Position Summary: The Director of Government Affairs serves as the on-the-ground Conservation Alliance representative in Washington D.C., working closely with the advocacy staff and Executive Director to bring the business voice to bear on conservation. This person works to move legislative priorities across the finish line through coordination of consistent and impactful opportunities for Conservation Alliance members to effectively advocate in Washington D.C, tracking and meetings, and relationship building with appropriate decision makers. The Director of Government Affairs will also collaborate with the Conservation Alliance staff to develop a robust future-looking policy agenda.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Serve as the on-the-ground Conservation Alliance representative and expert in Washington D.C..
Work with Conservation Alliance staff and board to develop annual goals and strategic priorities.
Develop a system for consistently bringing Conservation Alliance member voices to Washington D.C..
Coordinate with advocacy staff to develop 2020 election and transition planning.
Develop future-looking policy agenda.
Maintain important coalition building work with supporting organizations and businesses.
Track legislation and appropriate congressional committee hearings and schedules.
Track related public lands legislation and recommend Conservation Alliance course of action when appropriate.
Establish and maintain relationships with congressional and administration offices, generating robust, bipartisan/bicameral contact lists for legislative outreach.
Communications & Outreach:
Draft official government affairs-related correspondence including, but not limited to sign-on letters, letters of support, administrative comments, and the like.
Develop drafted talking points, fact sheets, and other communication pieces for various audiences.
Attend hearings, meetings, events, and informal gatherings, ensuring The Conservation Alliance perspective is consistently seen and heard.
Coordinate with advocacy and communications staff to relay relevant information to Conservation Alliance membership.
Host Conservation Alliance member company fly-ins and meetings in coordination with advocacy staff.
Work with advocacy and communications staff to administer and bring to life The Conservation Alliance 2020 poll.
Develop policy and transition planning guidance for post 2020 elections.
Provide weekly updates on Conservation Alliance legislative priorities to staff, key grantees, and membership when appropriate.
Attend, report on, and identify opportunities to engage in congressional hearings and meetings pertaining to Conservation Alliance legislative priorities.
Work with advocacy staff to organize logistics and execute annual Conservation Alliance fly-ins, targeted meetings, and education trainings.
Keep meticulous notes, tracking documents and updates on Conservation Alliance legislative priorities.
Maintain network of appropriate legislative and administrative staff contacts.
Support the team on tasks as needed including: travel logistics, booking meetings, presentation development, talking points, and other material preparations and duties as needed.
Required Experience and Personal Qualifications:
Personal alignment with and passion for The Conservation Alliance’s mission and values.
Love of the outdoors.
Robust knowledge of conservation policy in North America.
5+ years work experience in public policy and/or environmental policy.
Affinity towards mission-driven and fast-paced nonprofit environments.
Strong relationships with congressional offices from both sides of the political aisle.
Fantastic verbal and written communication skills.
Self starter and team player willing to do whatever it takes to drive success.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines effectively.
Ability to split time between meetings on Capitol Hill and remote working space
Ability to travel 3-6 times per year.
Preferred Experience – Not Required:
Experience working in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors
Experience working for a congressional office
Additional Salary Information: The Government Affairs Director will be compensated with a highly competitive base salary and have access to a strong benefits package, including a 401k plan.
About The Conservation Alliance
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of like-minded businesses whose collective contributions
support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor
enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and
climbing areas. Membership in the Alliance is open to all companies who care about protecting our most
threatened wild places for habitat and outdoor recreation. Since its inception in 1989, The Conservation
Alliance has contributed more than $23 million, helped to protect more than 73 million acres of
wildlands; protect 3,575 miles of rivers; stop or remove 35 dams; designate five marine reserves; and
purchase 17 climbing areas. For complete information on The Conservation Alliance, see