Director of Public Advocacy and Engagement

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The Nature Conservancy has an opportunity for a new Director of Public Advocacy and Engagement.

The Washington Director of Public Advocacy and Engagement manages and supports the Government Relations team, ensuring that the program complies with state and federal lobbying laws and regulations, and serves as a member of the Executive Team of the Washington Business Unit.

Essential Functions

  • Serving as a senior representative for The Nature Conservancy with elected officials, agencies, tribes, and stakeholder and partner interests;
  • Developing, supporting and leading regional and statewide policy, advocacy, and public engagement initiatives to advance the mission and goals of The Nature Conservancy;
  • Leading the Government Relations Team in collaboration with the conservation teams to develop and advance government policies and programs that support The Nature Conservancy’s mission and the Washington Program’s conservation goals;
  • Planning, developing and implementing an annual plan and budget for the Washington Government Relations Program, and supervising Government Relations staff of four;
  • Researching, recommending, advocating and lobbing for federal and state programs, policies and funding that support our work;
  • Building and maintaining productive relationships and open communications with federal, state and local public officials;
  • Assuring compliance with TNC’s values, code of conduct, policies and procedures as well as state and federal lobbying laws and regulations, including responsibility for maintaining, reporting and tracking all chapter state and federal lobbying activities;
  • Serving as a member of the Washington Executive Team including chapter-level planning, leadership and management;
  • Engaging and inspiriting donors and the Washington Board of Trustees;
  • Working across The Nature Conservancy to advance TNC’s national and multi-state policy priorities.
  • Acting as the chapter’s lead on ballot initiative campaigns when appropriate.
  • Leading the team and the chapter in upholding The Nature Conservancy’s values and the Washington Chapter’s Equity Statement

Responsibilities And Scope

  • Manages multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training, and career development. Establishes clear directions and sets stretch objectives.
  • Develops and administers departmental budget and has authority to modify budget based on changing circumstances. Operates within budget guidelines to ensure sound financial performance.
  • Ensures that public and private funds are raised to meet program needs.
  • Work checked through consultation and agreement with others rather than by directives of superiors.
  • Ensures that program meets all lobbying, contractual and legal regulations and standard.
  • Work Environment and Schedule
  • Work requires only minor physical exertion and/or strain. Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.
  • Work may require regular travel, including overnight and out of state travel.
  • Ability to work intensively on campaigns and legislative sessions at critical times.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of related senior-level work experience, including current and evolving political, legislative and conservation trends on a federal and/or multi-state level.
  • Fluency in English
  • Demonstrated experience building strong relationships across an organization and with partners such as corporations, public agencies, tribes, donors, and/or volunteers.
  • Experience managing and supervising a large multi-disciplinary team and managing a program budget.
  • Experience working with current and evolving political, legislative, sustainability, and/or conservation trends on an international, regional or country level.
  • Experience in directing or participating in complex negotiations and presenting to and communicating with government officials, corporate executives, board members and others.
  • Experience designing, implementing and directing multiple and multifaceted projects, setting deadlines and ensuring program accountability.

Desired Qualifications


  • Seven years of experience and success directing legislative and issue campaigns, lobbying elected officials, directing policy initiatives, building diverse coalitions across political and social divides, and engaging business and community leaders.
  • Experience with current political and conservation trends and issues in Washington State and the United States.
  • Knowledge of state and federal lobbying laws and regulations.
  • Supervisory experience including successfully leading and growing a diversifying workforce
  • Experience developing, directing and managing multiple projects and implementing strategic program goals.
  • Experience preparing and presenting proposals to and/or negotiating with federal, state, county and/or municipal government representatives, as well as tribal, community, and interest group representatives.
  • Ability to work with partners/government agencies without violating any restrictions related to conflicts of interest, lobbying former employers, or influencing decision makers.
  • Ability to communicate and work productively and cooperatively across political, racial, socioeconomic and other differences to achieve results.
  • Commitment to The Nature Conservancy’s values, Code of Conduct and the Washington Equity Statement.
  • Experience inspiring and engaging trustees, volunteer leaders, and donors
  • Demonstrated experience deeply listening to the needs of constituents and end users. Experience applying those learnings in engagement plan and strategy development

Additional Job Information


  • Cultivates the creative ideas of others to identify potential solutions. Experiments to find creative solutions – thinks out of the box.
  • Designs, implements and directs multiple complex projects, setting and meeting deadlines and ensuring program accountability.
  • Work is highly diversified and needed courses of action often do not fall under established practices and guidelines.
  • Coordinates the efforts of multiple parties (both internal and external) on projects.
  • Act as a resource to others to solve problems.


  • Significant opportunity to act independently within broad program goals.
  • Makes strategic decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  • Decisions may have program-wide impact.

Responsibility/Oversight – Financial And Supervisory

  • Develop multi-year public fundraising strategies and goals and implement programs to achieve them.
  • Manage multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff, with responsibility for performance management, training, and career development. Establishes clear directions and sets stretch objectives.
  • Responsibility and accountability for meeting departmental strategic goals and objectives.
  • Develops and administers departmental budget.
  • Ensures that program complies with TNC policies and procedures and external lobbying and legal regulations.

Communications/Interpersonal Contacts

  • Work and communicate with a wide range of people – government officials, board of trustees, community leaders, partner organizations, program leadership, volunteers, the public and other staff to develop, negotiate and/or implement programs and projects.
  • Consistently demonstrate professional and approachable attitude/demeanor and discretion.
  • Function productively as a member of a work team.

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The Nature Conservancy


Director of Public Advocacy and Engagement


Thursday 3rd September 2020


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