Public Affairs Manager
As Public Affairs Manager for the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA), you will position WIA as a leader in wireless policy, advancing our advocacy goals by creating and executing public affairs, communications, and media relations strategies that raise our visibility with members, policymakers, and industry. Reporting to the Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, you will create proactive communications campaigns on a variety of topics, identifying opportunities to showcase WIA within trade publications and with the media. You will work closely with WIA leaders and other internal and external stakeholders to prepare press releases, talking points, and statements.
Next-generation 5G networks—100 times faster than current networks—are already reshaping the global economy, ushering in a new era of connected devices, powering smart cities, and enabling driverless cars, enhanced telemedicine, remote surgeries, and advanced manufacturing. Through public affairs and advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal levels, the Wireless Infrastructure Association works to support the widespread deployment of wireless infrastructure. Our members are the companies that make up the wireless infrastructure ecosystem in the United States, including wireless carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms that collectively own and operate more than 135,000 telecommunications facilities around the globe. Our mission is to help members succeed in enabling wireless communications to deliver broadband access to all citizens and communities.
- Coordinate, write, edit, and distribute policy-related content for WIA’s digital, social, print, and video outlets including press releases, newsletters, and position papers.
- Draft a variety of internal documents from speeches to presentation decks for the CEO and other WIA leaders, coordinating with subject matter experts across the organization. On occasion, serve as a spokesperson for the organization.
- Translate complex policy goals into simple, easy-to-understand strategic messaging for both internal and external audiences.
- Proactively develop relationships with reporters, editors, and producers.
- Identify opportunities for attendance at trade show media and association events. Support colleagues on the marketing and events teams with media coverage, as needed.
- Track media influence and develop regular reporting to show our impact.
- Develop marketing and outreach strategies and tactics to support federal grants.
- Manage and oversee WIA website content.
- Coordinate WIA podcast: “Wireless Water Cooler.”
- Supervise outside agencies/vendors, as assigned.
- Once in-person meetings begin, you will visit The Hill to meet with members of Congress and press secretaries and attend events and other out-of-office meetings.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
- 3-5 years of public affairs and strategic communications experience. Demonstrated expertise with media relations, corporate or association communications, and collateral material development. Ability to develop and execute communication plans across multiple social media platforms.
- Exceptional writing and analytical skills with the ability to write both strategically and creatively under tight deadlines. Outstanding presentation and public speaking skills, written and verbal, to a variety of audiences.
- Significant project management experience, including oversight of vendors with multiple deliverables.
- Experience working with or knowledge of the telecom or technology sectors is strongly preferred. Previous association experience is desirable.
- Comfortable with ambiguity. You are comfortable with shades of grey. You do not need a rulebook to solve a problem.
- Accountable. You earn trust by your actions and faithfully keep your promises.
- Detail Oriented. You get it right the first time and accurately keep track of all the moving parts.
- Great communicator. You are articulate. You have concise, accurate, and effective written and verbal communication skills. You communicate and coordinate effectively at every level.
- Team player. You thrive in a team environment yet work well independently. You carry your weight in the team, learning from others and contributing in equal measure.
- Curious. You like learning new things and collecting and sharing information. You ask questions, listen, and learn.
- Project manager. You can juggle multiple tasks, allocate and optimize resources, and manage timelines.
What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?
- The sky is the limit for your growth in this role. Supported by an experienced manager, and an outside communications agency as needed, you will have the opportunity to lead and shape our public affairs program. We welcome creativity and innovation.
- You will be joining a team of strong, talented colleagues who are dedicated to our mission. Our colleagues are friendly, respectful of different perspectives, and supportive of each other both personally and professionally.
- We are the workforce leader in a rapidly growing industry. 5G and rural broadband access will transform every industry of the U.S. economy. Our work is interesting and varied; the issues facing our industry are constantly changing and we are pioneers of new ideas.
- We offer competitive compensation and generous benefits that include vacation, sick, and bereavement leave; volunteer days; parking/Metro allowance; income security options; and health and wellness benefits that include an on-site gym facility.
Simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at firstname.lastname@example.org with “WIA – Public Affairs Manager #2021-2628 CW” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.
Legislative Affairs Manager
The Legislative Affairs Manager (Manager) represents the interests of the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) before the U.S. Congress. Reporting to the Head of Legislative Affairs, the Manager serves as one of WIA’s registered lobbyists, responsible for building and maintaining relationships on Capitol Hill and with the broader Washington, D.C. policy community to support and promote WIA’s legislative agenda. This position is responsible for all aspects of legislative development; including analyzing, summarizing, and providing input on current legislation as well as developing legislative solutions that align with the organization’s policy priorities. These responsibilities also include working within a team to develop the organization’s federal legislative strategy. The Manager also attends political events and works with relevant WIA members and committees.
The ideal candidate is a self-starter who can move fast, with empathy and a sense of humor. This role will involve managing the needs of both internal and external stakeholders. The Manager has strong congressional relationships, excellent communications skills, and experience working with various stakeholders in Congress.
- Build and maintain strong relationships with members of Congress, congressional staff and other policy professionals in Washington, D.C. in support and promotion of a comprehensive legislative agenda;
- Identify, craft, execute and oversee policy campaigns to implement WIA’s federal legislative agenda in collaboration with colleagues;
- Effectively communicate WIA policy to members of Congress and their staff so that WIA-supported legislation is enacted, and other legislation can be modified to more clearly match WIA policy;
- Identify and recommend opportunities for WIA appearances before Congressional committees, caucuses and conferences, forums, and press events as a means of advocating WIA policies;
- Draft written materials for use with internal and external audiences to support WIA’s policy agenda;
- Plan and execute educational events for congressional staff featuring policy experts;
- Assisting with regulatory agenda as needed;
- Public speaking as required;
- Other duties as assigned.
- Essential Training/Certifications
- 2-5 years of policy, government relations, advocacy or other relevant experience; Capitol Hill experience strongly preferred;
- Experience working with or knowledge of the telecom and technology sector preferred;
- Experience developing and implementing legislative campaigns and advocating policy positions to internal and external audiences;
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
- Essential Skills/Knowledge:
- Strong analytic and communications skills, able to articulate complex concepts in a concise and compelling manner;
- Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced, team environment with tight deadlines;
- Exceptional presentation and public speaking skills, written and verbal, to a variety of audiences;
- Showcase strong problem-solving skills;
- Strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills;
- Ability to work as part of a collaborative team and to work independently; a self-initiator, versatile and assumes risk with responsibility.
WIA is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law.
Interested qualified applicants please submit a resume and writing sample to email@example.com with the subject “Manager of Legislative Affairs, Last Name, First Name”.
WIA Legal Externship/Internship Program
The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) seeks a legal intern or extern to work in its Government Affairs Department during spring, summer, and fall semesters. WIA is the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its 200 members include carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms.
WIA’s Government Affairs Department is highly collaborative. We work together on a diverse array of projects that require a firm grasp of the telecommunications field. We expect interns/externs to participate actively in these projects, and we value substantive contributions to our team.
Scope of Work
- Work with Government Affairs Department to effectively communicate the interests of WIA members to local, state, and federal officials.
- Conduct general legal research on issues affecting the wireless infrastructure industry.
- Assist in the execution of a federal legislative strategy on Capitol Hill.
- Assist in representation of WIA and member companies before executive agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”).
- Gain practical experience in communicating the interests of an industry to government officials.
- Develop an understanding of the issues affecting the wireless telecommunications industry generally, and the wireless infrastructure industry specifically.
- Refine oral and written advocacy skills by attending meetings and drafting written documents, such as ex parte presentations before the FCC, letters to localities concerning siting laws, and comments in open proceedings before the FCC.
- Current law student.
- Relevant coursework in communications law and related fields.
- Membership and participation on a law journal, moot court, or leadership of other student organization preferred.
Interns have an opportunity to receive a stipend (commensurate with experience); externs receive law school course credit. Interested, qualified applicants please submit a resume, writing sample and transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org.