Policy Analyst

Policy Analyst – Policy and Public Affairs

The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) is looking for a Policy Analyst to join our team.

The Policy Analyst works within ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability on year-round legislative initiatives in each of the 50 states. He/she is responsible for assisting with the production of ACUF’s state legislative ratings, compiling and evaluating information collected though state-based contacts, and generating legislative scorecards for publication.

This position is based just outside the nation’s capital in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct in-depth research to understand the political, social, and/or regulatory implications of proposed and existing state legislation.
  • Develop, assemble, and proofread information to be included in the state ratings while collaborating with vendors to produce the ratings guides.
  • Support the Center for Legislative Accountability in producing ACUF’s state legislative ratings, including aggregating state legislative roll-call votes for compilation into matrices.
  • Monitor and look for ways to improve the department’s system of rating all 50 state legislative bodies each session.
  • Broadly assist the Center for Legislative Accountability and its team with various legislative and administrative tasks, including preparation for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and state and federal award production and delivery.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Legislative experience preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, with particular emphasis on Excel.
  • Knowledge and experience with politics and regulatory and legislative processes.
  • Passionate about the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work successfully individually or in a team environment, and exercise sound professional judgment.


  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

To apply, please send a resume, two writing samples, and three references to Ryan McGowan at rmcgowan@conservative.org.