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Foundation for Government Accountability

Federal Affairs Manager

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Discipline: Government Affairs
  • Location: Virtual
  • Application Deadline: April 3, 2020

Description

The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is seeking a Manager of Federal Affairs to aid the Senior Director of Federal Affairs in executing FGA federal affairs strategy, including FGA’s federal regulatory strategy and federal health care project. FGA’s federal team has existed for less than four years, and yet has had a major impact on welfare and health care rules. Dozens of our recommended reforms have been implemented or are in the works. This is an opportunity for someone to be a key player in an organization that is getting transformational results.

The Manager of Federal Affairs will schedule and coordinate logistics for federal policymaker meetings, candidate briefings, and other stakeholder meetings. Key duties will also include project management, reporting key meetings and ensuring that follow ups are handled as appropriate.

What does a typical day look like? In this role, no two days will look identical. One day the Manager will meet with leaders in the administration, on Capitol Hill, or with allied groups. Other days he or she will prepare follow-up memos for meetings and prepare briefing documents for FGA’s CEO to use in Hill meetings the next day. This role requires the ability to handle project management, follow-ups, and information dissemination. At a high level, the Manager will develop an efficient and effective system to execute, track, and position FGA to win on federal reforms, while taking advantage of the opportunity to meet and build trusted relationships with policymakers and their staff.

An ideal candidate will have three to five years of relevant experience and a track record of successfully managing projects, scheduling meetings, coordinating logistics and a keen attention to detail. They will have a solid understanding of the federal policymaking process, and a keen ability to communicate with internal teammates and external partners in a way that builds rapport and trust.

They have the ability to manage lots of moving priorities and keep them moving through the pipeline, nudging them toward completion/victory. The Manager of Federal Affairs will be detail-oriented in their scheduling, note taking, and sharing information thoroughly both internally and externally. Discretion in how, when, and with whom to share information is paramount.

Ideal candidates will be flexible and able to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. They will be comfortable moving between attending meetings, scheduling, sending emails, outreach to policymakers, and meeting new people.

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.

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. Beyond the core values, answering the following questions can help flesh out if you will be a fit for the culture of FGA. Hint, if any answer is “No,” you may not enjoy working at FGA.

  • Do you wholeheartedly agree with the policies that we advocate (see thefga.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, setting 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 getting 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?
  • 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 Manager of Federal Affairs will have three primary roles: 1) to support the Senior Director by managing scheduling and logistics for day-to-day federal affairs work and the federal health care candidate project; 2) to attend meetings and other events as needed; 3) to report, manage, and track federal affairs activities.

These roles break down into a number of responsibilities. Some of the key responsibilities are:

Scheduling and Logistics:

  • Schedule meetings with key stakeholders and coordinate related logistics (RSVPs, print collateral, etc.)
  • Schedule candidate briefings for federal health care project

Meetings and Events:

  • Attend meetings and events with Senior Director as needed
  • Deliver documents to the White House, agencies, or the Hill as needed

Reporting and Tracking Information:

  • Maintain database (Quorum) reporting to ensure an accurate snapshot of federal accomplishments
  • Post follow-up items from meetings in Basecamp and assign as appropriate

TIMING, LOCATION, AND COMPENSATION

FGA is seeking to fill this position no later than February 28. FGA’s staff work remotely, but the candidate will need to reside in the Washington, D.C. area to attend regular meetings. Transit and parking costs will are covered. FGA offers salary and benefits that are very competitive, including a retirement program, a health benefit, and a generous paid leave plan.

This job can be virtual.

How to apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials:

  • Cover letter which addresses your specific and personal interest in FGA’s mission and work.
  • How your experience has set you up to excel in this role based on the job description
  • Résumé
  • Your salary requirements

Applications should be submitted through Hireology. For questions, please contact Sarah Hubal, Internal Systems Director, at sarah@thefga.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. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Foundation for Government Accountability
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