External Affairs Manager - America's Future

January 11, 2021

External Affairs Manager

Georgia Public Policy Foundation
January 11, 2021
Virtual in GA or Atlanta, GA
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External Affairs Manager
Georgia Public Policy Foundation
Atlanta, GA or Virtual in GA

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation, established in 1991, is a trusted, independent resource for voters and elected officials. We provide actionable solutions to real-life problems by bringing people together. Our team produces a wealth of content about the bread-and-butter issues we cover from education and healthcare to housing affordability and taxes. The Foundation seeks a new team member to expand our outreach in the state, raising awareness of our work and building partnerships with potential allies for liberty.

About the Opening

Our new position of External Affairs Manager is begging for a great communicator with a keen mind for policy and a passion for limited government and free enterprise. It’s a utility-knife kind of position, but a high-end utility knife; the right candidate will clearly be capable and comfortable acting as the first face of the Foundation that many Georgians ever see, and driven to bring them into the fold as supporters, advocates and donors. The External Affairs Manager will work with our entire team – comms, policy, development and senior leaders – to advance the Foundation’s strategic objectives and near-term goals.

While the pandemic has sharpened our ability to connect remotely with others, we also believe more strongly than ever in building and strengthening personal relationships across the state on a face-to-face basis. The External Affairs Manager will be the tip of the spear for that work, meeting virtually with others as necessary but also hitting the road for small and large meetings with existing and potential allies. Georgia is a big, beautiful state (the largest by area east of the Mississippi River) and this new staffer will get to see a lot of it.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to communicate complex ideas in simple, memorable ways. This will primarily be verbal communication, and public speaking skills as well as interpersonal skills are absolutely vital. Written communication skills are also important. We need someone who has excellent time management skills and can adhere to organizational priorities. Above all else, we need a real “people person” who enjoys making new connections and maintaining them. Owning an existing rolodex of contacts across the state is a big plus. Given the nature of the work, this position will be mostly remote but does require that the new hire live in Georgia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the President and Vice President to understand the Foundation’s strategic objectives and how to pursue them
  • Work with other team members to advance organizational goals in Communications, Policy and Development
  • Understand key Foundation policies and ideas well enough to explain them to laypeople
  • With senior leaders’ input, create and pursue an aggressive strategy to promote the Foundation’s policies and ideas to a diverse array of civic, collegiate and advocacy groups
  • Strengthen ties with the Foundation’s existing partners
  • Identify new potential partners (organizations and individuals) for the Foundation and cultivate them
  • Deliver speeches and presentations to interested organizations and create opportunities for senior leaders to do the same
  • Assist Development staff with identifying prospective donors and cultivating existing donors

Skills and Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of experience, with a preference for work in public policy and/or advocacy
  • Demonstrated experience in public speaking
  • Ability/availability to travel within the state of Georgia, including some overnight trips, approximately 30/40% anticipated
  • Passion for limited government, free enterprise and personal responsibility
  • Self-propelled motor
  • Love for meeting new people and cultivating relationships with them
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and strong written communication skills
  • Results-oriented approach to setting priorities and managing time
  • Rapid response to current events or organizational needs
  • “Happy warrior” attitude
  • Desire to work flexibly, learn constantly and serve enthusiastically on a team

Application Instructions 

To apply, qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing:
    • Your interest in the position
    • Salary requirements
    • Explain why GPPF's core principles of economic freedom, limited government, personal responsibility, individual initiative, respect for private property and the rule of law resonate with you

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: https://talentmarket.org/candidates/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.

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.

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