Political Program Manager

03 Aug, 2022


Political Program Manager

Southwest Airlines
Dallas, TX


Governmental Affairs

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Job Description:

Job Summary

  • As Part of the political programs team you will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Southwest Airlines Freedom Fund PAC (PAC), ensure compliance with rules and guidelines, assist in setting the PAC’s goals and strategy, and work with departmental Leaders to manage PAC giving, governance, and oversight.


  • Create and manage the PAC program and increase eligible Employee engagement
  • Create content for PAC solicitation communications
  • Support and advise on political giving at the federal, state, and local levels
  • Work with outside vendor to manage PAC record keeping databases and comply with data upkeep best practices and data retention requirements
  • Coordinate with external vendor and counsel to generate and file all required reports to ensure strict compliance with all federal, state, and local regulatory requirements for all political giving
  • Lead PAC budgeting, disbursements, compliance, governance, and communications processes
  • Perform regular competitor and market analysis and benchmarking
  • Lead PAC communications initiatives; including solicitation materials, quarterly member events, annual newsletter, annual report, and internal GPAC website
  • Develop, plan and execute events hosted by the PAC (e.g., candidate events, fundraisers, PAC appreciation events), or Governmental Affairs department (e.g. policy roundtables, elected official corporate visits)
  • Manage the department’s annual Fly-In Program, Days on the Hill, and its members
  • Support the development and execution of Governmental Affairs outreach initiatives and policy campaigns in support to advance the interests of Southwest Airlines
  • Manage and engage with Governmental Affairs national partnerships to support Southwest Airlines policy stances and political relationships
  • May assist with issue management as needed and directed by department Leadership
  • May perform other job duties as directed by Employee’s Leaders

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of federal laws and regulations governing PAC’s
  • Skilled in political acumen
  • Skilled in attention to detail and proven ability to self-direct work
  • Skilled in organization and project management
  • Skilled in written and oral communication, including writing, speaking and message development
  • Skilled in Excel and PowerPoint
  • Skilled in data analytics
  • Ability to think strategically with flexibility in dealing with complex and changing political situations
  • Ability to cultivate and steward relations with internal Southwest Airlines employees and external stakeholders
  • Ability to be a Team player and work in a dynamic and deadline-oriented environment
  • Ability to manage external consultants and demonstrate good judgement


  • Required: High School Diploma or GED


  • Advanced level experience, seasoned and specialized knowledge in:
    • PAC administration, including PAC disbursements, generating compliance reports, and working with PAC databases
    • Knowledge of federal laws and regulations governing Corporate PACs
    • Owning program strategy, end to end delivery, and communicating results to senior leadership
    • Government officials and agencies, community organizations, companies, trade associations or equivalent organization in conceptualizing and executing policy-related events
    • Cross-functional projects and collaboration with a wide array of internal and external stakeholders to support activities before policymakers and senior corporate executives


  • N/A

Physical Abilities

  • Ability to perform work duties from limited space workstation/desk/office area for extended periods of time
  • Ability to communicate and interact with others in the English language to meet the demands of the job
  • Ability to use a computer and other office productivity tools with sufficient speed and accuracy to meet the demands of the job

Other Qualifications

  • Must maintain a well-groomed appearance per Company appearance standards as described in established guidelines
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines
  • Some travel required

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Job posted: 2022-08-03