CLF Job Announcement: Director of Government Affairs

Position Title: Director of Government Affairs

Location: Washington, D.C.

Position reports to:  Senior Director of Conservation

Application close dateJanuary 22, 2017 or until filled



The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) is a national non-profit organization headquartered in Durango, Colorado with offices in San Francisco, Albuquerque, Bozeman, Las Cruces, Joshua Tree, and Washington, DC. The Conservation Lands Foundation was established in 2007 to protect the premier lands and waters under the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) jurisdiction – specifically the 35+ million acres of National Monuments and National Conservation Areas, Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, and 2,400 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Scenic and Historic Trails that make up our National Conservation Lands.

Our mission is to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy, and partnerships.

The Conservation Lands Foundation is one of the nation’s most effective public land conservation organizations and has built a vibrant grassroots network of local organizations focused on individual units of the National Conservation Lands. Together with our grassroots partners, we are committed to protecting millions of acres of public land through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with other organizations, local communities, and the BLM. The Conservation Lands Foundation has a demonstrated record of effective engagement with leaders in the Executive Branch, Congress, Department of the Interior, the conservation community, the media and western communities.


The Conservation Lands Foundation seeks a Director of Government Affairs to leverage widespread public support to defend the National Conservation Lands and America’s bedrock public lands conservation laws. The Director of Government Affairs will work with a team of CLF Field and Conservation staff to develop and implement Congressional and Administrative outreach strategies that harness vital partnerships with a broad and diverse set of on-the-ground allies. The Director of Government Affairs will be an effective and efficient communicator capable of rapidly synthesizing threats and opportunities and leveraging collective action.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Work with CLF staff, board and stakeholders to develop strategy, allocate resources and execute winning campaigns that ensure the National Conservation Lands and the Antiquities Act remain intact.
  • Establish strong relationships with Congressional and Administrative supporters to defend the National Conservation Lands and ensure that the Antiquities Act is safeguarded.
  • Develop and execute campaigns to cultivate new Congressional supporters for the National Conservation Lands and the Antiquities Act.
  • Coordinate with CLF Field staff and external partners to develop strategic grassroots, grasstops, and communications strategies that support campaign goals.
  • Track, analyze and respond to legislation and administrative activities that affect the integrity of National Conservation Lands and the Antiquities Act.
  • Build and strengthen a diverse and inclusive coalition and constituencies to uphold and defend the National Conservation Lands and Antiquities Act.Qualifications:The successful candidate will be committed to the Conservation Lands Foundation mission, will have proven leadership and management experience as well as demonstrated knowledge of public lands law and policy. Other qualifications include:
    • Familiarity with Congressional procedures and the legislative process, experience in successful legislative campaigns
    • Ability to creatively and strategically leverage grassroots voices to influence Congressional and agency staff
    • Ability to build, strengthen and marshal a dedicated constituency to defend the National Conservation Lands and Antiquities Act;
    • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
    • Familiarity with or strong commitment to learn about the National Conservation Lands and federalland management policies.
    • Comfortable working in a team environment with colleagues located in offices around the countryand across time zones.
    • Ability to work on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people with a commitment to equity,inclusion and diversity.
    • Strong strategic, analytical and communication skills.
    • Comfortable working independently with an action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative approach toadvocacy.
    • Bilingual candidates welcomed and encouraged.Salary Range and benefits:Salary negotiable401(k) plan; health/dental/vision insurance; health and dependent care Flex Spending program.To Apply:Send a cover letter and resume to governmentaffairsposting@conservationlands.org by January 21, 2017. No phone calls please.

The Conservation Lands Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability or status as a U.S. veteran.

This job description reflects the assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Posted by Dave Welz in Job Announcement
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