Director (Public Lands) via Indeed

American Progress

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

The Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress develops, advances, and defends progressive natural resource and energy policy on America’s public lands, with a focus on helping conserve disappearing open spaces for the enjoyment of current and future generations. The Director of Public Lands will lead the project’s development and implementation of national, state, and local strategies and campaigns to achieve these policy objectives and to defend bedrock environmental protections from being weakened. The Director will ensure that the research capabilities and resources of American Progress are being used to develop and deploy timely, accurate, and actionable content and messaging to a variety of progressive partners and groups who work on public lands, conservation, and climate change policy nationally and at the state and local levels. The candidate must have a depth of expertise in natural resource policy, experience in environmental communications and/or advocacy campaigns, and strong writing, research, management, and organizational skills.


  • Identify and establish American Progress’ organizational priorities for public lands policy in 2017 and beyond.
  • Develop and implement strategies to advance and defend American Progress’ ideas and priorities for conservation, energy reform, and climate change policy on public lands on the Hill, in the administration, and in state legislatures.
  • Supervise and lead the five-person Public Lands team and ensure that the team has the resources and support needed to be successful.
  • Coordinate outreach and advocacy campaigns involving multiple partner groups.
  • Leverage American Progress’ research and policy capabilities to support allies and serve as a resource to partners and allies on substantive issues.
  • Continue efforts to expand and broaden coalitions of public lands advocates to include a diverse and inclusive group of stakeholders working on the issue.
  • Build and strengthen the Public Land Project’s relationships with key journalists.
  • Conduct analysis of public lands policy issues and draft reports, blog postings, talking points, press releases, op-eds, memos, issue-briefs, and a range of written products.
  • Engage in rapid response communications efforts.
  • Plan and implement public and private events, meetings, summits, conferences, and other special events.
  • Maintain strong relationships with current funders and build relationships with potential new funders to support American Progress’ work on public lands.
  • Work with American Progress’ financial and fundraising teams to plan and manage the project’s budget.
  • Maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience working on public lands, environment, or natural resource policy, campaigns, or communications.
  • At least eight years of experience working in government, policy advocacy, or political campaigns, including experience working with or in the U.S. Congress or the federal government.
  • Strong relationships with journalists, Hill staff, and leaders in environmental policy and advocacy.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research, advocacy, and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience managing teams and budgets.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to proactively manage many simultaneous issues, multitask, and prioritize.
  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, public policy, environmental studies, political science, or related field required; advanced degree in a related field a plus.
  • Nonprofit, both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4), experience a plus.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals required.

To apply E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to: [email protected] .

Or you may write to: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please .

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.