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DARPA Legislative Affairs Analyst

The position is hybrid, with onsite work at the client site in Ballston, VA. A TOP SECRET (SCI eligible) clearance is required to perform this work. All applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Spire is a full-service communications firm supporting innovative programs in government, technology, healthcare, and science. We seek a full-time, highly skilled professional to provide support for DARPA’s legislative affairs department. Candidate will exhibit familiarity with and knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process.

In this position, you would be responsible for monitoring and reacting to the status of defense-related legislation, hearings, and floor actions. You will also prepare agency staff for congressional hearings and respond to congressional inquiries.

You will provide summaries of DARPA engagements with Congress, upcoming hearings, and active legislation for agency leadership. You will write background papers, talking points, and written and oral statements for leadership and agency employees when preparing for Congressional briefings.

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What You’ll Do

  • Support the day-to-day activities of the DARPA Legislative Affairs Director
  • Manage visits from Congressional staffers
  • Manage processes for creating legislative briefings and responses
  • Coordinate visits with members on the Hill
  • Track regulatory documents relevant to DARPA and educate agency leadership
  • Research and write background papers, talking points, and verbal and written statements/responses
  • Synthesize complex information into clear understandable written formats
  • Provide administrative support (calendar management, slide development) for the Legislative Affairs Director

What You’ll Bring to Spire

  • 5+ years of experience in legislative affairs, government affairs, or congressional affairs
  • 4+ years experience working in defense or intelligence
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Top Secret clearance

Our benefits

Medical (CareFirst BCBS) and Dental (United Healthcare) plans paid at 100%

Monthly $50 “wellness” stipend for gym memberships, spa services, etc.

Life and disability insurance (short- and long-term)

18 days PTO and 8 federal holidays per year (+Veterans Day for those who have served)

Flexible home/office environment

Home office expense reimbursement

401(k) plan with automatic 3% of salary employer contribution

Employee referral bonuses

Annual stipend for employee and/or job-related training

About Spire

We are a boutique, woman-led agency that specializes in technology, health, and science. Our clients are federal agencies and contractors charged with advanced R&D and vital national programs that make life better for all Americans. Our team is committed to the work of these pioneers and public servants. We believe in their missions, marvel at their innovations, and delight in telling their stories.

Every member of our team is a senior-level communicator. This means every assignment is an opportunity to work with and learn from the best strategists and storytellers—designers, videographers, writers, editors, media relations leads, social media managers, and web developers.


For sixty years, DARPA has held to a singular and enduring mission: to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security. DARPA explicitly reaches for transformational change instead of incremental advances.

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