The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is seeking a Senior Fellow to provide technical assistance in formulating, establishing, and advancing FGA policy reforms. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who loves to dig into the nuts and bolts of a policy and really understand it, but who also loves to sit down with a governor’s chief of staff or a legislative leader to share those ideas and help them overcome obstacles to implementing the reforms in their state.
The Senior Fellow will develop and deliver legislative testimony, conduct key policy briefings, produce policy memos and public comments, educate legislators and other stakeholders, assist in research and development of new policy reforms, participate in media interviews, and provide internal and external technical assistance on our reforms.
What does a typical day look like? One day the Senior Fellow will travel to a state to deliver a legislative testimony, brief a legislative caucus and a roomful of allies, meet with agency leaders to address their concerns, and then meet a reporter for coffee to talk about how FGA’s policies will improve lives in that state. Another day the Senior Fellow will write a memo for a governor about how to implement a policy, jump on a radio show to promote the power of work to improve lives, help a member of FGA’s research team write a paper on our issues, and respond to technical questions from the Government Affairs team. The common thread will be to develop a deep expertise on FGA’s reforms and be a resource to internal and external partners who are working to adopt and implement the reforms at the state and federal level.
An ideal candidate will have three to five years of relevant experience and a track record of successfully producing or managing policy activities. They will view new and complex ideas as an exciting challenge. They are skilled at synthesizing complex ideas and communicating them simply and effectively, as FGA’s goal is not simply to write about policy but to see it enacted. The right person for this job will have demonstrated an ability to navigate policy information, including legislation and state and federal statutes and regulations.
A track record of effective and clear written communication is also necessary, including the ability to write technically. Ideal candidates will be flexible and able to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. They will be comfortable moving between research, writing, outreach, and interpersonal work, including frequent travel (average of six days of travel every month) and meeting with new people.
The Senior Fellow will be focused on a mix of welfare, health care, and workforce issues. These include concepts ranging from Medicaid and food stamp policy, to health care pricing transparency, to licensing reciprocity. A strong candidate will have specific experience in one of these issue areas, and the mix of work will be tailored to their area of expertise and experience.
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
This role entails five major roles:
Analysis and Insight
- Provide critical insight into our policy initiatives including reviewing, analyzing, and marking up legislation
- Provide internal and external policy technical assistance to colleagues and partners
Testimony and Briefings
- Prepare and provide testimony in multiple states each legislative session
- Conduct in-state briefings with both legislative and executive branches, focused on FGA reforms
- Brief federal officials and lawmakers on FGA policies in Washington, D.C.
Public Comments and Memos
- Develop public comments in response to regulatory action at the federal and state level regarding FGA’s reform areas
- Produce in-depth policy memos on relevant issues
- Produce rapid response technical assistance information
- Engage with media for interviews and responses as a public spokesperson
- Participate in public events, including speaking on panels and other presentations at policy events
- Assist Research department in writing relevant research papers
- Educate policymakers, partners, allies, and internal staff on FGA policy reforms
- Provide a technical and policy review of relevant proposed legislation, regulation, and policy guidance
- Build a comprehensive and proactive strategy for internally educating FGA staff
- Work closely with FGA colleagues to conduct outreach and education events as needed
TIMING, LOCATION, AND COMPENSATION
FGA is seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. Location is flexible. While FGA’s headquarters are in Naples, FL, nearly all of FGA’s staff work remotely. It is important to note that all of our staff currently live in the Central or Eastern time zones, therefore, candidates in another area may face more lengthy travel requirements. Fairly significant travel will be required, likely 20-24 trips per year. Many of the trips will be pre-planned, and last-minute trips should be rare. All travel expenses are covered.
FGA offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including a retirement program, a health benefit, and a generous paid leave plan.
To apply, qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- Cover letter detailing why you would be a good fit for the FGA culture, why you want to work with us, and what kind of value you would bring to the FGA team. Please also include your salary requirements and your availability for travel.
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. No phone calls, please.
Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.