Program Associate, Legislative and Faculty
This position will be based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or Washington, D.C. FIRE operates on a hybrid work schedule that allows for a mix of in-the-office and remote work for eligible employees.
The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression’s mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of all Americans to free speech and free thought—the most essential qualities of liberty. FIRE educates Americans about the importance of these inalienable rights, promotes a culture of respect for these rights, and provides the means to preserve them.
The Program Associate, Legislative and Faculty will provide administrative assistance to the Legislative and Policy department and to the Vice President of Programs on faculty outreach and development work. The Legislative and Faculty Program Associate will also conduct research and author blog posts on academic freedom and legislative topics of interest to FIRE. It is anticipated that roughly 50% of assignments will be related to legislative and policy efforts with the remaining assignments focusing on faculty outreach responsibilities. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Legislative and Policy
- Arranging Travel for the Legislative and Policy Director, Legislative Counsel, and Legislative fellow.
- Assisting in the preparation and filing of lobbying disclosures.
- Maintaining legislative calendars.
- Managing FIRE’s bill tracking system.
- Tracking Legislative and Policy department expenses and submitting reimbursement requests.
- Authoring blog posts on relevant legislative issues.
- Conducting research on behalf of the Legislative and Policy department.
- Conducting audits measuring institutional compliance with enacted campus free speech and due process statutes.
- Attending legislative hearings and other functions that are local to D.C. or Philadelphia and the surrounding areas reachable by car and train.
- Coordinating legislative briefings for Congress.
- Performing additional duties as needed.
- Faculty Outreach
- Assisting with the planning and logistics related to the annual FIRE Faculty Network Conference, working with the Vice President of Programs, FIRE event and conference staff, and vendors as needed.
- Assisting with the planning and logistics of other faculty programming, including occasional webinar discussions with faculty and FIRE staff.
- Helping to promote, grow, and manage membership of the FIRE Faculty Network, and accurately tracking and updating membership information through Salesforce and other tools.
- Helping with the creation and distribution of member content, including the monthly Faculty Network newsletter.
- Assisting with research and helping to develop and coordinate long-term projects.
- Driving awareness and adoption of faculty resources.
- Helping maintain and ensure accuracy and timeliness of faculty web resources.
- Authoring blog posts on relevant faculty-related issues.
- Working with other departments to ensure coordination of outreach efforts as needed.
- Performing additional duties as needed.
This position involves a moderate amount of travel.
The expected start date for this position is as soon as possible.
A successful candidate will be organized, have a self-starter mentality, and have the ability to manage multiple workloads with differing objectives. Most importantly, the candidate must exercise superb judgment and demonstrate a knowledge of, and passion for, FIRE’s mission and an ability to articulate that passion in a way that will make others enthusiastic about our cause.
A candidate must also be able to demonstrate:
- Familiarity with FIRE’s mission and the ability to articulate it to others.
- Understanding of academic freedom and First Amendment concepts as applied to higher education.
- Passion for free speech and/or due process.
- Strong organization, time management, and project management skills.
- Strong research, writing, and communication skills.
- Attention to detail.
- The ability to multitask.
- The ability to work independently.
- The ability to learn quickly.
- The ability to be a team player.
Salary and Compensation
Starting salary is negotiable and depends upon experience and education level. FIRE conducts periodic evaluations where employees may receive raises or bonuses for outstanding and excellent work. FIRE also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance; a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account option; matching retirement contributions; and a generous paid time-off plan.
Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and contact information for at least two professional references. All applications are confidential. Please address applications to Cait Scanlan, HR Manager.
FIRE is an equal opportunity employer.