Principal, Science and Technology Practice

Position Description

Lewis-Burke, a dynamic and team-oriented federal advocacy and consulting firm that represents the interests of leading research, technology, education, and health organizations, is recruiting a new lobbyist for its science and technology practice.  The firm is seeking applicants with interest in or experience with policy and research development issues pertaining to science and technology.  The firm is based in Washington, D.C.  Lewis-Burke’s science and technology practice team covers a broad range of issues relevant to the firm’s clients including issues pertaining to the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Department of Defense.  Our staff has deep connections across federal science agencies, congressional science authorizing and appropriations committees, and leadership in research advocacy coalitions such as the Coalition for National Science Funding

Major responsibilities for this role include supporting client science and technology government relations needs, advising clients on upcoming science and technology research opportunities, developing strategies for clients to engage research agencies, managing client thrusts in scientific research or workforce development, 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 the National Science Foundation, science policy, and research development, and who can help clients achieve their science and technology 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 technology 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 5 years of science or technology-related Capitol Hill, Federal Government, or policy experience.
Graduate degree in science, engineering, political science, public administration, public policy, law, 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 research budget and appropriations and science 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  Applications will be accepted through June 11, 2021 and will be considered as they are received.