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Reporting to the Vice President for Coastal Conservation, the Policy Manager, Marine Conservation is a key member of the National Policy team in Washington, DC, and is responsible for developing and implementing policy strategies focused on marine conservation and fisheries management.
The Policy Manager is responsible for guiding efforts to advance Audubon's bi-partisan conservation agenda around marine conservation in the US Congress, federal agencies and regional marine fisheries councils. This role will closely collaborate with Audubon’s marine conservation team to develop policy and advocacy strategies to achieve policy wins, serve as a resource to decision-makers and a leader on marine conservation issues within the conservation and sustainable fisheries communities. Responsibilities include developing legislative and advocacy campaigns strategies; direct lobbying; participating in inter-departmental campaigns teams; representing Audubon’s interests in national issue-based coalitions; working with and monitoring congressional committees; drafting reports, comment letters, fact sheets and testimony, and generally co-shaping and implementing the advocacy work of the Audubon Policy team.
**Please provide cover letter with your application in order to be considered for this opportunity.
TO APPLY: please visit audubon.org/careers and search job number 2021-4738
- Support the coordinated development and implementation of Audubon’s policy goals for marine conservation issues (e.g., fisheries management, habitat restoration and protection, etc.) and lead the implementation of advocacy strategies for achieving policy goals.
- Serve as a highly visible representative of Audubon’s policy agenda and develop deep working relationships with members of the U.S. Congress and their senior staff, congressional committees, federal agencies, and regional fisheries management councils in order to communicate Audubon priorities as well as negotiate and impact policy outcomes.
- Closely monitor and internally communicate relevant legislative developments, coalition developments, and agency actions.
- Help implement campaign activities on assigned issues, including direct lobbying, grassroots organizing, coalition building, policy analysis, legislative negotiations, developing advocacy materials and alerts, public presentations, media relations, and online content.
- Prepare high quality analysis and draft legislation, fact sheets, position papers, testimony, comment letters, and other communications and materials necessary to support Audubon's policy priorities.
- Raise the profile and visibility of Audubon as a leader in marine conservation and represent Audubon within national issue-based coalitions and partner organizations on assigned issues, monitoring their developments, shaping, and contributing to development of coalition strategy, and coordinating with coalition partners to advance legislative and administrative priorities.
- Identify and recruit strategic allies and collect intelligence from key players working on priority policy matters.
- Collaboratively work with and serve as an expert for other Audubon departments, state offices and the Audubon chapter network to advance the organization's strategic conservation priorities.
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in marine conservation science and policy, political science, biology or related field is required; a graduate degree preferred.
- 5+ years progressive experience on Capitol Hill, with a policy-oriented nonprofit organization, or with a relevant federal agency working on wildlife conservation, marine conservation or coastal management issues is required.
- Track record of guiding coalitions in the development and implementation of policy advocacy and strategy.
- Outstanding policy analysis and research skills, with the demonstrated ability to effectively manage a complex workflow.
- Keen understanding of current policy trends in marine conservation, climate change, and fisheries management.
- Excellent communications skills with ability to write clearly and a command of public speaking; must be comfortable representing Audubon's interests with a variety of stakeholders, including congressional, government, and NGO partners.
- Exceptional judgment, with the demonstrated ability to think creatively, make strategic decisions and make policy recommendations to key leaders outside and within an organization.
- A self-starter, one with experience working in decentralized organizations and collaborating with cross-departmental teams.
- Excellent project management skills, with experience guiding projects from inception to implementation.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and desire to be part of and contribute to a team effort.
- Experience with political or legislative campaigns is highly desired.
- Experience with or understanding of federal and regional fisheries management law and policy under the Magnuson-Stevens Act and sustainable fisheries practices are highly desired.
- Demonstrated interest in conservation and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society and political insight of the nexus between Congress and environmental issues needed, including demonstrated commitment to ensuring Audubon’s work advances our equity, diversity and inclusion goals.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, social media, advocacy tools, and other web-based applications preferred.
- People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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