Congressional Affairs Specialist

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U.S. Department of State

Congressional Affairs Specialist 2

Position description


  • Provides a broad range of analytical and advisory functions focused on planning the bureau’s legislative policy agenda and conducting outreach and building working relationships with Members of Congress, their personal & professional staff.
  • Coordinates Bureau responses to special information requests from Congress and other U.S. Government agencies
  • Prepares reports, memoranda, briefing papers and other written and oral correspondence to advise on the current attitudes, views and/or positions of Members of Congress and their personal staffs on issues of importance.
  • Coordinates the Bureau’s overall legislative affairs strategic planning process with Bureau of Legislative Affairs (H) advisors. Synthesizes data from diverse sources, analyzes trends, and evaluates legislation and other program directives.



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit:


Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements described below by the closing date of this announcement. 

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-14 position.

  • Experience performing authoritative analysis on legislative policy issues and programs.
  • Experience preparing colleagues, including senior leadership, for Congressional engagements with Members of Congress and their staff.
  • Experience monitoring Congressional committee hearings. 
  • Experience analyzing U.S. foreign policy.



Education requirements do not apply to this vacancy announcement.


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


Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume will be conducted and compared against your responses to the assessment questions to determine if you are qualified for this job.  Note:  Responses to questions that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating. 

Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements, as described in the “Qualifications” section of this announcement, will be assigned to one of three quality categories:

  1. Qualified – In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of the required competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities) for the position.
  2. Well Qualified – In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate proficiency in some but not all of the required competencies (knowledge, skills, and abilities) for the position.
  3. Highly Qualified – In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must fully demonstrate proficiency in all of the required competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities) for the position.

Highly Qualified applicants may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies (knowledge, skills, and abilities) required for this position. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:

  • Knowledge of treaties, laws, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Ability to interact effectively with others
  • Skill in strategic and tactical planning.
  • Knowledge of foreign policy / international affairs
  • Ability to provide advice, guidance, and consultation based on results of analyses

Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the Highly Qualified category ,except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. Other 10-point preference eligible and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligible applicants within the category in which they qualify.  View information on veterans’ preference on OPM’s Fed Hire Vets website.

Agency and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP and ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never been a Federal employee, you are not CTAP or ICTAP eligible. View information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. You must be rated in the Well-Qualified category for this position and submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this job announcement to receive consideration for selection priority. 


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