Senior Government Affairs Advocate, Conservation
LCV believes our earth is worth fighting for because everyone has a right to clean air, water, and a safe, healthy community. To ensure those rights are protected, we help people use their power to shape policy, hold politicians and polluters accountable, and influence elections.
Our over 2 million members, our volunteers and staff, and our more than 30 state affiliates (together, the Conservation Voter Movement) work for a more just and equitable democracy, where people—not polluters—determine our future. This movement is an influential national network with unparalleled influence in Washington, DC, in state capitals, and in communities around the country. We are unmatched in our ability to ensure meaningful action on our key issues. We aim to bring people and communities together across racial, geographic, political, religious, economic and other differences toward collective goals instead of dividing us from one another.
LCV is hiring a Senior Government Affairs Advocate, Conservation to help lead our advocacy work on land and ocean conservation. We are seeking a dynamic addition to our team to help promote our proactive legislative and executive branch agendas, grounded in racial justice and equity. The ideal candidate is an experienced legislative policy advocate who has worked to advance racial justice and worked collaboratively with coalition partners on shared goals and priorities.
- Work closely with the Conservation Program Director to craft and implement LCV’s work on federal conservation policy, including our proactive legislative and executive branch agendas.
- Ensure that all of our federal policy work is advancing racial justice and equity, including through partnerships and coalitions and engagement with leaders of color in Congress.
- Collaborate with LCV’s Government Affairs team, outside coalitions, and our state league partners, as appropriate, to advance our policy goals.
- Serve as our primary government affairs strategist and lobbyist on conservation issues with respect to members of Congress, their staff, and administration officials.
- Research, track, and analyze environmental legislation and executive branch actions.
- Serve as a media spokesperson on conservation issues.
- Assist in the production of LCV’s nationally-recognized National Environmental Scorecard.
- Ensure the accuracy of LCV’s public materials and work with the Membership and Online Engagement, Communications, Field, and Chispa teams to advance our policy priorities.
- Partner with the Conservation Voter Movement, a network of over 30 state leagues, on various projects, including joint letters, and provides timely updates on federal legislation.
- Assist with LCV’s electoral work, including work with candidates, PAC investments, and the Congressional Candidate Questionnaire.
- Collaborate with the Development department and other staff to craft materials that will help raise resources for our conservation work.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Work Experience: Must have at least five to seven years’ experience handling public policy issues, which could include working in a legislative office, in the executive branch, or at an advocacy or political organization.
- Skills: Policy analysis and research, federal government relations, coalition-building, excellent written and oral communication skills, including delivering public presentations. Organized and attentive to details; commitment to teamwork and community; ability to handle multiple tasks, effectively prioritize and thrive in a fast-paced setting. Strong interpersonal and communications skills with an ability to develop relationships with individuals representing a rich mix of race, gender, talent, experience, and background. Demonstrated ability to apply a racial justice lens to policy analysis.
- Cultural Competence: Demonstrated awareness of one’s own cultural identity, views about difference, and the ability to learn and build on varying cultural and community norms. Commitment to equity and inclusion as organizational practice and culture. Understands how environmental issues intersect with racism, economic and social inequality in the U.S. and has a passion for working to dismantle these systems. Interest in electoral politics and understanding of how the electoral landscape affects policy advocacy.
- Conditions: This position is based in Washington, DC. Please note that all LCV staff are currently working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to with “Senior Government Affairs Advocate, Conservation” in the subject line by January 28, 2021. No phone calls please.