Principal, National Security Policy Practice

Position Description

Lewis-Burke, a dynamic and team-oriented federal advocacy and consulting firm which represents the interests of leading research, technology, and education organizations, is seeking a Principal for its National Security Policy practice, based in Washington, DC. The firm’s national security policy practice, consisting of a team of professionals, covers a broad range of issues of relevance to the firm’s clients including issues pertaining to defense basic scientific research programs, applied research interests, advanced technology development challenges and opportunities, prototyping, research protection, award and contract mechanisms, and workforce development. Our staff has deep connections across DOD and on congressional armed services, homeland security, and intelligence committees, and robust expertise in their associated policies and activities, including in advising faculty on how to engage DOD in the classified arena. Effective efforts engage interests on Capitol Hill with federal agency priorities at DOD (including Army, Navy, Air Force, DTRA, DARPA, IARPA, CDMRP, Space Force), DHS, CISA, NSA, and the intelligence community, among others.

Principal responsibilities would include supporting to client national security government relations topics, managing of client issues, leading advocacy efforts, and leading interactions among high level client representatives, Members of Congress and their staffs, and key federal agency officials. We are seeking a skilled professional who understands the national security mission 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 national security and/or homeland security 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 national security legislative and federal trends, opportunities, and threats;
  • Creation of timely and in-depth written analyses of defense policy, regulatory, 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 5 years of Capitol Hill, Federal Government, or national security 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 defense budget and appropriations and defense authorization.
  • 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 Applications will be considered as they are received.