Congressional Affairs Specialist at DEPARTMENT OF STATE – USA

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Congressional Affairs Specialist at DEPARTMENT OF STATE – USA

Congressional Affairs Specialist at DEPARTMENT OF STATE – USA

Congressional Affairs Specialist

Department of State – Agency Wide

Summary: This position is located in the Congressional Affairs Unit, Office of Public and Congressional Affairs, Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA/FO/P). The role involves providing Congressional liaison on consular matters, analyzing proposed legislation, coordinating Bureau responses to information requests, and contributing to the legislative policy agenda of the bureau.


  1. Congressional Liaison: Engages in outreach to Congressional staffers, fostering effective communication channels.
  2. Legislative Analysis: Monitors and analyzes the progress of proposed legislation related to consular matters, considering the political environment in Congress.
  3. Information Coordination: Coordinates Bureau responses to special information requests from Congress and other U.S. Government agencies.
  4. Analytical and Advisory Functions: Provides analytical and advisory support, focusing on planning and advancing the bureau’s legislative policy agenda.
  5. Coordination with Legislative Affairs Bureau: Collaborates closely with the Bureau of Legislative Affairs (H) to ensure coordinated activities and messaging on bureau legislative priorities.


  • U.S. Citizenship is mandatory.
  • Subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Successful completion of E-Verify employment verification check.


  • One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level, demonstrating experience in preparing colleagues, including senior leadership, for engagements with Congress Members and their staff.
  • Experience monitoring committee hearings, making realistic evaluations of the political environment, and a deep understanding of U.S. foreign policy.

Education: Education requirements do not apply to this vacancy announcement.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Knowledge of treaties, laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to interact effectively with others.
  • Proficiency in researching and resolving complex visa and immigration issues.
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, the realm of foreign policy/international affairs.
  • Ability to provide advice, guidance, and consultation based on results of analyses.
  • Ability to maintain effective collaboration and partnering.

How to Apply:

  1. Begin your application on USAJOBS and follow the instructions.
  2. Submit a comprehensive resume highlighting relevant work/volunteer experience, education, and training.
  3. Veterans’ Preference Documentation, if applicable:
    • To claim 5-point preference, submit a copy of your DD-214.
    • To claim 10-point preference, submit all required documentation outlined on the SF-15.
  4. ICTAP/CTAP documentation, if applicable.
  5. Respond to online assessment questions.

For reasonable accommodation, contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or [email protected]. Telework arrangements may be considered with supervisory approval. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated: Your application will be reviewed, and a comparison will be made between your resume and responses to assessment questions to determine your qualification. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Qualified, Well Qualified, or Highly Qualified. The evaluation will focus on competencies such as knowledge of treaties, laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; effective interaction with others; proficiency in research; knowledge of foreign policy/international affairs; and collaboration skills.

For additional veteran or CTAP/ICTAP eligibility information, visit the USAJOBS Help Center.

Required Documents:

  1. Resume.
  2. Veterans’ Preference Documentation, if applicable.
  3. ICTAP/CTAP documentation, if applicable.

How to Apply:

  1. Start your application on USAJOBS and follow the instructions.
  2. Submit your resume, ensuring it supports your answers to online assessment questions.
  3. Veterans must submit relevant documentation for preference.
  4. Respond to online assessment questions.

For technical assistance, contact the Help Desk at [email protected] or (866) 656-6830 (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET). Alternate Application Procedures are available upon request due to extreme hardship.

Note: Incomplete applications or failure to provide required information may result in an ineligible rating.


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