Special Assistant to the President

Washington, DC /
Executive /
Full Time
Department: Executive
Supervisor:  President
FLSA Status: Exempt
Supervisory Responsibilities: departmental interns and as needed  

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, is searching for a Special Assistant to the President.  As Special Assistant, you will provide administrative support and work with the President to ensure organizational alignment at the senior most levels of the organization.

At EMILY’s List, you will be part of a dynamic team committed to electing Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot. Read on for more details about the job and about EMILY’s List.

Essential Job Functions

    • Strategically design and manage the president’s complex short- and long-term schedule, including speaking engagements, detailed travel plans and itineraries, meetings, and events;
    • Works closely and effectively with the president to keep her well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, including key decisions and special requests, and following up appropriately;
    • Complete a broad variety of administrative tasks for the president including, but not limited to: managing an extremely active calendar; screening visitors and callers; managing all signatures; copy editing materials; arranging complex and detailed travel plans, itineraries, and agendas; and expense submissions;
    • Manage the briefing process, including collaborating with other departments to produce itineraries and briefings for major events, trips, speeches, and meetings;
    • Coordinate information flow to- and from- the president’s office;
    • Ensure all speaking requests are screened through the Speaking Request Form at EMILY’s List and coordinated with the communications department;
    • Communicate regularly with the executive director and senior leadership team to ensure alignment and support of the president’s office, and interact with all levels of staff, visitors, and external stakeholders, while maintaining a high level of confidentiality;
    • Ensure call time by the president is appropriately staffed;
    • Develop engagement strategies to implement and amplify the president’s priorities and agenda;
    • Oversee special projects at the discretion of the president;
    • Draft executive-level correspondence;
    • Coordinate all meetings for the president —including (as required) material preparation scheduling, ordering refreshments, and setting up conference rooms with audio, visual and conference call needs;
    • Works closely and effectively with the president to keep her well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, including key decisions, following up appropriately, and any special requests;
    • Perform additional duties as assigned.


    • At least 2-3 years of experience assisting a high level executive or public official in a fast-paced environment;
    • Qualified candidates must have outstanding interpersonal skills, strong follow up and follow through skills, and high attention to detail; 
    • Candidates must have experience supporting a high-level executive and the ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously;  
    • The ideal candidate is creative, optimistic, dedicated, remains calm in difficult situations and has the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment;
    • The ideal candidate is able to work flexible work hours and has the ability to travel;
    • Significant knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Workspace suites;
    • All candidates should possess commitment and passion to elect Democratic pro-choice Women, as well as a commitment to the diversity of our candidates, membership, partners, and staff.
The salary for this position is $62,000 to $70,000 and comes with a comprehensive benefits package.  The starting pay for this position is equal to others at the same level throughout the organization. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applications submitted by January 4, 2022 will be given priority.  If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted directly.  No calls, please.

About EMILY’s List

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.

EMILY’s List is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values a multicultural, diverse working environment. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

EMILY’s List prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment based on gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the person holding this position.  This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. EMILY’s List reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary.