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Lead Govt Affairs & Public Policy Spec - 90251977 - Washington

Date: May 1, 2019

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20001

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This position is responsible for assisting the department in implementing Amtrak’s federal government affairs strategy via coordinating policy research and development and supporting external outreach.   


  • Assist with Government Affairs’ public policy development, including conceptualizing new legislative proposals and coordinating with subject matter experts across the company in order to help develop Amtrak’s multi-year reauthorization proposal for Congress.  
  • Responsible for supporting the department’s external affairs through legislative research and subsequently developing white papers, one pagers, talking points, and presentations for Government Affairs staff to utilize during stakeholder briefings.   
  • Assist with, and on occasion lead, Government Affairs briefings and meetings with internal and external stakeholders, including Congress. 
  • Lead the department’s efforts in advancing Amtrak’s regulatory priorities, including working with DOT, FRA, Congress and other stakeholders. 
  • Responsible for coordinating the oversight of FAST Act implementation, including tracking internal and statutory deadlines, working across departments to ensure deliverables meet the statutory requirements, and helping to assemble periodic oversight updates for Amtrak leadership.  
  • Support congressional correspondence by conducting research, compiling information from across the company, drafting letters, and tracking workflow.
  • Assist the Senior Director with improving efficiencies and processes within the department and leading special projects and other tasks as assigned in support of the Government Affairs’ mission and annual goals.  


3 years of work experience in public policy specifically with 9 overall years’ work experience.


  • Able to handle multiple tasks at one time and adapts easily to an exceptionally fast-paced working environment.
  • Motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Conducts in person and/or telephone dialogues as appropriate to manage and conduct the flow of work.
  • Frequently works long hours and is required to be on-call and available on an emergency basis.
  • Frequently travels throughout and outside the region as required (e.g., via train, automobile, and/or airplane).



  • Experience working on Capitol Hill in a federal policy role, such as: a Legislative Correspondent, Legislative Aide and/or Legislative Assistant for a Member or as a Research Assistant or Professional Staff for a relevant committee.  
  • Familiarity with Amtrak, the rail industry, and surface transportation policy.
  • Familiarity with legislative research tools, including advanced search functions of


Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Requisition ID:40387
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Job Family/Function:Government Affairs 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety- sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions.   If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, he/she will not permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.

POSTING NOTES: Government Affairs || Corporate

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