Zach Knight, Co-founder & CEO
Preferred start date:
March 1, 2021
Rolling, position open until filled. First round interviews begin the week of February 8th.
Remote; Washington DC or Northern California preferred, with willingness to travel post-pandemic.
About Blue Forest Conservation:
Blue Forest is a small, innovative climate finance non-profit firm that develops financial tools to address pressing environmental challenges. We are an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, foresters, finance, and communications professionals committed to the mission of “Financial Innovation for Sustainable Solutions” through our culture of learning, collaboration, diligence, and innovation.
About the Forest Resilience Bond:
In partnership with the US Forest Service and the World Resources Institute, Blue Forest developed our signature environmental bond, the Forest Resilience Bond (FRB), to overcome the funding gap for forest management. As a first of it’s kind public-private partnership, the FRB enables private capital to catalyze public land management on National Forest System land, thereby reducing wildfire risk and promoting ecological sustainability, by valuing the resulting ecosystem services. The FRB model is currently used exclusively for forest management interventions, but our successful replication and scaling of this ecosystem services model offers a new solution for financing a wide variety of climate interventions through public-private-partnerships at scale.
To date, Blue Forest has launched a $4M pilot FRB project on the Tahoe National Forest, will launch a second larger FRB project in California in 2021, and expects to launch $100M+ in FRB projects over the next five years across California and the Pacific Northwest.
The Policy Director is responsible for determining Blue Forest’s policy strategy and advocating for this strategy to legislators, government officials, other environmental groups, news media, and the public by participating in meetings and conferences. This position will also require someone who is capable of establishing and maintaining partnerships and relationships to support conservation finance legislation that advances the development of environmental impact bonds broadly, and the Forest Resilience Bond specifically. The Director is Blue Forest’s point person regarding legislative, regulatory, and policy issues, and will provide analysis and guidance on a range of conservation finance, land management, climate, and related policy to the management team and partnership organizations.
As the Policy Director has overall responsibility for development and execution of effective federal and state policy agendas, this individual is expected to possess the leadership, creativity, commitment and problem-solving skills necessary for BFC to promote conservation finance advocacy. While the primary focus of this agenda is at the federal level, a secondary focus is supporting state level legislation in California, with additional opportunities to direct policy development within Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. This person will be a highly valuable and strategic leader in our organization, taking appropriate action to ensure that policy goals and objectives are met.
What you’ll need to succeed:
This role requires a legislative and advocacy strategist who is passionate about conservation finance and nature-based solutions. They will need to understand Blue Forest’s business, the benefits of conservation finance, and be effective in working with policy makers to support conservation finance funding. The ideal candidate has a combination of experience working in federal and state legislative affairs, preferably with a focus on appropriations and funding streams and experience working with a state or federal land manager or on conservation finance issues.
Responsibilities & Duties
Advocacy & Legislative Strategy
- Develop and execute BFC’s legislative agenda and strategy, considering both short-term program and project needs and long-term organizational relationships.
- Lead Blue Forest’s conservation finance policy and advocacy work, in coordination with our interdisciplinary team.
- Track development of new legislation and key contacts to share with relevant staff.
- Building new relationships at both the state and federal level
- Inform Members of Congress and Members of state Legislatures on Blue Forest priorities.
- Oversight of federal funding and policy for Blue Forest FRB projects.
- Liaise with Blue Forest’s legal council regarding policy recommendations that allow for the necessary legal authorities for agency’s to participate and collaborate on projects regarding conservation finance.
- Liaise with federal agency staff in Washington DC to maintain cooperative relationships; determine agency priorities; and expedite Blue Forest projects.
- Build relationships with administrative officials and their staff, prioritizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including the Forest Service and the Natural Resource Conservation Services, as well BLM and NPS within the Department of the Interior, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
- Manage strong relationships with the national NGO community, create effective partnerships and develop meaningful partnership support for Blue Forest’s agenda. Participate in national coalitions as needed.
- Manage and develop relationships with state-level policy consultants in California, Oregon, and Washington
- Participate in Blue Forest’s strategy development with respect to public beneficiary engagement (utilities, counties, state agencies) to help motivate project participation.
- Create content alongside Blue Forest communications professionals for educational and campaign issues information related to the legislative agenda. This may include the writing, editing and distribution of fact sheets, newsletters, alerts and take actions, and political and educational materials. It may also include the writing, editing, and reviewing of articles, blogs and social media content for conservation-related publications.
- Manage professional services contracts and grants as needed.
- Other activities as determined by the Chief Executive Officer.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. Masters degree in related field preferred. Relevant areas of study include: environmental policy, climate, economics, political science, public policy, public/municipal finance, or related field.
- Minimum of 5 years in federal relations and related fields preferred.
- Experience with federal legislative and agency processes, experience on Capitol Hill preferred.
- Hands-on experience in conservation finance and/or land management policy, strategy and politics; experience with Natural Climate Solutions, ecosystem services, impact bonds, public-private partnerships strongly preferred.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to translate highly technical information for a public audience and for Congressional and agency offices.
- Well organized with excellent attention to detail. Has the ability to schedule and prioritize multiple tasks, set goals, and meet deadlines.
- Strong interpersonal and networking skills.
- Ability to work well with diverse interests across the political spectrum, including labor, business, conservation, and environmental justice interests.
- Self-starter and self-motivated; ability to thrive in remote work setting
- A passion for Blue Forest’s mission to develop sustainable environmental solutions through innovative finance, and a commitment to advance equity, inclusion, and justice.
- Remote work based, with ability to travel 10-20% when public health conditions allow. Travel primarily to Washington DC, with some travel to California/Oregon/Washington.
- Employer paid health, dental, and vision coverage
- 401k retirement plan with 4% employer match
- Starting 3 weeks paid vacation and 17 paid holidays
- Health & Wellness Stipend
- Explore the Outdoors Stipend
- Home Office Stipend or Co-Working Space provided
- Paid family leave
Competitive compensation dependent on experience
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to this position, submit a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. People from historically underrepresented populations and candidates with non-traditional career paths are especially encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and those submitted by February 8th will be part of the first round of review.
Blue Forest provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States.
Job posted: 2021-01-27