Environmental Job Board

Gathering Waters- Advocacy Coordinator

Advocacy Coordinator

About Gathering Waters

Gathering Waters is committed to helping land trusts, landowners, and communities protect the places that make Wisconsin special.  Unlike any other organization, we accomplish our mission by strengthening Wisconsin land trusts – a network of nearly 50 nonprofit organizations that protect land to meet community and ecological needs throughout the state. We are non- partisan, solution-oriented advocates for public policies and funding supporting land conservation; we provide technical assistance and trainings to land trusts; and we use our statewide voice to share the stories of land trusts’ impact to inspire public support for land conservation. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a home office in Madison, WI. Gathering Waters is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Summary

Under general supervision, the Advocacy Coordinator will focus on recruiting and activating “grasstops” advocates and “grassroots” support for Gathering Waters’ state and federal public policy priorities—including the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and the Land & Water Conservation Fund—and increasing the visibility of land conservation across Wisconsin. The coordinator will work closely and collaboratively with the Executive Director and other colleagues and will participate in the development of an annual policy agenda and legislative strategies.
Specific responsibilities include:

    • Cultivating effective land trust advocacy ambassadors: Increasing the number of land trust staff, board members, supporters, and landowners across Wisconsin who have relationships with candidates for elected office and elected officials and are equipped to share compelling stories of land conservation in their communities
    • State & federal policy advocacy: Working with Gathering Waters’ Executive Director and Policy Committee to implement the organization’s annual policy agenda and collaborate with partner groups.
    • Communications:Assisting colleagues in the development of advocacy tool kits and action alerts, and in the execution of timely and targeted communications to advocates across the state.

Required qualifications

The qualifications listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform this job:

    • Commitment to the goals and vision of Gathering Waters and Wisconsin’s land trusts
    • At least two years of relevant training and/or experience
    • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organization skills
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and be part of a team
    • Willingness to travel and to work occasional evenings and weekends
    • Demonstrated ability to work with multiple conservation partners and with a bipartisan approach.
    • Experience organizing volunteers is preferred but not required

Salary

This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes competitive benefits.

To Apply

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 25, 2018. Send resume, cover letter, and three references to the Hiring Committee at: info@gatheringwaters.org.

Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

The Public Interest Network- Grants Department Fundraiser

Grants Department Fundraiser for The Public Interest Network

Overview

The Public Interest Network is home to more than 16 organizations, including PIRG, Environment America and the National Environmental Law Center. Each of our groups has its own mission, whether it’s environmental litigation, consumer advocacy, research or training new organizers. The 500-plus staff in our network share a vision of a better country, a set of core values about our work, and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done.

We also share a great track record. Over the past 45 years, our staff have worked on hundreds of projects and campaigns at the local, state, national and corporate levels. Because of the laws and other policies we’ve won, people are buying healthier and safer products, getting more of our energy from the sun and the wind, drinking cleaner water and breathing cleaner air … the list just goes on. But every day brings a new challenge or new opportunity. That’s why right now we’re hiring.

Job Description

The Grants Fundraising Associate will have a key role in our efforts to double our grant and large donor fundraising over the next five years. This additional funding will enable the Public Interest Network to make an even bigger impact on some of the most important problems of our time, as well as recruit and train hundreds more new activists who will work for change for years to come.

To reach this ambitious goal, the Grants Department Fundraiser will represent the Public Interest Network in the funder community, including foundations, major individual donors, and other non-corporate institutions. Specific responsibilities include:

    • Research and identify appropriate foundation and donor prospects;
    • Meet with at least 50 prospective funders annually;
    • Network with the funding community by attending conferences and events;
    • Promote the Public Interest Network through written updates, briefings, and other affinity building activities;
    • Develop, write, and pitch grant proposals;
    • Manage grants raised for the Public Interest Network, including monitoring project progress and reporting to the funder; and
    • Support the grantseeking activities of the Public Interest Network member organization’s staff around the country.

Additionally, the Grants Department Fundraiser will participate in strengthening the Public Interest Network by participating in other capacity building priorities, from recruiting and training staff to phone banking to helping with events.

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Qualifications

We are looking for skilled candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social change and an appreciation of the importance of activism. We’re also looking for candidates that are more motivated by the success of the movement than by individual achievement.

Additionally, top candidates will:

    • Have a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of relevant experience, including some fundraising experience. Advanced degrees, including a JD or masters in related fields, may count toward a candidate’s professional experience;
    • Have excellent expository writing and verbal persuasion skills;
    • Enjoy meeting new people, networking, and cultivating relationships;
    • Be highly goal driven and have a track record of academic success and proven leadership ability;
    • Be flexible, embrace new challenges, have a can-do attitude and strong work ethic;
    • Be willing to travel extensively on a public interest budget and be comfortable with irregular work hours (nighttime events, weekend meetings, etc.);
    • Have demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion in solving problems; and
    • Be able to work independently and creatively, as well as take direction and work as part of a team.

The Grants Department Fundraiser position requires a two-year commitment.

Compensation & Benefits

Annual compensation for most candidate ranges between $28,000 and $33,000, but could be higher commensurate with relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees. The Public Interest Network offers a competitive benefits package, including paid holidays, sick days, and vacation days. Eligible staff may join our group health insurance plan and will have the opportunity to enroll in our college loan assistance and 401(k) program.

To Apply

Visit http://www.publicinterestnetwork.org/page/pin/apply and fill out the online form. If we are interested in interviewing you for the position, we will get back to you within a week. All finalists also will be required to complete a writing test.

The Public Interest Network is a group of organizations that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Visit http://www.publicinterestnetwork.org/core-values.html to learn what you should know about the network before you apply.

The Public Interest Network is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. The Public Interest Network will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

http://www.publicinterestnetwork.org

The Public Interest Network- Deputy Grants Fundraising Director

Deputy Grants Fundraising Director for The Public Interest Network

Overview

The Public Interest Network is home to more than 16 organizations, including PIRG, Environment America and the National Environmental Law Center. Each of our groups has its own mission, whether it’s environmental litigation, consumer advocacy, research or training new organizers. The 500-plus staff in our network share a vision of a better country, a set of core values about our work, and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done.

We also share a great track record. Over the past 45 years, our staff have worked on hundreds of projects and campaigns at the local, state, national and corporate levels. Because of the laws and other policies we’ve won, people are buying healthier and safer products, getting more of our energy from the sun and the wind, drinking cleaner water and breathing cleaner air … the list just goes on. But every day brings a new challenge or new opportunity. That’s why right now we’re hiring.

Job Description

The Deputy Director will have a key role in our efforts to double our grant and large donor fundraising over the next five years. This additional funding will enable the Public Interest Network to make an even bigger impact on some of the most important problems of our time, as well as recruit and train hundreds more new activists who will work for change for years to come.

To reach this ambitious goal, the Deputy Director will represent the Public Interest Network in the funder community, including foundations, major individual donors, and other non-corporate institutions. The Deputy Director also will develop short and long term strategies for broadening and deepening our funding base and directly raise money for priority projects and organizations.

    • Specifically, the Deputy Grants Fundraising Director’s responsibilities include:
    • Set fundraising goals, map out and drive forward fundraising objectives with Public Interest Network staff;
    • Research and identify appropriate foundation and donor prospects;
    • Meet with at least 50 prospective funders annually;
    • Network with the funding community by attending conferences and events
    • Promote the Public Interest Network through written updates, briefings, and other affinity building activities;
    • Develop, write, and pitch grant proposals;
    • Manage grants raised for the Public Interest Network, including monitoring project progress and reporting to the funder; and
    • Support the grantseeking activities of the Public Interest Network member organization’s staff around the country.

Additionally, the Deputy Director will participate in strengthening the Public Interest Network by participating in other capacity building priorities, from recruiting and training staff to phone banking to helping with events.

Location

Preferably Los Angeles, CA but would consider other locations for the right candidate

Qualifications

We are looking for skilled candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social change and an appreciation of the importance of activism and organizing. We’re also looking for candidates that are more motivated by the success of the movement than by individual achievement.

Additionally, top candidates will:

    • Have a bachelor’s degree and at least three to five years of relevant experience, and must have some fundraising experience. Advanced degrees, including a JD or masters in related fields, may count toward a candidate’s professional experience
    •  Have exceptional expository writing and verbal persuasion skills, with the ability to translate complex campaigns and programs into targeted fundraising requests;
    • Enjoy meeting new people, networking, and cultivating relationships;
    • Be highly goal driven and have a track record of academic success and proven leadership ability;
    • Be flexible, embrace new challenges, and have a can-do attitude and strong work ethic;
    • Be willing to travel extensively on a public interest budget and be comfortable with irregular work hours (nighttime events, weekend meetings, etc.);
    • Have demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion in solving problems; and
    • Be able to work independently and creatively, as well as take direction and work as part of a team.

The Deputy Grants Fundraising Director position requires a two-year commitment.

Compensation & Benefits

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. The Public Interest Network offers a competitive benefits package.

To Apply

Visit http://www.publicinterestnetwork.org/page/pin/apply and fill out the online form. If we are interested in interviewing you for the position, we will get back to you within a week. All finalists also will be required to complete a writing test.

Visit http://www.publicinterestnetwork.org/core-values.html to learn what you should know about the network before you apply.

The Public Interest Network is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. The Public Interest Network will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

http://www.publicinterestnetwork.org

Audubon Minnesota and Upper MS River – Vice President and Executive Director

Overview

Founded in 1905, the National Audubon Society is one of the most venerable conservation organizations in the world. Audubon follows birds to ecosystems, conserving them for wildlife, for people, and for the earth’s biological diversity. Today, Audubon enjoys a widely respected centrist brand, a powerful legacy of conservation success, deep loyalty among its supporters, and the clarity that springs from working for the benefit of birds and the places they need to survive and thrive.

Audubon works to save birds through conservation and advocacy firmly grounded in science. As leaders in applied bird conservation science, Audubon engages in research and analysis to support the development of its programs, to build its authority as a science-led thought leader, and to inform and evaluate the work of Audubon and its partners.

Audubon’s powerful distributed network has an unparalleled reach. No other conservation organization matches the size, reach, scale, influence, diversity, and creative energy of its chapters, nature centers, staff, volunteer leaders, and US and international partners. At its best, the network has the knowledge and credibility to care for birds, and the places they need, in communities across the country – and it unites to tackle big challenges facing birds that cannot be solved by any single part of the network alone.

By connecting the work of the Audubon network – 463 Chapters, 41 nature centers and sanctuaries, 22 state offices, more than 650 staff members, 1 million members and volunteers, and U.S. and international partners – along each of the four major migratory flyways of the Americas, Audubon weaves a seamless web of conservation for birds and other migratory and non-migratory species. By working toward common flyway conservation goals, Audubon is having greater impact, and by coordinating resources, physical assets and expertise, it is dramatically increasing its efficiency across the network to address the most pressing conservation issues of our time.

Audubon is focused on five cross-cutting conservation strategies–climate, coasts, working lands, water, and bird friendly communities. The organization has built a scientific foundation for each of its strategies, established clear goals and is mobilizing its powerful network to achieve conservation wins at scale. Audubon also has a clear-eyed focus on increasing diversity and promoting inclusion. Audubon is putting more than $100 million annually to work on conservation (compared with $73 million just five years ago). This new robust Audubon is a strategic, pragmatic, responsive, integrated organization that can tap people’s passion for bird-centered conservation and translate it into action

Position Summary

Audubon seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Vice President & Executive Director of Audubon Minnesota, leading the organization to its next level of conservation and fiscal success. The leader will build on Audubon’s history of conservation in Minnesota and expand Audubon Minnesota’s contributions to conservation across the state and throughout the Upper Mississippi River system.

The Vice President & Executive Director will exercise broad leadership and management responsibility in developing statewide conservation strategies, initiatives, and public programming. This will include working closely with the Audubon Minnesota Board of Directors and staff and Audubon’s key national conservation leaders to continue to develop the state program in tandem with strategic regional and national priorities, including strengthening and expanding Audubon Minnesota’s role in the Upper Mississippi River system.

Essential Functions

Conservation Strategy Development

Develop strategic goals and initiatives aligned with Audubon’s overall conservation goals and strategies that result in the organization’s increased statewide capacity to achieve the conservation of priority birds and their habitats. Priorities include:

    • Habitat conservation to support bird populations and improve water quality and flow of the Upper Mississippi River system
    • Coastal habitat conservation in areas such as Duluth and the shoreline of Lake Superior;
    • Implementing climate resiliency strategies throughout the office’s conservation portfolio, including advancing a policy agenda
    • Important Bird Areas (IBAs) protection throughout the state;
    • Engaging in community science, conservation, and engagement;
    • In conjunction with senior management, explore opportunities and the feasibility of expanding Audubon Minnesota’s leadership throughout the Upper Mississippi River Basin
    • Leading the implementation of other national policy and conservation goals throughout the state and region

Organizational Leadership

    • Provide leadership, management, and mentoring to staff while preserving open communication and recognizing the value of the management team.
    • Manage the day-to-day operations of the state office, including setting financial and programmatic goals, analyzing results, and taking corrective actions, in close collaboration with Audubon’s leadership the Minnesota and Upper Mississippi Flyway teams; ensure that all Audubon financial standards, operating policies, programmatic commitments, and legal requirements are met.
    • Focus resources on the most critical, high-leverage projects and strategies, including policy development and public engagement
    • Leverage the impact of Audubon Minnesota’s assets to achieve state, flyway, and national goals.

Fundraising and External Relations

    • Represent Audubon Minnesota throughout the state and raise its profile and visibility to funders, partners, policymakers, and the public.
    • Play a key role in fundraising and ensure Audubon Minnesota’s ability to cultivate and solicit major donors, foundations, corporations and government agencies to significantly increase contributions.
    • Play an active role in helping to promote fundraising for regional priority projects across the Upper Mississippi Flyway working with other state directors, the program managers and other supporting staff.
    • Collaborate with other Audubon state programs and national Development staff on donor strategies under the One Audubon approach to membership and donors.

Stakeholder Relations

    • Work closely with the Audubon Minnesota Board of Directors to support the efforts of AMN to further the development of a strong statewide organization through fundraising, program development, and conservation advocacy.
    • Work closely with, support and provide guidance to Audubon chapters to expand Audubon’s capacity for on-the-ground conservation and education at scale. Work to strengthen the statewide presence of Audubon, and support these organizations in their local efforts.
    • Prioritize engagement and activation of Minnesota’s diverse communities in the Audubon movement, including chapter leadership, state board participation, staffing, volunteers, program participation, and partnerships across the state.
    • Work with government departments and non-governmental organizations to promote and prioritize bird science and habitat conservation.

Qualifications and Experience

Experience:

    • Substantial and progressively responsible professional experience, including 3+ years as an enterprise executive with accountability over multiple programs and/or regions.
    • Experience in the field of conservation; ideally knowledge of how conservation work is advanced in Minnesota and the upper Midwest, including knowledge of key conservation leaders.
    • An array of experience in public policy development and advocacy, campaigns, lobbying, and/or involvement in the state legislature and/or in working with members of Congress.
    • Demonstrated experience overseeing complex or multiple projects through to success, including meeting financial goals, project deadlines, and coordinating the work of key staff and partners, in organizations of similar or greater size than Audubon Minnesota.
    • Demonstrated success in fundraising; experience with major donors, foundations, corporations, and government funders.
    • Demonstrated commitment to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment; ability to build and lead a diverse team of staff, board members and supporters.

Skills:

    • Strong leadership skills, with an entrepreneurial spirit and strong business and management skills; demonstrated ability to inspire and motivate staff, volunteers, donors, and potential partners a must.
    • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a highly matrixed, complex organization—strong ability to influence and persuade others required.
    • Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals and organizations at the local, regional, and national levels.
    • Tech-savvy, including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, budgeting systems and donor databases. Comfort with and interest in leveraging technology to maximize conservation impact and network engagement.
    • Excellent and persuasive communication skills, both written and verbal, including substantial public speaking experience, and the ability to effectively represent Audubon Minnesota to its members, state and federal elected officials, donors, and chapter leaders, as well as in traditional and social media.

Knowledge:

    • Knowledge of the Upper Midwest’s political and demographic reality with broad connections to partners and the philanthropic community strongly desired.
    • Knowledge and appreciation of, as well as connection to Minnesota and the Upper Mississippi River and its environment, conservation and political history, and the role of science in developing conservation strategies.
    • Knowledge of funders and donors engaged in conservation philanthropy in California preferred.

Personal Characteristics:

    • Willingness and ability to travel routinely throughout the state and nationally, as required.
    • A strong commitment to the mission, values, and programs of the National Audubon Society.

Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business, conservation or related field required; advanced degree strongly preferred.

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Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Audubon Society – Wetland Restoration Manager

Overview

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary

The Wetland Restoration Manager will work as part of a team to develop and implement actions to achieve conservation goals associated with Audubon’s Great Lakes Initiative. S/he will directly oversee implementation of wetland and riparian restoration and protection projects within the Great Lakes’ region. S/he will coordinate with national and regional science, engagement, policy, and administrative staff, as well as Audubon chapters and members, and partners to ensure conservation projects and programs are holistic, inclusive, and sustainable.

Audubon’s Great Lakes Initiative has experienced rapid growth and early conservation successes since its launching in 2016. Program objectives focus on improving habitat for breeding and migratory birds, while improving water quality and building climate resiliency in and around the Great Lakes. The Wetland Restoration Manager will work to strengthen existing partnerships, while mobilizing restoration action on the ground. S/he will manage the implementation of a portfolio of projects funded by state and federal agencies, foundations and corporate and individual donors. Working with science, conservation, development, and leadership staff within Audubon, the Wetland Restoration Manager will play a key role in achieving Audubon’s ambitious conservation goals in the region.

Essential Functions

    • Lead implementation of wetland restoration projects, collaborating with partners and executing habitat and hydrological field work led by staff and/or contractors.
    • Survey wetland hydrological conditions and oversee the design/engineering of hydrological restoration, including the implementation of water control structures.
    • Develop and manage grant and project budgets, quarterly billings, and financial reports in close coordination with finance and administrative staff.
    • Develop and manage contracts, grant (programmatic) reporting, and project implementation.
    • Communicate with funders to update progress on projects.
    • Supervise consultants and contractors.
    • Under supervision of Director of Conservation and in close coordination with Upper Mississippi and Atlantic Flyway leadership staff, identify, conceptualize and prioritize strategic wetland and riparian restoration projects.
    • Build relationships and partnerships with public and private land owners to advance protection goals in priority geographies.
    • Work with national and regional science staff and land owner partners to ensure effective communication around adaptive management.
    • Work with national and regional science, communication, and policy staff, as well as Audubon Chapters, Centers and other regional partners to communicate results of restoration and science projects.
    • Develop and facilitate workshops, meetings and calls with agency, non-profit and landowners to gather and disseminate information.
    • Identify and work with colleagues to secure additional funding resources to support Audubon’s Great Lakes Initiative.
    • Based on restoration projects and other related research, develop reports that analyze and interpret results, and present findings to managers, scientists, activists and the public.

Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in conservation biology, ecology or similar required, Master’s degree preferred.
    • Five years of professional work in ecology or restoration and significant restoration experience in riparian, wetland, or estuarine habitats. Experience in bird conservation ecology is a plus.
    • Experience writing proposals and administering government grants, and partnering with government agencies.
    • Demonstrated experience managing people and projects, and comfort in directing contractors and consultants.
    • Deep knowledge and passion for the conservation of Great Lakes coastal ecosystems required. Deep knowledge of hemimarsh is desirable.
    • Ability to comprehend complex hydrological conditions and to conceptualize hydrological changes is desirable.
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences.
    • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a multi-faceted team.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, GIS and statistical analysis software.
    • Willingness to do field work under a wide variety of conditions.
    • Valid U.S. driver’s license and a willingness to travel throughout the Great Lakes Region is a must.
    • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.
    • Commitment to Audubon’s mission.

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Audubon Society – Chapter Network Associate

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary

The Chapter Network Associate supports the capacity of the 58+ Audubon chapters within the Audubon Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin). S/he will work to engage chapters in Audubon’s regional and national advocacy, conservation, and engagement programs to help build Audubon’s membership into the most effective conservation network in America.

A main priority of the position is to facilitate chapters’ relationships with decision makers, partners, and Audubon programs. S/he will work closely with chapters to support strong connections between and among chapters and Audubon teams. This position is key to furthering the goals set forth in National Audubon’s Strategic Plan including  issue education, advocacy and policy campaigns, Great Lakes restoration activities, citizen science programs, , and chapter network communications.  S/he will assist with Audubon chapter gatherings, support regular chapter calls, and respond to chapter inquiries about programs and member services. Reporting to the Director of Engagement, the Chapter Network Associate will also work closely with Audubon’s national policy and network teams.

Essential Functions

    • Organize and facilitate regular state and regional chapter council meetings across the five-state region.
    • In collaboration with Audubon Great Lakes (AGL) Director of Policy, Director of Engagement, and Climate organizing team, develop, implement and oversee advocacy campaigns including assisting with strategy development and execution, outreach, education, and engagement.
    • Facilitate and support events and relationships to educate decision makers throughout the region.
    • Coordinate and deploy tools such as issue education toolkits and webinars that provide training and resources for chapters to engage with Audubon’s policy and conservation priorities.
    • Support chapter-level implementation of projects as part of Audubon’s Climate and Great Lakes Initiatives.
    • Develop and manage conservation partnerships between regional chapters and Audubon Great Lakes, with emphasis on projects focused on regional programs, initiatives, and priorities.
    • Develop and facilitate capacity building programs for chapters, specifically efforts to support chapters in building relationships with legislative leaders in target geographies throughout the Great Lakes.
    • Engage chapters in citizen science efforts such as Climate Watch, regional marsh bird monitoring, and the Christmas Bird Count.
    • Maintain regular communications to and between chapters working with AGL Communications Manager and Chapter Network team.
    • Support the expansion of Audubon’s network by working with chapters to engage a broader audience.
    • Serve as part of the AGL chapter team, helping chapters navigate National Audubon’s administrative systems, and shaping the development of AGL’s partnerships with chapters.
    • Work with Development staff to identify grant and donor opportunities to support Audubon Network action.

 

Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, along with demonstrated work experience in the conservation and/or grassroots organizing fields.  Experience may be considered in lieu of education.
    • 3 – 5 years’ experience in public outreach and/or education required.
    • Knowledge of conservation and climate issues highly preferred.
    • Strong capacity and relationship-building skills.
    • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
    • Demonstrated project management skills, including ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize key areas of focus.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort working with diverse constituencies.
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to build consensus amongst a wide range of individuals.  Ability to communicate to a variety of audiences and translate information for public consumption.
    • Comfort with presenting and engaging in public speaking events also necessary.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and other web-based communications.
    • Frequent travel and some weekends and evenings are required.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.

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Environment America: State Director

 

Environment America is a policy and action group with more than two million members and supporters spread across all 50 states. We promote national, state and local policies that put the environment first. For example, we’ve won policies that have resulted in more solar and wind power in 22 states, cleaner cars and power plants nationwide, and better protections for our rivers, streams, lakes and drinking water.

Working with state offices of the Public Interest Network in 32 states, we have field presence in 21 of the top 25 media markets and 313 Congressional Districts. We use that reach, along with clear strategies, creative tactics, grit and determination to make a difference for our environment and our families’ health.

In addition to our presence in Washington, D.C. and in the states, Environment America is nationally recognized for our training program. Each year, 10-20 young people graduate from our two-year apprenticeship program ready to launch their careers as environmental advocates.

We are expanding our state directing team to have a presence in 33 states, and we’re looking for highly qualified, driven and passionate candidates to run 9 of our state offices, nd direct our environmental and public interest programs in those locations.

Job Description

The State Director is responsible for developing our strategy, approach and local message to win our campaigns in a specific state. The State Director will also meet with local decision-makers and opinion leaders and represent our organization to allies and the media. State Directors help to build and foster our membership, grassroots and online base of support. Finally, the State Director will help recruit staff and volunteers to join us, fundraise for our programs, and maintain good systems for tracking and building on our work.

Locations

Columbus, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; and Chicago, Illinois

Responsibilities

Program: Run our in-state program participating in and overseeing policy development, research and messaging.

Advocacy: Bring problems and solutions to the attention of decision-makers—including state legislators, people on the governor’s staff, state regulators and local officials. Develop appropriate messages and materials for making the case to decision-makers. Build relationships with key players in the state, the region and at the federal level.

Campaign strategy: Develop plans to win on our environmental or public interest campaigns. Assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, endorsements and message development.

Media outreach: Serve as the public spokesperson for our environmental or public interest campaigns through media events, press releases, editorial board meetings and other outreach with a goal of building name recognition for the organization, educating the public about our issues, and building and demonstrating support for our positions.

Coalition building: Identify, reach out and work with partners who can help us win our campaigns.

Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff and meet with large donors, all to bring more resources to campaigns we’re waging to protect our environment or the public interest. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.

Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power.

Qualifications

Candidates must have at least 3-5 years of relevant professional experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to environmental and public interest issues and to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. We’re looking for goal-driven and results-oriented individuals who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work. The ideal candidate will have experience in state-level political advocacy and organizing, a proven ability to recruit, train and develop staff, the ability to raise money, and demonstrated success in building relationships with the full spectrum of environmental and political stakeholders.

Compensation & Benefits

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package.

Location

Portland or Augusta ME; Las Vegas or Reno, NV; Manchester or Concord NH; Columbus OH; Richmond VA; St. Louis MO; Chicago IL; Des Moines IA; Baltimore MD

Application

Please apply using our online application https://jobs.environmentamerica.org/apply.html. Direct your cover letter to Kyle Larson, Hiring Director. Visit https://jobs.environmentamerica.org/core-values.html to learn what you should know about the network before you apply.

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