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Audubon Great Lakes – Communications Manager

Audubon Great Lakes – Communications 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 Communications Manager holds primary responsibility for regional and state-level communications around policy and conservation priorities to Audubon members, the public, and key decision makers for Audubon Great Lakes. In that role, and in coordination with counterparts in the Audubon network such as communications staff in Minnesota and New York, the Manager develops regional communications strategies for Audubon’s priority issues, frames messages, develops content, develops earned and digital media strategies, and maximizes use of marketing tools including print and digital media. S/he will work closely with the news media and relevant news outlets to deliver Audubon’s conservation message and to engage constituencies and donors.

The Communications Manager is also responsible for developing print and online content and managing consultants, vendors, and staff to implement an aggressive communications program in the region. The Manager coaches program leaders to develop and deliver quality materials and generate social and digital media in support of strategies to publicize programs and conservation goals.

This position will report directly to the Vice President & Executive Director of Audubon Great Lakes, a regional office of National Audubon Society serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. S/he will work closely with communications and conservation staff across the Great Lakes basin, the Vice President of Communications in Audubon’s national headquarters, and other national and regional communications, conservation, and policy teams.

Essential Functions

  • Develop communications plans, messaging guidance, and media training for Audubon’s priority issue campaigns in the region, including but not limited to Audubon’s Great Lakes initiative, Audubon Great Lakes’ conservation agenda, and National Audubon Society’s federal priorities in the states served by the Chicago office.
  • Engage Audubon members across the Great Lakes on local, state and national conservation issues, focusing on Audubon’s Great Lakes initiative and Audubon’s other priority conservation campaigns.
  • Secure local and regional earned media for Audubon’s Great Lakes initiative and other regional conservation priorities. Coordinate with Media Relations team at National HQ to elevate Audubon in national media.
  • Manage digital communications for Audubon’s Great Lakes initiative and other regional conservation priorities.
  • Advise on communications strategy for Grange Insurance Audubon Center
  • Coordinate messaging and communications with Audubon Minnesota, Audubon New York, Audubon Pennsylvania and National Audubon Society as well as regional chapters. Develop budgets and manage vendors and contracts for communications services.
  • Along with program leaders, conduct strategic communications and outreach to influence policy makers.
  • Manage regional communications staff and interns, as needed.
  • Evaluate results of communications program.
  • Engage a variety of stakeholders, including recruiting and training volunteer leaders and staff on communications skills and strategies, as well as coaching Audubon State Directors, chapter leaders, and volunteers to become effective spokespeople for the organization.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, marketing or a closely related field required. Equivalent combination of education and experience also considered.
  • 5+ years in public relations, journalism or other communications fields and 3 years’ professional experience with campaign organizing, fundraising, project management and/or advocacy required.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills a must; ability to work with multiple stakeholder groups across a decentralized organization also necessary.
  • Strong leadership skills and experience managing and mentoring volunteer groups.
  • Excellent writing skills with a knack for online communications and messaging required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and obvious ability to easily learn how to use tools to manage online communications tools.
  • Experience using media databases such as Cision, Vocus or Meltwater strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • A flexible approach to work, with a willingness to travel, as needed, and participate in programs occurring after typical business hours.
  • Strong personal presence and demonstrated interest in wildlife conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society.
  • Spanish-language proficiency and experience working with diverse media outlets are strongly preferred.

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Audubon Great Lakes – Director of Policy

Audubon Great Lakes – Director of Policy

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

Audubon Great Lakes (AGL) is the regional arm of National Audubon Society, working across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin and the lead office for Audubon’s Great Lakes conservation strategy.  Audubon’s bipartisan membership base in the region spans more than 55 chapters and 112,000 people. Based in Chicago and reporting to AGL’s Executive Director, the Director of Policy is responsible for localizing national policy priorities, building state-based policy agendas, and collaborating with the Executive Director to elevate Audubon’s leadership in the region. This new position has been created to build political power to advance conservation policy to protect birds and the places they need across the region.

The Director of Policy is responsible for leading the policy efforts and overall governmental affairs functions for the five states managed by Audubon Great Lakes as well as leading conservation policy strategy across the Great Lakes Basin.  As part of AGL’s senior leadership team, s/he will collaborate with the Executive Director and senior conservation policy, fundraising, and engagement leads at AGL and across National Audubon to develop a regional policy agenda to advance both state and federal priorities. The Director of Policy will collaborate closely with the Director of Engagement to successfully engage our bipartisan network and conservation partners for successful policy campaigns and conservation leadership.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled, experienced manager and a strategic thinker, and have a background in Great Lakes and water conservation, renewable energy, and/or climate change policy.

Essential Functions

  • Lead the development and effective implementation of annual and longer-term state and federal policy advocacy and campaign goals as directed by the AGL Executive Director and the VP of Conservation Policy, including the effective engagement of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop and deliver on a policy agenda around issues impacting the ecological health of the Great Lakes in coordination with the National policy team and Audubon offices in Minnesota, New York, and Pennsylvania
  • Provide periodic updates and recommendations to state and national board and staff to facilitate more productive integration at all levels of the organization. This may include identifying important issues that need to be addressed across the range of priority conservation programs and highlighting successful case studies.
  • Develop productive relationships with key state-elected and agency officials/leaders, as well as the regional Congressional delegation and federal agencies critical to Audubon goals.
  • Research and guide framing of the Great Lakes region and related public policy positions, including development of briefing papers and talking points, and work to advance those positions externally.
  • Work closely and effectively with consultants that Audubon retains for policy work; act as a liaison on projects and report updates to the Executive Director following meetings.
  • Collaborate with Audubon’s development team to identify, cultivate, and make requests to donors and foundations.  Be an active partner in helping to brainstorm engagement strategies for current and new members interested in the state’s advocacy work.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, economics, or related field and 5-7 years’ professional experience in policy, grassroots advocacy, wildlife conservation, public service or related field, including at least 3 years managing staff and teams, required. Experience in conservation, renewable energy, and/or climate related issues is preferred.  Equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Exceptional leadership skills with the proven ability to oversee and mentor professional staff while working effectively in a team-based environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability build consensus amongst a wide range of individuals. Comfort with presenting and engaging others in public-speaking events is also necessary.
  • 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.
  • Desire and ability to advocate for complex, aggressive conservation positions in both small and large settings.
  • Thorough understanding of how advocacy, communications, and grassroots engagement components effectively work together.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions.
  • Technically savvy, to include proficiency with Microsoft Office suite applications and comfort using web-based engagement systems. Experience with EveryAction or similar voter/volunteer database desired.
  • Willingness to travel, including some occasional out-of-state travel, and comfort working evenings and weekends as job responsibilities demand.
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society.

Summer 2018 Science and Policy Internships

The Environmental Law & Policy Center offers several policy and science internships for undergraduate and graduate students.  Environmental Policy and Science Internships are available throughout the year and are open to undergraduate and graduate students studying politics/government, environmental sciences, business/economics or related fields.  Applicants should have a strong academic record, excellent writing and analytical skills, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to public interest and environmental advocacy.

ELPC generally offers one fall, one spring, and three summer policy/science internships in the Chicago office with additional opportunities in our Madison, Wisconsin and Des Moines, Iowa offices.  This is an unpaid, volunteer position requiring a minimum of 15 hours per week.  ELPC encourages students to seek outside funding and fellowships.

ORGANIZATION:  ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business dealmaking with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together.  ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 45 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. Our headquarters is in downtown Chicago, with additional offices and staff across the Midwest and in Washington, DC.  Please visit www.ELPC.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Policy and Science Interns assist ELPC’s Senior Policy Advocates, Policy Associates, Communications Staff and Economists/Financial Analysts with a variety of tasks.

Job duties include: researching energy and environmental topics; preparing memos, summaries, and annotated bibliographies; researching organizations, companies, and individuals in key regions; researching and tracking events; reviewing reports and preparing summary memos; updating and managing Access databases; performing analysis of grant data for use by Congressional offices and others; and assisting with web site content and writing. Interns may also attend meetings with state and federal agencies, legislators, and concerned citizens.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references via email to the appropriate staff member for each office, as listed below. Summer 2018 Internship Application Deadline: February 28, 2018.

Chicago: Intern Manager, policyinternships@elpc.org
Des Moines: Steve Falck, sfalck@elpc.org
Madison: Andy Olsen, aolsen@elpc.org

The Environmental Law & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

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SUMMER 2018 LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire 1L and 2L law student interns for Summer 2018. Legal interns support ELPC’s state and federal litigation and policy work throughout the Midwest. ELPC plans to hire 3 to 4 law students to work in the Chicago, IL office, and 1 law student to work part of the summer in Nebraska and part of the summer in the Chicago office. A summer at ELPC will give students a broad-based experience working in the Midwest on energy and transportation policy, farmland protection, and preservation of freshwater resources.

About ELPC: The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of talented and experienced public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, public policy advocates, and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our Midwestern communities.

Responsibilities: Our summer law student interns work with ELPC attorneys and other professional staff on ELPC policy, legislative and general advocacy issues, and federal and state court litigation. Job activities may include legal and legislative research, litigation and pre-litigation support, developing case strategies, legislative drafting, clean energy business development, grassroots advocacy work, and special projects. Interns also may attend meetings with state and federal agencies, legislators and concerned citizens, and participate in depositions and other litigation activities. Our interns assume a significant level of responsibility commensurate with their interests and abilities.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a strong academic record, excellent writing and analytical skills, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to public interest and environmental advocacy. ELPC is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff. Although stipends are available, ELPC encourages interns to obtain alternate funding from law school public interest fellowships and other outside sources. ELPC has a funded internship position available for a student attending law school in Nebraska or with long-standing connections in the state. The intern will split his/her time between Nebraska and the Chicago office.

Application Process: Interested law students should send a cover letter and resume via email to lawinternships@elpc.org. Applications from 2Ls are accepted on an ongoing basis and applications from 1Ls will be accepted beginning December 1, 2017. ELPC also accepts applications through the Chicago-based Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI). Please review PILI’s application requirements at www.pili-law.org.

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