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    Tarryn Reddy

    The South Carolina Policy Council (SCPC), based in Columbia, SC, seeks a Director of External Affairs & Communications. The Director will report to the President of SCPC.

    The Director of External Affairs & Communications is an exciting, visible role in an organization that is the state’s leading voice promoting economic and personal freedom based on American founding principles. It is not an exaggeration to say the Director of External Affairs & Communications will be a leader in turning good ideas and smart research into powerful messaging and substantive change. SCPC is the driving voice for the state’s free-market reform movement, and our initiatives have received national attention. For the right person, this role will be a dream job and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to affect change.

    Some of the critical areas the Director will oversee include:

    • an independent news bureau that serves as a national model to monitor and report on government at state and local levels
    • a high-powered communications department that produces powerful and creative messaging and materials, and embraces traditional and new media strategies
    • a dynamic grassroots outreach initiative that provides real-time information to a broad network of groups and activists statewide
    • a top-notch legislative monitoring program – including aggressive policy analysis – that provides information to media outlets, policy makers and activists all over the state

    This is not a political position nor is it a position for someone with political aspirations. It is a position for someone with a strong commitment to free-market principles and to restoring the balance of power to citizens. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, a creative communicator and an effective manager who operates well under pressure. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the principles on which our nation was founded, and a working understanding of policy issues and the legislative process.

    The Director will handle multiple areas of responsibility/oversight. Those include:

    External Affairs

    • Managing SCPC’s legislative watchdog project, which includes real-time reporting and analysis of legislative session and committee hearings
    • Managing Citizen Reporter Program, a project of The Nerve
    • Managing internship program (paid & unpaid)
    • Overseeing strategy & execution for grassroots outreach efforts
    • Managing coalition building efforts


    • Managing marketing efforts for of SCPC projects/products
    • Managing all media relations activities of SCPC
    • Overseeing implementation of internet/online efforts along with all SCPC websites
    • Managing The Nerve, which includes a staff of three full-time veteran reporters and 30 citizen reporters
    • Working with the President and senior staff on branding for SCPC

    Other Roles/Responsibilities

    • Reviewing publications & research
    • Providing legislative analysis
    • Coordinating with Director of Development to provide communication and responses to members, grassroots, and coalitions
    • Preparing fact sheets, blogs, testimony, and other legislative/policy related products as needed
    • Serving as back-up speaker for SCPC when President is unavailable
    • Attending, coordinating, and planning for meetings and events related to grassroots, elected officials, or coalition groups
    • Briefing and providing information to policy makers


    The Director of External Affairs & Communications will have significant management responsibility. The Director will supervise an External Affairs Assistant, two paid Research Assistants, four unpaid interns (2 student citizen reporters; 2 legislative monitoring), a Communications Assistant, and a Marketing Manager.

    Ideal Candidate

    The ideal candidate for the Director of External Affairs & Communications role will have:

    • Significant knowledge of the legislative process
    • Experience creating, implementing, and managing processes
    • Experience managing individuals and teams
    • Significant experience in ideas/political communications, including a deep understanding of new media as well classic forms of communication
    • Solid relationship-building skills
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Strategic planning ability
    • Knowledge of grassroots organizing
    • High level of energy
    • Unfailing ability to follow-through and drive projects to completion
    • Unwavering commitment to and passion for free-market principles, including limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty

    To Apply

    Qualified candidates should submit the following materials to Claire Kittle ([email protected]) of Talent Market (, who is managing the search process:

    • Résumé
    • A cover letter detailing your salary requirements and your deep philosophical interest in/passion for the mission of SCPC

    Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Referrals may also be directed to Claire’s attention.

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