Civitas Public Affairs
OPEN POSITION: ASSOCIATE
Civitas Public Affairs Group is a values-based public affairs firm that delivers winning advocacy campaigns for our clients and the communities they serve. We enlist experts, leverage relationships, and build coalitions to address some of the most pressing political and societal challenges of our day. Our bipartisan firm brings proven experience developing innovative advocacy campaigns to win substantive policy change at the local, state, and national levels. With offices in Washington DC, New York City, Denver and Boston, we work closely with the nation’s leading philanthropists, non-profit organizations, and movements to substantively impact progressive issues and causes. We are looking for an Associate to join our winning team in Washington, DC.
This position will involve engagement with the senior leadership of the firm and the clients that we serve, providing the right candidate with direct exposure to big picture policy and strategy development with some of the nation’s top political, policy, and thought leaders. Some of our current and former clients include CityHealth, Campaign Legal Center, National Immigration Law Center, National Council for Behavioral Health, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, Year Up, Alliance for Safety and Justice, Center for Secure and Modern Elections, the National Institute for Reproductive Health, and more. We want someone with a 360-degree view of the political and public policy landscape. The ideal candidate is highly versatile, with both, specific issue/area expertise and general knowledge of the tools and tactics used to drive results. Experience on Capitol Hill, state legislatures and/or candidate or issue/ballot campaigns is desired, as is a background in communications. Civitas Public Affairs is committed to creating a dynamic, multi-cultural, and diverse work environment. Candidates of color and of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Civitas Public Affairs is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates can submit their resumes to the attention of Alicia Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ideal candidate will have the ability to: •
Support strategy development, project management, and implementation of client work plans.
• Coordinate and participate in internal and external client meetings and calls and contribute thought to the work.
• Support the client team through creation of plans, reports/ presentations, research, and administrative tasks.
• Maintain up-to-the-minute understanding of news, legislation, the political landscape, and other factors impacting the client’s objectives.
• Proactively identify and flag opportunities and challenges for client leads.
• Work in partnership with organizations and build coalitions with varied and diverse stakeholders.
• Lead the planning and execution of meetings and large-scale events, as well as run phone calls and client meetings when asked by supervisor.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Minimum of two to four years of experience in program strategy and execution within a mix of the following fields: communications; state level advocacy; federal lobbying working with Congress, White House and federal agencies; policy and political engagement; and/or legislative or electoral campaigns.
• Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, and analytic skills, including the ability to explain complex issues in clear, persuasive terms.
• Strong networking skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with individuals, organizations, and government agencies, as well as the ability to work with diverse groups of people.
• Proven ability to manage workload with short- and long-term projects, shifting priorities, and varied workflow.
• Organized and able to multi-task, determine priorities, and follow through on responsibilities in a fast- paced environment.
• Strong computer, web, and technology skills (particularly proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
• Ability to assist in logistical planning for meetings, convenings, and conferences.
• Passion for using work to make the world a better place, combined with a sense of humor.
• Bachelor’s degree required.
• Standard office environment.
• Some travel required.
• The position is based in Washington, D.C.