Conservation Policy Associate Job in The Nature Conservancy
Seattle, Washington, USA
or Mt. Vernon, Washington, USA
A LITTLE ABOUT US
Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.
We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.
In addition to the minimum requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to advancing our Mission and we encourage you to apply.
All TNC staff based in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of receiving one of the vaccines approved in the U.S. (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) shall be condition of employment and must be provided prior to starting work. TNC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and reasonable accommodations for candidates who cannot be vaccinated due to a valid medical or religious reason, or claim an exemption under applicable state law will be considered.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Conservation Policy Associate will manage the development of transformational policy solutions that address key challenges and benefit people and nature in pursuing a vision of thriving together in the face of a changing climate. A member of The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation team in Washington, the Conservation Policy Associate serves as a liaison with Government Relations staff and other TNC teams to develop policy proposals. The position is based in one of TNC’s Conservation teams and coordinates regularly with Government Relations staff and other TNC teams, and potentially external partners, such as agency, tribal and elected officials’ staff.
The Conservation Policy Associate supports the drafting of policy solutions that advance The Nature Conservancys mission and priorities in Western Washington state. This position will manage contracts and coordinate with collaboratives and action groups with a focus on understanding conservation partner needs related to policy and funding actions in order to help to draft proposals for expanding the use of Nature Based Solutions and tackling chronic challenges being experienced across the communities where TNC works – urban, coastal, and rural. Policy areas may include, but are not limited to, water quality and quantity, salmon policy, workforce development, urban tree canopy, or marine issues. The position will be expected to incorporate an equity lens in the development of potential policy solutions, including nature-based, community-centered approaches to conservation.
- Policy Project Coordination and Management (60%)
- Facilitate internal project teams to effectively integrate multiple perspectives, including working closely with TNC Washington Government Relations staff
- Draft policy and funding-related actions, and policy-related recommendations, including white papers, fact sheets, economic analysis, legislation review and rules-writing
- Understand and distribute information related to legislation connected to key priorities, such as the recent Federal Infrastructure and Jobs bill
- Partner and Community Relations (20%)
- Support partnerships with relevant agencies, conservation organizations, Tribes, and private sector partners.
- May coordinate community input and engagement on policy documents.
- Team Engagement, Cross-Team Collaboration and Admin (20%)
- Work as a member of project teams where policy may be one of a suite of potential solutions pursued.
- Set agendas, manage invitations, and run meetings or other events that support policy solution research, development, and review.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
Level of Position: The Conservation Policy Associate is a junior position that will manage projects, collaborate with all levels of staff, and may supervise temporary staff or volunteers.
Within the scope of the position, the Conservation Policy Associate will:
- Research policy solutions, including interview-based and experiential research, as well as traditional policy research.
- Provides research and policy analysis in support of legislative, regulatory and/or policy priorities. Draft policy documents for review, editing and discussion by internal, cross-departmental teams and external partners.
- Develop and manage contracts to support the development of policy and funding recommendations.
- Work closely with government and community, tribal, or other partner relationship-managers to ensure positive partner relationships are thoughtfully managed and maintained.
- Develop written communications such as reports, blogs, stories, presentations, and public and private grant proposals.
- Track and report-out project status, progress, and metrics as needed.
- Perform tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
- Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
Work Environment and Schedule:
- Preferred location for this position is based in either TNC’s Seattle or Mount Vernon offices. Flexible work arrangements in Western Washington State will be considered, with ability to be on-site at TNC locations in Washington required.
- Position may require occasional (sometimes overnight) travel to regional meetings, project sites, and events.
- May require working extended and/or varied work hours, including on weekends.
- Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related work experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive written structure.
- Experience working in a team environment on projects with deadlines and clear deliverables.
- Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
- Experience writing and editing promotional and informational material
- Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
- Ability to act in accordance with the Washington equity statement; be respectful of differences of identity and/or beliefs, and successfully work across those differences to meet work objectives.
- Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated.
- Experience, coursework, or other training in public policy, government relations, law, business, or sustainability. Direct experience working with government agencies or elected officials and staff appreciated.
- Knowledge of current trends and practices in policy and politics.
- Experience presenting to and communicating with internal and external audiences.
- Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time, keeping teams and items on-task, on-time, and on-budget
- Experience facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders.
- Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Experience working with partners or government agencies.
AUTO SAFETY POLICY
This position requires a valid drivers license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ under the FAQ section.
Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employees motor vehicle record.
The estimated starting salary for this position is dependent on qualifications, experience, and base location.
- Salary range in Seattle, WA: $61,700 – $68,200 annually
- Salary range in Mount Vernon, WA: $55,000 – $60,000 annually
To apply for job ID 50802, submit your resume and required cover letter online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. The application deadline is January 25, 2022 at 8:59 PM PST. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact [email protected]
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
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