What is the Role?
Legislative Relations Director
Foundation for Government Accountability
Naples, FL or Virtual Office
FGA works with state leaders across the nation to advance positive health care and welfare reforms, and to stop policies that grow the welfare state at the expense of families and taxpayers. The Legislative Relations Director will play an integral role on FGA’s legislative relations team, helping to design and execute state-specific educational campaigns to achieve our policy goals. He or she will be tasked with building relationships with key decision-makers and executing state level action plans, coordinating both internal and external resources to advance FGA’s policy goals.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Building and managing relationships with legislators and legislative staff
- Turning FGA research into legislative-focused communications (emails, talking points, op- eds, etc.)
- Understanding the policy and political lay of the land in high-priority states
- Coordinating tactics on the ground in the states, working with FGA senior fellows, local vendors and the various FGA departments
- Identifying and tracking legislation that pertains to FGA’s policy objectives
- Providing legislators with model legislation, testifying in committees, and working with FGA’s Senior Fellows to respond to legislative requests for information
- Anticipating research and publication needs, and coordinating their creation with the research and communications teams
Foundation for Government Accountability promotes better lives for individuals and families by equipping policymakers with principled strategies to reform failed health and welfare programs nationwide.
Launched in June 2011, FGA is a dynamic and fast-growing free-market think tank headquartered in sunny Naples, Florida, and is known for its world-class team of health care
experts and their innovative policy solutions.
The organization’s founder and CEO is Tarren Bragdon, former head of the Maine Heritage Policy Center and a former member of the Maine legislature. Tarren is a renowned expert on health care policy, and under his leadership, the FGA team has led the fight against ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion in the states. But his vision also extends to a transformation of our welfare system, with the goal of disrupting the cycle of dependency that takes away hope from generations of Americans.
If you become a part of FGA, you will be joining a flexible, lean, fast-paced organization that expects much from you, but will ensure you are working in your areas of greatest strength, and have the freedom to iterate new approaches to achieving the organization’s goals. While many policy organizations focus on a myriad of issues, FGA’s narrow focus on two issues and its absolute dedication to in-depth planning and message development will create incredible clarity for you. This laser focus and intense preparation greatly increases the organization’s ability to accomplish big goals. And the results are good.
FGA has grown at a breakneck pace since its launch four years ago, and now is one of the largest free market state-focused think tanks.
Who should Apply?
The successful applicant for this position will be someone who is passionate about advancing free market ideas, knows how to use good political strategy to advance good policies, and is adept at managing complex operations plans. They must also have experience in working with state legislators and/or state agencies.
• Agree wholeheartedly with FGA’s mission and objectives
• Have a demonstrated track record of being able to work independently in a remote office environment
• Enjoy building new relationships
• Be comfortable in their own skin, not easily unsettled by attacks from opponents or candid feedback from colleagues
• Have first-hand knowledge of how state legislatures operate and what motivates legislators
• Be curious and eager to learn
• Have at least two years of experience working with state officials or legislators
• Be willing to travel regularly, up to once per week during legislative sessions
Timing, Location & Compensation:
FGA is seeking to fill this position by October 15, 2015. Many of FGA’s staff work remotely, so the location for this position is flexible. FGA offers salary and benefits that are very competitive with the nonprofit sector, including a health benefit and generous paid leave plan.
Qualified candidates should submit the following:
• Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position/mission of the organization and your salary requirements
Materials should be emailed to Erik Makrush, FGA Operations Director, at firstname.lastname@example.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. No phone calls, please.