Senior Policy Advisor in Alaska:  The Nature Conservancy

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The Nature Conservancy is seeking a Senior Policy Advisor in Alaska to lead TNC’s government engagement for conservation opportunities on Alaska’s critical public lands and resources. We are seeking an experienced and strategic policy professional, committed to the ideals of a world where people and nature thrive together and Tribal sovereignty is honored. For more information on qualifications and how to apply for the Senior Policy Advisor position, visit https://nature.org/careers and search for job ID # 49648.

The Senior Policy Advisor supports The Nature Conservancy’s conservation goals by leading policy teams, designing and delivering policy objectives in Alaska, and serving as liaison and informational contact between The Nature Conservancy and state and federal agencies, elected officials, local governments, Tribes, tribal organizations, multilateral institutions/-agencies, and corporate, private, partner, or other strategic groups as it relates to policy efforts. The Senior Policy Advisor – Alaska works with counterparts within other Conservancy operating units to support national and global goals. S/he coordinates external affair actions throughout the chapter, formulates public communications and policy informed by science, technical information, and equity considerations. S/he leads cross-functional teams to accomplish policy goals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The Senior Policy Advisor, working in the Alaska Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, plans, implements and coordinates strategic policy development at local, state, and national levels of government and with Tribes and tribal organizations to affect public policy in furtherance of the Conservancy’s mission. To do so, the Senior Policy Advisor,

-- Coordinates with Alaska State Director, conservation, and other teams to identify and advance policy strategies to advance TNC goals.
-- Works in interdisciplinary teams across The Nature Conservancy to advance TNC’s global, national, and regional policy priorities.
-- Conducts policy and legal research, organizes and advocates for federal and state programs, policies, and funding that support our work.
-- Builds and maintains productive relationships and communications with public officials at all levels of government.
-- Manages government relations contracts and serves as the chapter’s lead on ballot initiatives and/or legislative campaigns.
-- Assures compliance with TNC’s values, code of conduct, policies, and procedures as well as state and federal lobbying laws and regulations, including responsibility for maintaining, reporting, and tracking all chapter state and federal lobbying activities.
-- Monitors federal and state programs for public funding opportunities for potential TNC application; and
-- Engages and inspires TNC leaders, trustees, and donors.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

-- Develops strategic partnerships with relevant groups to influence legislation and/or administrative policy and actions.
-- Leads teams for assigned projects and coordinates the work of others.
-- Maintains regular contact with local, state, Tribal, federal officials, and/or corporate representatives on matters pertaining to administrative, legislative, and/or corporate actions and policies.
-- Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
-- Ensures that the Chapter complies with State and Federal lobbying laws and regulations.
-- Work may require regular travel, including overnight and out of state travel.
-- May require ability to work intensively on campaigns and legislative sessions at critical times.
-- Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.
-- May supervise volunteers, interns, or temporary staff.
-- Work requires only minor physical exertion and/or strain.
-- Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

-- Bachelor’s degree and demonstrated government relations and/or natural resource management policy experience.
-- Experience building professional relationships with diverse interests/disciplines.
-- Knowledge of Alaska’s political systems and cultures.
-- Experience designing, implementing, and directing multiple and multifaceted projects, setting deadlines, and ensuring program accountability.
-- Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating and organizational skills, including preparing and presenting policy proposals, and developing written communications.
-- Experience presenting to and/or communicating with business, government, or legislative staff and/or program leadership.
-- Fluency in English.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

-- Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in political science, environmental science or policy, natural resource management, or related field.
-- Agency, congressional staff, or advocacy experience.
-- Experience designing and implementing political or otherwise strategic initiatives.
-- Excellent team player with experience working in multi-disciplinary groups, using influence and interpersonal skills to build strong relationships with colleagues, government and corporate officials, partners, donors, and volunteers.
-- Experience informing communications and policy positions with science, technical information, and equity considerations.
-- Experience coordinating projects across teams, operating units, and functions to achieve optimal results.
-- Knowledge of Alaska history and public and economic affairs.
-- Cross-cultural experience and a familiarity with Alaskan cultural histories, rights, and traditions.
-- Experience generating media attention or responding to media interest.
-- Supervisory experience, including ability to set objectives and manage performance.

ABOUT THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

Since 1989, The Nature Conservancy in Alaska has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.