Public Affairs Manager

28 Jul, 2021


Public Affairs Manager

Wireless Infrastructure Association
Arlington, VA

As Public Affairs Manager for the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA), you will position WIA as a leader in wireless policy, advancing our advocacy goals by creating and executing public affairs, communications, and media relations strategies that raise our visibility with members, policymakers, and industry. Reporting to the Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, you will create proactive communications campaigns on a variety of topics, identifying opportunities to showcase WIA within trade publications and with the media. You will work closely with WIA leaders and other internal and external stakeholders to prepare press releases, talking points, and statements.

Next-generation 5G networks—100 times faster than current networks—are already reshaping the global economy, ushering in a new era of connected devices, powering smart cities, and enabling driverless cars, enhanced telemedicine, remote surgeries, and advanced manufacturing. Through public affairs and advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal levels, the Wireless Infrastructure Association works to support the widespread deployment of wireless infrastructure. Our members are the companies that make up the wireless infrastructure ecosystem in the United States, including wireless carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms that collectively own and operate more than 135,000 telecommunications facilities around the globe. Our mission is to help members succeed in enabling wireless communications to deliver broadband access to all citizens and communities.


  • Coordinate, write, edit, and distribute policy-related content for WIA’s digital, social, print, and video outlets including press releases, newsletters, and position papers.
  • Draft a variety of internal documents from speeches to presentation decks for the CEO and other WIA leaders, coordinating with subject matter experts across the organization. On occasion, serve as a spokesperson for the organization.
  • Translate complex policy goals into simple, easy-to-understand strategic messaging for both internal and external audiences.
  • Proactively develop relationships with reporters, editors, and producers.
  • Identify opportunities for attendance at trade show media and association events. Support colleagues on the marketing and events teams with media coverage, as needed.
  • Track media influence and develop regular reporting to show our impact.
  • Develop marketing and outreach strategies and tactics to support federal grants.
  • Manage and oversee WIA website content.
  • Coordinate WIA podcast: “Wireless Water Cooler.”
  • Supervise outside agencies/vendors, as assigned.
  • Once in-person meetings begin, you will visit The Hill to meet with members of Congress and press secretaries and attend events and other out-of-office meetings.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • 3-5 years of public affairs and strategic communications experience. Demonstrated expertise with media relations, corporate or association communications, and collateral material development. Ability to develop and execute communication plans across multiple social media platforms.
  • Exceptional writing and analytical skills with the ability to write both strategically and creatively under tight deadlines. Outstanding presentation and public speaking skills, written and verbal, to a variety of audiences.
  • Significant project management experience, including oversight of vendors with multiple deliverables.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of the telecom or technology sectors is strongly preferred. Previous association experience is desirable.


  • Comfortable with ambiguity. You are comfortable with shades of grey. You do not need a rulebook to solve a problem.
  • Accountable. You earn trust by your actions and faithfully keep your promises.
  • Detail Oriented. You get it right the first time and accurately keep track of all the moving parts.
  • Great communicator. You are articulate. You have concise, accurate, and effective written and verbal communication skills. You communicate and coordinate effectively at every level.
  • Team player. You thrive in a team environment yet work well independently. You carry your weight in the team, learning from others and contributing in equal measure.
  • Curious. You like learning new things and collecting and sharing information. You ask questions, listen, and learn.
  • Project manager. You can juggle multiple tasks, allocate and optimize resources, and manage timelines.

What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?

  • The sky is the limit for your growth in this role. Supported by an experienced manager, and an outside communications agency as needed, you will have the opportunity to lead and shape our public affairs program. We welcome creativity and innovation.
  • You will be joining a team of strong, talented colleagues who are dedicated to our mission. Our colleagues are friendly, respectful of different perspectives, and supportive of each other both personally and professionally.
  • We are the workforce leader in a rapidly growing industry. 5G and rural broadband access will transform every industry of the U.S. economy. Our work is interesting and varied; the issues facing our industry are constantly changing and we are pioneers of new ideas.
  • We offer competitive compensation and generous benefits that include vacation, sick, and bereavement leave; volunteer days; parking/Metro allowance; income security options; and health and wellness benefits that include an on-site gym facility.

To Apply

Simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at with “WIA – Public Affairs Manager #2021-2628 CW” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.

Job posted: 2021-07-28