As a member of the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) team at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), the External Affairs Officer will develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for ASD’s public messaging needs, including engagement with media and outreach to the U.S. executive branch and Congress. S/he will proactively message ASD’s analysis, policy recommendations, and other lines of effort to the public through the press, social media, and to government and congressional officials. The individual will also identify opportunities for ASD leadership and team members to speak to the press and participate in other public events. This position requires establishing and managing a substantial network of journalists, government officials, Hill contacts, and other constituencies, as well strategic planning about policy advocacy and public relations. The External Affairs Officer works in close coordination with ASD’s leadership and staff, as well as GMF’s Communications and Congressional Affairs teams.
Successful candidates will bring substantial experience in foreign policy and communications/public relations, including experience in government or on the Hill, as well as knowledge of malign foreign interference and/or information operations or related national security issues.
Key Areas of Responsibility:
- Develop and manage strategic communications for the program, particularly by proactively identifying opportunities for ASD leadership, staff, and Advisory Council members to educate policymakers on recommended policies and present analysis publicly
- Serve as a spokesperson for ASD when appropriate; facilitate accurate media reporting by providing relevant information to journalists, academics, and policy makers
- Develop and execute plans to ensure ASD’s research and policy materials gain wide reach with policymakers, including by establishing regular contacts in the executive branch and in Congress and serving as a liaison between ASD staff and U.S. policymakers on matters of policy and analysis on malign foreign interference to undermine democracies
- In collaboration with GMF’s Communications team, field a high volume of media requests and serve as the primary ASD point-of-contact for journalists and reporters
- Attend conferences, roundtables, and events on behalf of ASD
- Develop policy recommendations, in coordination with ASD leadership and team members, and publish blog posts and other written products advocating for them
- Master’s degree in a related field strongly preferred. Minimum five years of related experience, preferably with some government experience.
- Substantial experience in communications, congressional affairs, and foreign policy
- Knowledge of media operations and a firm understanding of the core principles of journalism
- Knowledge of the U.S. government structure, both Congress and the executive branch
- Excellent English-language skills – verbal and written; proficiency in a European language preferred
- Knowledge of foreign state actors’ efforts to interfere in democratic institutions around the world or related national security issues
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