Congressional Advisor and Policy Analyst
Organizational Overview: The Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) is a world-wide, Washington D.C. headquartered, non-profit organization with primary missions of promoting greater U.S.-Taiwan relations, human rights and democracy, and right of self-determination for the people of Taiwan. FAPA includes 52 current local chapters across the United States. FAPA engages in grassroot education and advocacy by providing the U.S. policy makers, the media, scholars, and the general public with key and updated information on issues related to Taiwan.
FAPA is looking for a dynamic and driven individual to join our team as a Congressional Advisor and Policy Analyst at the Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The successful applicant will develop and strengthen FAPA’s work with Members of Congress and other policy makers and analysts in Washington D.C. on U.S.-Taiwan relations and Taiwan policy issues. The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring that we have the right contacts, in the right places and that we understand developments in Congress, Executive Branch, and think tank arenas and how they might affect American foreign policies and relations in Taiwan Straits. The successful applicant will also play an important role in general public and community outreach and plan educational and media strategies to further organizational missions. This is a fast paced job which is ideal suited to an ambitious and self-motivated individual interested in development and promotion of policy and public education. The job provides a fantastic opportunity for those looking to burnish their foreign policy credentials, build their networks and exposure to senior foreign policy decision makers, and engage in community organization and leadership work.
The successful applicant will be a self-starter who is proactive in seeking out new contacts (although the ideal candidate will join us with established (but not required) contacts on the Hill or think tanks and/or with experience on Taiwan policy and issues) and will be committed to delivering results – including overcoming obstacles where necessary.
The job offers opportunity to meet or communicate with public officials, key stakeholders in academic, government, non-profit, and community sectors from Taiwan, United States, and other countries. Therefore, the successful applicant will need to be confident and effective communicator around senior stakeholders and to be a credible advocate and representative for the organization. The ideal candidate will be a team player who has strong inter-personal skills to support headquarters work and local chapter outreach to maximize effect of grassroot advocacy. The successful applicant will see opportunity in collaboration with others, will think creatively and will be a natural networker.
The Headquarters conducts day to day operations for FAPA and coordinates communication and activities of local chapters. The job holder will play a key role in recommending policy objectives for the organization and execution of such policies. The Headquarters develop strategies to sync grassroot efforts across the local chapters and globally. Thus, the job holder will need to have a good grasp of politics across the nation and world and know who the key players are and have ideas about how we can get improve our outreach and communication with public officials, community leaders, and other organizations important to our organizational missions. The successful applicant will be aware of what is coming up on the horizon to flag upcoming threats and opportunities for FAPA goals and objectives and then elaborate strategies to ensure that we can meet any challenges.
• Analyze and identify key issues, information, and stakeholders relating to U.S.-Taiwan relations and Taiwan issues;
• Develop and recommend policy goals, objectives, and projects to promote organizational missions;
• Develop and execute strategy plans to achieve policy goals, objectives, and objectives.
• Develop, maintain, and update network of key players and stakeholders;
• Draft and prepare press-releases, letters, articles, and/or statements as part of communication strategies;
• Articulate and deliver organizational messages, policies and objectives through advocacy and educational outreach and communication;
• Coordinate and assist local chapter grassroot activities and strategies;
• Educate and train membership on advocacy skillset and key issues;
• Possible travel around the country and/or to Asia for network and local chapter coordination purposes;
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree required, a Graduate degree would be desirable.
• At least two years of relevant experience, including recent experience working on the Hill think tanks, government sector, and/or non-profit organizations. Solid understanding of the political and policy making system is important.
• Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills, including effective persuasion and network skills.
• Strong writing skills desired, including ability to explain complicated policy issues in a succinct manner.
• Confidence to represent FAPA in meetings with key stakeholders and deliver organization’s messages.
• Flexibility in a team setting, with an enthusiastic approach to work and willingness to provide assistance to other staff.
• Experience in getting the best out of a team.
• Ability to work independently and a proven track record of showing initiative and delivering results.
• Ability to travel periodically.
• Bilingual (Taiwanese/Mandarin) is a plus but not required.
All candidates may be subject to background checks.
Salary for this position commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment. Successful candidates must be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of employment. Additional requirements and forms prior to commencement of employment.
Please submit resume and a cover letter by June 30, 2016. Please identify in your cover letter whether you are currently eligible to work in the United States and your desired salary or salary range. Send all materials by email or mail to:
Attn: Peter Chen, President
552 7th Street, S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
Conformation of receipt of application will be provided. Thereafter, only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.
FAPA is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law. This is a job posting and shall not constitute as offer of employment. All rights reserved by FAPA.