Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. We focus our programs on what scientists consider two of the most serious environmental threats to the planet_ the accelerating rate of extinction of species and the associated loss of biological diversity, and habitat alteration and destruction. Long known for our leadership on endangered species issues, Defenders of Wildlife also advocates new approaches to wildlife conservation that will help keep species from becoming endangered. Our programs encourage protection of entire ecosystems and interconnected habitats while protecting predators that serve as indicator species for ecosystem health.  For more information, please visit www.defenders.org.  

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

Defenders of Wildlife Washington, DC
Oct 17, 2019
Full time
Basic Summary : This professional position is responsible for advancing Defenders of Wildlife’s legislative and administrative interests before Congress, the Administration and the media. The position is also responsible for providing legal support through analysis, guidance and legislative drafting assistance. Issue priorities are drawn from Defenders’ current priorities, including endangered species; wildlife; national forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands; national environmental policy act (NEPA) defense; and related appropriations issues. Responsibilities include: direct lobbying; developing legislative and advocacy campaign strategies; leading and/or participating in inter-departmental campaign teams; leading and/or representing Defenders’ interests in national issue-based coalitions; working with and monitoring Congressional committees; drafting letters, fact sheets and testimony; obtaining legislative and political information; and generally assisting the advocacy work of Defenders’ Government Relations and External Affairs department. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Legislative Advocacy · Play a leading role in clarifying and advancing Defenders’ legislative/administrative goals for assigned issues · Lead and regularly work in coalitions with advocacy staff at partner organizations to strategize politically, craft messaging, determine legislative targets, and provide input on resource allocations for national issue campaigns · Build an effective network of congressional, coalition and public support to advance assigned issues while employing sound political judgment · Identify and implement effective legislative/administrative strategies and projects to advance assigned issues, utilizing strong legislative judgment · Marshal, leverage, and organize inter-departmental and, where possible, external resources on assigned legislative/administrative issues through ongoing campaign planning, project management, team building, and coalition participation · Implement, as appropriate, various aspects of issue campaigns through activities including: direct lobbying; coalition representation; legislative, policy and legal analysis; multi-party negotiations; bill drafting; direct and grassroots lobbying materials development; action alert drafting; testimony and public presentations; media representation; and drafting press materials and legislatively focused Web content · Closely monitor legislative developments in assigned issues and disseminate timely information about those issues throughout the organization · Provide timely responses to requests for progress reports, funding proposals, budgets and other information requested by departments including: Government Relations, Communications, Integrated Marketing, and Development · Contribute to the development of Defenders of Wildlife’s legislative Report Card through activities by identifying potential votes and drafting vote descriptions · Contribute to Defenders’ positive image on Capitol Hill, with outside organizations, and in the media · Perform all other related duties as assigned. Legal Support · Research and draft legislative memoranda on federal bills and proposed administrative rules and regulations as assigned · Provide legal analysis for legislative issues as needed for the department; help to determine what issues need to be elevated to internal or external legal counsel and coordinate with counsel on elevated issues · Conduct review of lobby ethics questions as they arise; draft department memos on broadly applicable ethics issues and help to maintain a questions and answers series on frequently asked questions/issues · Support department legislative drafting needs and coordinate with legal department and/or outside counsel on drafting as needed · Act as department resource regarding matters of legislative procedure. Conduct research on new and evolving legislative procedure issues. Qualifications: Education: JD Required Experience : 4+ years of Capitol Hill or other legislative experience, preferably involving natural resource issues. Experience in one or more of the following areas: 1. working with wildlife conservation issues and knowledge of federal resource agencies, laws, treaties and policies dealing with use and conservation of natural resources 2. political judgment and sensitivity, including a thorough understanding of lobbying, resource and appropriations committees, budget process and federal legislative procedures and grassroots targeting 3. working at the intersection of law, policy and legislation 4. developing, implementing, and managing legislative and advocacy campaigns on a national level. · An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. Skills : · Strong writing, media, and verbal communications skills · Ability to conduct research, analyze information, and produce quality work products in a consistent, efficient, and timely manner · Ability to effectively lead and/or represent Defenders’ interests in national issue coalitions · Other relevant experience with public policy, education, grassroots organizing, communications, editing, and/or development · Ability to work effectively as part of Defenders’ legislative and administrative advocacy team Work Expectations: Work Environment: General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Physical Demands : While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com !
Defenders of Wildlife Washington, DC, USA
Oct 17, 2019
Full time
Basic Summary: Defenders of Wildlife is a leading environmental non-profit organization, dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. The Marketing Project Specialist will be responsible managing concurrent projects within the Integrated Marketing department from initiation through delivery, specifically managing schedules and overall project goals. Working directly with our Marketing and Marketing Operations teams this position is responsible for identifying and overseeing tasks to ensure deliverables and timelines are met and that all stakeholders are engaged to keep the project moving forward on schedule. Projects will include tracking the growth and retention our monthly donor audience, with a potential to launch into new channels (such as canvassing), as well as overseeing the department’s strategies to increase constituent engagement by reaching broader audiences. The ideal candidate will have a background in project management and marketing and be comfortable learning and operationalizing new processes. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Manage projects within budget, specified timelines, and agreed upon strategy. Manage multiple projects at the same time with varying degrees of urgency, importance and input and be able to prioritize according to Defenders’ overall objectives and/or elevate concerns or conflicts. Gather strategic and technical requirements from stakeholders within the department including the Vice President of Integrated Marketing and the Senior Directors of Acquisition, Retention and Marketing Operations. Facilitate the development of project plans including scope, requirements, measures of success and benchmarks. Manage all vendors involved in the project, in coordination with other internal stakeholders, to set clear objectives and hold them accountable for program goals. Develop detailed project schedules and manage the day-to-day activities. Lead project team members to ensure on-time project deliverables. Lead and facilitate project team meetings. Communicate and report project status and milestones, elevating barriers and/or strategy changes where necessary. Identify gaps and recommend enhancements related to new and/or existing projects and workflows based on broad view of the department’s work. Perform all other related duties as assigned. Qualifications:Education: Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) Experience: 4+ years project management experience PMP not required An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. Skills: Confidence to “manage up” and serve as the project advocate among people in senior positions. Ability to manage cross-functional projects and work well on multiple projects under pressure, prioritize and meet deadlines in a dynamic environment, and use tact and diplomacy in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters. A strong interest in systems and best practices. Willingness to learn new programs as Defenders’ objectives and markets evolve. Demonstrated ability to set priorities and resolve problems. Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively with staff and vendors. Integrated/multichannel marketing experience preferred. Must be detail-oriented and willing to persevere with strong organizational skills. Experience in copy editing and proofreading. Knowledge of general conservation/environmental issues Work Expectations:Work Environment: General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com !