Deputy Legislative Director

  • American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Oct 20, 2021
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description


AFGE is the largest federal employee union representing over 700,000 federal and D.C. government employees nationwide.  AFGE represents the employees in over 70 agencies, including the Social Security Administration, the Department of Defense (civilians), the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Justice, and many more.  The position resides at AFGE’s Washington, D.C. headquarters on Capitol Hill.

AFGE’s Legislative Department is responsible for the continued development, maintenance and strengthening of the Federation’s legislative and policy agenda in Congress and the Federal Executive Branch. Major responsibilities of this position include assisting the Director with strategic planning, lobbying, personnel management, and coalition building.



  1. Supervisory: Assists Director in supervising Legislative Department to pursue successful achievement of the union’s policy and institutional goals.

  2. Strategic Planning: Works with the Director and Legislative staff, National Vice Presidents, and Bargaining Councils to develop annual strategic plans for implementing the Federation’s national legislative plan in a given calendar year.

  3. Training: Assists Director in managing annual Legislative Conference.  Works with Political Department and Education Department staff to develop training programs for AFGE leaders in legislative strategies such as meeting with members of Congress, coalition building strategies, and media outreach strategies.

  4. Coalition Building: Works with Director to assist President’s Office, Legislative staff, AFGE Districts and Bargaining Councils in developing and maintaining coalitions to address legislative issues of specific concern to AFGE members, but also of mutual concern to other unions.

  5. Political Action Fundraising and Disbursement: Works with Legislative Director and Political Director to make recommendations for disbursement of PAC funds; regularly attends fundraisers for members of Congress. Some fundraisers are outside of regular office hours including breakfasts in the morning, or dinner receptions.

  6. Lobbying: Works with Director to oversee and engage in lobbying members of Congress and the Executive Branch.

  7. Testimony: Prepares Congressional testimony for union leadership on a broad range of Federation policy and legislative priorities.

  8. Interdepartmental Coordination: Works in close coordination and harmony with other AFGE departments on legislative matters.  Specifically:
    • Communications Department – Works with Legislative Staff to ensure that this department is furnished timely and current information on the Federation’s legislative initiatives, victories, and activities to properly disseminate such information to the media, districts, locals, councils and AFGE activists.
    • Membership and Organization – Personally participates and directs legislative staff to participate in all membership recruitment efforts, including lunch and learns, and metropolitan organizing initiatives.
    • Grassroots - Works closely with the Mobilization Director and Legislative and Political Organizers in the field to identify, train and develop a cadre of local and council activists to provide legislative and political action to advance the union’s legislative goals. Ensures that the union’s legislative message is delivered to local and council activists, and that they in turn lobby their Representatives and Senators on AFGE initiatives.
    • Training - Conducts training for members on legislative issues
      and lobbying techniques, as well as other matters. Supports AFGE legislative and political program in headquarters including during the annual legislative conference, and at multiple events in the field.

    • Policy and Field Services and Education Departments - Works closely with economists, labor relations specialists, and other technicians to develop arguments and positions on a wide range of legislative issues. Develops and coordinates policy paper and testimony production.

    • General Counsel's Office (GCO) - Works closely with staff attorneys to ensure legislative proposals address AFGE legal concerns.

9. Reviews and signs lobbying reports to the Senate and House reflecting extent of such activities as registered AFGE lobbyist.

10. Some travel by air and surface transportation is required.

11. Performs other duties as required.



This job operates in a professional environment working to establish Federation and Departmental goals. The incumbent will routinely use standard office equipment such as computers, fax machines, scanners, and phones. Long hours are periodically required. Some travel is required. The employee will periodically be required to do some lifting and/or move items over 10 pounds.



Works under the day-to-day supervision of the Legislative, Political and Mobilization Director who makes specific assignments.  The incumbent is called upon to make judgments as to approaches, techniques, and methods for pursuing established Federation and Department goals. The incumbent is encouraged to identify areas of activity or interest where revised goals and techniques might be considered to facilitate achievement of Legislative department goals and mission. The results of the incumbent’s complete work are reviewed for extent of fulfillment of department objectives as delineated.  



Applicant must have at least seven years of combined full-time work experience in legislative activities including, but not limited to lobbying.

Bachelor’s Degree required; due to the complexity of the legislative issues facing AFGE members, graduate/law degree is strongly preferred.

Demonstrated skill and knowledge in the legislative process.

Demonstrated ability to maintain a broad and diverse lobbying portfolio.

Demonstrated ability to organize and lead coalitions of several organizations and implement a united agenda.

Demonstrated ability to achieve results working with lawmakers, Congressional staff, and coalition partners on both sides of the aisle.

Demonstrated ability to educate and motivate individuals to join the union and become involved in legislative activities.

Demonstrated ability to make objective decisions and recommendations independently.

Excellent writing and editing skills, particularly in preparation of letters to lawmakers, and oral and written congressional testimony.

Loyalty to the American labor movement required.


AFGE provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, gender identity and/or gender expression. In addition to federal law requirements, AFGE complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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