Senior Policy Associate

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Advocacy | Full-time | COVID-19 remote


Common Sense ( is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology.

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on, Xfinity, Apple TV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curriculum and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, and legislators to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

Common Sense is looking for a senior policy associate to help manage Common Sense's tech and kids advocacy agenda on Capitol Hill and within the states. This position is primarily focused on federal policy support but, as needed, also will support the advocacy team on state and international advocacy. 

LOCATION: Washington, D.C. (remote during the coronavirus pandemic)

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time (40 hours per week) 

REPORTS TO: Senior counsel, global policy 


  • Serve as a clearinghouse for Common Sense's legislative advocacy.
  • Support our federal, state, and international policy specialists. 
  • Carry out advocacy strategies, and manage and monitor daily progress and activities for priority issues. 
  • Identify key bills and maintain up-to-date tracking and summary document for priority legislation, regulatory actions, and committee hearings and markups. 
  • Provide research and drafting support on submissions to state, federal, and international bodies on priority issues, help with regulatory filings, and monitor the progress of submissions.
  • Draft memos and other written collateral on Common Sense positions and issue areas of interest, including industry, regulatory, and legislative updates, for public-facing materials and other purposes. Help contact legislative offices, set up meetings, and maintain relationships as needed. Represent Common Sense at legislative meetings and coalition gatherings, and identify opportunities for deeper engagement on our issues.
  • Other duties as needed that are appropriate to this position.


  • Background in public policy (as an advocate or attorney, or from work in a state or federal office). 
  • Graduate, law, or public policy degree preferred but not required.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Familiarity with the legislative process at the state and federal levels.
  • An understanding of one or more Common Sense advocacy issues.
  • Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor.
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy.
  • Passion for advocacy and Common Sense's mission. 


  • The chance to work with talented, passionate professionals.
  • A great health and welfare benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and a matching 401(k).
  • An organization that offers work/life balance.
  • The opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of kids and families!

Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our values, please visit our statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Common Sense will consider employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. However, job offers are made on the condition that the applicant subsequently passes a criminal background check. If the background check indicates a prior criminal conviction, we will conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether the conviction should result in denial of employment.