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Government Relations, Senior Legislative Analyst
This professional position is responsible for advancing Defenders of Wildlife’s legislative and administrative interests before Congress, the Administration and the media. Issue priorities are drawn from Defenders’ current priorities, including endangered species; wildlife; climate change; public lands; and related appropriations issues. A primary focus is expected to be legislation relating to the Endangered Species Act and endangered species. Responsibilities include: legislative analysis; leading interdepartmental reviews of legislation; development of advocacy materials including legislative reviews, reports, fact sheets, talking points, testimony and hearing questions; direct lobbying; developing legislative and advocacy campaign strategies; leading and/or participating in inter-departmental campaign teams; leading and/or representing Defenders’ interests in national issue-based coalitions; helping lead internal and coalition efforts to formulate legislative strategy and manage advocacy projects; working with and monitoring Congressional committees; obtaining legislative and political information; and generally assisting the advocacy work of Defenders’ Government Relations and External Affairs division.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Play a leading role in rapidly analyzing and/or facilitating Defenders’ timely review of the legal, policy and science aspects of legislation relating to the Endangered Species Act and/or other issues.
- In assigned issue areas, develop advocacy materials summarizing legislative reviews, policy analysis and organizational positions including charts, fact sheets, reports, talking points, bill and amendment drafting, testimony and hearing questions.
- Advance Defenders’ legislative/administrative goals for assigned issues through direct lobbying, coalition participation and meetings with federal agency officials
- Employing sound political judgment, build an effective network of congressional, coalition and public support to advance assigned issues
- Utilizing strong legislative judgment, identify and implement effective legislative/administrative strategies and projects to advance assigned issues
- Continually marshal, leverage, and organize inter-departmental and, where possible, external resources on assigned legislative/administrative issues through ongoing campaign planning, project management, team building, and coalition leadership
- Implement, as appropriate, various aspects of issue campaigns through activities including: direct and grassroots lobbying materials development; action alert drafting; testimony and public presentations; media representation; project management, and drafting press materials and legislatively focused Web content
- Closely monitor legislative developments in assigned issues and disseminate timely information about those issues throughout the organization
- Provide timely responses to requests for progress reports, funding proposals, budgets and other information requested by departments including: Government Relations, Communications, Integrated Marketing, and Development
- Contribute to the development of Defenders of Wildlife’s legislative Report Card through activities by identifying potential votes and drafting vote descriptions
- Effectively contribute to Defenders’ positive image on Capitol Hill, with outside organizations, and in the media
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.
- Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent in Natural Resources, Public Policy, Law, Biology, Education, or related discipline. Advanced degree in law or natural resources policy strongly preferred.
- Experience: 8 years of relevant experience conducting legal and/or policy reviews of legislation, preferably as it relates to natural resources, wildlife or endangered species issues. Capitol Hill or other legislative experience, preferably involving natural resource issues. Experience working with wildlife conservation issues and knowledge of federal resource agencies, laws, treaties and policies dealing with use and conservation of natural resources. Political experience, judgment and sensitivity, including a thorough understanding of lobbying, resource and appropriations committees, budget process and federal legislative procedures and grassroots targeting. Experience developing, implementing, and managing legislative and advocacy campaigns preferred.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Professional 5
- Ability to accurately maintain electronic and physical records
- Anticipate and meet the needs of internal and/or external stakeholders delivering excellent service
- Ability to clearly and accurately communicate with internal and external stakeholders
- Ability to articulate complex ideas clearly, accurately and concisely
- Ability to convey effective messages to broad and diverse constituencies
- Ability and willingness to effectively represent Defenders’ interests in external environments
- Ability to exert influence and build consensus with internal and external stakeholders
- Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion
- Strong research and data analysis skills, including ability to gather and synthesize information from multiple sources to produce high quality work products in a consistent, efficient, accurate, and timely manner
- Creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills with willingness to experiment and innovate new methods.
- Facilitate and promote the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies into Defenders’ work
- Ability to independently exercise appropriate judgment in response to complex and/or fluid environments
- Strategic thinker with the ability to take high-level strategy and translate into relatable points and action steps.
- Ability to work well under pressure and tight deadlines while balancing competing assignments
- Ability to remain flexible and adaptable to shifting priorities while remaining responsive to urgent requests
- Ability to take ownership of a project or process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issues
- Ability to manage deadlines on multiple cross-functional projects in a dynamic environment
- Demonstrated ability in managing competing interests on complex issues
- Ability to independently initiate project and initiative ideas; managing projects and initiatives through to completion
Coalition and Community Engagement
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituencies including federal/state agencies; elected officials and their staff; Defenders’ members and donors; private landowners; hunters and anglers; community leaders; religious, scientific, and academic communities; and /or the general public.
- Ability to lead diverse stakeholders in collaborative activities, to anticipate policy issues impacting wildlife and make recommendations within Defenders, other organizations, and coalitions.
- Networking skills to engage with leaders in the conservation community, federal and state agencies, NGOs, and other organizations.
- Expert-level knowledge of Defenders’ legal, scientific, and/or political issues
- Expert-level knowledge of national and regional social, political, and ecological landscapes
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Government Relations Senior Legislative Analyst
- Ability to conduct research, analyze information and legislation, and produce quality work products in a consistent, efficient, and timely manner
- Ability to work effectively as part of Defenders’ legislative and administrative advocacy team
- Ability to effectively lead and/or represent Defenders’ interests in national issue coalitions
- Other relevant experience with public policy, education, grassroots organizing, communications, editing, and/or development
- Demonstrate a willingness and ability to productively engage and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives
- Ability to represent Defenders to external entities and the public in a professional manner while exercising tact, diplomacy, and discretion.
- Personal interest and commitment to conservation
Visit www.defenders.org to apply.
All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
Defenders requires employees who engage in in-person work activities, including business travel or onsite work, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An applicant (i) who is disabled or pregnant or who has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination or (ii) who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice may request an exemption from this vaccination policy. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with applicable law. Any medical information concerning an applicant’s disability will be treated as a confidential medical record in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, sex national origin, ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family/parental status, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic in all personnel actions.
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Please be advised this position is union-eligible.
Job posted: 2022-11-10