FGA works with state leaders across the nation to advance positive health care, welfare and job creation reforms, and to stop policies that grow the welfare state at the expense of families and taxpayers. In just the past two years, 34 states have implemented FGA model reforms that will result in 4.5 million people escaping the welfare trap over the next three years.
This success has led to new opportunities at both the state and federal level, thus the need to add a dynamic new expert to our world-class team of policy leaders. Expanding our team will allow us to help millions more Americans move from welfare to work and the hope of a better life.
The Government Affairs Director’s role will be to manage a portfolio of 10-15 states where we hope to advance FGA’s proven reforms. Within those states, he or she will be responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive strategy to turn FGA ideas into laws, whether through the legislative process or working directly with the executive branch. In some states, the Director will manage on-the-ground teams of public affairs experts to help achieve policy wins. The exact make-up of the states in the portfolio will be determined based on the successful candidate’s location and experience.
This role is newly created, and is part of a State Affairs team of three Government Affairs Directors, who collectively manage all the states with FGA activity. The Directors coordinate with FGA’s research, policy and marketing teams to ensure FGA’s resources are focused on high-value opportunities in the states.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Developing and executing state-specific strategies to advance FGA’s reforms
- Managing public affairs experts in the states
- Building relationships with key legislative champions and equipping them for success in their reform efforts
- Presenting FGA’s reforms to lawmakers and coalition partners in both small and large-group formats and as legislative testimony
- Working with FGA’s research, policy and marketing teams to craft customized materials and messages for the state reform champions
- Tracking the status of reform efforts, whether in the legislature or executive branch
- Assisting state agency staff to draft language for new rules, waiver requests and other executive actions necessary to implement FGA reforms
The successful candidate will have a strong track record of:
- At least five years’ experience leading successful efforts to change policy via legislation, executive action, and/or agency action. Candidates with experience in more than one of these will receive special consideration
- Succeeding in a fast-paced, changing, and demanding environment
- Strong communication skills, showing the ability to understand the expectations and needs of others and working with them to find creative solutions
- Management of multiple, simultaneous, complex projects or programs
- Management of teams and coalitions to achieve difficult goals
- Being self-motivated, able to work independently and juggle competing priorities
Who should Apply?
Someone who loves the opportunity to build a strategy, put a team together to execute it, and then push hard for the win. He or she will have to be a good communicator, able to understand the motivations and needs of policymakers and help set them up for success. Changes and problems will arise every day, so he or she will need to be really good at figuring out underlying issues and convincing peers to buy into the right solution. The right candidate will be able to stay focused on the end goal (and keep others focused on it) even in the midst of the chaos of the policy process.
If you’re interested in this role, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have a strong belief that a free market economic system is the best possible way to relieve poverty and give people the opportunity for a better life?
- Do you believe that getting a job is a critical factor in escaping poverty and welfare dependence?
- Do you believe government has a minimal role to play in providing a welfare safety net for the poor, and that it should be focused on the truly needy?
- Do you think embracing the realities of politics is essential to advancing good public policy ideas?
- Does it motivate you to be held to a very high standard of measureable, real-world results achieved?
- Are you curious about why things work? Do you find yourself experimenting a lot with new approaches for how to get better results?
- Have you made a lot of mistakes in your life and career? Can you think of a lot of important lessons you’ve learned from those mistakes?
- Are you often the person in the room who asks the uncomfortable question that everyone is thinking?
- Do you like having lots of freedom to decide where and how you work?
- Do you tend to be the one who initiates conversations with colleagues, rather than waiting for them to come to you?
If you answered yes to all these questions and are looking for the opportunity to make a lasting impact, then you should apply for this role.
Timing, Location & Compensation
FGA is seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. Many of FGA’s staff work remotely, so the location for this position is flexible. FGA considers this position a key management role, and will offer a salary and benefits that are very competitive with the nonprofit sector, including a retirement benefit and generous paid leave plan.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF with your name in the file:
- Cover letter detailing:
- your sincere interest in this position and the mission of the organization,
- your salary requirements, and
- your availability to start.
Please include “Gov Affairs, FGA – Your Name” in the subject line of your email. Materials should be emailed in one PDF to Lauren Skiver with Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.
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