- Legislative Director, USA
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY
Oregon Environmental Council—a nonpartisan, membership-based nonprofit—seeks a dynamic team player with lobbying and policy advocacy experience to fill our Legislative Director position. The Legislative Director advances our collaborative, proactive policy agenda before the state legislature and executive branch, as well as occasional work with city and county elected officials, tribal governments, and Oregon’s congressional delegation.
The Legislative Director is Oregon Environmental Council’s voice in Oregon’s Capitol and has primary responsibility for cultivating positive relationships with lawmakers, lobbyists and other influencers; advancing our policy agenda by seeking opportunities for bipartisan support, lobbying, and negotiating; and monitoring germane legislation. In collaboration with program staff, the Legislative Director develops and helps execute our policy campaign plans, playing a role in analyzing and drafting legislation, preparing testimony and related advocacy materials, working in and building coalitions, and engaging supportive voices.
The Legislative Director works under the supervision of the Deputy Director and in close collaboration with the Executive Director and program staff. During legislative sessions, the Legislative Director works full-time in Salem. Between sessions, the Legislative Director cultivates key relationships; represents Oregon Environmental Council at legislatively focused activities (e.g., conferences, work groups); develops and advances our campaign strategies for achieving our policy agenda in the coming legislative session; and may promote our policy agenda in other venues (e.g., local government ordinances, state agency rulemaking). This position requires frequent travel throughout Oregon.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Serves as Oregon Environmental Council’s primary voice and point person in the Oregon Legislature, tracking relevant legislation, presenting and coordinating testimony, involving stakeholders, lobbying and negotiating, and other advocacy work
Builds strong, mutual relationships with legislators of both parties from across Oregon and their staff; with the environmental caucus; with candidates; with key individuals in Oregon’s executive branch; and, to a lesser extent, with local and federal politicians
Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with key interest groups, lobbyists, coalitions and other influencers in order to built broad support for Oregon Environmental Council’s goals and objectives
Assists in investigating, analyzing, and refining potential legislative proposals, which includes applying an equity lens to ensure equitable outcomes for both urban and rural communities, including communities of color
Coordinates the development of our legislative agenda and legislative campaign plans with Oregon Environmental Council staff and board, ensuring a strategic and equitable approach for securing Oregon Environmental Council’s priorities; leads execution of our legislative campaign plans
Keeps Oregon Environmental Council staff regularly informed of legislative issues and coordinates program and communication staff’s participation in legislative matters; engages board members and other relevant staff as needed
Helps produce testimony, action alerts, fact sheets, press releases, opinion pieces, and other supporting communications as necessary
Supports (and may conduct) other major policy campaigns, such as advocating before regulatory and administrative agencies or before local or federal decision-makers
Reviews proposed ballot measure endorsements for relevancy to Oregon Environmental Council’s mission and makes recommendations to staff and board; supports ballot measure campaigns, as needed
Engages actively with the environmental caucus in the legislature to provide strategic support
Actively works to strengthen Oregon Environmental Council’s public presence, visibility, and influence
Other responsibilities as assigned
Minimum five years of professional experience in government relations or policy advocacy
Proven ability to build broad-based support among elected officials and key stakeholders for
proactive policy changes
Team player; strong conflict-resolution skills
Ability and desire to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff, coalitions and
community groups, work across the political spectrum, with rural and urban Oregonians, and value differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstances
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Able to understand and effectively communicate about a wide range of issues
Self-motivated; strategic thinker; strong initiative
Excellent organizational and time-management skills; delivers reliably, while managing
multiple and changing priorities and deadlines
Agreement with Oregon Environmental Council’s values and passion for our values and goals
Commitment to the highest ethical standards of lobbying and professionalism; c
Willingness and ability to work long hours during legislative sessions; occasional overnight travel required; valid driver’s license
Existing bipartisan relationships with Oregon legislators and policy stakeholders •
Prior experience with environmental policy issues
Experience working in a nonprofit setting with a mission-driven staff and board
Experience working with the media
COMPENSATION & AMENITIES
Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks of paid vacation (three the first year) annually, and generous health insurance for employee and family.
ABOUT OREGON ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
Founded in 1968, and celebrating its 50th anniversary, Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) is a non-profit, non-partisan, statewide organization governed by a 17-person board of directors from throughout Oregon. Our mission is to advance innovative, collaborative and equitable solutions to Oregon’s environmental challenges for today and future generations. OEC advocates for impactful, lasting solutions that get at the source of Oregon’s environmental problems and have real benefits for people’s health and quality of life. These challenges include toxic chemicals in our environment, water pollution and scarcity, and climate change. We find common ground with a diverse group of stakeholders to create collaborative solutions that support social equity and a sustainable economy. To learn more about OEC’s commitment to and progress on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, see A vision for justice on our website.
This is a responsible position in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment. OEC offers a collaborative, team-oriented, family-friendly workplace that treats employees as the responsible professionals they are. For several years running, we have been among the top 10 in Oregon Business magazine’s “Best Nonprofits to Work For” list. You will learn a lot, laugh a lot, and feel great about helping Oregon communities become better, healthier places to live.
OEC is an equal opportunity employer.
Job posted on 11th July 2018
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