Advocacy Associate

Friday, February 15, 2019 -- Scenic Hudson

Position Title

Advocacy Associate

Reporting to

Director of Environmental Advocacy

Mission of Position

Provides strategic support to the organization’s Advocacy Team in the form of all aspects of office administration, research, analysis, report preparation, lobbying and community outreach. The position’s objective is to aid in campaigns that bring together people, organizations, businesses and government to protect the river, lands and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley, and strengthen the local-state-federal policy framework that benefits the region. The position also provides auxiliary support to other Scenic Hudson departments/teams as directed.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree or higher in public policy, environmental sciences, political science, pre-law, planning, public administration or related field required; 1-3 years’ experience in related position preferred. Excellent research, analytical, organization, interpersonal communication, writing and social media skills needed. Must be a team-player, accountable for generating outcomes and results following predictable work plans as well as in response to sudden events, and handle multiple priorities simultaneously. Knowledge and proficiency in using internet-based legal and legislative research tools, social media applications and Microsoft Office Suite. Some familiarity with New York State Environmental Quality Review and Coastal Consistency Review processes, county, state and federal law making, GIS software, budgeting and granting processes preferred. Knowledge of lobbying and compliance issues, a plus. Must be able to balance the position’s administrative responsibilities with program-oriented tasks. Must have own transportation and valid driver’s license. Must be able to lift 30 lbs to transport meeting materials. Occasional evening and weekend responsibilities.

Background

Scenic Hudson helps citizens and communities preserve land and farms and create parks where people experience the outdoors and enjoy the Hudson River. We also bring together people, businesses and government to protect the river and natural resources that are the engines of the valley’s local economies. Started in 1963 by a handful of citizens who cherished the simple pleasures of the outdoors along the Hudson, Scenic Hudson is credited with launching the modern grass-roots environmental movement. Today, in the face of new challenges and the effects of climate change, we are dedicated to making the Hudson Valley a great place to live, work and play. Our focus is on strengthening and maximizing benefits all can enjoy from the region’s great assets—beautiful open spaces, working farms, and vibrant cities and town centers.

Principal Responsibilities include:

  • Researches data, trends and news that relate directly and indirectly to high priority outcomes and strategies.
  • Monitors county, state and federal government legislation and budget processes.
  • Prepares memoranda summarizing situations and issues based on research and monitoring, and knowledge of the organization and its partners.
  • Compiles and manages databases and project files to provide easy access by others to this critical information.
  • Reviews State and Federal Registers for projects of interest.
  • Drafts fact sheets, letters, press releases and reports. May create and deliver public statements and represent organization in public settings, and in meetings with public officials and their staff, under direction of Director of Public Policy, Director of Environmental Advocacy and Director of Land Use Advocacy
  • Plans and coordinates public/press events for Scenic Hudson priority campaigns and documents event activities for use in publications, media, etc.
  • Helps to coordinate departments’ social media presence via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email communications as directed by management; develops graphics and maintains photo/image files.
  • Coordinates updates & improvements to departmental web pages.
  • Keeps records and generates monthly reports on government relations activities in accordance with NY State’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
  • Administrative coordination and support, including mailings, faxing, proof reading, coordination and scheduling of meetings, document retrieval and filing, directing phone calls and inquiries, and tracking Team’s budget expenses.
  • Supports management of departmental volunteers and interns.
  • May make frequent trips to Albany, New York City, the Hudson Valley’s County Seats and other communities.
  • May work on an array of projects for other teams and individuals in the organization, as assigned.
  • Assists with ongoing general Development activities and performs other related duties as assigned.

Compensation

Full Time, with competitive salary and benefits

Contact

Applications should be sent to: tvanyo@scenichudson.org. Send cover letter, resume and brief writing sample. No phone calls please. Scenic Hudson affords all qualified applicants equal employment opportunity without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victims of domestic violence status or marital status.

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