Public Policy Specialist Job at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Washington DC

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  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Washington DC

Job Description

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We are currently seeking a Public Policy Specialist in the Public Law & Policy practice working under the general supervision and direction of assigned attorney(s), advisor(s) or practice management. The role will reside in the Washington, DC office with hybrid work capabilities and will be responsible for supporting the needs of the Public Law & Policy practice. The Public Policy Specialist is expected to perform all responsibilities with a commitment to providing superior service to the firms attorneys, advisors and staff, and maintaining an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement. Above all, the Public Policy Specialist must fulfill the needs of the firm in a manner which is consistent with the Firms Core Values. Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Maintain a working knowledge of the legislative process and Capitol Hill and have the ability to maintain key relationships as needed.
  • Keep abreast of pending legislation, industry trends and current events that impact clients and prospective clients.
  • Attend and summarize Congressional hearings.
  • Conduct extensive, in-depth and time-sensitive research and package findings.
  • Draft client facing talking points, articles, briefings, client alerts, letters and other memoranda.
  • Coordinate and/or attend meetings for and with members of the Public Law & Policy team (and other practices) our clients, and with Members of Congress and/or their staff.
  • Monitor and report on media relevant to clients and their interests.
  • Assist with client development, including conducting research and working with business development on presentations and proposals.
  • Proofread and review the work of others.
  • Other legislative support functions as required.
Qualifications (Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities):
  • Bachelors degree required
  • Basic knowledge of the legislative process required
  • Political or campaign experience a plus, but not required
  • Understanding of political and legislative processes
  • Understanding of regulatory and administrative processes
  • Proficiency in Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office including Word and Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Comfort with video conferencing systems, such as Zoom
  • Ability to work proactively and demonstrate initiative
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and prioritize among competing tasks under pressure and time constraints
  • Ability to work in a team setting and collaborate with peers and superiors
  • Good judgment and a strong sense of responsibility, integrity and loyalty
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality of client, firm and office information and adhering to the Firms Core Values
  • Commitment to professional growth and development
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