The Franklin Center is a fast-paced, fluid organization that employs a staff of investigative and political reporters across the country, trains and empowers citizen journalists, and supports a network of bloggers. We seek a highly motivated individual to fill a new position, Director of Policy & Outreach.
The Director of Policy & Outreach will work closely across departments in the organization, overseeing a team that coordinates outreach and relationship marketing, conducts policy research and product development, and serves as a resource supporting key projects and initiatives. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, a demonstrated general understanding of policy matters, and ability to manage people and projects.
The Director of Policy & Outreach will be based in Franklin’s Alexandria, Virginia office, and report to the Senior Vice President.
Roles & Responsibilities:
- Outreach & Relationship Marketing: Oversee day to day functions related to outreach, with a primary goal of driving effective relationship marketing that engages our strategic allies toward increasing our profile and distribution network. This includes aligned non-profit groups, networked bloggers and citizen journalists, and key influencers in the media realm.
- Oversee Policy Research & Development: Work with experts from think tanks and other organizations to conduct policy research, play a day-to-day supporting role to our opinion writing efforts, and serve as a resource to our staff throughout the organization.
- Policy Education: Arrange monthly policy orientations on such subjects as education, energy, regulation, the environment and health.
- Project Management: Serve as a liaison between development and journalism to ensure fulfillment of donor intent and execution in a timely manner.
- White Papers: Assist in production of in longer-form policy white papers that take an in-depth look at critical policy issues.
- Coordinate Promotion of Policy Oriented Work: The Director will work with our marketing, media relations, and other departments to ensure promotion metrics are achieved.
- 4-6+ years of experience in policy, outreach, external relations, public affairs, or related field preferred
- High social IQ; ability to quickly build meaningful relationships with a variety of people/personalities
- Strong people management skills; passion for cultivating, empowering, and professionally developing lower level staff
- Successful track record of problem solving; confronting issues head-on and addressing them
- Self-motivated; outcome-oriented
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, turn ideas into action, and drive projects to completion
- Big picture mentality; ability to see how all the moving parts of an operation fit together
- Superior organization and focus on detail
- Solid administrative skill set
- Strong written & verbal communication skills
- Budgeting experience
- Understanding of the importance of outreach/building partnerships and how these relationships are tied to the success of an organization such as ours
- Knowledge of the free-market nonprofit movement a plus
Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file:
- Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position/mission of the organization and your salary requirements
Materials should be emailed to Claire Dixon, executive director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: firstname.lastname@example.org. All materials should be sent in one PDF file with your name in the file name.
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.
About the Franklin Center
Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity strives to promote the education of the public about waste, corruption, incompetence, fraud and taxpayer abuse by public officials at all levels of government. With transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility as its watchwords, the Franklin Center identifies, trains, and supports investigative journalists working to detect and expose corruption and incompetence in government at the state and local levels. For more information on the Franklin Center please visit www.FranklinCenterHQ.org or our news site, watchdog.org.