Director of Public Affairs

Firearms Policy Coalition

JOB DETAILS
JOB TYPE
Full-time
POSTED
13 days ago

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

A unique opportunity to join a growing winning team and use your experience, skills, and passion to fight for human liberty, individual rights, and freedom.

 

LOCATION: Work location is flexible if approved by the Organization, except that this position may not be performed remotely from Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, or Rhode Island

 

SUMMARY:Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) — a fast-growing leader in the Second Amendment and adjacent issue advocacy space — is looking for an experienced, energetic, and high-impact leader with aligned values for its Director of Public Affairs, who will have primary responsibility for the Organization’s public affairs and media relations communications. Successful candidates will embrace extreme ownership principles, be aggressive, and do what it takes to win. An ideal candidate has:

 

  • Alignment with FPC’s values, purpose, vision, mission, and culture
  • Excellent writing/communication, organization, and management skills
  • A desire to positively integrate into an existing team and culture
  • Experience successfully creating and winning in earned media
  • Experience serving as the lead spokesperson for a major organization or public figure involved in significant, high-visibility issues
  • A Rolodex of news outlets, reporters, editors, influencers, and others in the media / communications industry
  • Experience drafting and successfully pitching, e.g., op-eds and stories
  • An understanding of and support for the philosophy of natural rights (and, ideally, the non-aggression principle—at least conceptually)
  • Read some of Cicero, Seneca, John Locke, St. Thomas Aquinas, George Mason, Bastiat, Ludwig von Mises, and/or Murray Rothbard
  • Read the Anti-Federalist Papers and the Federalist Papers and understand why the "Anti-Federalists" weren't anti-federalism and predicted much of the issues of today
  • An understanding of modern firearms issues, including legal (gun control) and social
  • The ability to turn complex issues—including litigation and legal documents—into powerful, aligned messaging and stories
  • A desire to create real world impact and help people exercise their rights
  • An excellent sense of humor and connection to our culture
  • A visceral hatred of mistakes, misses, and lost opportunities 

 

FPC offers competitive compensation and excellent benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance (99% employer paid), a 401(k) savings plan with match (100% to 5%), paid vacation, paid holidays, paid sick leave, short-term and long-term disability plans (100% employer paid), ample opportunities to increase your skill set with training and education, and more—not to mention becoming part of the FPC Family and an awesome team that fights for your rights and a better, more free future!

 

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: This job description isn’t an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position, and the person we're looking for has been in the industry for a while. You know that we all wear many hats and have to keep day-to-day working going well while handling emergent issues and emergencies. In fact, if you didn’t love that, you probably wouldn’t be applying for this job.

           

  • Have sound vision, lead with confidence, execute with strength, and deliver value to FPC’s members, supporters, and the public
  • Take an active role in advancing individual liberty and freedom, and promoting the Organization’s purpose, mission, objectives, and value proposition
  • Have primary responsibility for the Organization’s public affairs and media relations programs
  • Collaboratively develop the public affairs objectives and key results
  • Develop an intimate and detailed understanding of the Organization’s values, teams, operations, deliverables, and strategies to maintain messaging alignment
  • Serve as the Organization’s lead spokesperson and perform interviews (print/radio/TV/web/social)
  • Coordinate public affairs opportunities and messaging, and prepare leaders and team members for interviews (print/radio/TV/web/social)
  • Have tenacity, fortitude, and the commitment to do whatever it takes to get the job done successfully and win
  • Collaborate with the Organization’s senior leadership to develop strategies that will broaden reach, deepen impact, and support the Organization’s mission
  • Use discretion, independent judgment, specialized experience, and creativity to develop and execute strategic as well as tactical “quick-response” public affairs and communications efforts within a fast-moving and dynamic issue area
  • Prepare and deploy statements for multiple units and programs (e.g., advocacy, grassroots, legal/litigation, development/fundraising)
  • Find ways to grow the Organization so that we can work harder for the People, achieve the mission, and create maximal human liberty
  • Support other operating units with, among other things, creative/copywriting, content/deliverable production, and quality control
  • Use analytics and data to identify trends, areas for improvement, and independently make adjustments to actively increase engagement and growth on an ongoing basis
  • Track key metrics and present reports to show progress, wins, and losses
  • Lead, manage, and participate in events, trade shows, and conferences
  • Never compromise the Organization’s values, mission, and brand
  • Perform other duties or special projects as assigned

 

WORK REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS: The Director of Public Affairs / Spokesperson --

 

  • Must be authorized to work in the United States
  • Must be trustworthy and have high character
  • Must be able to legally acquire and possess firearms (including handguns)
  • Must have at least 5 years of experience in all aspects of high-profile public affairs and communications
  • Must have at least 5 years of experience in, and a track record of, self-leadership, team leadership, and success without handholding
  • Must have at least 2 years of experience serving as the lead spokesperson for a major organization or public figure involved in significant, high-visibility issues
  • Must have a strong network of news outlets, reporters, editors, influencers, and others in the media / communications industry
  • Must have experience drafting and successfully pitching (e.g., op-eds and stories)
  • Must have an understanding of and support for the philosophy of natural rights (and, ideally, the non-aggression principle—at least conceptually)
  • Must have an understanding of modern firearms issues, including legal (gun control) and social
  • Must have the ability to turn complex issues—including litigation and legal documents—into powerful, aligned messaging and stories
  • Must have a proven ability to analyze news and events, visualize trends, adapt to changes, and prioritize effectively
  • Must be able to effectively and efficiently use computers, software, and Internet based tools
  • Must have experience effectively using content management systems, communications deployment software, and related technologies
  • Must be resourceful and have the ability to solve problems quickly
  • Must have excellent technical, writing, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Must be detail-oriented and take comprehensive notes
  • Must learn quickly and do what it takes to get the job done
  • Must know when to push harder and when to hold or pull back
  • Must have an attitude that fits our culture
  • Must be willing to work hard and fight harder

 

WHO WE ARE: Firearms Policy Coalition is a team of passionate liberty and freedom advocates who love to fight for the People and their constitutionally guaranteed rights. Our members and supporters are energetic, informed, and passionate about their rights and freedom—we love our people! While we cover a lot of ground, we especially focus on rights protected under the First Amendment (free speech, etc.), Second Amendment (right to keep and bear arms), Due Process, and other important related issues. Our team members, attorneys, experts, and volunteers work to change the world through litigation, legal action, direct advocacy, grassroots, research, education, outreach, and other efforts. We are fiercely non-partisan. Our philosophy and core values (which some might describe as libertarian in nature) drives and forms the basis of all of our work. Successful candidates must have an appreciation and respect for our mission, culture, and members and supporters, including an absolute commitment to privacy and confidentiality.

  

  • We are a purpose-driven Team on a mission to promote and achieve maximum individual liberty and freedom
  • We believe that human rights and constitutionally enumerated liberty interests are more important than the government's interests 
  • We believe that firearms (and arms, generally) are constitutionally-protected 
  • We believe that free speech is a necessary part of a free society
  • We believe that the government is too large and grossly exceeding its constitutionally enumerated powers
  • We believe that there are far too many laws on the books
  • We believe that over-criminalization is a real problem
  • We think that advocacy should be impactful, honest, and rewarding

 

P.S.: If this position is not right for you but you think you can bring something seriously valuable and impactful to the table in another capacity, email apply[at]fpchq.org with a complete/up-to-date resume, at least 3 (each) professional and personal references, and a cover letter explaining: 1) what it is you think you can bring to the Team, 2) why you have what it takes, 3) why we should hire you, 4) why you want to join the FPC Team, 5) your salary/compensation requirements, and 6) work samples showing us what you can do. 

 

FPC is an equal opportunity employer. No recruiters or contract solicitations, please.

 

If you’re ready to join our exciting team, please submit a resume, cover letter explaining why we should hire you, and some work samples—make your best pitch.

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Firearms Policy Coalition