include a cover letter, salary requirements and an advertisement source in your application. Notice: We participate in E-Verify in certain Firm locations for purposes of verifying employment eligibility. No phone calls, walk-ins, or agencies, please.