Senior Government Relations Representative

20 Sep, 2021

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Senior Government Relations Representative

The Conservation Fund
Arlington, VA

Position Description
TITLE: Senior Government Relations Representative
LINE OF BUSINESS/DIVISION: Operations/Government Relations
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President, Government Relations
NUMBER OF POSITIONS REPORTING TO THIS POSITION: 0
LOCATION: Arlington, VA
THE CONSERVATION FUND
The Conservation Fund (“TCF” or the “Fund”) is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the dual
mission of protecting America’s most important land, water, and natural resources while also supporting
economic growth in communities. Top‐ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states
to protect over 8.5 million acres of land since 1985. To learn more about TCF, visit www.conservationfund.org.
Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID‐19 vaccination by date of hire to be considered.
Proof of vaccination required.
POSITION SUMMARY
Working as part of the Government Relations Department, the Senior Government Relations Representative is a
lead lobbyist supporting the Fund’s department, program and project leaders, primarily by helping represent the
organization with the Administration, Congress, and NGOs. The position will focus on providing Government
Relations assistance for securing federal funding through Congressional appropriations and authorizations,
agency grant programs and other public funding sources, to complete priority conservation projects.
RESPONSIBLITIES & SCOPE
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.
 Maintain relationships with the legislative and executive branches, as a lead lobbyist.
 Serve as the lead liaison for southeast U.S. Congressional delegations.
 Advocate for programmatic funding, overseeing the Fund’s participation in a range of federal grant
programs, and building partnerships with federal departments and agencies, such as the Department of
Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service and others.
 Advance appropriations and authorizing legislation to provide federal land conservation funding, such as the
Land and Water Conservation Fund (“LWCF”), to help the Bureau of Land Management, National Park
Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and state and local agencies achieve their land
acquisition goals.
 Provide information to the Fund’s field offices about the federal budget, appropriations process, federal
grant programs, authorizing legislation and rulemakings along with agency policies and decisions.
 Track and engage in federal authorizing legislation.
 Represent the Fund in partnerships with conservation organizations, businesses, and landowners relating to
federal policy, federal appropriations, and agency budgets.
 Work as part of the Government Relations Department to support the Fund’s Conservation Acquisitions
Department to help select, implement, and complete land acquisition projects.
 Work as part of the Government Relations Department to provide support for the Fund’s Sustainable
Programs, Conservation Ventures, Mitigation programs, and other initiatives.
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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
 At least ten years of related experience, with a minimum of three years of work experience in Congress or
the Executive Branch; related non‐profit or private sector employment will also be considered.
 Thorough understanding of the federal appropriations and authorization processes, and federal land
management agencies.
 Ability to achieve annual business results.
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
 Ability to foster communication that is direct, productive and two‐way.
 Strong initiative, entrepreneurism, and strategic thinking.
 High degree of integrity, honesty, maturity and judgment.
 Capacity to support the development of self and others to maximum potential by fostering team building
and by valuing diversity, equity and continuous learning.
 Commitment to land conservation including fish and wildlife habitat protection, outdoor recreation and
historic preservation.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
 Advanced degree is a plus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT
 Work is performed primarily in an office setting.
 Estimated travel – 10‐15%, including some overnight stays.
COMPENSATION and BENEFITS
This position offers a competitive salary, opportunities to earn performance‐based bonus compensation and a
highly competitive package of benefits including employer contributions for health care, paid holidays, vacation
and personal/sick leave, retirement plan and more.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or
responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones
may be assigned at any time, with or without notice.
To learn more about The Conservation Fund, visit https://www.conservationfund.org.
Qualified candidates should email resume and cover letter to: careers@conservationfund.org.
The Conservation Fund, a Non Profit Corporation, is an Equal Opportunity Employer who fully and actively
supports equal access for all people regardless of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Veteran
Status, Disability, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and Medical Leave status, Sexual Orientation and
Gender Identity or Expression. The Fund prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint,
orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or practice in the
investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination.

Job posted: 2021-09-20