Policy Director

The League to Save Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Apply By: 
ASAP

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The League to Save Lake Tahoe (League) is searching for a skilled environmental policy and law expert that is a highly motivated, strategic thinker and excited to guide the League’s advocacy efforts to Keep Tahoe Blue. The Policy Director (Director) has legal and policy campaign experience, specifically in programs designed to protect, restore and advocate for the health of the environment. The Director is also an experienced supervisor who will lead a policy team of science, planning and policy professionals by strategizing and implementing targeted campaigns and programs to achieve outcomes to protect the clarity and improve water quality of Lake Tahoe.

As the Legue's Policy Director, you will lead the policy team and conduct environmental analysis, research and assistance with federal, state and local advocacy. You will serve as the staff liaison to the board legal committee and provide support with policy related legal matters and correspondence with outside attorneys.  This role leads the protection of the League’s Trademark and advises the senior management team on legal matters.

The ideal candidate has a law degree, is solutions-oriented and is well versed in environmental negotiations of contentious issues. We need a positive and enthusiastic leader inspired to work for one of the world’s premiere environmental organizations, known by its iconic slogan “Keep Tahoe Blue.” You will be working as part of a fun and successful team of scientists, environmental educators, community engagers, policy analysts, fundraisers and administrative professionals. You will be based out South Lake Tahoe and will enjoy the many perks of living in this beautiful area.

RESPONSIBILITIES

You will lead the policy team in developing and executing strategies for all policy and advocacy campaigns. Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and under the supervision of the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), you will identify and implement solutions to address Lake Tahoe’s transportation challenges, land use planning and implementation issues, aquatic invasive species management and the threats of climate change as they relate to impacts on water quality and clarity. You will supervise the Natural Resources Manager and the Senior Land Use Policy Analyst, as part of the League’s policy team, and work closely with the community engagement department to implement strategies. 

Policy Duties

You will identify and build public and private partnerships and coordinate with the communications and community engagement teams in the development of advocacy campaign strategies, communication materials and updates to the website and social media for relevant advocacy information. You will lead the policy team in analysis, research and critique of environmental documents largely focusing on issues such as land use impacts, transportation plans, scenic value, sensitive land restoration and sustainable community design.  You will prepare written and oral comments to ensure League positions are concise and compelling with appropriate legal and science backing. 

Legal Duties

You will serve as a staff liaison for the board legal committee and communicate with outside attorneys as necessary.  Working closely with agency and state general counsels, you will ensure the League promotes the implementation of strong environmental policy in Tahoe. You will lead the League’s Trademark protection efforts, working with outside counsel and the CEO, and you will provide advice to the Chief Operating Officer about contracts, partnerships and legal matters as required.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Passion for environmental conservation and full support of and enthusiasm for the League’s mission to protect, restore and advocate for the ecosystem health and scenic beauty of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
  • Juris Doctorate and passing of the California or Nevada state bar or graduate degree in environmental policy or environmental law (highly desired).
  • Experience in land use, transportation planning, water quality, natural resource management or environmental policy for at least three years (5+ years desired).
  • Preferably experience with federal, state, regional and local government agencies overseeing Lake Tahoe natural resource management (desired).
  • Expertise and practical experience in environmental law and policy, in particular CEQA, NEPA and the Clean Water Act.
  • Extensive experience with successful environmental negotiations and stakeholder working groups.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment where critical thinking and decision-making may occur on the spot.
  • Clear and confident speaking skills with comfort presenting in front of the public and decision makers using concise and compelling oral comments.  
  • Excellent writing skills necessary to produce comment letters and other legal and technical documents.
  • Excellent supervisory skills and polished interpersonal and team management experience.
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision, possess good judgement and work well with others.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Efficient and effective at managing and completing tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Strategic, creative thinker, able to see the big picture and set priorities, take initiative to create opportunities and obtain results.
  • Excellent time-management and problem-solving skills; ability to manage multiple issue campaigns, projects and staff simultaneously.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  • Valid driver’s license, current DMV printout, auto insurance and a dependable vehicle able to function in any and all weather conditions including heavy snow for regular trips around the Lake Tahoe Basin and occasional trips to Reno, Bay Area and Sacramento.
  • Ability to sit or stand at a desk for long periods of time, bend, stoop, carry and lift up to 25 pounds

WHAT WE OFFER

Established in 1957, the League to Save Lake Tahoe is the oldest and largest environmental non-profit in the Lake Tahoe Basin. You’ve likely seen our iconic Keep Tahoe Blue sticker. Keep Tahoe Blue means so much more than showing your love for Lake Tahoe. A position at the League allows you to be part of a dynamic team that has been advocating for strong environmental protections of a national treasure for the last 62 years.

We offer health and dental benefits, vacation time after a 90-day probationary period, sick time, employer retirement matching after two years of employment, an eco-conscious office environment and a fun and highly motivated team dedicated to protecting Lake Tahoe. As the leading environmental organization in Tahoe, these cultural values guide our daily work: transparency, work-life balance, credibility, proactive, professionalism, and solutions-oriented.

The Policy Director is a salaried position based out of South Lake Tahoe, CA. Due to the nature of the position, you will need a flexible schedule to  travel often for work (including night time community meetings), inside and out of the Tahoe basin, and attend lengthy meetings.

Pay range

This is an exempt position with compensation commensurate with experience and based on geographical location.

SUPERVISION

Reports to: Chief Strategy Officer
Supervises: Natural Resources Manager, Senior Policy Land Use Analyst and interns

TO APPLY

If this sounds like the job for you, send us a PDF copy of your cover letter and resume to  . Tell us why you're the best fit for the position and for the League.