Staff Assistant, Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations, DC
FEATURED JOB

Area Function 

The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations (OGR) represents the priorities of the Episcopal Church to the government and policy community in Washington, D.C. The Office aims to shape and influence policy and legislation on critical issues, highlighting the voices and experiences of Episcopalians and Anglicans globally. All OGR’s work is grounded in the
resolutions of General Convention and Executive Council, the primary legislative and governing bodies of the Church. OGR maintains the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN) to educate, equip, and engage Episcopalians. The Office is situated within Ministry Beyond The Episcopal Church.  
 
OGR devises and executes legislative and communication strategies, proposes and monitors federal legislation, writes public policy statements and letters, determines and writes public-policy alerts for the Episcopal Public Policy Network, trains Episcopalians in public-policy advocacy, and builds coalitions to support policy priorities.  
 
Job Summary 

Serves as Staff Assistant for the Office of Government Relations, a stand-alone remote office of DFMS located in Washington, D.C. Provides administrative support for critical office functions, including procuring office supplies, facilitating travel arrangements, ensuring functional IT for office, coordinating events, scheduling, attending and taking minutes at meetings, ensuring the Office functions on a day-to-day level, and other administrative tasks. Codes and sends out weekly Action Alert emails to the Episcopal Public Policy Network and assists with basic website management and social media. 
 
Reporting Relationships 

Reports to the Director of the Office of Government Relations.
 

Principal Responsibilities 

Supports OGR conferences, meetings, worship services, Congressional advocacy days, and press conferences. Outreaches to Congressional offices. Arranges schedules and invitations, leads logistics, planning, and coordination with vendors. Provides administrative support to Director of OGR, and policy advisors as needed. Attends and takes minutes at meetings. 
 
Codes and sends weekly Action Alert email to Episcopal Public Policy Network. Manage EPPN membership and data integrity. Assists with maintaining and updating OGR website with timely statements and alerts. Supports OGR platforms with social media engagement. 
 
Serves as primary contact for DFMS IT department, Communications Office, Archives, and other DFMS offices. Coordinates services for Office of Government Relations including internet, phones, and subscriptions CRM databases and email vendors; lead for troubleshooting on all those issues. Procures office supplies and equipment. Primary liaison with the United Methodist Building management.
 
Financial processing and budget management. Submits travel and expense reports, manage reimbursements, and process subscriptions for Congressional-engagement software. 
 
Administers the office’s intern program, including advertising, reviewing resumes, and working with HR to bring interns on board. In coordination with the Director, tracks staff leave. 
 
Other Functions And Responsibilities 

Performs other duties as may be reasonably required and expected of this position.

Qualifications

Required
 
• Demonstrated success in administrative support including correspondence, email, answering office phones, and improving office systems and processes.  
• Strong and persuasive written and verbal communication skills 
• Ability to work as part of a collaborative and dynamic team in a fast-paced office environment 
• Familiarity with basic accounting and HR tracking.  
• Ability to coordinate with diverse entities including Comcast, FiscalNote, and water vendor to ensure functioning office environment.  
• Event management. Ability to arrange multi-day schedules in coordination with dozens of offices.  
• Aptitude to use common software for grassroots and online communication, social media, and website management. 

 Preferred 

• Knowledge of The Episcopal Church structures, polity, and governance. 
• Familiarity with hosting high-level foreign visitors and appropriate protocol. 
• Familiarity with U.S. government protocol and parliamentary procedures 

Work Environment 

Standard work environment for a Washington, D.C., government relations office.

As a demanding and full time position, we’re happy to offer a competitive salary based on our support for a living wage.