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External Affairs Officer

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Department/Program Summary:   

The Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative is the technology program of The German Marshall Fund of the United States, harnessing GMF’s extensive networks across the US and Europe to ensure that the next waves of innovation will support – rather than undermine-- democratic values. DIDI connects technologists, civil society, and the transatlantic policy community to catalyze inclusive innovation that strengthens democracy, with a focus on: (1) digital platforms, (2) supply chains and critical technologies, (3) Artificial Intelligence, frontier technologies and industrial policies. DIDI develops new agile, open, and accountable approaches to solving cutting edge challenges.     

Job Summary: 

This position will interact with national legislative bodies and government agencies to represent and protect the organization’s business plans and interests. S/he will develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for DIDI’s public messaging needs, including engagement with media and outreach to various audiences across the United States and Europe and proactively message DIDI’s work to the public. S/he will also be involved with outreach to civil society stakeholders.   

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:  

  • Develops and implements comprehensive programs to work with stakeholders so that they can use the work of the organization.   
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with policymakers and the media.  
  • Develop and manage strategic outreach and communications for the program, particularly by proactively identifying opportunities to educate policymakers on recommended policies and present analysis publicly.  

Additional Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Pitch information and provide interviews to journalists on an ongoing basis when appropriate.  
  • Establish and manage a network of journalists, government officials, Hill contacts, and other constituencies. 
  • Plan strategically about policy advocacy and public relations. 

Qualifications and Requirements: 

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a thorough understanding of effective public relations techniques.  
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.  
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate tasks when appropriate.  
  • Ability to work well under pressure and tight deadlines.  
  • Substantial experience in communications, congressional affairs.  
  • 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.  
  • Ability to translate complex ideas into a compelling message.   
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.  
  • Knowledge of technology policy is strongly preferred.  

Education: 

Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Public Relations, or related field required; Master’s degree in a related field strongly preferred. Minimum five years of related experience, preferably with some government experience

Department/Program Summary:   

The Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative is the technology program of The German Marshall Fund of the United States, harnessing GMF’s extensive networks across the US and Europe to ensure that the next…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

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