Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service
Location: Washington, D.C.
Type: Full Time
Salary: $78,592 - $102,166 per year
Jobs Outside Academe
Internal Number: VAR002385
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division (FDT) seeks an Analyst in Foreign Affairs focused on Latin America and the Caribbean and U.S. relations with the region. The ideal candidate is expected to possess and enhance over time the skills necessary to provide legislative analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels. The analyst may support research undertaken throughout CRS.
Prepares a variety of analytical, descriptive and background reports, memoranda, and written materials on subjects or public policy issues within the employee's designated areas of responsibility to support congressional decision-making.
Through personal consultation, assists committees, Members, and staff with consideration of legislative issues by providing information and analysis, and applying professional subject-area knowledge.
Participates in CRS seminars, workshops, and/or outreach programs for committees, Members, and staff. Locates and provides information requested by Members and committees of Congress or their staff.
Applicants should have experience conducting sophisticated analysis of Latin American and Caribbean affairs and U.S. relations with the region; knowledge of the U.S. legislative branch and its operations; and the ability to work as part of a collaborative team. The work can require rapid response to emerging policy issues during active legislative processes. The ideal candidate will have a solid background in Latin American and Caribbean affairs, and U.S. relations with the region, and the ability to apply such knowledge in a legislative context. Professional experience analyzing or implementing policy and legislation is preferred. Strong research, analysis, writing, and presentation skills are essential, and applicants with an advanced degree in regional studies, international relations, national security policy, history, economics, foreign languages, or similar discipline are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with Spanish, French, or Portuguese language skills are also encouraged to apply.
The analyst will prepare authoritative, objective, and nonpartisan analytical studies and descriptive and background reports and other products that analyze Latin American and Caribbean affairs and U.S. relations with the region; provide personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff on Latin American and Caribbean affairs throughout the legislative process; and participate in team research projects and seminars.
CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.
CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.
About Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves as shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress. CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process — from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities.
CRS approaches complex topics from a variety of perspectives and examines all sides of an issue. Staff members analyze current policies and present the impact of proposed policy alternatives.