The Cardinal Institute for WV Policy is West Virginia’s free-market nonprofit think tank. A dynamic, impactful, and nimble organization, Cardinal is dedicated to building what it likes to call, “The West Virginia Miracle.”
About the Role
As Cardinal continues to grow in stature and prominence across the state of West Virginia, we are hiring for a critical new role: Community Engagement Manager. This position will play a pivotal role in advancing our mission by connecting with potential stakeholders across the Mountain State to bring the Cardinal message to diverse communities, build effective coalitions, and increase the impact of Cardinal’s work and research. Part outreach-coordinator, part coalition-builder, part event-planner, the Community Engagement Manager must a proactive and entrepreneurial person.
The Community Engagement Manager will speak to diverse audiences across the state about Cardinal’s issues with a focus education choice and economic opportunity. This role will report to the Executive Director. Ideally, this candidate will work out of the Charleston, WV office, but an exceptional candidate may be allowed to work virtually in West Virginia.
The Community Engagement Manager will have the following responsibilities:
- Build, develop, and strengthen meaningful relationships with West Virginians “from the hilltop to the holler” who may have an interest in education choice and Cardinal’s other policy areas. This may include established organizations, individuals, prospective donors, and others.
- Identify value-creating partnerships (i.e., coalition-building) with nontraditional allies and institutions
- Arrange networking opportunities, small-scale events, and speaking engagements across West Virginia in order to facilitate Cardinal’s message of limited government and economic opportunity
- Serve as a statewide ambassador for the Cardinal Institute
- Facilitate two-way communication between Cardinal and potential stakeholder groups
Characteristics, Skills, and Qualifications
- Approximately 1-3 years of experience is desired; internships may be considered experience and recent graduates will be happily considered
- Ability to travel approximately 25% of time around the beautiful state of West Virginia, and sometimes outside of WV
- Passion for the principles underlying the Cardinal Institute’s philosophy of limited government, economic opportunity, free enterprise, and education choice
- Extroversion and/or enjoyment at the thought of building long-lasting, meaningful relationships to further Cardinal’s goals; “people person”; relatable
- Comfortable talking with people from all different socioeconomic backgrounds, life experiences, etc.
- Adept at following up with stakeholders, donors, organizations, allies, etc. The thought of calling someone on the phone doesn’t terrify you.
- Entrepreneurial self-starter
- Ability to quickly learn fundamentals of policy debates and differing political philosophies
- Ability to conduct oneself in a professional manner in front of large groups and in different contexts
How to Apply
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- Cover Letter detailing philosophical interest in position, why you think you are the right person to connect with diverse audiences, and salary requirements.
- Two original writing samples
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/
Questions can be directed to Katy Gambella, Network Engagement Manager at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]
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. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
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