The Senior Writer will serve as a content writer for the Messaging and Polling team. The Senior Writer will work to develop creative opinion-based content aimed at advancing FGA policy solutions, provide speechwriting/presentation assistance for FGA staff, and support the Managing Editor and Communications Director in daily operations.
This position is a great opportunity for a writer who wants to do more than churn out endless copy—someone who wants to see ideas turn into good policy. The ideal candidate has at least three years of demonstrable success in communications, preferably in the political or public policy sector, and is comfortable ghostwriting for a number of different voices.
Our workplace is fully remote, so the ability to work independently with a sense of urgency is vital to success in this position. The Senior Writer will report to the Managing Editor.
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 to solve issues and 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. This starts with our team members and the perspective that we need the rest of the team to succeed 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 if your skill sets match the requirements below. 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, your own priorities, and creating clarity and a workplan 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 achieving results?
- Do you seize opportunities to try new things or improve a skill that’s 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 proscribing 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?
- Does it bother you if others take all the credit for the work you do?
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This role will have five major responsibilities:
- Draft original and thought-provoking editorials for FGA staff and allies.
- Craft and edit compelling speeches and briefings on behalf of FGA staff and allies that convey our messages and mission in an easy-to-understand format.
- Assist with editing duties as assigned and during other team members’ times of absence.
- Work with Communications team to develop messaging for FGA’s policy solutions based on poll results.
- When needed, provide additional writing and logistics support to other Communications team projects, including events and hiring processes.
- Self-motivated and independent worker who is able to communicate well with coworkers and complete projects in a remote office environment
- Storyteller with the ability to connect on a personal level with readers
- Able to work well with diverse personalities and be comfortable picking up the phone to work through tough issues
- Fast learner who can quickly master FGA’s policy agenda and messaging, and can accept, digest, and adapt to feedback and recommendations
- Minimum of three years of experience in communications
- Ability to work across departments and grow relationships
- Ability to manage processes and improve efficiency
- Ability to phrase complicated issues in ways that are easily understood by the public
- Humility and a disposition that is focused on mission and outcome, not personal recognition
- Ability to travel once per quarter for staff meetings and events
- Match FGA’s Core Values (described above)
TIMING, LOCATION, AND COMPENSATION
FGA is seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. Location is flexible. While FGA’s headquarters are in Naples, FL, nearly all of FGA’s staff work remotely. It is important to note that the majority of our staff currently live in the Central or Eastern time zones, therefore, candidates in another area may face more lengthy travel requirements. FGA offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including a 6% retirement match, a health benefit, and a generous paid leave plan.