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Director of Environmental Advocacy, Government Relations & Public Policy

Reporting to:

Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy & Science

Supervises:

Advocacy Attorney (2), State Policy Coordinator

Our Mission:

To sustain and enhance the Hudson Valley’s inspirational beauty and health for generations to come.

Mission of Position:

Lead environmental advocacy and public policy teams to advance the organization’s mission. Spearhead and coordinate campaigns to advance renewable energy, stem climate change and promote environmental sustainability while fighting threats to the Hudson River and its natural resources. Strengthen and enhance interactions with government at all levels; inform and mobilize the public to advance legislation and policies that support our mission and goals. 

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of seven years of environmental advocacy experience, including managing advocacy and legislative campaigns, leading coalitions, and advancing the strategic public policy interests of an organization, including at least three years in a management role.
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, or related field. Master’s degree preferred. Law degree with experience in environmental law, a plus. Equivalent combination of education and experience acceptable.
  • Alignment with Scenic Hudson’s mission and commitment to working with diverse and disadvantaged communities and treating complex issues with cultural sensitivity.
  • Experienced change agent and manager of large-scale advocacy campaigns with a strong record of achievement and demonstrated commitment to environmental issues.
  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills and experience negotiating complex transactions and agreements.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with team management experience and ability to work cross-functionally and collaboratively as a leader with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and ability to translate complex issues for diverse audiences.
  • Familiarity with environmental law and environmentally related agencies and programs to support two environmental advocacy attorneys, a state policy coordinator and organizational wide advocacy / public engagement efforts.
  • Knowledge of current political, socio-economic, and conservation trends and issues in the Hudson Valley, New York State, and federal government; excellent working knowledge of legislative and executive branch processes.
  • Successful experience in developing, directing, and managing multiple, complex projects and implementing strategic goals and deadlines with the flexibility to adapt to shifting priorities.
  • Capacity to manage, analyze, and interpret budgets, data, and other information. 
  • Ability to travel with some evening and weekend commitments.

Principle responsibilities may include:

  • Managing all facets of multi-disciplinary advocacy campaigns on a wide range of issues, including renewable energy, fossil fuel infrastructure, Superfund cleanups and industrial and power development proposals that threaten the environment.
  • Serving as the organization’s primary lobbyist, appearing before federal, state and local agencies to advance organizational priorities.
  • Serving as organizational spokesperson to media, government agencies and the public.
  • Setting and managing program budget and staff.
  • Ensuring government relations activity of the organization are in compliance with state and federal regulations, advising on systems of tracking, and ensuring periodic training.
  • Establishing and maintaining positive relationships and communication with partner organizations, coalitions, and public officials to charter initiatives, develop policy positions, secure public funding for conservation and climate change, and lobbying for supportive public policy.
  • Monitoring government sources and media for potential changes in legislative and administrative initiatives and policies related to Scenic Hudson’s mission and priorities.
  • Representing Scenic Hudson on boards, steering committees, advisory panels, and coalitions; preparing and delivering testimony; framing agendas for meetings and taking the lead on lobbying efforts.
  • Developing the organization’s network of contacts in government and non-profit/advocacy organizations to build support for Scenic Hudson’s mission.
  • Collaborating with the communication team in development of materials to advance the advocacy and public policy goals.
  • Collaborating with Scenic Hudson development and communication teams in crafting messages that advance both advocacy and organizational goals, including fundraising. 

Compensation: Full-time position, $100,000 – $130,000 with benefits.

Contact: Applications should be sent to: jobs@scenichudson.org. Send resume and brief writing sample. Further information can be found on our website: www.scenichudson.org. No phone calls please.

Scenic Hudson defines Environmental Justice as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of people regardless of their ability, culture, education, gender, heritage, income, or race in efforts, decisions, and actions that impact their environment, health and livelihoods.

Scenic Hudson is an Equal Opportunity Employer promoting and celebrating excellence and cultural diversity. We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, representation, and inclusion, and strive to serve all people in the Hudson Valley by evaluating all our projects, strategic initiatives, and outcomes through that lens.