The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society's mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places.  We contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations.

The Wilderness Society Washington D.C., DC, USA
May 22, 2018
Full time
General Description The Wilderness Society seeks a highly creative and skilled individual to lead government relations strategies to achieve energy and climate program and defense campaign goals, including defending places too wild to drill, facilitating the country’s transition to clean energy, and ensuring public lands are managed as part of a solution to climate change. Reporting to the Senior Managing Director for Government Relations and working in coordination with government relations, energy and climate, agency policy and planning, parks and public lands defense, communications, and field staff, the Senior Representative will develop and execute strategies to educate and influence key decision makers in Congress, as well as within the Administration.  This person will represent TWS in coalitions, in meetings with decision makers and their staff, and in the media.  They also will work to identify and engage new partners to advance organizational priorities.  The Senior Representative will develop education and advocacy materials, target lists, talking points and conduct other activities in support of energy and climate program priorities and other public lands defense efforts. TWS is committed to ensuring all people equitably benefit from our public lands and all of the work of the Senior Representative will be conducted with this in mind. This position plays an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes.  TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the Senior Representative will integrate these priorities throughout our government relations work.  Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.  The Wilderness Society (TWS), is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places.  We believe public lands belong to and should benefit all of us. Our organization and work must embody the cultures and perspectives of people and communities across our nation, and connect and inspire people to care about the outdoors.  Essential Duties & Responsibilities Develop and lead the execution of TWS’s government relations strategies – with Congress and the Administration – to support and defend key policies related to energy development on federal lands and to defend places that are too wild to drill, partnering with field staff, energy policy experts, communicators and other TWS staff.  Work closely with TWS energy and climate program staff to develop advocacy strategies to achieve core program goals . Track and manage an evolving portfolio of energy and climate-legislation that may impact wildlands or other TWS energy-related objectives.  Educate Members of Congress, congressional staff and agency officials on priority energy and public lands issues; support TWS staff and partners by lobbying and working with Congress and the Administration. Develop and maintain strong working relationships with congressional staff.  Build TWS’ national partnerships and engage in coalitions with key stakeholders, including partner organizations, public land user groups and elements of the energy industry. Work closely with TWS energy and climate program staff and communications staff to ensure effective public messaging and communications on priority energy and climate issues, including serving as an organizational spokesperson as needed. Develop fact sheets, talking points and other outreach and advocacy materials; partner with policy and communications staff as needed. Perform other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS Experience, Competencies, and Education Minimum 5-7 years of experience working on policy, political or advocacy campaigns or in a related field. Strong experience working with elected officials and a solid understanding of the legislative process and politics at the federal level.  Experience working on Capitol Hill a plus. Track record working successfully in teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives—across race and gender. Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Ability to translate technical information and explain complex policies succinctly and clearly for a public audience and decision makers.  Working knowledge of federal energy and public lands issues a plus. Proven ability to develop strategies and tactics to achieve an advocacy goal.  Strong problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to function at a high level under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment with many simultaneous moving pieces. Desired Characteristics Motivated, self-starter with the ability to take initiative, develop ideas, and see them through to implementation. Superb organizational skills combined with the ability to prioritize sometimes conflicting demands and work on multiple issues. Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team in a fun and collegial but occasionally stressful atmosphere.  A solid professional presence, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with many different interests and personalities. The Wilderness Society offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; a sabbatical program; and a retirement plan.  TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair treatment of our employees and constituents across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation. As an organization, we aspire to being inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are.  Internally this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day.  Externally this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive.  We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits. To learn more about our commitment, please see   http://wilderness.org/our-commitment-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-wilderness-society Opens a New Window. To be considered for this position please submit your resume & cover letter through the online application system. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
The Wilderness Society North Carolina, USA
May 22, 2018
Full time
The Wilderness Society (TWS) seeks a highly collaborative, motivated, and skilled individual to lead The Wilderness Society’s work in the Southeast.  The person in this position will have the opportunity to create a strategic program, develop new and creative partnerships and build a politically influential network to advance conservation and ensure people from all backgrounds have opportunities to connect with nature. The Southeast region is rich in cultural and historical resources and home to some of the most biologically rich and most visited national parks and forests in the country – areas which also offer premier outdoor recreation opportunities.  Going forward, our work must combine protecting these iconic natural and recreational values at a landscape scale while focusing on how we better connect people to the outdoors especially people who have not been able to take advantage of the benefits that our nation’s public lands and open spaces have to offer. TWS is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places.    We believe public lands belong to and should benefit everyone. Our organization and work must embody the cultures and perspectives of people and communities across our nation, and connect and inspire people to care about the outdoors. **The preferred location for this position would be a metropolitan area within North Carolina.  However other metropolitan areas may be considered** Position Overview The Southeast Regional Program Director is a senior member of The Wilderness Society’s Conservation team.    The Director will develop and lead the organization’s work in the Southeast with a focus on North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina.    The person in this position is responsible for developing strategic partnerships, fundraising, directing and/or leading campaigns, budgeting, and managing staff.    The Southeast Regional Program Director will manage staff in the region and provide support, strategic guidance and direction to a cross-disciplinary team of staff who contribute to work in the region.  The Director plays a critical role in cultivating and managing relationships with a wide range of partners as well as with federal, state, tribal, and local government officials and their staffs to build and strengthen The Wilderness Society’s presence in the region and nationally. The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced leader and strong project manager who can engage staff at all levels to achieve The Wilderness Society’s organizational priorities in NC, TN, SC, ensuring strategic focus and effective advocacy on the organization’s conservation and diversity, equity and inclusion goals.  The Southeast Regional Program Director plays a critical role in establishing and reinforcing an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes. TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization. This leader will integrate these priorities throughout our work in the region, from expanding our partnerships to bringing an equity lens to all facets of the job. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.  Essential duties and responsibilities: Develop strategic program priorities for the region in furtherance of TWS’ overarching goals and vision. Lead and oversee implementation of campaigns in Southeast and position TWS as a trusted collaborator with partners and decision makers. Build network to educate and influence Southeast decision makers on regional and national conservation priorities. Cultivate and solicit major gifts from philanthropic foundations and major donors in close coordination with philanthropy staff. Manage staff in region and provide leadership to multi-disciplinary team of TWS staff contributing to work in the Southeast. Responsible for day to day management of the Southeast conservation budget. Initiate, build, and maintain strong relationships with federal, state, tribal, and local government officials, key partner organizations and stakeholders, and the media.  Ensure the Southeast regional program’s perspectives and insights are incorporated into the organization’s national work.  Perform other related duties as required. QUALIFICATIONS Experience, Competencies, and Education Experience working on or leading issue advocacy or political campaigns, success in fundraising from individual donors or philanthropic foundations, and/or work to advance public policy changes at the local, state or federal level. Solid communication and interpersonal skills that can be applied to complex conservation issues, partnerships and coalitions, donor engagement, and staff management. Experience leading and managing teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives.  This includes a track record of successful recruitment, cultivation, and retention of highly skilled staff across race and gender. Ability to build and maintain strong relationships and networks among key stakeholders, government officials, donors, and partner organizations. Strategic thinking and ability to craft a compelling vision, set goals and priorities. Good time management skills, with the ability to aptly balance short- and long-term demands. Strong writing skills and the ability to speak effectively in public, with donors, partners, elected officials, and the media.  Desired Characteristics: An effective leader, capable of working with a wide range of audiences. Commitment to supporting others in accomplishing our goals in an equitable and inclusive manner. Excellent strategic instincts and long-term vision. Ability to manage a complex array of personnel, programmatic, and organizational demands. Trustworthy and dedicated  The Wilderness Society offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; a sabbatical program; and a retirement plan.    TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair treatment of our employees and constituents across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.  As an organization, we aspire to be inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are.    Internally, this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day.    Externally, this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive.    We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits.  To learn more about our commitment, please see   http://wilderness.org/our-commitment-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-wilderness-society Opens a New Window. For consideration,   Please submit a résumé through the online applications system.  Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com