Director, Public Policy
Full Time Job
Love public radio and NPR and want to support its vision and mission? Are you a policy wonk with an over the top attention to detail? Is music your close companion? Do you have exceptional organizational skills along with a desire to learn everything you can about the organization your work for? Then this position could be for you. Working with a diverse and committed group of NPR, public radio station and public radio system professionals you will hold primary responsibility for assembling a portfolio of policy, regulatory and legislative proposals that addresses the specific needs of the public radio community and public broadcasting generally. You’ll also pitch in to help with station communications strategies and collaborate with staff across NPR Divisions on an ongoing basis to support department and cross-divisional initiatives.
• Identify a portfolio of policy sectors that will influence the success of public radio’s future and develop positions in each arena to address public radio needs and opportunities.
• Establish and develop strong relationships with key congressional, regulatory and public radio/broadcasting system leaders.
• Construct case statement and rational to extend public radio’s unique positioning into new emerging policy and legislative arenas.
• Work to strengthen activities to enable strong congressional support for public radio’s role in media, journalism, music and cultural programming.
• Build upon and improve existing community engagement projects that will enhance public radio’s ability to sustain and increase federal funding.
• Support policy objectives identified as priorities by NPR, member stations and other entities within the pubic radio system.
• Ten years of public policy development and lobbying experience with strong understanding of telecom, privacy, digital media and other emerging policy areas important to public radio’s future success.
• Institutional/system knowledge of broadcasting, media, music rights and digital content platforms.
• Undergraduate degree required. Law degree preferred.
• Strong communication skills. Highly articulate, with strong presentation and writing abilities.
• Excellent networking and relationship-building abilities.
• Familiarity with federal appropriations and budget processes.
• Success in developing and administering collaborative community engagement plans.
• Must be a self-starter and be able to work independently.
• Appreciation for and understanding of public radio’s role and mission.
All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.
NPR offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package including health and wellness benefits, retirement, and work/life balance programs, as well as opportunities for career growth and development.
NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirmatively seeks to hire veterans and people with disabilities. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.