Public Affairs Associate

02 Mar, 2019


Public Affairs Associate

Public Affairs Council
Washington, DC

Division/Department: Council/Practice Team

Position title: Public Affairs Associate

Incumbent: New Position

Position – Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt

Job summary

This job will have two core focus areas:

1. PAC practice: 
As a focus for the first several months of employment, support and help grow the Public Affairs Council’s PAC practice. In conjunction with PAC Practice Manager, conceptualize and/or continue member (and non-member) communication and programming designed to educate both emerging and seasoned PAC professionals on:

  • General public affairs and PAC-specific fundamentals; and
  • Emerging trends in field.

After becoming familiar with the PAC practice, support and help grow our Digital & Communications practice area in the same way as described above. We will train this individual to play the same role s/he serves for the PAC practice (eg: look for potential speakers).

2. Workflow management and planning: Help keep the trains running on time for the practice team, managing the editing process for newsletters and other collateral and coordinating with our operations and events team to make sure programs run seamlessly.

Principal functions

  • PAC (and in time Digital Advocacy) practice: At direction of or in conjunction with Practice Leader (initial priority on PAC practice, followed in time by Digital practice):
    • Respond to member requests
    • Help execute and assess workshops, webinars and conferences in each discipline:
      • Research and recommend potential speakers
      • Review speaker materials
  • Workflow management and planning
    • Collect and/or develop new member resources
    • Help draft thought leadership pieces and/or collateral (eg: tip sheets, best practice case studies)
    • Help develop surveys and conduct research
    • Plan and execute Professional Development Month programs (August)
  • Establish, maintain, grow and evaluate network of leading public affairs professionals for subject matter expertise
  • Represent Council at industry events, before, during and after business hours

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, enthusiasm and strong problem-solving skills, with an interest in defining the future of the profession and coaching others to do the same
  • Excellent communication skills as both a public speaker (prepared and extemporaneous) and writer with solid editing skills
  • Ability to establish priorities, work independently, balance many projects at one time and meet deadlines and objectives with limited supervision or administrative assistance
  • Ability to be successful in a work environment that is team-oriented, customer-focused and non-partisan; also must be comfortable in an environment that encourages open dialogue in both staff and member communications
  • Strong relationships with internal and external individuals and groups
  • Sound judgment and leadership, often without complete information
  • Results driven and a self-starter

Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • Two to three years direct PAC experience; additional familiarity with corporate and/or association PAC and public affairs work a plus
  • Experience working successfully with senior-level executives and audiences
  • Program management and event planning/consulting experience
  • Digital and communications experience is desirable but not a prerequisite

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to

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Job posted: 2019-03-02