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Director of External Affairs

Website TFFVA The Family Foundation

In 1985 Walt Barbee, an airline pilot and resident of Fairfax County, became aware of the concerning material being taught in his children’s sex education program in the Fairfax public school system. Other parents became interested in helping him develop a strategy to have the program changed. Walt quickly discovered that parents in other localities were fighting the same battle and soon expanded into a statewide change in the law and the need to address additional family issues such as abortion and school choice. Out of this effort The Family Foundation was birthed and in 1988 they associated with Focus on the Family. In time, The Family Foundation established biblical principles as guideposts for advocacy (see and established their mission preserve and promote the family in Virginia as God’s foundation upon which all free and thriving societies are built. They inspire Virginians, pastors and legislators to engage in meaningful conversations and productive actions that advance these biblical principles in the public square; to incorporate the unique, God-given passions of individuals and organizations into the work, thereby increasing the number of laborers, and, to instigate carefully chosen political and cultural battles that prompt necessary changes to the law in Virginia in these principle areas.

Primary Responsibilities:

The External Affairs Director is primarily responsible for developing, directing and implementing an effective strategy for building a strong network in Northern Virginia that has a powerful impact on pro-family issues through their engagement with and financial support of The Family Foundation. Secondarily, the External Affairs Director will serve as an ambassador of The Family Foundation in policy meetings in and around Washington, D.C. when the President or policy team cannot attend. Finally, the External Affairs Director will serve as an onsite facilitator of grassroots objectives when the Director of Grassroots Initiatives or The Family Foundation Action Campaign Manager is unable to do so. This position reports to the President, while communicating directly with each operations department head on activities that fall within their purview.

  • Exemplary interpersonal skills required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required.
  • Strong and independent work ethic.
  • Ability to excel on a team that is connected remotely.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Spiritual maturity and a Biblical worldview.
  • Demonstrated fundraising/sales experience preferred.
  • Public speaking skilled preferred.
  • Undergraduate degree required.
  • Cultivating our Northern VA donor base through one-on-one meetings.
  • Expanding the Northern VA donor base
  • Working with the Board and President to identify and cultivate new Board members.
  • Assisting the President in cultivating our Advisory Council as a field team for future Board of Directors.
  • Identifying and cultivating relationships with key churches/pastors in Northern Va
  • Serving as a liaison for The Family Foundation in key policy meetings at the federal level.
  • Enhancing the coalition relationships among allied organizations
  • Facilitating grassroots engagement in the Northern VA area.
  • Assisting with any northern Virginia grassroots Speak Up! teams such as Speak Up! Fairfax.
Interested applicants should send a resume to: Faith Hofma
Phone: (804) 343-0010; E-mail:

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