Position Title:  Senior Director Government Affairs & Advocacy

Position Posting:https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3119873271/

Location:  Washington, DC, Bend, OR, or Missoula, MT preferred, but remote work in the United States is possible for the right candidate

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter & resume to jobs@conservationalliance.com with “Senior Director Government Affairs & Advocacy Application” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Position Summary

The Senior Director Government Affairs and Advocacy is responsible for building & overseeing The Conservation Alliance’s advocacy program to ensure it helps achieve the organization’s strategic plan & long-term objectives. By bringing the business voice to bear on conservation, the Senior Director Government Affairs & Advocacy helps protect North America’s outdoor places and wild places by moving legislative and administrative priorities across the finish line. The Senior Director will identify & present opportunities for Conservation Alliance member companies to effectively participate in the conservation policy making process, & be responsible for building coalitions of business leaders, grantees, & other stakeholders to achieve collective goals & ambitious initiatives. The Senior Director will also work with communications staff to engage, educate & inspire the business community, collaborate with the Grant Program Director to inform grant making objectives, & support the Membership Director in recruitment and retention.


Program Development-25% 

  • Build and oversee The Conservation Alliance’s advocacy program to ensure it helps achieve the organization’s strategic plan and long-term objectives
  • Implement and further develop The Conservation Alliance’s policy agenda and government affairs strategy
  • Work with Conservation Alliance grantees and partners to create opportunities for member companies to consistently participate in the conservation policy making process
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external partners to help monitor priority campaigns, understand emerging opportunities and challenges, and when appropriate arrange for outside experts to engage and inform member companies directly
  • Partner with communications staff to develop a communications and outreach strategy that educates and inspires Conservation Alliance members to use the power of business voices to protect wild places
  • Build and support coalitions of business leaders, grantees, and other stakeholders to achieve unique and shared conservation goals
  • Develop a targeted state-level advocacy strategy to help conserve priority landscapes in select states
  • Manage direct reports and contract employees as necessary

Government Affairs and Advocacy – 40%

  • Establish and maintain bipartisan relationships with elected officials, political appointees, and relevant staff
  • Identify opportunities for The Conservation Alliance and member companies to leverage our unique voice to advance our shared agenda and support our grantees
  • Track public land and water legislation, congressional committee schedules, as well as administration priorities and actions and organize opportunities to engage
  • Oversee the annual Conservation Alliance member fly-in to Washington D.C.
  • Create opportunities for Conservation Alliance member companies to consistently participate in the conservation policy making process in both Washington DC and in states across the country. Actions could include but are not limited to: providing congressional testimony, organizing congressional briefings, hosting tours to priority landscapes, member sign-on letters, phone calls, Zoom meetings, earned media and public statements, and other in-person meetings and events
  • Increase participation overall in advocacy by member companies, and encourage companies and their staff to engage in higher impact advocacy activities

Communications, Member Engagement and Grants – 25%

  • Develop relationships with staff at member companies to better understand their interest in advocacy & potential to engage in future advocacy activities organized by The Conservation Alliance.
  • Produce official government affairs related correspondence including, but not limited to: sign-on letters; letters of support; & administrative comments
  • Develop talking points, fact sheets, and other advocacy preparatory documents as needed
  • Work with Conservation Alliance communications staff to develop a policy & advocacy communication strategy
  • Coordinate with communications staff to generate public facing communications such as blog and social media posting, mass email, calls to action
  • Support Conservation Alliance member retention efforts by developing calls to action and educational opportunities that match the interests of member companies
  • Provide consistent updates on Conservation Alliance legislative priorities to staff and board, grantees, & member companies when appropriate
  • Serve as The Conservation Alliance media contact for all advocacy related inquiries
  • Work with the Grant Program Director to identify effective organizations working on priority campaigns & other public lands initiatives.

Administrative – 10%

  • In coordination with Conservation Alliance communications staff, manage the Phone2Action advocacy platform
  • Keep notes, tracking documents & updates on Conservation Alliance legislative priorities
  • Maintain database of appropriate legislative & administrative staff contacts
  • Support staff & board as needed


Required Experience and Personal Qualifications

  • 5+ years work experience in public policy, grassroots advocacy, and/or environmental policy
  • Personal alignment with & passion for The Conservation Alliance’s mission & values
  • Love of the outdoors
  • Experience & passion for fostering conservation at the intersection of social & environmental justice
  • Commitment to full participation in the organization’s JEDI initiatives
  • Robust knowledge of conservation policy in North America
  • Affinity towards mission-driven & fast-paced nonprofit environments
  • Strong bipartisan relationships with congressional offices
  • Fantastic verbal & written communication skills
  • Self-starter & team player
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects & deadlines effectively
  • Ability to travel 3-6 times per year, perhaps more depending on location

Preferred Experience – Not Required

  • Experience working in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors
  • Experience managing direct reports
  • Past JEDI experience, especially with organizational JEDI change processes


Preference will be given to those who are willing and able to be based in Washington, D.C., Bend, OR or Missoula, MT. However, we are open to remote workers based anywhere in the United States. Candidates must be willing to occasionally visit The Conservation Alliance headquarters in Bend, Oregon and semi-regularly attend other events as necessary.

What to Expect

When you join our team

  • You can expect to work with a small team of passionate people that are creative, scrappy, & committed to having an impact and getting their work done.
  • You will have great benefits & work-life balance.


The Senior Director position will be compensated with a highly competitive base salary ($90-110K), & have access to a strong benefits package, including a 401k plan with a 5% employer match.

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