Advocacy Coordinator

20 Jun, 2022


Advocacy Coordinator

Rails to Trails Conservancy
Washington, D.C.

About Us

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is the nation’s largest trails organization—with a grassroots community more than 1 million strong—dedicated to building a nation connected by trails, reimagining public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, bike and be active outdoors. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. For more information, visit Connect with RTC @railstotrails on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.

Job Summary

The Advocacy Coordinator will help unite our movement to take advantage of an unprecedented convergence of cultural and political opportunities to elevate trails and other walking and biking infrastructure as essential public investments. The Advocacy Coordinator will support Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC’s) federal, state and local advocacy for policies and public funding sources that will create trail and active transportation networks to connect the nation. This position will also be responsible for a broad array of outreach, research, writing and logistical duties in support of our agenda to: supplement and grow federal transportation programs such as Transportation Alternatives and the Recreational Trails Program; improve federal and state implementation of active transportation programs; and advance a variety of state laws that aid trails, walking and biking.

Job Location

This position is in our Washington, D.C., National Headquarters. This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule in accordance with RTC’s policies. Proof of vaccination is required for all staff.

Job Duties

The Advocacy Coordinator is an integral contributor to the full array of RTC policy activities and will work closely with our policy team and colleagues in other departments. Tasks will vary over time based on organizational needs, requiring the successful candidate to demonstrate a broad skillset and an ability to juggle a variety of functions at any given time. Key duties include:

  • Recruiting, organizing, and engaging organizational partners: RTC has a variety of local, state and national partner organizations. The Advocacy Coordinator will have direct contact with these partners to build closer working relationships and engage them in RTC advocacy activities such as sign-on drives, online actions, media initiatives, coalition meetings (Partnership for Active Transportation) and events. The coordinator will maintain records of partnerships, correlated to political opportunities, to enable RTC to maximize benefits to the organization and movement from these relationships.
  • Tracking trail funding: Track applications and awards under strategically selected federal funding opportunities, analyze trends, and report significant conclusions to RTC staff and partners.
  • Research: Engage in time-sensitive, practical research tasks such as gathering political intelligence about key decision-makers, analyzing policy threats and opportunities, documenting trends related to trails and active transportation, and updating or relating the ‘case’ for investing in trails to specific decision-making contexts.
  • Write: Prepare internal memos; update website resources; and draft external communications such as fact sheets for decision-makers, newsletters for partner organizations, emails and grassroots alerts.
  • Meetings and events: Play a central role in organizing and executing meetings and events, virtual and in person, including taking the lead responsibility for organizing policy webinars as well as scheduling and logistics. Coordinate coalition activities.
  • Legislative support: Prepare materials for federal and state advocacy visits. Broadly disseminate information to Congressional offices. Attend hearings on behalf of RTC.
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities.

Basic Qualifications and Personal Attributes

  • Minimum one to two years of relevant work experience
  • BA in a relevant field such as policy, politics or organizing
  • Outstanding writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to analyze multifaceted political and policy information and present it in an understandable manner
  • Proficient computer software skills with the ability to organize and convey information in a variety of contexts and formats
    • Note: Candidates should be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint and be able to use Excel to organize and analyze large databases (e.g., Pivot Tables). Also requires ability to host Zoom meetings and webinars and to use Convio (HTML-based formatting) for publications.
  • Experience engaging organizations and/or the public to act in a coordinated fashion a plus
  • Political or advocacy campaign experience and/or work for an elected official a plus

Work Environment

Normal office setting with low to moderate noise level.

Employer’s Rights

RTC reserves the right to revise, change or reclassify this job description at any time in accordance with RTC’s business needs. This job description is by no means an implied contract.

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please email with the following:

  • The position you are applying for in the subject line
  • A résumé (as a separate attachment)
  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement about your personal background or experiences that demonstrate your potential to contribute to RTC’s commitment to create an inclusive and diverse workplace.​

Commitment to Diversity

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy seeks diverse, passionate and qualified individuals who want to make a difference in the world. RTC is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, and other legally protected characteristics.

If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please e-mail and provide the nature of your request and your contact information.

Job posted: 2022-06-20