TechCongress is building 21st century government with technology talent through our Congressional Innovation Fellowship. We are a non-profit startup incubated at the Open Technology Institute at New America. Our mission is to bridge the divide between Congress and the technology sector by placing technologists to work with Members of Congress and Congressional Committees in order to build capacity in Congress, train cross-sector leaders— who can understand the challenges of government and the technology community— and keep Congress up-to-date about the latest challenges and opportunities relating to technology.
We are looking for a self-starter to help us build and grow the program!
Our employees have great benefits including excellent health care coverage, 12 weeks paid parental leave, a generous vacation policy, a 403(b) retirement plan (and a 7% contribution by TechCongress after one year of employment), a convenient location in downtown DC close to mass transit, and access to top thinkers, researchers, and agents of change along an an array of cross-cutting issue areas. This is an exciting role to help build an organization at the intersection of tech, policy and politics and bridge the government and technology sectors. This position is located in Washington, D.C.
As the TechCongress Washington DC Director you will:
Have primary responsibility for the Congressional Innovation Fellows and their activities in Congress, including recruitment and selection of fellows, orientation and placement of fellows, organizing events, meetings, and regular check-ins.
Manage the DC office, including partnership development and administration of programs.
Lead our DC relationships by conducting interviews with Congressional staff and others to help improve the program.
Manage all activities of the fellowships, including our recruitment, ongoing programming, fundraising and administrative needs.
Help us continue to build the core fellowship and test new models and ideas for growth, including training programs for Congressional staff.
Manage social media and a regular newsletter. Maintain or develop new program materials and website content.
Participate in TechCongress training or development programs (including accelerator programs).
What we’re looking for in you:
A great connector with strong interpersonal skills
Minimum of two years of experience working with Capitol Hill either as a staffer or as part of an outside group that regularly engages with Congress
Someone who is self-motivated and entrepreneurial
A person who does well at setting their own agenda- you excel because it’s important to you, and you don’t need a lot of external pressure to perform
Minimum of seven - nine years of professional experience
A bachelor’s degree
Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds with unique skillsets
A willingness to try new things, and fail, and bring a creative and entrepreneurial energy to the job
Track record of successfully taking initiative and working with others
Committed to modernizing our legislative branch by helping Members of Congress and Congressional staff
A desire to be part of a program making an impact on good governance
Bonus points if you have one or more of the following:
Knowledge of technology policy issues
Experience managing a fellowship program
Technical ability or familiarity with technology
Experience at an Executive Branch technology initiative (including the US Digital Service, 18F, the Technology Transformation Service or Presidential Innovation Fellows)We know you may not have every qualification as listed.
We don’t expect you to have every qualification listed.
We encourage you to apply if you think you might be a good fit, regardless of how many of these items align perfectly to your experience. Imposter syndrome can prevent great people from applying for jobs, and we don’t want to miss out on working with you just because you don’t have all of the experience outlined here. The most important experience is knowledge of working on the Hill in a way that will provide valuable insight for our Fellows.
Within 1 month, you will...
Meet regularly with the 2019 fellows and staff in Congress.
Within 3 months, you will...
Direct our outreach in Washington, DC, meeting with think tanks, tech companies, academics, agency officials and prospective fellows.
Convene at least one event for our 2019 fellows.
Be setting your own agenda and meeting milestones you developed.
Within 6 months, you will...
Have implemented at least one idea to strengthen the cohesion of the cohort.
Lead the day-to-day work of fellowship activities in DC.
Within 12 months, you will...
Be running our DC operations and DC-based fellowships programs
Help us launch an entirely new initiative, that you helped conceive from the ground up.
Questions? You can contact us by sending a note to Brooke Hunter at brooke [at] techcongress [dot] io or Travis Moore at travis [at] techcongress [dot] io.
We've got great staff and advisors doing all we can to bridge the gap between government and the technology community. TechCongress is nonpartisan and works with a diverse set of political voices, and does not take positions on issues. We are building a new generation of technology leaders, and support our staff and fellows with professional development, networking, and freedom to tinker and test new ideas. Above all, we are vigilantly focused on adding value—to our people, our institutions and our society.
Equal Employment Opportunity
TechCongress values an inclusive and diverse workplace. Diversity is one of our core values, and it is something we are constantly trying to improve upon. We have piloted various practices to foster inclusive classes of Congressional Innovation Fellows. We are always learning and trying to incorporate lessons we’ve learned as well as new research on best practices as we grow. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our clientele, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and fellows and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment and fellowship, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.
You can read more about our efforts to build an inclusive fellowship, especially by working with veterans and underrepresented minorities, on our blog.