See job sites and set sights on jobs

Are you looking for a new job but wondering where to start? There are plenty of websites out there and many are often overlooked. The following cater to those who wish to immerse themselves in all that is D.C.

Tom Manatos Jobs Listserv

A list for people looking for Capitol Hill and non-Capitol Hill jobs in Washington and across the country. Most jobs lean toward the Progressive/Democratic side. Run by a staffer to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Conservative Jobs

Operated by The Leadership Institute, is a free, confidential employment placement service listing opportunities and internships in public policy. All visitors can review the list of job titles with location and the date of posting, but you must register and complete the Institute’s Public Policy Questionnaire to see the full listing. The mission of the Institute is to train politically conservative leaders for work in public policy, and this service is focused on matching conservative professionals with employers who seek them.

“The Home Page of Capitol Hill.” I don’t know who runs this site, but it is pretty interesting in terms of events and gossip both on and off Capitol Hill. And yes, there are jobs posted here, also on and off Capitol Hill. The on-Capitol Hill listings are divided into Democratic and Republican, just in case you want to be sure you are going in the right direction.


“ … a legislative, government, and political staffing service for the Washington DC area.” This staffing firm offers temporary and permanent placement opportunities with Washington’s finest consultants, PR firms, nonprofits and lobbying firms. The firm occasionally works with campaign offices, but it is less likely you’ll see a Capitol Hill listing here than at other sites. All services are free to the job applicant, but you must be located in or near D.C. and have the experience they need.

Public Service Careers

The American Society for Public Administration, in partnership with the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), created this free public website to serve as a central source for job listings in public service and public administration. Eventually this site will also offer career and job information for anyone interested in these areas.

in Public Affairs

Public affairs job openings in the Washington  metropolitan area spanning entry- through senior-level positions. There are some free listings on the site, but paid subscriptions will get you their full list sent to you each week. Jobs are divided into PR, Capitol Hill, Government Affairs, Journalism, Entry-Level, and Other. Check out their “Job Resources” to access their Capitol Hill Job Guide. Nice simple intro into what kind of work is available on the Hill and how to get connected.

DC Public Affairs +
Communications Jobs

This blog by Gordon Barnes lists “Washington DC area jobs and internships in public affairs, communications, public relations, media, web development, lobbying and related fields.” The listings he provides are extensive and pretty impressive, so you may want to add an RSS subscription. Mr. Barnes is a D.C.-based PR and communications specialist for a nonprofit association.

Lobbying Jobs
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“A dedicated Lobbying Job Site focused on delivering recruitment assistance and lobbying career opportunities for Federal and State Lobbyists, Lobbying Support Staff, Lobbying Firms, Advocacy and Government Relations Professionals.” Not a lot of jobs here, but they are interesting. You will need to register in order to apply for the positions listed here, but you can review them without registering. There is a city/state location plus contact phone numbers, so they just skipped in under my “must have contact info” requirement.