Lobbyist, Science and Engineering

Position Description

Lewis-Burke, a dynamic and team-oriented federal advocacy and consulting firm which represents the interests of leading research, technology, education, and health organizations, is recruiting a new lobbyist for its science and engineering practice.  In particular, the firm is seeking applicants with interest in or experience with issues pertaining to physical sciences, energy, space or engineering.  The firm is based in Washington, DC.  The firm’s physical sciences and engineering practice, consisting of a team of professionals, covers a broad range of issues of relevance to the firm’s clients including issues pertaining to basic and applied scientific and engineering research programs, STEM education and workforce development, research infrastructure, and industry partnerships. Our staff has deep connections across research agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and NASA, as well as with congressional science authorizing and appropriations committees, and leadership in research advocacy coalitions such as the Energy Sciences Coalition and Coalition for National Science Funding.  

Major responsibilities include supporting client science and engineering government relations needs, advising clients on upcoming research opportunities and strategies to engage research agencies, managing client thrusts in these sectors, leading and participating in both congressional and executive branch advocacy efforts, and interacting among high level client representatives, Members of Congress and their staffs, and key federal agency officials.  We are seeking a skilled professional who understands and has an interest in science agencies and their research and development portfolios and who can help clients achieve their research and policy goals with agency and congressional leaders and staff.  Major areas of responsibility include:

  • Design, development, and execution of federal engagement and advocacy strategies for Lewis-Burke clients to achieve their government relations goals;
  • Analysis of a broad range of issues, budget documents, client capabilities, and political circumstances to keep clients informed of legislative and federal trends, opportunities, and threats;
  • Creation of timely and in-depth written analyses of science and engineering policies, funding trends and new grant opportunities, and political developments likely to impact clients’ federal relations strategies;
  • Manage client relationships and provide regular client communication to ensure satisfaction and loyalty;
  • Enhance the reputation and influence of Lewis-Burke and develop client profile raising opportunities by building relationships with key client contacts, Members of Congress and their staffs, federal agency officials and research and higher education community members; and
  • Adhere to lobbying rules and reporting requirements.


  • Minimum 3 years of Capitol Hill, Federal Government, or policy experience.
  • Graduate degree in political science, public administration, public policy, law, engineering, science, business or related field or equivalent experience preferred but not required.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced collaborative team environment.
  • Understanding of the federal legislative, administrative, and regulatory process to include science, energy, space or defense budget and appropriations and science or defense authorizations.
  • Effective communication, writing, and time management skills.

Compensation is commensurate with experience and the generous benefits package includes vacation and sick leave and employer contributions to health insurance and retirement savings.  Lewis-Burke is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, ability, and experience drives us forward every day.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should send a single PDF of their cover letter, updated resume, and a short writing sample to employment@lewis-burke.com.  Applications will be accepted through May 14, 2021 and will be considered as they are received.