Senior Federal Campaigns Manager, Climate

04 May, 2021


Senior Federal Campaigns Manager, Climate

The Nature Conservancy
Arlington, VA


The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.


The Senior Federal Campaigns Advisor II develops, leads and implements federal climate policy campaigns to achieve the Conservancy’s conservation goals. The Senior Federal Climate Campaigns Advisor will lead policy campaign teams, design and deliver campaign objectives, and serve as liaison and informational contact between the North America Policy and Government Relations (NAPGR) team and staff in TNC’s state chapters.


As a member of the Federal Campaigns Team, the Senior Federal Climate Campaigns Advisor helps design, develop and implement comprehensive legislative and political influence campaigns to further the climate policy goals of The Nature Conservancy. These campaigns should include elements of grasstops stewardship, development of advocacy resources, strategic communications, policy engagement coordination across the organization, and advocacy event management. As such, the Senior Federal Climate Campaigns Advisor will work closely with, although not directly supervise, colleagues from across the organization.

The Senior Federal Climate Campaigns Advisor will support the team’s goals by serving as a liaison and informational contact between NAPGR, Global Conservation Campaigns, and the state chapters and coordinating with other policy and communications staff in the Conservancy. Working closely with TNC climate and energy policy experts, s/he will be responsible for leading cross-functional teams to develop and implement campaigns to advance TNC climate policy priorities and coordinate TNC advocacy efforts. S/he provides strategic advice on influencing the outcome of legislative and policy initiatives at the federal level. In collaboration with TNC state chapters, s/he will assist with recruiting, selecting, and managing local consulting firms to support TNC advocacy efforts.


Project manage existing climate influence campaigns in 8 states.
Manage campaign budgets to complete projects, negotiate and contract with external consultants and vendors, assist with budget development.
Managing external consultants and consultant contracts
Collaborate with TNC climate policy experts and communications staff to design and implement successful policy campaigns.
Coordinate with TNC state chapters on federal climate policy initiatives and priorities for the Conservancy, including interfacing with other departments and senior leadership as appropriate.
Help manage strategic relationship and coalition building efforts to advance the Conservancy’s US climate policy goals.
Facilitate meetings and communicate professionally with a wide variety of people from different cultures.
Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
Ensure that the program complies with federal lobbying laws and regulations.
Effectively direct and/or participate in complex negotiations.
Develop constructive and effective working relationships inside and outside the Conservancy.


Bachelor’s degree in political science, public affairs, environmental policy or related field and 6 years’ experience in government relations, political or legislative campaigns, or equivalent combination of education/experience.
Project management experience including coordinating the work of other professionals inside and outside an organization.
Supervisory experience.
Fluency in English.
Federal agency or congressional staff experience or equivalent experience for positions.
Direct experience working with partners and government agencies.
Proven experience in strategy development and implementation.
Demonstrated relationship building skills.
Experience negotiating complex high profile or sensitive agreements.
Proven written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
Master’s degree appreciated.
Excellent team player with experience working in multi-disciplinary groups, using influence and interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy and tact.
Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.
Meeting facilitation skills.
Attention to detail.
Experience working in or with policy, communications, or public affairs consulting firms.


Builds Relationships
Builds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.
Collaboration & Teamwork
Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective.
Communicates Authentically
Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.
Takes ownership to help develop others’ skills, behaviors, and mindsets to help them maximize their workplace contributions.
Drives for
Sets challenging goals and objectives based on a strong sense of purpose and high-performance standards and steadfastly pushes self and others for tangible results, while ensuring work-life balance.
Leverages Difference
Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviors to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholder. Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives.
Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one’s own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.

How to Apply

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Please visit our career center for a full list of all our open positions globally – new positions are posted often!

Job posted: 2021-05-04