The Task Force on US Space Policy is seeking volunteers for four Task Force subteam leadership positions: policy subteam co-lead, government relations subteam co-lead, outreach and programs subteam co-lead, and strategic communications subteam lead. 

We’re a team of passionate, driven, and curious young space professionals united by a common goal: elevate the voices of our generation to the highest levels of space policy decision-making. We’re looking for like-minded people who can help advocate for the sustainable, equitable, and cooperative development of outer space to benefit all people on Earth by engaging with U.S. policymakers and government representatives. All backgrounds and nationalities are welcome! You can learn more about the Task Force here or email [email protected], Deputy Lead of the Task Force.

Deadline for applications: 10 December 2021

Role Descriptions:

1. Policy Subteam Co-Lead

Responsibilities

The Policy Subteam Co-Lead will prioritize and analyze relevant space policy issues, then produce policy memo’s and recommendations that forward the task force’s mission and integrate the viewpoints of the young space generation. This is a voluntary, unpaid, virtual position that starts December 2021 and runs through December 2022. This position reports to the Task Force Lead and Deputy Lead.

Together with a second Policy Subteam Co-Lead:

  • Establish Task Force’s policy priorities, supported by input from SGAC membership and communities
  • Develop and improve internal process for producing policy analyses and recommendations that 
    • Engage with subject matter experts inside and outside SGAC
    • Solicit and incorporate feedback from SGAC general membership 
    • Integrate other relevant SGAC stakeholders (e.g. Space Law & Policy Project Group, Space Generation Advocacy and Policy Project, U.S. Regional Coordinators, U.S. National Points of Contact, EAGLE Action Team, etc.)
  • Oversee Policy team to develop policy analyses and recommendations.
  • Lead and foster discussions on space policy topics 
  • Collaborate with the Government Relations subteam to create deliverables that best support our advocacy and engagement efforts with the US government. 

Estimated time commitment: 3-5 volunteer hours of SGAC work per week

Location: As with all SGAC positions, meetings and work will be completed virtually. Communication skills and ability to respond in a timely manner are vital.

Necessary Qualifications and Skills

  • SGAC membership: registration on the SGAC website and 33 years of age or less at the moment of the application
  • Familiarity with US space policy and relevant actors
  • A background in policy, law, or related field is prefered
  • Business/professional fluency in English
  • Ability to respond quickly and efficiently to emails
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Familiarity with the SGAC mission and its objectives
  • Teamwork capacity and proven leadership skills

2. Government Relations Subteam Co-Lead

Responsibilities

The Government Relations Subteam Co-Lead will help develop the young generation’s ability to influence space policy at the highest levels of the US government by increasing our presence, building our relationships, and improving our credibility on Capitol Hill. This is a voluntary, unpaid, virtual position that starts December 2021 and runs through December 2022. This position reports to the Task Force Lead and Deputy Lead. 

  • Develop Congressional engagement strategy for Task Force, including but not limited to:
    • Identifying engagement opportunities
    • Setting up relevant meetings and briefings 
    • Tracking relevant legislation 
    • Develop relationships with Congressional champions
  • Oversee Advocacy Subteam to implement Congressional engagement strategy. 
  • Manage internal Congressional engagement tracking database. 
  • Ensure Task Force members are prepared to engage with government stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with Policy teams to set Task Force policy and advocacy priorities. 
  • Serve as internal subject-matter expert on Congressional affairs for other Task Force elements. 

Estimated time commitment: 3-5 volunteer hours of SGAC work per week

Location: As with all SGAC positions, meetings and work will be completed virtually. Communication skills and ability to respond in a timely manner are vital.

Necessary Qualifications and Skills

  • SGAC membership: registration on the SGAC website and 33 years of age or less at the moment of the application
  • Familiarity with US government, particularly bodies contributing to space law and policy
  • Experience interacting with US government offices
  • An academic background in policy, law, government, or related field is prefered, but not necessary
  • Business/professional fluency in English
  • Ability to respond quickly and efficiently to emails
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Familiarity with the SGAC mission and its objectives
  • Teamwork capacity and proven leadership skills

3. Outreach and Programs Subteam Co-Lead

Responsibilities

The Outreach and Programs Subteam Co-Lead will develop, manage, and leverage relationships with SGAC partner groups and external partner organizations to support the young generation’s ability to influence space policy at the highest levels of the US government. This is a voluntary, unpaid, virtual position that starts December 2021 and runs through December 2022. This position reports to the Task Force Lead and Deputy Lead. 

Together with the other Outreach and Programs Subteam Co-Lead:

  • Host Space in 2050 speaker series by bringing together academia, industry, non-profit, and government experts. 
  • Develop Task Force adviser system and coordinate adviser engagement. 
  • Identify and execute opportunities for Task Force engagement with other SGAC elements, including but not limited to:
    • SGAC conferences (Space Generation Congress, Fusion Forum, SGx)
  • Identify opportunities for Task Force engagement with external organizations, and collaborate with SGAC leadership to execute outreach activities. These organizations include but are not limited to: professional societies, fellowship programs, space companies and agencies, etc. 

Estimated time commitment: 3-5 volunteer hours of SGAC work per week

Location: As with all SGAC positions, meetings and work will be completed virtually. Communication skills and ability to respond in a timely manner are vital.

Necessary Qualifications and Skills

  • SGAC membership: registration on the SGAC website and 33 years of age or less at the moment of the application
  • Familiarity with major actors in space, particularly in the U.S., including agencies, companies, student and young professional organizations, fellowships, etc. 
  • Experience organizing online events/panels is preferred, but not necessary
  • Business/professional fluency in English
  • Ability to respond quickly and efficiently to emails
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Familiarity with the SGAC mission and its objectives
  • Teamwork capacity and proven leadership skills

4. Strategic Communications Subteam Lead

Responsibilities

The Strategic Communications Subteam Lead will develop, implement, and manage a strategic communications plan that enhances the reputation, credibility, and reach of the young space generation, allowing us to engage with and influence senior U.S. government stakeholders on critical space policy issues.  This is a voluntary, unpaid, virtual position that starts December 2021 and runs through December 2022. This position reports to the Task Force Lead and Deputy Lead. 

  • Integrate copywriting, design, media and other communications tools into a cohesive communications strategy. 
  • Identify and implement improvements to existing communications strategy, including but not limited to: 
    • building and updating Task Force website 
    • promoting Task Force on social media 
    • designing Task Force policy documents 
  • Oversee Communications team to implement this communications strategy. 
  • Provide regular updates on Task Force progress to relevant SGAC teams. 

Estimated time commitment: 2-5 volunteer hours of SGAC work per week

Location: As with all SGAC positions, meetings and work will be completed virtually. Communication skills and ability to respond in a timely manner are vital.

Necessary Qualifications and Skills

  • SGAC membership: registration on the SGAC website and 33 years of age or less at the moment of the application
  • Social media experience
  • Visual design and formatting experience
  • Experience managing communications and/or social media for a group is preferred, but not necessary
  • Business/professional fluency in English
  • Ability to respond quickly and efficiently to emails
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Familiarity with the SGAC mission and its objectives
  • Teamwork capacity and proven leadership skills

Benefits:

As part of the US Task Force, you will have the opportunity to network with space industry professionals, academics, and organisations. As a member of Task Force leadership, you will also have the opportunity to enhance your management, leadership, and organizational skills. 

Benefits of these positions include:

  • Meet and interact with young space sector leaders from around the world
  • Build leadership skills and other skills that are directly translatable to your career
  • Experience shaping the strategies, practices, and procedures of an organisation
  • Have a significant impact on SGAC’s impact in the U.S.
  • Contribute to the growth and sustainability of the Task Force

This is a voluntary role and has no monetary compensation. Appointment is for a term of 1 year, with the possibility of continuing for an additional term. 

How to Apply:

To apply for any of the above positions, please complete our Vacancy Application with the following documents as attachments:

  • A Letter of Intent (maximum 1 page)
  • Your CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • List of up to three past experiences and how they have prepared you for this role (maximum 1 page)

Only complete applications will be considered. For any questions, please feel free to contact Lindsey Wiser, Deputy Lead of the Task Force for US Space Policy: [email protected] 

Application Timeline

Applications Open: 

8 November 2021

Application Close: 

10 December 2021 (Updated Deadline)

Interviews of selected applicants:

Rolling & the following 2 weeks

Announcement of Results:

Late December 2021