Policy Associate

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Portland, OR, USA 🇺🇸

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Portland, Oregon, USA

OR201

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.

Although you’ll see 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 will be considered. 

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Policy Associate plays a key role in supporting advocacy, public policy, communications and government relations functions to further The Nature Conservancy’s mission in Oregon. The PA provides direct policy analysis, executes stakeholder engagement strategies, develops policy communications products and deliverables, serves as liaison between the Oregon Government Relations/Policy Team and the Strategic Communications and Marketing team and represent the organization with internal and external stakeholders on Oregon local, state and federal policy matters, as needed.The Policy Associate plays a key role in supporting advocacy, public policy, communications and government relations functions to further The Nature Conservancy’s mission in Oregon. The PA provides direct policy analysis, executes stakeholder engagement strategies, develops policy communications products and deliverables, serves as liaison between the Oregon Government Relations/Policy Team and the Strategic Communications and Marketing team and represent the organization with internal and external stakeholders on Oregon local, state and federal policy matters, as needed.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Policy Associate provides research and policy analysis in support of The Nature Conservancy’s policy priorities and tracks public policies and decisions that directly affect conservation goals. The PA builds and facilitates internal networks, coordinating meetings, agendas, and presentations. The PA assists in influencing the outcome of policy and/or strategic communications initiatives in Oregon at local, state and federal levels. 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Supports the Oregon Policy Team in influencing the outcome of policy, legislative initiatives and issue campaigns at local, state and federal levels.
  • Provides research and policy analysis in support of legislative, regulatory and/or policy priorities for the Oregon Chapter
  • Develops policy briefs to help educate elected officials, partner organizations, board of trustees, and the general public.
  • Develops and deploys policy communications assets to support the Oregon Chapter’s policy advocacy and strategic communications needs, including talking points, testimony, one-pagers, letters to the editor and social media posts.
  • Supports grassroots and grass-tops advocacy mobilization in Oregon by coordinating across the Oregon government relations/policy team, strategic communications team, philanthropy team, trustee program and volunteers.
  • Monitors legislative, regulatory, and administrative matters related to policy issues important to The Nature Conservancy at the local, state and federal level; advise and make recommendations to advance priorities
  • Supports government relations, policy and advocacy business needs including developing presentation materials, providing trustee government relations committee support, lobbying reports and relationship management tracking.
  • Supports developing and deploying inclusive, just, and equitable advocacy strategies and assists in associated message development, implementation of advocacy plans, and related engagement.
  • May represent the TNC Oregon chapter at meetings and collaborate with partners on task forces, work groups, and committees, as needed
  • May supervise volunteers, interns, or temporary staff, as needed.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with legislative, planning, policy or strategic communications initiatives.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with government officials or agencies, partners and stakeholders or organizational leadership.
  • Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling results into a cohesive reporting structure.
  • Verbal and written communicator with analytical, writing and problem-solving skills experience.
  • Highly organized, attentive to detail and able to meet tight deadlines.
  • Must be able to cultivate and sustain relationships and work effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Experience in maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Fluency in English and written material development. 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working with lobbyists and policy professionals in the nonprofit, conservation or environmental sustainability sectors.
  • Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results. 
  • Experience building networks or organizational capacity, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders. 
  • Experience with legislative, planning, policy or strategic communications initiatives at two or more of the following levels: local, state and federal policy levels.
  • Experience and interest in working in a dynamic, fast paced environment, supporting multiple projects on varying issues simultaneously.
  • Professional, lived, or volunteer experience with conservation, environmental or other natural resources issues.
  • Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a matrixed organization with minimal oversight.
  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience are appreciated.

ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including; health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, accrued paid time off (including annual, personal, and sick leave), life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellness benefits. Benefits may be subject to generally applicable eligibility, waiting period, contribution, and other requirements and conditions.  Learn more about our benefits at nature.org/careers. We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellness, and flexibility needs of the people we employ.

AUTO SAFETY POLICY

This position requires a valid driver’s 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 employee’s motor vehicle record.

SALARY INFORMATION

Estimated starting salary: $65,364 – $71,230 annually, dependent on qualifications and experience.

APPLY NOW

To apply for job ID# 50620, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on November 29, 2021. 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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TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to [email protected] with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

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