Embassy of Australia
United States of America

PN10162 Sr Congressional Liaison Officer June 2017

                                       Vacancy Notice

                  Senior Congressional Liaison Officer


Position Details

Location: Embassy of Australia, Washington DC

Level: LE6

Position Number: 10162

Status: Full-time

Agency/Branch/Work Unit: DFAT/Congressional

Salary: $75,804 USD per annum

Security Assessment: Required*

* Employment in the advertised position is dependent on the employee holding or obtaining the required level of clearance. Security clearances can take several months to process, and employment cannot be commenced until the required level of clearance is confirmed. There is no guarantee that the successful candidate for the position will be successful in obtaining a clearance. The inability to obtain a clearance prevents that applicant from being employed and loss of a security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment.


Contact Information

Contact Officer: Specific questions related to the position can be directed to Peter Heyward at peter.heyward@dfat.gov.au.

Recruitment Officer: Information about Locally-Engaged positions and Embassy recruitment procedures can be located on our website: http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/Employment.html.

Email additional questions to: Recruitment.Washington@dfat.gov.au.

Closing Date

The closing date for receipt of applications for this position is Close of Business on Tuesday , 29 August 2017 (EST).

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. If you have not been requested to attend an interview within four weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

How to Apply

For details on how to apply, please see our website: www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/HowToApply.html.


Please note taxation is a personal responsibility for all Locally Engaged Staff and individuals should confirm their taxation obligations before considering an offer of employment with the Embassy.

Job Description

The position is with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and is located in the Congressional Liaison Branch of the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. The position forms part of a small team responsible for the strategic management of the Australian Government’s engagement with the US Congress and for monitoring, analysing and providing advice on US legislative and political developments of interest to Australia.

The position is responsible for a number of politically sensitive tasks including: monitoring, analysing and providing advice on issues in the US Congress that have the capacity to affect Australian interests; advocacy in Congress in support of Australian interests; providing expert analytical advice on US political developments; developing and implementing comprehensive programs for visiting VIPs (Federal and State Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Department and Agency Heads, and Members of Congress visiting Australia)  This position has particular responsibility for liaison with the Senate and House Intelligence and Homeland Security Committees and on immigration issues

Duty Statement

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitor, analyse and advise Australian stakeholders on legislative and political developments on intelligence, homeland security and immigration issues and other nominated areas of responsibility
  • Undertake direct advocacy in the US Congress in related policy areas and represent Australia at external meetings
  • Develop and maintain internal and external congressional and political relationships
  • Manage the Australian Government’s relationship with the Congress and other US political stakeholders, including through advice to the Ambassador and others,
  • Design and implement comprehensive visit programs for Australian Ministers and other VIPs as required
  • Manage recruitment of and supervise Congressional Branch interns
  • Assist Counsellor to develop strategic and forward work plans for the Congressional Branch
  • Support and advise the Ambassador on the U.S. political and congressional engagement program, through briefings and political visit programs
  • Undertake a range of special projects at the direction of the Ambassador and Minister Counsellor (Congressional Liaison) and, periodically, supervise Congressional staff during periods of Counsellor’s absence.

Selection Criteria

Candidates must address all selection criteria for applications to be considered.


  • Expertise in congressional and political matters and high level knowledge of the workings of the US and/or Australian Governments, and the policies and practices which are relevant to the bilateral relationship, in particular on intelligence, homeland security and immigration issues
  • Possession of and/or capacity to develop relevant contacts in Washington and the US with particular relevance to Congressional and political matters, and the ability to maintain and develop this network.
  • Excellent judgement and proven high level analytical skills.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to provide high quality oral advice and written reports on a range of complex policy and technical matters and to represent the organisation at senior level.
  • Excellent organisational skills in managing multiple projects, including an ability to work with extremely limited supervision and to manage other staff as required.
  • A high level of proficiency in office software applications.


  • Experience as a Congressional Legislative Assistant or equivalent legislative and/or political role.