Working In: Executive Offices

What does working in an executive office entail?


Working in an executive office, you serve as a professional staff appointed by the executive (e.g. the President of the United States, a governor, or a mayor). Work opportunities vary, but may include policy development, evaluation and implementation of policies, developing advice and counsel to the executive, and community engagement. Positions within an executive office are often filled by professionals who not only have deep expertise in a particular issue or range of issues, but also possess political acumen. Senior-level jobs are usually appointed through political processes and require a deep understanding of the community served by the executive. Excellent community engagement, communications, and policy development skills are helpful in these roles.


Examples of executive offices

  • Mayoral Office
  • Governor’s Office
  • County Commissioner


Sample roles in an executive office

Policy Analyst

  • Collects and compiles information to inform government officials.
  • Analyzes the impact of policy decisions and makes recommendations.

Legislative Assistant/Policy Advisor

  • Represents the perspective of an elected official to constituents and other policymakers.
  • Advises and negotiates the substance of legislation and policy.
  • Generates talking points and other communications documents and strategies to advocate for a policy or piece of legislation endorsed by the elected official.

Communications Director/Press Secretary

  • Crafts the message of a non-profit or government organization.
  • Responds to media requests and issue press releases on your organization’s work.

Hear from LEE members who have worked in an executive office

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