The Communications Manager is responsible for producing written content for public and private distribution to policymakers at the state and federal level, including commentary for state and national outlets, public testimony, public comments, memos, letters, and more. The manager will ensure accurate messaging and Style Guide adherence across the board and will provide copy-editing support to the entire team.
The ideal candidate has 3-5 years of relevant experience and a track record of successfully communicating complex policy initiatives through storytelling and other written content. They are a detail-oriented editor and have a curiosity for learning the nuances of effective policy communication. They take initiative to create solutions and enjoy linking the right messages to the right audiences to achieve a desired impact. They have demonstrated an ability to effectively manage multiple projects and people simultaneously.
The manager will report to FGA’s Communications Director and will assist in the management of several part-time contract writers.
CULTURE AND FIT
Success at FGA depends not only on a person’s skills, but also on their ability to fit the culture of FGA. We describe our culture with five Core Values:
- Candid to Solve—being willing to have tough conversations in order to solve issues or build trust
- Grow or Die—we don’t have a neutral gear; we must consistently challenge ourselves and each other to grow in our talents and skills
- Politically Savvy—policy doesn’t change in a vacuum, but in a political reality that we must understand and account for
- Partnership-Oriented—internal and external relationships are not transactional. That starts with our team members and the perspective that we need the rest of the team to succeed in order to win personally
- Bought in to Win—we’re at FGA because we want to change policy. No one is counting hours or widgets, we are here to get results, and sometimes that will require going the extra mile or doing a job that isn’t technically ours.
It might help to think about the following list of questions. If you answer “yes” to all of them, you may be a fit for the team if your skill sets match the requirements below. The vast majority of those who don’t get hired or don’t last at FGA are due to a lack of fit with these values. Be prepared to have very candid conversations about them in our interview process.
- Do you wholeheartedly agree with the policies that we advocate (see org for a full description) and the underlying principles that people’s lives are made better through work, not government welfare, and that a free market creates greater freedom and equality than any command-and-control government system?
- Do you agree that embracing the realities of politics is necessary to have success in changing public policy?
- Do you tend to be the one who initiates conversations with colleagues, rather than waiting for them to come to you?
- Are you comfortable creating your own structure for work, such as setting work hours, your own priorities, and creating clarity and a workplan from a broad goal?
- Does it motivate you to think about working with a team of world-class professionals who are held to a very high standard of achieving results?
- Do you seize opportunities to try new things or improve a skill that’s relevant to your company or role?
- Are you able to build meaningful relationships (creating trust) with people you only see face-to-face a few times a year?
- Do you tend to lead teams by creating clarity about goals and progress, rather than proscribing the steps they need to take?
- Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and do you have a practice of getting help from others to mitigate your weaknesses?
- Does it bother you if others take all the credit for the work you do?
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Communications Manager will have three primary roles: 1) to produce written content for public and private distribution; 2) to ensure proper messaging, grammar, and style in all FGA publications, and 3) to provide management and process support to the internal team and external contract writers.
These roles break down into a number of responsibilities. Some of the key responsibilities are:
- Develop effective written content for a policy-focused audience
- Investigate the needs and purpose of each piece to ensure internal stakeholder satisfaction
- In-depth knowledge of FGA’s policy areas and priorities
- Participation in brainstorming sessions to develop solutions to big initiatives that involve written content
Editing and Messaging
- Ensure the integrity and consistency of FGA messaging through all written content
- Facilitate full compliance with the FGA Brand and Style Guide
- Support the Communications Director by providing editing support as needed to all staff
Process and People Management
- Follow FGA writing and editing processes in our project management software (Basecamp) with transparency and accountability to ensure writing and editing projects are completed on-time and with the desired end goals.
- Support Communications Director with the management of contract writers, ensuring their compliance with processes with the goal of taking on management of external policy writers after the first 90 days.
- Apply organizational priorities to publications timelines to ensure deadlines are met
- 3-5+ years’ experience writing, a bachelor’s degree is not required if paired with significant writing experience
- Experience managing and providing guidance on content and priorities to other writers
- Humility and a disposition that is focused on mission and outcome, not personal recognition
- Match FGA’s Core Values (described above)
TIMING, LOCATION, AND COMPENSATION
FGA is seeking to fill this position no later than September 1. FGA’s staff work remotely, therefore the location for this position is flexible. Limited travel required. FGA offers salary and benefits that are very competitive, including a health benefit and generous paid leave plan.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF:
- Cover letter which does not rely on stock language and specifically answers the following questions:
- your specific and personal interest in FGA’s mission and work,
- how your experience has prepared you to excel in this role based on the job description,
- how you handle writing pieces for colleagues and/or public figures and how you maintain excitement and satisfaction in your work when you’re often not the one getting the credit,
- how you approach providing constructive yet candid feedback to colleagues,
- your salary requirements.
- 3-5 full-length, published pieces, ghost-written pieces are perfectly suitable as long as the applicant was the primary writer.
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/
Questions can be directed to Lauren Skiver, Talent 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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