Policy Communications and Corporate Responsibility Practice Manager

Public Affairs Council, Washington, District of Columbia

Date PostedMay 14, 2018
IndustryPublic Relations
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified

If Your Style of Communicating Turns Heads – and You Enjoy Sharing Your Skills – We’ve Got a Job for You

You’re an expert communicator: People read what you write. They listen to what you say. They share it socially. They talk about it over coffee. Here’s your chance to help others become top-flight communicators, too.

The Public Affairs Council, the leading international association for public affairs professionals, is looking for an entrepreneurial self-starter to grow its policy communications and corporate responsibility practice. You’ll conceive of and lead our training programs on the practice of policy communications (eg: risk and crisis communication, shareholder communication, annual CR reporting, writing about policy and regulation) and corporate responsibility.

This is your chance to “look around the corner” at where the profession is going – or needs to go – and train the next generation of professionals in those essential skills and ways of working. It’s your chance to identify relevant thought leadership and trends from outside our field (eg: corporate leadership and/or management best practices) and apply them to communications and corporate responsibility. It’s your opportunity to work with a smart, nimble and easy-going team in an environment that emphasizes innovation, collaboration and work-life balance.

Pay it forward. Come work at the Public Affairs Council.  


Public Affairs Council
Policy Communications and Corporate Responsibility (CR) Manager


Department: Practice Team
Incumbent: New Position
Exempt/Non-Exempt Position: Exempt

Job summary
Establish Council as the leading professional organization in thinking and training on the practice of policy communication and corporate responsibility (e.g., risk and crisis communication, shareholder communication, CR strategies, annual CR reporting, writing about policy and regulation). Design and implement training for new and seasoned professionals on:
? Core strategies, tactics, best practices and new approaches for persuasive written, oral and visual (presentation) communications; and
? Relevant thought leadership and trends from these fields (e.g., corporate leadership and/or management best practices that would apply to communications and CR).

Principal functions

  • Lead Council’s policy communication and CR training programs:
    • Articulate a vision for these practice areas.
    • Grow existing programs in number, variety, audience and attendance; develop and implement new programs, eventually implementing a national conference.
    • Work with Marketing team members to market events.
    • Manage budgets and set goals for assigned programs. Grow revenue annually.


  • Develop an in-house library of policy communication and CR resources:
    • Write best practice tip sheets, newsletter articles and web materials.
    • Collect case studies and examples from members.
    • Conceive of and execute research projects on policy communications and CR best practices, strategies, trends and technology as standalone projects or in conjunction with members, the Foundation for Public Affairs or partner groups.


  • Market functions and network:
    • Keep in regular contact with Council members.
    • Build and grow network of leading professionals from companies, trade associations, professional organizations, think tanks and other groups to draw on for subject matter expertise, speak at events and write thought leadership pieces.
    • Speak at or represent Council at member and industry events.
    • Work with Public Affairs Associate (fellow team member) to build and grow. dedicated networking groups associated with practice.


  • Continually grow personal understanding of policy communication and CR best practices, trends and technologies. Stay current on activities of competitor organizations.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Results driven self-starter with entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, enthusiasm and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Interest in defining the future of the profession and coaching others to do the same.
  • Superior teaching, writing and presentation skills with proven examples of success.
  • Ability to establish priorities, work independently, balance many projects at one time and meet deadlines and objectives.
  • Ability to be successful in a work environment that is team-oriented, customer-focused. and non-partisan; also must be comfortable in an environment that encourages open dialogue in both staff and member communications.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with internal and external individuals and groups
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment, often without complete information

Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
  • Minimum three years direct communications and/or CR experience with proven results of efforts; familiarity with corporate and/or association public affairs a plus.
  • Understanding of policy-making and regulatory processes at local, state and federal level.
  • Established network of current communications/CR professionals, including trade associations and non-profit organizations.
  • Published writing (either on communications/CR or a specific policy issue).
  • Experience working successfully with senior-level executives and audiences.
  • Program management and event planning/consulting experience.
  • Ability to travel 10 percent of the time.

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