Do you love puppies and kittens? Do you hate taxes and wasteful government spending? Do you sweat the details, enjoy working with a team, and dig a fast-paced startup culture?
If you answered yes, read on: this is your dream career opportunity. We’re looking for a Government Affairs Director to help us build the future today.
What We’re Looking For: A Government Affairs Director to drive federal government affairs and public policy initiatives for the White Coat Waste Project (WCW). The Director will play a key role in developing and overseeing federal policy initiatives, building decision-makers’ support for WCW priorities, increasing WCW’s name ID on Capitol Hill, and building new relationships. S/he will work remotely from home and closely with the Senior Vice President Advocacy and Public Policy and other remote employees and consultants. Must be fully committed to our bipartisan and strictly single-issue mission of ending wasteful government spending on taxpayer-funded animal experiments. Strong interest in issue advocacy, politics, public affairs, animal advocacy, or pro-liberty causes.
Why You Want This Job: WCW is a taxpayer watchdog and bipartisan coalition of 3 million liberty lovers and animal lovers. WCW was the first organization to expose Dr. Fauci’s beagle experiments and runs the #BeagleGate campaign to end them. WCW was also the first to expose U.S. taxpayer funding for animal experiments at the Wuhan lab — the suspected source of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Glenn Greenwald says: “More than any other group, it is WCW that has elevated the cause of stopping these horrific government experimentations on dogs and puppies into the mainstream political conversation.” BuzzFeed says WCW “is writing a controversial new activist playbook — and it’s unclear whether anyone can control the forces that it has helped to unleash.”
Our high-profile campaigns at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, USDA, FDA, NIH, EPA, and more, have cut government experimentation on dogs and cats to its lowest-ever level and secured the first-ever federal policies to retire and release survivors. WCW was honored as the Public Affairs Campaign of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants and awarded the LUSH Prize as the world’s top public awareness campaign about animal testing. Our work has been featured on the front cover of USA Today, the New York Times, NBC, Fox News, Time, People, Science Magazine, and many more.
The Government Affairs Director is responsible for specific duties that include (but aren’t limited to) the following:
- Lobbying: Drive day-to-day lobbying and meetings with Members of Congress (MOCs). Develop and execute strategies to secure sponsors and co-sponsors for WCW-backed legislation and win support for WCW’s public policy initiatives.
- Relationship Building: Grow WCW’s current relationships with MOCs and Capitol Hill staff. Find and cultivate new House and Senate relationships to advance WCW’s public policy priorities.
- Policy Development: Develop, draft and oversee the implementation of federal policy initiatives, including legislation, appropriations efforts, Congressional letters, and other policy activities.
- Events: Drive Congressional briefings, virtual events, and Hill events to educate MOCs and staff.
- Writing: Draft and manage content that summarizes and advances our policy priorities for Capitol Hill offices, coalition partners, and other key stakeholders. Draft talking points for day-to-day lobbying meetings.
- Research: Research MOC offices, federal agencies, and policy issues. Maintain databases of contact with decision-makers. Assist with white papers, reports, and other relevant research.
- Campaign Coordination: Manage overall coordination with other WCW departments (communications, research, and investigations, grassroots, marketing, digital) to maximize visibility and build support for public policy initiatives.
- Miscellaneous: Additional relevant project management and duties, as assigned.
A competitive candidate will have the following background, knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- At least 6-7 years of substantive experience in government affairs, grassroots campaigns, issue advocacy, and/or Congress. Federal public policy, Capitol Hill, or lobbying experience required.
- Demonstrated interest in public policy, animal advocacy/protection, pro-liberty causes, transparency and accountability in government, and/or politics.
- Strong attention to detail and ability to proactively anticipate our campaign needs.
- Critical thinking skills. You’re able to identify and resolve problems quickly and spot opportunities to advance our goals.
- Excellent written skills. You don’t miss the main point or “bury the lede” in your communications…ever.
- Experience managing staff and consultants is a big plus.
- Solid experience with Microsoft Office applications.
- Entrepreneurial “take charge” spirit and a positive attitude. You must be an independent, proactive self-starter and relish a startup work culture.
- Washington, D.C. candidates required. Travel to Capitol Hill may be required.
Compensation: This is a full-time, work-from-home, salaried staff position that includes vacation/personal days and health benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience; the pay range starts at $75,000.
To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, references, and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject line: Government Affairs Director. Please note: we will only consider applicants who submit all of these requirements.