BASIC FUNCTION:                  

The key responsibility of the Legislative Analyst position is to assist APTA’s Government Affairs and Advocacy team in researching legislative issues and federal agency activities and communicating the public transportation industry’s position on federal legislative issues to APTA members, Members of Congress, the Executive Branch, and other surface transportation organizations.


Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Obtaining, analyzing, and organizing information on federal legislation, regulations, and other federal activities related to public transportation, to facilitate understanding of federal transportation policy and to assist in the development of Association policies on such issues;
  • Preparing legislative alerts and updates as well as legislative summaries on a regular basis to inform and mobilize APTA’s members on current and upcoming legislative matters;
  • Tracking, monitoring, and analyzing new legislative policy and regulatory proposals as they arise, keeping other members of the APTA staff informed;
  • Preparing memoranda, speeches, and talking points to assist APTA officers and executive staff in communicating the public transportation industry’s views on federal legislative and government affairs issues;
  • Preparing statements and reports on matters of interest regarding advocacy on behalf of the public transportation industry with an emphasis on preparing written material for development of the public transportation industry’s position on the authorization of the federal surface transportation law and other legislative priorities;
  • Researching and writing APTA testimony to be submitted to Congressional committees on topics of interest to the public transportation industry;
  • Communicating in writing, APTA positions on legislative and policy issues to Members of Congress, the Executive Branch, and APTA’s coalition partners;
  • Attending meetings, press briefings, or hearings as assigned and reporting on these events as they relate to public transportation;
  • Monitoring Capitol Hill press for news related to public transportation and reporting developments to Government Affairs Department colleagues;
  • Updating Government Affairs section of APTA’s website and managing its content and structure, including ensuring that written products are displayed and updated frequently; and
  • Performing other duties as directed.


  • Extent to which assignments are carried out in a timely and comprehensive manner;
  • Extent to which written work products (e.g., speeches, press releases, testimony, letters) are accurate, timely, and effectively prepared; and
  • Extent to which Government Affairs section of the APTA website is maintained and kept up to date.


A bachelor’s degree is required. The preferred candidate will have at least one to two years’ work experience on Capitol Hill or with programs related to public policy. Familiarity with the federal legislative process including transportation authorization, budget, and appropriations issues is desirable. Strong writing and communications skills are also required.  Must be willing to travel to support committee meetings, events, and conferences.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performance of duties requires the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel. The job frequently requires the ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The American Public Transportation Association offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and hybrid work mode. We are on the orange/blue/silver and red Metro lines. To apply for any of the positions listed below, please send a cover letter and resume to

APTA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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