Senior Representative (Government Relations)

The Wilderness Society

Washington, DC, US

The Wilderness Society (TWS), is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places.  We believe public lands belong to and should benefit all of us. Our organization and work must embody the cultures and perspectives of people and communities across our nation, and connect and inspire people to care about the outdoors. 

The Wilderness Society seeks a highly creative and skilled individual to join our Government Relations team in DC full-time to develop and implement strategies and tactics to build support for public lands, defend bedrock conservation laws, policies, and programs including the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Reporting to the Senior Managing Director for Government Relations and working in coordination with TWS’ Parks and Public Lands Defense Campaign along with government relations, communications, and field staff, the Senior Representative will conduct education and outreach efforts to defend and grow support for LWCF and other priorities for our Parks and Public Lands Defense Campaign among key decision makers in Congress and within the Administration.  This person will represent TWS in conservation coalitions, in meetings with decision makers and their staff, and in the media when appropriate.  They also will work to identify and engage new partners to advance organizational priorities.  The Senior Representative will assist in developing education and advocacy materials, target lists, talking points and other activities in support of priority public lands defense efforts and the national LWCF campaign.

This Senior Representative plays an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes.  TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the Senior Representative will integrate these priorities throughout our public lands defense and LWCF work.  Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset. 

*This position is located in our Washington, DC office. No relocation assistance provided.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead efforts to maintain and grow support for LWCF among key decision makers, relevant administration and land management agency personnel and to defend funding levels in the annual federal budget and appropriations process.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and materials for TWS’s Parks and Public Lands Defense Campaign, including work to broaden and diversify the voices of public land protection; work in close coordination with government relations and Core Defense team.
  • Represent TWS with decision makers, coalition partners, and the media where appropriate.
  • Act as TWS’ representative to the LWCF Coalition and support the broader campaign goal of long term authorization and robust funding of the program.
  • Utilize the support behind LWCF to build bridges with important Hill stakeholders on other priority conservation issues, where possible.
  • Develop fact sheets, talking points and other outreach and advocacy materials; partner with communications staff as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Experience, Competencies, and Education

  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience working on policy or advocacy campaigns or a related field.
  • Strong experience working with elected officials and a solid understanding of the legislative process, at the federal level.  Experience working on Capitol Hill or with the Administration a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of public land issues and conservation policy preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to function at a high level under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment with many simultaneous moving pieces.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Track record working successfully in teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives—across race and gender. 
  • Experience working within and providing leadership to coalitions and engaging a diverse set of partners.

Desired Characteristics

  • Motivated, self-starter with the ability to take initiative, develop ideas, and see them through to implementation.
  • Ability to be an effective and resourceful advocate with Hill staff and members of Congress to develop new support.
  • A solid professional presence combined with proven ability to serve in a variety of roles within an organized campaign.
  • Superb organizational and communications skills combined with the ability to prioritize conflicting demands.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team in a fun and collegial but occasionally stressful atmosphere.
  • Ability to work effectively with many different interests and personalities.