Congressional Fellow

Washington, D.C
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 23, 2020
Full Time


Under the direction of the Director of Congressional Affairs and Communications, the position will include duties split between Congressional Affairs and Research and Analysis, respectively, with a heavier emphasis on Congressional Affairs through the end of 2020 to support the release of the Annual Report.
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Responsibilities include executing congressional outreach, development of outreach strategies, research and analysis of developments in the U.S.-China relationship, and research and analysis of legislation (both pending and enacted) relevant to the Commission's mandate.


1. Congressional Outreach:
  • Support the Director of Congressional Affairs in general outreach, ongoing efforts to engage key Member and committee staff, and disseminating Commission research to Congress including the release of the Annual Report in late Fall 2020.
  • Identify and work with the congressional staff of Members of Congress to provide Commission content and serve as a resource for them.
  • Support the development and implementation of strategies to engage Congressional staff and Members of committees key to the Commission's research. These include, but are not limited to:
    • House and Senate Armed Services Committees; House Foreign Affairs Committee; Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senate Finance Committee; and House Ways and Means Committee.
  • Attend congressional hearings, briefings, and staff working groups; prepare memos on the substance of these events; identify potential engagement opportunities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
2. Legislation Analysis:
  • Track developing and pending legislation related to the Commission's mandate; identify opportunities to offer and provide Commission support or research content relevant to the legislation's sponsors and cosponsors.
  • Support the development of relevant Commission research products by providing analysis on past or current legislation, interest of Members of Congress, and opportunities for engagement.
  • Conduct research on how to make Commission recommendations more "action ready" for the Committees of jurisdiction.
  • Draft a weekly update memo of congressional activity for Commissioners.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
3. Research and Analysis:
  • As directed, research, monitor, analyze, and write about developments in the U.S.-China relationship.
  • Support the Director for Economics and Trade and the Director for Security and Foreign Affairs on research products prepared by their teams.
  • Support other substantive research to support Commission work in selected areas of interest and expertise (existing or developing).
  • Serve as a contributing author or co-author for staff analysis papers.
  • Work with a designated staff lead to support Co-Chairs, senior staff, and team members to organize and execute Commission hearings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Upon appointment, the selectee will be required to undergo a background investigation, and during the employment period may also be required to obtain and hold a Federal security clearance. An active clearance is not a prerequisite for applying for or initiating employment.


  • Knowledge of Congress, its structure, and operations.
  • A minimum of 1-year experience working as a Congressional staff member in a position of substantial responsibility related to the Commission (National Security, Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. - China Relations, International Affairs and Institutions).
  • Experience drafting, coordinating, or analyzing legislation.
  • Prior research experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, to include the ability to draft and edit reports, memoranda, and other official documents.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-moving environment, setting and meeting deadlines, and adapting to new priorities.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with a strong attention to detail, excellent organization skills, and collegial demeanor.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher.
    (Not required, but may be considered in the selection process).
  • Knowledge of the People's Republic of China, Chinese strategic culture, and the major features of the U.S.-China relationship.

  • Education

    Bachelor's degree.

    Additional information


    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. See Additional Information in this announcement for benefits you are eligible for. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: .


    The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is an EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, pregnancy and childbirth), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, retaliation, parental status, veteran status, or other non-merit factor.

    The Commission will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law as described in 5 USC 3328. If you misrepresent your experience or education, or provide false or fraudulent information, it may be grounds for not hiring you or dismissing you after you start. Making false or fraudulent statements can be punishable by fine or imprisonment.

    As federal government employees, Commission employees are eligible to participate in federal employee benefits programs, to include: health insurance (multiple carriers & multiple options) and SmartBenefits, the government's federal transit subsidy program. Employees accrue and may use annual and sick leave in accord with Commission policies and procedures.

    Please send any questions regarding this position or application process to: .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    The Commission will conduct internal evaluation based on applicants' cover letter, resume, and writing sample, to include qualifications and relevant experience. The Director of Congressional Affairs and Communications, Executive Director, and appropriate staff will interview the top candidates on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The Chairman and/or Vice Chairman may interview the final candidates. The final hiring decision will be made by the Executive Director.

    Interviews will consist of two parts: 1) interviews with the Director of Congressional Affairs and Communications, Executive Director, and appropriate staff; and 2) a writing test.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Cover Letter containing responses to Qualifications, Resume, and Writing Sample.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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