The Water Policy Affiliate works with the Protection and Prevention team on a range of issues and activities related to the Alliance’s Great Lakes and water policy priorities. The Affiliate will support work across the Great Lakes region through research, writing and policy analysis. The Affiliate will work both independently and collaboratively on varying tasks to ensure timely and high quality deliverables. The Affiliate may be asked to represent the Alliance in a public-facing capacity, attending community events, public hearings and events hosted by partners and decision makers.
• Supports advancement of the Alliance’s policy agenda by researching, synthesizing and summarizing complex policy issues and legislation;
• Prepares persuasive written materials, including policy briefings, research reports, memos, presentations, fact sheets, testimony and other documents that clearly and comprehensively articulate complex analyses and positions;
• Reviews government documents and provides an opinion on whether regulatory requirements are being met;
• Tracks and communicates current legislation and regularly communicates pertinent opportunities to senior staff;
• Creates a directory of key local decision makers and staff around the Great Lakes;
• Supports the Alliance’s policy positions through public-facing communications, including writing, attending community events, participating in public hearings and events hosted by partners and decision makers.
• As assigned.
Knowledge/Skills, and Competencies
(Required education, skills, knowledge, experience, and abilities)
· Bachelor’s degree plus 1 year of experience in policy research or a related field preferred;
· Strong listening, written and verbal communications skills;
· Ability to review multiple source documents, filter important information and summarize key points from research and meetings respectively;
· Ability to manage multiple pieces of work in a fast-paced environment and shift focus quickly from one priority to another;
· Ability to work collaboratively with a staff team located in different offices with varying types of expertise and priorities;
· Attraction to mission-driven public interest work;
· Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.