Issue One is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization that is uniting Republicans, Democrats, and independents in the movement for political reform. Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus of more than 200 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet officials is the largest bipartisan coalition of its kind ever assembled to advocate for solutions to strengthen our democracy.
Issue One is building a multi-year initiative to win game-changing federal legislation that gets big money out of politics and fixes our broken political system.
Why You Should Work Here
We have fun together, we work toward positive, political change, we view our employees as whole people (not just workers) and try to make every effort to be flexible when it comes to “real life”, we respect what our employees have to say and try to make IO a better place to work by incorporating employee feedback into our policies/procedures
- We are pragmatic: We have a realistic and persistent approach to politics because we know that lasting policy changes in Washington require cross-partisan cooperation and bridge-building.
- We are ambitious: We are a dedicated group that works diligently towards achieving big wins.
- We are resilient: We persevere while remaining hopeful about the prospect of ambitious political reform.
- We are supportive: That means we show up for each other, learn from each other, act with empathy, and have fun along the way.
- We value work/life balance: We know the importance of supporting the health, well-being & growth of our employees.
- We are entrepreneurial: We innovate and adapt to seize political opportunities and break new paths to reform.
At Issue One, team members are given a lot of room to stretch themselves and grow in their skills. We are a small but mighty team that values new perspectives. We work together to accomplish big things and to take positive steps toward reforming our democratic systems. We have fun with one another and appreciate that our employees are people with lives outside of work. We have a professional development budget for each junior staff member which helps advance their professional development.
160 hours of vacation
80 hours PTO
Heath, dental, vision & STD/LTD insurance
Quarterly wellness benefit ($200 per quarter)
Internet reimbursement ($60 per month; only available during COVID)
Fun Committee and DEI committee
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IO is a 501(c)(3) organization (with a sparingly used (c)(4) arm), so its major purpose is to educate and advocate for policy solutions to improve our democratic republic. The organization goes about that by talking to groups and individuals across the political and ideological spectrum, both on the Hill and off. The Leg team leads that work — talking to outside groups, building or being a part of coalition or policy discussion as we try to build the political will to achieve policy change. Because IO believes that policy change requires legislative action, IO exercises its legal rights to undertake the lobbying activities permitted under the (h) selection. The ultimate measure of IO’s work is whether changes in public policy are achieved, whether through legislation, executive action, or other means. The Leg Team are the point persons for that stream of work.
The IO Leg Team most directly interfaces with other groups and with the Hill. The culture is unique because the work requires an advocacy skill set that is different than other programmatic or operations staff. Leg Team staff must have strong policy skills, the ability to write succinctly, a good political “nose” for how politics works, understand instinctively the incentives for politicians, parties, or outside groups to act or not act, the ability to ask questions and suss out the real answer behind the words and a strong sense of the role that IO plays in this environment. The Leg Team has a culture of sharing information, of separating to some degree personal feelings/positions from what the work requires, an uncanny ability to put yourself in the shoes of your adversary, and the ability to get information somewhat like a good reporter. Much of what is done or not done is not mechanical but more art.
An ideal candidate for Legislative Director is someone who, as a prerequisite, believes in IO’s cross-partisan mission. The LD has to have a deep knowledge of the issues in the political reform issue area, a strong commitment to the policy solutions that IO advocates, and a proven track record of being able to work in a cross-partisan manner while staying true to IO’s mission. The LD must be excellent at political and legislative strategy and also write and edit well. The ideal candidate is a good teacher, mentor, and leader who understands the importance of having every Leg Team member feel invested in what they are working on — judging the line between sufficient amounts of autonomy and the need to check in with the LD or the ED. The ideal candidate knows how the Hill works in intimate detail and is creative and open to new approaches without giving short shrift to the proven basics of lobbying. The ideal candidate has to be comfortable running a true public interest advocacy effort where adversaries almost always have more money, more staff, and more resources in general, and then still feel the work at IO is worthwhile and impactful.
Issue One is seeking a spring intern interested in strengthening American democracy through cross-partisan advocacy. We hope to hire an intern who can think strategically as well as be versatile and open-minded, like the rest of our team. Our interns are integral members of the team. We are a small but growing office where you will gain hands-on experience in bipartisan outreach and advocacy, communications and messaging tactics, legislative affairs, working with current and former elected officials, and much more. We also work closely with other reform organizations and will give you an expansive look at the important work being done nationwide to rebuild American democracy.
Issue One’s DEI Statement
Issue One Vision for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Our mission at Issue One is to repair our broken political system by making it possible for all people in the United States to better participate in our democracy. That is why we unite Republicans, Democrats, and independents to push for meaningful political reforms that will return the government to the American people. We work every day towards building a government where individual voices are heard above moneyed interests and where inequities in who has power are reduced. Our country’s broken political system stands in the way of progress on the other issues we care about.
Why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matter to Issue One
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to our mission. A diversity of experiences strengthens our work by challenging our assumptions and bringing more voices and greater participation. Our goal of creating meaningful political reforms requires the perspectives of all Americans, not just those who are well represented in power. Through our work, we support equal access to tools that build a strong democracy, extending power to all people, not just moneyed interests. Cultivating inclusion at Issue One empowers our team to realize our mission and fully participate in its achievement.
Issue One is dedicated to the constitutionally enshrined and uniquely American ideals of self-government, liberty, and equality. All the work we do is in pursuit of a more perfect union — so that all Americans can participate and be heard in our system of government. These ideals must be renewed and strengthened each generation.
Our commitment to diversity is a recognition that our unique characteristics, when combined, help us better achieve our mission. These characteristics include ability/disability, age, ethnicity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
We are committed to diversity in our staff, board, consultants, spokespeople, and partners, making it possible to envision and achieve more creative and nuanced solutions to fix our broken political system. Diversity drives us to be creative in our work and our strategies for achieving our goals.
Our pragmatic approach aligns our policies, practices, and resources so that all our employees can fully participate in achieving our goals and so that all Americans can fully participate in our democracy.
We foster an inclusive culture where individuals are respected and valued for their unique perspectives, experiences, and identities.
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