Saturday, February 28, 2009


Today’s entry is post number 100 for this little enterprise – and to mark the Centennial, I wish to provide some background info about this blog and myself.

DC Public Affairs + Communications Jobs is a blog designed to highlight new and recent jobs/internships in public relations, advocacy, lobbying, government relations, grassroots, communications, web development and similar fields. As the title implies, I feature mostly Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland career opportunities – but will occasionally reference interesting public affairs opportunities outside the area.

How to Use: The blog is primarily configured to be easily-browsed. It is probably best suited to individuals who are interested in quickly getting ideas and leads on jobs available in the public affairs/communications space. It is not intended to serve as a listing of every job available in public affairs – but rather, as a jumping off point and catalyst for job search efforts. It is also designed to be useful for the currently-employed, as a way to scan opportunities and keep an eye on the public affairs job market with minimal time investment required.

Design/Organizational Elements: Regular visitors have probably picked up on our schedule and design idiosyncrasies:
  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday usually feature about 10-15 job links and writes-ups with brief info on duties and qualifications, possibly some background info on the employer, and occasionally a joke or pun.

  • Mondays also highlight jobs closing in the upcoming week, with the dates referenced in red (a convention used throughout the site).

  • Tuesday’s offerings are usually specific to a certain industry segment, or job type. Here’s a catalogue of Tuesday industry-specific posts:

  • Thursdays are just-the-jobs days – and, like Tuesday, contain little or no exposition.

  • And Saturdays are devoted to alternative programming, like jobs with highly-rated employers in the area, or jobs/info that don’t quite fit the regular profile here.

  • You may notice in some cases, we’ve also included a job/requisition ID number or other search info, and a link an organization's main careers page, as some of these https/secure links may not work well on different computers.
Who am I? My name is Gordon Barnes. I am an advocacy communications professional with a background in online communications, grassroots, media relations, speechwriting, and advertising. I am currently doing limited consulting work, and I am looking for additional opportunities – either permanent or temporary, consultant or regular employment. I am flexible, adaptable, and broadly-experienced in public affairs through previous association, political organization and PR firm engagements. My email address can be found under view my complete profile at lower right; resume available upon request.

Why am I doing this?
This blog is a hobby, networking platform, and development exercise. It is a byproduct of my own job search efforts, and a tool to work on my communications skill-set.

I welcome feedback, I am happy to answer questions, and I will give online job-search advice to anyone seeking it.

Posting Jobs:
Send me links to your (legitimate) public affairs job opportunities – and, I’ll post them. Simple as that.

Finally – please pass this blog along to your friends and colleagues, whether job-seekers or not. Thanks for your consideration.

You can get brief updates/previews of DCPA+CJ by following barnesgordon on

Friday, February 27, 2009


An anonymous leading international news media organization is seeking an experienced Managing Editor who reads, writes, and speaks fluent Arabic and English. This individual will manage all broadcast/internet news staff, provide quality control, direct assignment editors, and lead major program projects.

VoterPunch needs a U.S. Congress & Public Policy Writer/Expert to write vote descriptions for their searchable database – in particular, folks who are lucid and succinct (ok, we’re out). And, they’re pretty emphatic – looking for SOMEONE WHO HAS THIS INFORMATION DOWN COLD, and is an EXPERT ON CONGRESS (and NOT JUST SOMEONE WHO HAS AN INTEREST). Pay “works out” to about $30/hr.

Staying on the caps-lock beat: “You must have be an EXCELLENT WRITER!!!!” if you want to be a Media Analyst with the maybe-typing-too-fast folks at Strategic Pioneers (or perhaps one of their clients - it's not crystal clear to me). Also MUST be able to work in environments of the fish-bowl and intense varieties. Foreign policy experience, and French, Chinese, Japanese language skills also a bonus. Salary noted in $64-$68k range on this page.

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future” – John F. Kennedy. If you’re looking to make a move to Kennedy country (Boston, to be specific), then the Public Relations Manager slot at Jobs for the Future might be your thing. One of your current cubicle comrades is certain to give you the magic sphere pictured at left at your going-away party.

Does the future (or Boston) frighten the hell out of you? Maybe the History Factory is more your speed, especially if the cool-sounding title Senior Idea Engineer is appealing enough. You’ll help clients explore communication opportunities and other uses for their heritage and demonstrate art-of-the–possible creative thinking.

The Heritage Foundation notes a trio of opportunities available these days:
We’re playing detective today – we think the trade association serving suppliers to the global food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries referenced in this President opportunity is likely this group. Qualifications sought include 10+ years experience with proven related leadership, intellectual, visionary, and executive management experience at a VP or higher level.

The DC office of GolinHarris is looking for a Vice President to lead strategic communications efforts on a consumer education campaign for a large federal government client. To succeed in helming this broad-based undertaking, GH thinks you’ll need at least 8+ years experience in project/client relationship management and national public relations agency and government account experience.

The Institute for Humane Studies has multiple Summer Intern opportunities. Apply by Apr. 1.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association is looking for a Senior Director, Environmental Affairs to staff their Consumer Products Policy committee, develop strategies to address policies related to environmental and chemicals management, and advocate GMA positions to legislators and regulators.

Computer Sciences Corporation has an opportunity for an Intern/Marketing Communications Assistant Professional for May/August servitude. You can track it down here, using job # 09001XZ, if previous link is uncooperative.

A prestigious nonprofit organization has an immediate need for a Public Relations Specialist who can travel to conferences, meetings and conduct occasional on-site visits, along with some research-related responsibilities. Pay is in $60k-$64k range. AppleOne is leading this hunt.

Here’s a fairly fresh opportunity at Georgetown UniversityProgram Assistant for Communications and Operations in their Dept. of Reproductive Health, providing admin and program support to both the Director of Communications and the Administrative Officer. GU will shower you with $38k-$48k a year for your efforts.

The National Industries for the Blind are in search of a Director, Communications to develop and implement marketing/corporate communications projects, process strategies, and brand-building efforts. Compensation in the $100k-$120k range. You can also search here.

SAIC would like to engage a Military Communications and Outreach Strategist. Winning hire will develop and implement strategic outreach/communication initiatives and promote Army leaders and issues to corporate and nonprofit organization execs.

And, finally, you could always fall back on your high-school experiences and serve as a Hall Monitor at Winters Mill High School (Westminster, MD). Pay is in the $17k-$28k range. No running in the halls. HEY!!! NO RUNNING !!! I MEAN IT!!!

Our job searcher’s resource du jour –

Coming tomorrow on DCPA+CJ: some background on what we’re doing here.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Curious Case of the Burton Blatt Institute

Thursday is just-the-jobs (and internships) day at DCPA+CJ – today's haul brings 35 opportunities from 28 employers.

1) AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks – Director of Marketing & Corporate Relations

2) Association of Organ Procurement OrganizationsSenior Policy & Program Manager

3) Association of State & Territorial Health OfficialsChief Operating Officer

4) Burton Blatt InstituteDirector of Communications – affiliated w/ Syracuse University, position may be located in DC or at SU

5) CAPTELPolitical/PAC Fundraising Positions

6) Center for a New American SecurityExternal Relations Assistant

7) International Brotherhood of Teamsters
8) Institute for Humane StudiesDirector of Foundations Strategy

9) Kaiser PermanenteSenior Director, Government Relationssearch here, using job number MD.0900294 (include the period after MD) if link is inoperative

10) Keybridge CommunicationsOffice Manager – $33k

11) Main Street AllianceLobbyist

12) Marijuana Policy ProjectOffice Administrator/Bookkeeper – $35k-$42k

13) Marine Corps Scholarship FoundationPresident & CEO (note: pdf link) – search led by Slesinger Management

14) Medical Care for Children Partnership FoundationExecutive Director – search managed by Transition Guides

15) National Association of Counties (note: all pdf links):
16) National Breast Cancer CoalitionPrint & Online Content Coordinator

17) National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship President & CEO – search managed by Isaacson, Miller

18) Octagon Sports MarketingSummer Internship, Law Student – apply by Feb. 28

19) Oxfam America
20) Positive EnergyDirector, Regulatory Affairs

21) 720 StrategiesWriter & Creative Manager

22) SNL FinancialEnergy Reporter

23) Society of Thoracic SurgeonsGovernment Affairs Coordinator

24) Software & Information Industry AssociationCorporate Communications Intern – $10/hr.

25) Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers AssociationManager, Public Relations

26) Unknown large law firmGovernment Relations Professional

27) Verizon WirelessManager, Corporate Communicationsalternate search here, using 231105 or Laurel, MD location – they’re also looking for a Public Relations Manager in Warren, NJ (228605)

28) Washington Theological UnionCommunications Director – apply by Mar. 7

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Less pun and chuckle in today's edition – but some excellent jobs nonetheless. Happy clicking!

The Association for Advanced Life Underwriting Life insurance trade association seeks a Political Fundraiser to manage all aspects of their political giving/PAC program. Duties include management of volunteer committee, oversight of fundraising events and opportunities, and FEC compliance.

The DCI Group provides campaign-style public affairs and issue management support to corporate and association clientele. And, they apparently need some more folks on the team:
Chief of Staff always has a nice ring to it. In this case, the CoS opportunity is for a NoVa-based nationally-recognized marketing pioneer who doesn’t want to be recognized in his/her/their ad.

Not DC-based – but we thought that some forward-thinking web pro out there might be interested in the Search Strategy Manager (search job # 8603) position with McGraw Hill Construction in Highstown, NJ. Successful candidate will be responsible for the development and refinement of new thinking in the areas of customer experience with a primary focus on natural search engine optimization and paid search, helping their sites maximize rankings, traffic, customer engagement, sales leads, and long-term loyalty.

The US Chamber of Commerce is looking for an Executive Director for their Center for Capitol Markets Competitiveness. To be competitive for this position, you'll need 7+ years’ background developing policy related to capital markets; strong experience with the SEC, and a thorough understanding of financial services regulation and the attendant impact on capital markets. If previous link is non-functional, search here.

And, the local edition – the DC Chamber of Commerce – would like to bring a Communications Specialist on board to serve as principal advisor to senior staff on communications activities. In particular, they covet great writers with journalism, PR, marketing and promotional savvy.

The Hudson Institute touts multiple Intern opportunities – their Center for Global Prosperity Internship notes a Mar. 1 application deadline.

So, it looks like DC is set to get a voting member of Congress. If you’re tapped as the next Legislative Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, does that mean you’ll be tasked with advocating for something similar for the Commonwealth?

Filcro Media Staffing is helping various clients in these searches:
The National Head Start Association seeks a new Executive Director with the spirited, visionary & passionate qualities to put Head Start programs at the forefront of the national public policy debate. New ED will develop a plan to re-energize the Head Start community, lead staff, and serve as chief advocate, spokesperson and fundraiser. Search managed by Isaacson, Miller.

Recently-founded (2007) global warming advocates 1Sky are pushing for federal action by 2010 to reverse the temp. trend, and they’re looking for some help, in the form of these future hires:
Summit Marketing would like to recruit a Soldier Outreach Manager for their Alexandria outpost, in support of the US Army Freedom Team Salute program. You can search through here if previous link is uncooperative, or if you just want to read more about Summit’s multi-dimensional, rich, textured, fluid and inspired workspace.

The innovative folks at Discovery Communications would like to bring on a like-minded soul – a Director, Innovative Marketing for buzz-worthy message delivery of guerrilla, viral, word of mouth, stunt, ambient, presence, social and giveaway varieties. Sounds like fun! Search here, using requisition number 8804 if link is sketchy. Summer Internships (req. # 8791) also available.

Today’s resource for you job-scroungers: the NYT weighs in, from the comfort of the Career Couch, on cover letters.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


It's US Government public affairs jobs for our industry-specific Tuesday product - all culled from the well-designed and easy to use federal government career/employment site. If you're landing on DCPA+CJ for the first time, you may also want to scroll back to find other recently-posted government jobs; we usually have a couple among each day's offerings.

Broadcasting Board of GovernorsManaging Director, Internet – job ID DEU-09-21 – $102k-$133k – apply by Mar. 3

Bureau of Printing & EngravingAssistant Chief, Office of External Relations – job ID 2009-042 - $102k-$133k – apply by Mar. 10

Congressional Budget OfficeIntern, Summer 2009 – job ID 2009 – $11/hr. – apply by Mar. 2

Congressional Research ServiceAssistant Director – $144k-$162k – job ID 090015 – apply by Mar. 26

Defense Intelligence AgencySenior Expert for Congressional Affairs – job ID X09-LL1 - DISL-DKM – $117k-$162k – apply by Feb. 28

Defense Security Cooperation Agency
Administrative Program Specialist – WA240037-LK – $31k-$49k – apply by Mar. 6

Dept. of Agriculture
Public Affairs Specialist – job ID OC-09-081A – $102k-$133k – apply by Mar. 13

Dept. of Homeland SecurityWriter/Editor – job ID DHSHQ09-3024 – $86k-$113k – apply by Mar. 6

Federal Aviation AdministrationForeign Affairs Specialist – job ID AWA-API-09-AJ20547-111204 – $48k-$91k – apply by Mar. 6

Forest ServicePublic Affairs Specialist – 30 vacancies nationwide – job ID ADS08-FSJOBS(PubAff)-0051DP – $45k-$84k – apply by Apr. 29

Indian Health ServiceDeputy Director – job ID IHS-09-032 – $177k – apply by Mar. 20

Internal Revenue ServicePublic Affairs Specialist – job ID
09WA2-CL2058-1035-9/12BM - $50k-$95k – apply by Mar. 3

Marine CorpsSupervisory Public Affairs Specialist – EA9-1035-02-K4240072-CE –$71k-$140k – apply by Feb. 26

Minerals Management ServiceLegislative Specialist – job ID MMS-CD-09-MM237686 (DEU) – $86k-$133k – apply by Mar. 9

Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation & Enforcement
Public Affairs Specialist – job ID OSM-2009-0048 – $86k-$113k – apply by Feb. 25

US MintDirector, Office of Public Affairs – job ID 09-USMINT-098P – $120k-$153k – apply by Mar. 9

Monday, February 23, 2009

Greenpeace - closing Feb. 24

We interrupt your afternoon to bring you this Global Warming Senior Legislative Representative job with Greenpeace, sporting a Feb. 24 application deadline. Winning hire will advance the Greenpeace agenda via advocacy to members of Congress/staff and media-related activities.

They also have opportunities available for:
Finally - if you're interested in a DC or San Francisco-based Internship with Greenpeace, that ship has sailed for Summer 2009 (Feb. 9 deadline). Go ahead and put June 5 on your calendar as deadline for Fall '09.

College Town Lifestyle

Great new opportunities beckon below, but first, previously-found jobs closing this week:

Better Business BureauDigital Media ManagerFeb. 23

University of Maryland
Media Relations and Web ManagerFeb. 23

Federal Highway Administration
Economist – job ID FHWA.HPL-2009-0006 – $102k-$133k – Feb. 23

US Trade & Development Agency
Public Affairs Specialist – $73k-$95k – job ID TDA-09-DE-002 – Feb. 24

Department of Justice

US Navy Medical CommandProtocol & Legislative Affairs Specialist – $49k-$113k – job ID NW9-0301-02-K1227703-DE – Feb. 26

Global Aids Alliance
Communications DirectorFeb. 27

Partnership for Prevention
President & CEO (note: pdf link) – Feb. 27

Eldercare Workforce Alliance
Coordinator/Assistant to the Project Director (note: pdf link) – $45k-$55k – Feb. 28

International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists
Executive DirectorMar. 1

March marks the height of summer internship application deadline season – and, going forward, we’re not going to reference every intern opportunity closing in March. Scroll back to find recently-added intern offerings closing soon, and/or visit one of our late-January internship specials:

The National Governor’s Association is in search of a Policy Analyst with expertise in the areas of environmental cleanup of federal facilities and military affairs. The analyst will support efforts related to environmental cleanup of federal facilities, Base Realignment and Closure, and military affairs. Knowledge of federal facility cleanup operations and experience with state-level policy are among desired experience. Search here if previous link is unresponsive (and for HR Intern and Education Intern slots).

LGOR*: Online Content Manager gig with the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (Chicago-based). Regular readers have probably figured out that we’re suckers for neat-sounding cold-war/spy/atomic/intrigue-laden jobs.

Staying closer to home on the A-bomb beat – The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center is currently seeking an Administrative Intern – $10/hr. paycheck, and once again: pretty good on the old resume, we’d think. Plus, the logo on their website gives us the impression that some of the folks there have a nice sense of humor.

Use job req number 2268 to find the Outreach Coordinator job with Children's Hospital. Educational background in public affairs or health-related field preferred, along with 3-4 years of progressively responsible experience.

The US Mint is looking to circulate a new Deputy Director, Office of Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs to represent and advocate their views with strength, clarity, and measurable success. For all this, they’ll pay the winning hire $102k-$133k in fresh-of-the-presses Jacksons and Grants. Job ID 09-USMINT-119P; apply by Mar. 6.

The International Partnership for Microbicides is a global, nonprofit organization created to speed development of new women-initiated products that prevent HIV infection and make them available to women in developing countries. They could use a new Receptionist at their Silver Spring, Md. location.

The Academy for Educational Development have one of those internationalist- (and redundant-) sounding jobs available – Program Officer, Open World Program – helping manage small delegations of emerging leaders from Eurasia who are here to see American style democracy in action. Familiarity with Eurasian culture ire required; Russian language skills preferred. AED appears to have a plenty of other opportunities available in varied subject areas and experience levels.

Given the drumbeat of headlines about financial chicanery and mismanagement, I would think the Intern, External Relations (just scroll down) opportunity with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board would be pretty darn interesting.

People seem to like Austin, TX. If you’re one such fan, perhaps the Public Affairs Representative position with the University of Texas would be just the thing for you. You’ll promote faculty experts, write for a variety of UT magazines, newsletter and websites, coordinate social media activities, and live the college-town lifestyle, we (jealously) suppose.

A couple opportunities** with PBSjust view all positions here if these https links prove squirrely:
DCPA+CJ poked around the George Washington University careers website in search of a direct link to info on this Writer job – duties include producing/editing articles for GW publications; magazines, newsletters and other misc. outlets. While our efforts to confirm that job failed, we did hunt down a Coordinator, Medical Center Communications & Marketing (search Administrative/Professional category, or use job posting number 0601053) opportunity, where you’ll work on media relations, PR and publications-related tasks.

The USO is seeking a Communications Specialist to respond to media inquiries, pitch USO stories/interviews, develop media contacts, and produce press releases/articles/etc. They also have a Writer position available.

Today’s job-gatherers resource: a pair of articles by the Sarah Needleman of the Wall Street Journal: Experts Weigh in on Job Boards and It Isn’t Always a Job Behind that Posting

* Looks Great on Resume
** This post has been edited - two other opportunities referenced earlier were apparently removed by PBS, and we have removed them, as well.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

What Tangled Webs ....

For Saturday's alt-programming, we bring you a smattering of local web/content developer and related opportunities in the DC area. We'll probably hit this category again as a career-specific Tuesday edition again in the near-ish future.

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - Web Content Editor

Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church - Web Content Manager - scroll down to find

Capitol News Connection
- Multimedia & Web Content Coordinator

Catholic University - Web Content Editor - scroll down to find

CureSearch - Website Content Manager

Environmental Defense Fund
- Director, Online Strategy

Lockheed-Martin - Web Content Developer & Writer - use job req 13732BR

Marijuana Policy Project
- Online Content Manager

Nameless Montgomery County organization
- Web Content Coordinator - long-term temp position, $16/hr.

National Parks Conservation Association - Web/Communications Intern

Northrop Grumman - Web Content Administrator

Procon Consulting - Content Management Specialist

Smithsonian Institution - Web Content Manager - $60-$79k - job ID 09A-MR-294996-DEU-OPA - apply by Feb. 25

World Wildlife Fund
- Online Marketing Specialist

Friday, February 20, 2009

Does Benny Hill Count?

Catholic Charities/Archdiocese of Washington DC are in search of a Director of Government Relations/Advocacy to plan and lead legislative/regulatory activities and initiatives.

McKinley Marketing Partners advertises copywriting/marketing opportunities of both the full-time and part-time varieties; knowledge of British/UK culture and writing style seem particularly sought.

The Communications Director for the Global Aids Alliance will be tasked with developing strategy for outreach to the media, allied organizations, GAA supporters, and the general public in order to advance policy change, and to build the organizational brand. Application deadline is Feb. 27; Intern opportunities are also available.

Prudential is looking for a Senior Administrative Assistant to help keep their Washington DC External Affairs office running smoothly. Some pluses to the job: a) it’s a new position, so you won’t be compared to _______, who everyone just loved; b) they tout competitive compensation/benefits/time off; and, C) Pru has apparently garnered some assorted best-places-to-work kinds of awards. Speaking of which, here's additional 411 on best-places opportunities around DC and elsewhere.

You think of yourself as an “influential advocate and trusted voice” in political, legislative and regulatory circles, right? Now if you can only convince General Mills of that, then maybe you’ll be tapped as their next Washington Representative (use req ID 4089BR). Eight-plus years of legislative/advocacy-related experience on Capitol Hill/trade association experience are sought by the makers of Cheerios, Bugles, Hamburger Helper, et al.

Here’s a kind of neat-sounding opportunity – perhaps one of you would consider decamping to New York City to be Vice President/Director of Digital Strategies (search NYC location) for Waggener Edstrom. Recently-posted job is for those rare birds who have mastered digital storytelling and harnessed the power of the internet to shape perceptions, change minds, and ignite conversations. Just remember – once you’ve hit it big in Gotham – the plucky, upstart communications job blog back here in the DC swamplands that brought this keen opportunity to your attention.

How does a part-time phone/internet research job paying $12/hr. sound? If you just nodded and said to yourself “that could work” – check out Research Associate, Hanley Wood.

The Eldercare Workforce Alliance – a coalition of 25 organizations dealing with employment issues for older Americans – is looking for a DC-based Coordinator/Assistant to the Project Director (note: pdf link) for a variety of admin, organizational, and program management duties. Pay is in the $45k-$55k range, and application deadline is Feb. 28. The Alliance is a project of the Tides Center, based in the picturesque Presidio National Park in San Francisco – if you live in SF (or wish you did), check out this Philanthropic Services Assistant opportunity there.

Two February-posted Research Associate positions with the Council of Foreign Relations: International Institutions & Global Governance and Asia Studies

The Institute for New Democracies is currently recruiting for a Deputy Country Director for its program in Uzbekistan. This position will be based in Tashkent. My guess is that their DC-based Intern opportunity, starting in March 2009, will be of more interest to our viewership. has an allegedly exciting opportunity for a web-savvy individual with design skills to join the gang as Web Marketing & Communications Associate.

Friday’s job-hunt link: global enviro-specialist portal

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Something Fishy

Happy Thursday! You know the drill:

1) American Urological Association - Government Relations & Advocacy Manager

2) Better Business Bureau - Digital Media Manager - apply by Feb. 23

3) Center for US Global Engagement - Managing Director - also available: Development, Field Campaign and Intern opportunities

4) Dept. of Homeland Security/OIG -Legislative Affairs Specialist - $81k-$125k - job ID 09-DHSIG-148P - apply by Feb. 20

5) National Aquarium - Media Relations Intern - Baltimore - apply by Mar. 1 - other Internships available

6) National Association of Chain Drug Stores - Director Media Relations

7) National Association of Manufacturers - Vice President, Issue Advocacy & State Affairs

8) Matthews Media Group - Materials Director

9) O'Keeffe & Company - PR Professionals w/ healthcare IT experience

10) Operation Blessing International - Video Producer and Flash Developer - Virginia Beach

11) Perot Systems - Technical Writer/National Media Coordinator

12) Prominent (but nameless) financial services trade association - Lobbyist

13) Radius Travel - Director of Advertising & Public Relations

14) SeaWeb - Vice President for Media & Policy Strategy; also looking for a Webmaster

15) Trinet Internet Solutions - Marketing/Public Relations Intern

16) University of Maryland - Media Relations and Web Manager - apply by Feb. 23

17) US Trade & Development Agency - Public Affairs Specialist - $73k-$95k - job ID TDA-09-DE-002 - apply by Feb. 24

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Brent Blackwelder vs. Doctor Greencard

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has a part time (20 hours per week) paid ($8 per hour) Intern position awaiting one of you people.

The Friends of the Earth need a new friend – specifically, a new President to replace the coolly-named Brent Blackwelder (is that a superhero, cowboy, or evil arch-nemesis kind of moniker?) who currently helms the group. They’re looking for a visionary and passionate leader committed to social/economic justice and environmental activism to manage and represent the group. Search managed by the Explore Company. PS: FOE has a few Intern opportunities, as well.

The Coastal Conservation Association is trolling for an Annapolis-based Executive Director with sales, public relations and banquet fundraising (hello, rubber chicken circuit!) experience. A high energy level, excellent communication skills and some background in fishing and hunting will be key for success in this position. The position does require 2-4 nights per week of travel and the occasional weekend. Here’s a link to the CCA national site and the Maryland chapter, if you want to try and find an alternative resume delivery system besides CareerBuilder.

What is pharmacy compounding? It’s the practice of producing customized, compounded medications prescribed or ordered by licensed physicians or veterinarians and mixed safely by trained, licensed compounding pharmacists. The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists are looking for an Executive Director to lead the organization and advocate for their 2,000 members. There is a downside for some of you, however – the job is probably based in Houston.

The Charles G. Koch Foundation is in search mode for a Senior Development Associate work with its higher education team, expanding a growing network of major philanthropic partners to help provide funding for academic research and higher education. They also tout opportunities for Associates (year-long program) and Interns.

Paul Shearman Allen & Associates are looking for a Public Relations Specialist to prepare/edit publications, handle media requests, arrange public appearances, and to manage other PR-related activities. What does PSA&A do? Perhaps their web address will give you a clue:

A little over a week ago (Feb. 10) we featured a bevy of environmental jobs – including this Global Policy Lead, Forest-based Carbon Network Initiative slot with the World Wildlife Fund – and so we apparently just missed their related Communications Director, Forest-based Carbon Network Initiative opening, updated on Feb. 11.

The National Association of Business Economics ISO an Executive Director to run this association representing professionals with an interest in the business economics related data. JDG Associates is playing matchmaker.

MITRE is an independent, not-for-profit corporation engaged in scientific and technical activities for various government organizations. They would like to engage a Communication Lead (search McLean location or req ID 11258BR) to direct, develop, and implement their Healthcare Mission Area communications program. The position will be responsible for strategic communications and messaging, to internal and external audiences.

Some employers proudly tout a certain level of flexibility in their job descriptions. This unknown senior-oriented non-profit, however, wants aspiring Executive Assistant candidates to know that office hours are 9-to-6, so there’s little or no chance you’ll be able to cut out early for happy hour with your peeps. However, they will pay you $55k-$63k for your time, so perhaps you can afford to pick up the next round. Hill experience preferred.

The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents seeks a Legislative Assistant to attend hearings, draft issue papers, track legislation, build grassroots support, and help grow their PAC. Capitol Hill or political campaign experience sought.

Today’s job-search widget: pick up a 140-character preview of the next day’s DCPA+CJ by following barnesgordon on Although, for the life of me, I can’t see why you would want to. My promise to you: minimal (perhaps zero) personal content will be shared.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


We easily found 11 health policy, pharmaceutical, and related advocacy jobs among our most recent just-the-jobs Thursday offerings, and decided to continue the hunt for public affairs jobs in the healthcare arena today – here's 25 more for you:

AARPStrategic Policy Advisor, Center to Champion Nursing in America – apply by April 1

AmgenSenior Counsel, Global Government Affairs and Reimbursement – search DC location

American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Surgery
Legislative Grassroots Specialist

American Association for Cancer ResearchAssociate Director, Public Affairs – Philadelphia, PA

American College of CardiologyDirector, International Affairs

American Medical Writers AssociationMarketing Manager

American Nurses AssociationAssociate Director, Government Affairs

American Optometric AssociationAssistant Director, Federal Government Relations

Association of American Medical Colleges
Communications Specialist,

Astra-ZenecaSenior Manager, Federal Government Affairs

Baxter HealthcareRegulatory Affairs Manager – search Maryland location or use req ID 36364BR

Blue Cross/Blue ShieldSenior Federal Relations Manager (use job number DC09-007) – other related opportunities available by searching DC location

Daiichi SankyoAssociate Director, Public Policy & Federal Relations – search DC location

First FocusSenior Director, Health Policy

GlaxoSmithKlineManager, Political Action Committee – search DC location

Healthy Weight CoalitionExecutive Director

Masimo Corp. – Government Accounts Manager

McKesson Medical SurgicalRegulatory Affairs Manager – search Virginia location – Richmond, Va.

Merck & Co. – Senior Regulatory Policy Analyst – search DC location or job ID REG000485

NovartisDirector of Health Policy – search DC location or job ID 38406BR

Novo NordiskSenior Manager, Changing Diabetes Program – Princeton, NJ – search here using Princeton location or req ID 1761BR if link fails

Ovation PharmaceuticalsVice President, Government Affairssearch here using DC location if direct link fails

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions - Manager of Reimbursement and Regulatory Affairs - $80k-$100k

US Navy Medical CommandProtocol & Legislative Affairs Specialist – $49k-$113k – job ID NW9-0301-02-K1227703-DE – apply by Feb. 26

Veterans Health AdministrationProgram Analyst – $67k-$117k – job ID VX-09-MXC-239967 – apply by Feb. 19

Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Birthday, Misters President

Like any self-respecting mattress discounter or Hyundai dealership, DC Public Affairs + Communications jobs is working hard this Presidents Day to bring you top quality government affairs, lobbying, public relations, and association jobs at affordable prices. But first, let's clear out some old merchandise with our previously referenced opportunities closing this week:

University of Maryland Director, Corporate & Foundations Relations – Clark School of Engineering – low $100k range – Feb. 16

United Nations Foundation
Administrative AssistantFeb. 18

Maryland Dept. of TransportationPublic Affairs Officer – $37k-$60k – Feb. 18

Defense Intelligence Agency
Public Affairs Specialist – $60k-$118k – job ID M09-022338-01-CM – Feb. 19

Government Accountability OfficeAnalyst, Healthcare – $44k-$81k – job ID GAO-09-HC-0347-05 – Feb. 20

Center for Democracy & Technology
Intern OpportunitiesTeach for America, Feb. 16Burson-Marsteller, Feb. 20Foreign Policy, Feb. 20

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry seeks an Assistant Director of Government Affairs for a broad menu of legislative/lobbying-related activities.

The American Red Cross Presidential Internship (search using keyword 7638BR) runs from June 1 – Aug. 7, offering positions in almost every department at Red Cross HQ. Substantial professional development/experience and access to senior leadership are among the benefits touted. Apply by Mar. 11. Other Intern opportunities available Disaster Services/Business Integrations (7621BR), Development/Direct Response Fundraising (7619BR), and Youth and Young Adult Program Services (7617BR).

There are plenty of program, operations and technical opportunities possibly available with the US Green Building Council. Our core readership will likely be most interested in the Strategic Communications Manager slot: a mid-level position responsible for identifying issues and preparing communication strategies affecting USGBC’s constituencies.

This Executive Assistant/Junior Account Exec with an unknown new operation offers the smart, courageous, resolute, tireless and even Socratic-method-conversant (really!) among you a chance to learn much from an experienced pro, and collect $28k-$38k a year in the process.

Do you possess a firm commitment to advancing every individual's right to economic freedom and opportunity through free markets? And are you in need of something to do this summer that will liven up the resume, or at least get you out of the lifeguard chair? Those answering in the affirmative should investigate an Intern position with Americans for Prosperity.

has recently put out the call for an International Government Relations Advisor (use keyword 7207BR), based out of Houston or DC, and possessing first-hand experience with Middle East and/or Russia and Post-Soviet States. Chief responsibilities include international government relationship building, intelligence gathering, and influencing strategies for assigned region; also managing relationships with Washington, D.C. embassies, think tanks and associations.

Applicants and aspirants for the opportunity listed above might also shoot their CV to the International Resources Group for the Outreach and Public Information Officer/Team Leader offering in support of the USAID Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force. Communications and legislative experience, along with knowledge of US government, international, and non-governmental organization policies and activities in the region are among their wants for the position.

seeks web design enthusiasts looking for an opportunity to show off their skills as Manager, Web Projects and Design. Bring them proof of project management experience as well as demonstrated PhotoShop, Flash, CSS, HTML and DHTML chops, and you might walk away with a job paying you $55k-$65k.

The National Parks Conservation Association has an opportunity for a Web Communications Intern to research, write, and fact check new content and post it to Sounds like a nice opportunity to add environmental/conservation and new media experience to your resume all at once.

Christian humanitarian group Worldvision shows multiple and diverse administrative and program management opportunities based out of their DC offices – and Internships, too. They note that they fight poverty and support people in more than 100 countries, plus the US.

Radford University, nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, is in search of a Director of University Relations and Chief Communications Officer to oversee all aspects of internal and external public relations activities for this 9,200 student school. Spokesperson duty and administration (but, thankfully, not editorial control) of student media outlets are also part of the job.

One of the nation’s largest nonprofits is seeking a new Vice President of Public Relations (use J24390 keyword box), according to the gang at HireStrategy. A proven record of leadership, strategic thinking, and management accomplishments, along with government relations experience, will earn you consideration for this $126k-$154k position.

Monday's addition to your job search arsenal:

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Best Places

Some abbreviated Saturday programming for you - a handful of jobs plucked from assorted best places to work guides, and some links to other references to give you some additional jumping off points for your career or internship in public relations, public affairs, communications, government affairs and the like.

Washingtonian - Great Places to Work 2007 (their most recent survey - another one scheduled for 2009) (other opportunities and internships listed):
  • Center for the New American Dream – listed in the where to find a balance category – home of a 32 hour workweek, subsidized yoga, and more - Executive Director (other opportunities and internships listed)

  • Burness Communications – listed in the where to feed the soul category – represents non-profits that work toward social change, flexible and family-type atmosphere – Communications Coordinator and Entry Level Communications Position
Fortune 100 Best Places to Work (February 2, 2009 issue):
The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government is produced by the Partnership for Public Service and American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation:
Additional Resources:

Friday, February 13, 2009

Seattle, Washington

The American Society of Interior Designers seeks a Director of Government and Public Affairs responsible for developing programs to expand their sphere of influence in the legislative and political arenas.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is looking to add a Seattle-based Deputy Director, Public/Private Partnerships to identify and manage alliance and policy opportunities, developing collaborations and partnerships, and help recruit new stakeholders such as employers, state and local governments, public social service systems, and other organizations. The ideal candidate will have public/private sector experience, state and national policy experience and will be capable of working across a range of policy issues.

Alternately, you could be involved in Bill’s empire – and stay in DC – as a Coordinator supporting Microsoft’s Government Affairs office. Among your responsibilities –admin support, coordinating PAC requests, maintaining lobbying-related documents and coordinating logistics, schedules and meetings. Among the extensive list of qualifications are – shocker! – advanced proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Outlook. And cut that “President, George Washington University Apple Enthusiasts (GWUAE)” entry on the ‘ol resume, while you’re at it, ok?

And, while we’re at it – perhaps it’s still worth referencing this 51-day-old listing for Microsoft’s Senate-focused Federal Lobbyist/ Federal Government Affairs Manager.

Did yesterday’s bounty of healthcare/pharma oriented jobs let you down, because, while you have the relevant experience, you’re just done with the whole Washington lifestyle? [I am envisioning my hundreds – really – of daily readers mouthing “no” right now.] You could always apply for one of the Manager, Government Affairs (search using Government Relations job category) with WellCare, in sunny Tampa. Legislative monitoring and development of state and federal government relationships are among the duties there.

Among the opportunities currently offered by C-SPAN:
The COPD Foundation is throwing down the gauntlet – they challenge folks ready to tackle a big job and make a difference in people in people’s lives to apply for their Director of Development (note: pdf link) slot. Five-plus years development experience, familiarity with medical research issues, and other fundraising skills are among their wants for position. Search managed by Transition Guides.

describe themselves as an “advanced networking consortium” – how cool is that? Cool enough for you to throw your hat in the ring for their Associate Director, Health Services opportunity? Among the many accountabilities for the job: acting as liaison to an alphabet soup of government agencies, such as the FCC, HHS, VA, CDC, and NIH. Health Sciences experience in combination with a working knowledge of advanced networking principles appears to be the primary qualification.

Media types should take note of this News Assistant/Staff Reporter offering with a major (circulation: 8,000,000) daily newspaper – the Asahi Shimbun. Pay is in the $32k-$35k range, and Japanese language skills would be helpful, but not required. What’s in today’s edition?

Surely you could add to the good works at Amnesty International as:
This one is – I think – very freshly posted: Principal Strategy & Business Development Consultant with Motorola. Their expectations for the job: establishing a liaison group to facilitate with state, cities, and counties that have direct resources in DC advocating funding for their specific constituencies; internal executive level briefings, relationship-building, and providing access for Motorola senior executives to Federal and State and Local senior level executives. Search here using DC location if link proves nettlesome.

Strategic planning and communications firm Akoya is in search mode for an Editorial/Project Management Assistant of the energetic variety to help manage federal client activities. A former congressional staffer would be ideal – and they also covet creative and dependable folks with a sense of humor.

Ascension Health
has an opportunity in their DC office for an Administrative Assistant to support their Vice President, System Legislative Leadership. The usual brew of admin tasks supporting a government affairs operation appears to be what they’re serving. Search via System Office Opportunities (St. Louis, MO) – yeah, I know it doesn’t make sense – if direct link fails.

Friday’s addition to your job search tool box: staffing pros at The BOSS Group