This position has lead responsibility for advancing Defenders of Wildlife’s national legislative priorities in New York state. This professional-level position is responsible for cultivating grassroots and grasstops wildlife supporters and generating communications to members of the New York congressional delegation. Current issue priorities include maintaining a strong Endangered Species Act and protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development.
Through constituency building, public education and grassroots lobbying, the project will strengthen Defenders’ advocacy of national issue priorities and increase long-term regional support for wildlife conservation and recovery. General responsibilities include: outreach to diverse constituencies including state and federal agencies and officials, sportsman groups, faith-based organizations, private landowners, and other conservation organizations; mobilizing and enlisting Defenders’ existing supporters; expanding support by the general public; implementing effective accountability efforts for members of Congress; and ongoing media education.
Position will be based out of an in-home office covering central/upsate New York.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Educate and mobilize Defenders’ donors, members, and e-mail activists in assigned geographic region with an emphasis on using various organizing strategies and tools to support Defenders’ key federal priorities.
Build and/or expand a regional network of diverse and politically influential constituencies including but not limited to private landowners, outdoor recreation businesses, sportsmen’s clubs, local officials and religious, scientific and environmental organizations.
Expand base of support for assigned issues among targeted segments of the general public.
Cultivate bench of activists and volunteers.
Establish relationships with and communicate legislative priorities to key in-district congressional offices.
Generate letters to the editor, guest editorials, and earned media in local newspapers.
Develop, distribute, and/or present necessary campaign materials such as talking points, factsheets, and multi-media presentations.
Stay current on legislative and administrative issues of priority interest to Defenders.
Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree
Experience: 4+ years of proven grassroots organizing success in political and/or issue campaigns in same geographic area
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
Ability to learn and effectively communicate substance of legally, scientifically and politically complex wildlife and wildland focused issue campaigns to Defenders’ constituency, the general public, and media.
Ability to lead diverse stakeholders in collaborative activities.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituencies.
Excellent writing skills and ability to convey effective messages to various constituencies.
Ability to work independently and maintain strategic issue focus.
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