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Temporary Position: Senior Government Relations and Communications Manager

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Washington, DC, United States

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Apr 10, 2021

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Temporary Position: Senior Government Relations and Communications Manager
Summary of Role:
The Senior Government Relations and Communications Manager will join an Executive Office team responsible for
expanding external audiences, telling NDI success stories and increasing support for the organization. The Manager
is responsible for expanding outreach for NDI, particularly on Capitol Hill, and with other external audiences. This position
involves creating and editing content for the NDI website, blog and social media accounts. The Manager will provide training and support on external outreach and communications to NDI teams in Washington, DC and in the field.
This is a temporary position that will last for a 6-month period.
Primary Responsibilities:
Outreach Management
Under the leadership of the Director, the Senior Manager highlights for donors and external audiences the relevance of NDI in confronting today’s international governance problems, the importance of democracy assistance and the work of our partners in over seventy countries
Expands congressional outreach with Members of Congress and staff to increase support and understanding of NDI’s role in promoting international democracy, credible and fair elections, and open and transparent governance
Serves as liaison with NDI teams
for Hill meetings and events
Leads on outreach for visiting field staff, members of parliament and democracy partners
Organizes congressional panels and events to demonstrate NDI impact
Monitors legislation, congressional hearings and markups on democracy assistance, human rights and foreign policy issues
Gathers relevant NDI information to share with Hill audiences and formulates strategies that achieve policy outcomes in support of democracy assistance
Assists in drafting congressional testimony for NDI experts
Deepens and expands existing networks and coalitions that work together to support democracy assistance
Manages contact databases to ensure regular and complete outreach to external audiences
Content Creation and Management
Creates and edits content for the NDI website, blog and social media accounts
Contributes to the writing and design of e-newsletters, social media outreach and other external communications strategies with a goal of substantially increasing subscriptions and followers
Assists in the development of videos and podcasts to highlight NDI’s work with democracy partners around the world
Designs and conducts virtual and in-person training to NDI staff and local partners on strategy and best practices for outreach and external communications in support of the Institute’s mission and successes
Monitors information sources, including think tanks, traditional media, blogs and social media networks, for opportunities to highlight NDI’s work
Oversees special projects
Strategic Planning and Leadership
Assists the organization in maintaining persistent and persuasive written and verbal communication to educate on legislative policies that promote democracy assistance
Develops long-term education and communications strategies to support, protect, and advance the mission of the organization
Works with NDI teams to develop strategic plans on external outreach and communications both in Washington DC and the field
Incorporates best practices on external outreach and newest media trends into NDI’s outreach strategies
Represents the Institute as a thought leader to external audiences
Other Duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change based on organization needs.
Supervisory Responsibility:
This position does have direct reports.
Qualifications:
Minimum of ten (10) years of experience implementing government relations and communication strategies
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in international relations, journalism, communications or other relevant degree preferred. A combination of experience and education in lieu of degree will be considered.
Congressional experience or prior engagement with the U.S. Congress
required
International relations and development experience, including knowledge of NDI’s democracy work, a plus
Excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills
Proven track record in rapidly expanding online outreach through social media, email marketing, online advertising and fundraising preferred
Experience and skills working with:
- Contact management systems such as Salesforce and Salsa
- Google tools Software Program
- Microsoft Office
- Data mining software such as Google Analytics
Comments:
Candidates must be legally eligible and authorized to work in the U.S. NDI does not provide sponsorship.
NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees.  NDI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at NDI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified individuals who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or medical related conditions.
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