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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
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ProfileLegislative Director The candidate will lead in planning, overseeing and executing communications with Congressional and Executive branch offices to educate, advise, and advocate for firm's interests and policy priorities. Communication of firm's interests will be guided by the goals and milestones laid out in the Strategic Plan, and the recommendations of firm's program, regional, and senior staff as to the key policy priorities associated with accomplishing those objectives. Expected to broadly build and maintain bipartisan relationships with key Congressional and Executive branch offices, remaining aware of timely developments related to issues, staffing, and new or ongoing challenges in realizing firm's policy goals. Working with firm's senior staff, further firm's interests by preparing and wisely deploying staff in both ongoing and urgent conversations with Congressional and executive officials as needed, being sure to collaborate strategically and on priority campaigns with other program staff, regional offices and firm's state affiliate groups. Opportunities to develop new tools, alliances and tactics to broaden and enhance firm's influence. In particular expected to continually assess and evaluate the ability to include and spotlight the work of affiliates in work. Skilled at juggling and prioritizing competing program interests and needs, and implementing efficient approaches to allow for specific and focused successes in the midst of broader political undertakings. Regularly and effectively communicate across the organization regarding the status of firm's policy priorities and other issues of interest to staff at firm's Headquarters, National Advocacy Center (NAC), seven Regional Centers, and to its firm's state affiliate groups. The nature of the work is intense and fast-paced, as firm's is frequently a leader or a participant in important and urgent campaigns. Build and sustain bipartisan relationships with key Congressional and Executive branch offices. Maintain awareness of status of basic and/or strategic firm's policy and legislative priorities, and opportunities for advancement of same, at all times. Clearly advocate firm's interests to Congressional and Executive branch decision makers, and, as appropriate and in collaboration with the firm's communications team, to the media. Directly supervise federal lobbying staffer. Guide and assist firm's program staff in developing effective political strategies to meet program goals. Coordinate Congressional and Executive outreach and activities of firm's lobbyists, program staff, and firm's state affiliate groups. Prepare briefing materials for firm's President (and senior staff as appropriate) for meetings and events, including strategic and/or tactical presentations for Board and Annual meetings. Prepare and distribute weekly legislative and agency updates for the NAC and senior firm's leadership. Conduct trainings, several times a year, on the basics of lobbying and effective techniques for Congressional office visits for groups of firm's members and activists participating in "fly-ins". Be responsive to addressing requests, questions, problems from regional offices and affiliates on legislative matters. Lead or assist as appropriate in coalition tasks, such as serving as a lead point of contact or liaison with other conservation and sportsmen groups. Maintain an in-house Congressional targeting system that includes updated and timely status of priority and non-priority items. Compile and organize essential political data for firm's needs (e.g., seats up in an election year). Actions are at all times expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have Bachelor's degree. An advanced degree (Master's or J.D.) is favored. Must have 7 - 10 years of experience in advocacy and lobbying, with at least 5 years of experience in federal legislative lobbying, which can include specific service as congressional staff and/or federal lobbying experience. Must possess excellent communication skills, be a strong and quick writer, and have good political instincts.
Submit both a cover letter and resume.
National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
1400 16th Street, NW