The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is seeking a Senior Editor. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a developed talent for storytelling, but who also understands the need for accuracy and staying on message. The right person for this role will have a record of managing processes, performing well under tight deadlines, and have strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
The Senior Editor will primarily be responsible for producing high-quality, attention grabbing editorials. In addition, this person will edit and revise writing submissions from fellow FGA colleagues, track all writing and editing projects in the communications department, participate in the polling process, work with the marketing team to develop scripts for videos and interviews, and support the communications leadership team with logistics and other projects as needed.
This is a collaborative role and the Senior Editor will work with people across FGA to achieve set goals and advance policy solutions.
An ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of relevant writing and editing experience with a record of having their authored pieces placed for publication. Strong organizational and process management skills are a must. They will view the opportunity to message concepts in new and innovative ways as an exciting challenge. They are skilled at boiling down complex concepts to communicate them in a simple yet impactful way. FGA’s goal is not simply to write about policy, but to see it enacted. The right person for this job will have a good understanding of political processes and the need for building organizational relationships with influencers and decisionmakers.
Contenders for this position will be flexible and able to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. They will be capable of moving between tasks with precision and able to quickly reassess priorities.
Culture and Fit
Success at FGA depends not only on a person’s skills, but also on their ability to fit the culture of FGA. We describe our culture with five Core Values:
- Candid to Solve—being willing to have tough conversations in order to solve issues or build trust
- Grow or Die—we don’t have a neutral gear. We must consistently challenge ourselves and each other to grow in our talents and skills
- Politically Savvy—policy doesn’t change in a vacuum, but in a political reality that we must understand and account for
- Partnership-Oriented—internal and external relationships are not transactional. That starts with our team members and the perspective that we need the rest of the team to succeed in order to win personally
- Bought in to Win—we’re at FGA because we want to change policy. No one is counting hours or widgets, we are here to get results, and sometimes that will require going the extra mile or doing a job that isn’t technically ours
It might help to think about the following list of questions. If you answer “yes” to all of them, you may be a fit for the team. The vast majority of those who don’t get hired or don’t last at FGA are due to a lack of fit with these values. Be prepared to have very candid conversations about them in our interview process.
- Do you wholeheartedly agree with the policies that we advocate (see thefga.org for a full description), and the underlying principles that people’s lives are made better through work, not government welfare, and that a free market creates greater freedom and equality than any command-and-control government system?
- Do you agree that embracing the realities of politics is necessary to have success in changing public policy?
- Do you tend to be the one who initiates conversations with colleagues, rather than waiting for them to come to you?
Are you comfortable creating your own structure for work, such as setting work hours, setting your own priorities, and creating clarity and a work plan from a broad goal?
- Does it motivate you to think about working with a team of world-class professionals who are held to a very high standard of getting results?
- Do you seize opportunities to try new things or improve a skill that is relevant to your company or role?
- Are you able to build meaningful relationships (creating trust) with people you only see face-to-face a few times a year?
- Do you tend to lead teams by creating clarity about goals and progress, rather than prescribing the steps they need to take?
- Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and do you have a practice of getting help from others to mitigate your weaknesses?
Roles and Responsibilities
The Senior Editor will have four primary roles:
- Author compelling editorials and blogs that appeal to our core audience
- Edit and revise submissions from FGA colleagues
Track all communication writing and editing projects to ensure deadlines are met
- Support communications leadership team with logistics and other projects as needed
Timing, Location, and Compensation
FGA is seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. FGA’s staff work remotely, therefore the location for this position is flexible. This position requires some travel consisting of one staff meeting per quarter as well as a yearly staff meeting. Travel expenses are covered. FGA offers salary and benefits that are very competitive, including a retirement program, a health benefit, and a generous paid leave plan.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials:
- Cover letter and Writing Sample (In one PDF document)
- Questions can be directed to Sarah Hubal, Internal Systems
- Director at FGA. Sarah can be reached at email@example.com
About Foundation for Government Accountability
The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) was founded in 2011 and has experienced rapid growth, from $50,000 in seed funding in June 2011 to a team of 30 staff and more than 40 contractors with a budget of $10 million in 2018.
Our success is determined by the number of policy reforms enacted and lives impacted as a result of our work. Since 2015, FGA has achieved 231 state policy reforms in 40 states, ultimately meaning that 9.5 million individuals will move off welfare. Millions more will have access to better jobs and bigger paychecks thanks to our efforts to remove government barriers to opportunity.