Senior Legislative Advocate

Washington, DC

Location: Washington, DC

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action is seeking a full-time Senior Legislative Advocate. 

About CPD + CPDA

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action (CPD/CPDA) promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We currently work with more than 53 affiliates and partners across 131 cities in 34 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. and build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. CPD is a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

About the Position:

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action (CPD/CPDA) is seeking a Senior Legislative Advocate to help the network achieve its legislative and administrative campaign goals.  This position plays a major role in the development of legislative and policy initiatives and the success of their passage as well as the development of the network’s relationship with individual electeds and key Administrative offices.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Senior Legislative Advocate will:

  • In collaboration with CPD/A staff and affiliates, develop the  vision, strategy and plan for CPD/A network’s federal advocacy work.

  • Advocate on behalf of the CPD/A network and its federal agenda priorities.

  • Play a major role in the planning and implementation of CPD/A network activities to advocate including national lobby days, congressional briefings, congressional hearings, and other key tactics needed to win campaigns.

  • Update CPD/A staff and network on Congressional actions.

  • Draft issue briefs, congressional updates, letters to Congress/Administration and action alerts for CPD/A staff and the network position papers.

  • Plan agenda and manage weekly federal advocacy calls.

  • Oversee the workload and projects carried out by interns.

  • Assist with the development of content for the annual federal policy agenda.

  • Play a major role in strengthening relationships between CPD/A and federal electeds and staff as well as key Administrative offices.

Job Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher education level is preferred.

  • Minimum of eight years of experience in issue campaign and organizing work including four years of direct advocacy/lobbying in federal government.

  • Thorough knowledge of legislative process and of Congressional organization and procedures;

  • Ability to advocate with Congressional Members, staff and caucuses and Administrative offices;

  • Ability to work with state-based organizations and grassroots members on how to advocate and build relationships with electeds;

  • Ability to write letters to Congress and basic policy memos;

  • Ability to design and implement Lobby Days and other tactics meant to build grassroots relationships with Congressional offices;

  • Ability to work cooperatively and courteously with others;

  • Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities in a tactful, pleasant, and professional manner;

  • Provides necessary organization, leadership and motivation to work a variety of campaigns and staff;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • Knowledge of office policies, practices, and procedures.

Salary and Benefits

This is a union position. Salary will be determined according to a salary scale which takes into account years’ experience, location, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $95,000-$110,000 and Category 4. The Collective Bargaining Agreement is available here.

We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days per year, 10 sick days per year, 13 paid holidays per year, and contributions to individuals’ 401K plans. 


Please submit your cover letter and resume via our HiringThing Portal.

CPD/A is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.