The Advocacy Director (Director) is responsible for managing and directing the work of Environmental Advocates of New York’s policy team. The director oversees projects in air/energy and water/natural resources, fiscal policy and environmental health. The Director coordinates with the Communications Director and Membership Director to effectuate message development, campaign design, and outreach strategies; and serves in leadership capacity for the organization in the absence of an Executive Director.
- Advanced degree in public policy, management, law or equivalent experience;
- leadership experience (minimum 5 years) as an advocate in the public interest, with demonstrated commitment to environmental protection considered a plus;
- substantial experience managing people in a demanding work environment, with demonstrated ability to listen and build team strength;
- solid understanding of and experience in political organizing and constituency building; strong analytical and strategic skills;
- well organized, with excellent speaking and writing skills;
- experience working for nonprofits, preferably policy-focused or advocacy organizations; and,
- licensed driver with the ability to travel
- Program Planning: Work with Board of Directors Program Committee, the Executive Director and senior staff on long-range planning; oversee design, development, and evaluation of the annual policy priorities.
- Policy team management: Manage policy team, with direct supervisory responsibility for professional policy staff and interns; work closely with program directors on strategic direction of initiatives and budgets; review legal, scientific, and political directions of projects. Ensure integration of projects and regular communication among policy staff.
- Outreach/organizing Oversight: Working with membership staff, oversee progress of EANY organizing effort, integrating efforts to build constituency for environmental agenda; coordinate outreach/organizing with other advocacy tools.
- Policy Priorities Oversight: Working with program directors, determine priority issues, constituency outreach, and alliance building with other organizations; integrate policy priorities agenda with advocacy in other forums — litigation, regulatory intervention, coalition, Green Panel, etc.
- Project Responsibility: When appropriate, serve as project leader or organizational spokesperson on a project or issue that has implications for a wide range of organizational work.
- Major Campaign Development: Work with policy, development and membership staff to craft major initiatives of significant public interest; design advocacy goals, strategies and tactics to achieve environmental protections, educate the public, and mobilize constituencies.
- Fundraising: Work with policy staff and Board and Foundation Manager to craft concept papers, letters of inquiry and funding proposals on major initiatives.
Salary & Benefits
Salary will be commensurate with experience. Environmental Advocates offers excellent health benefits, retirement savings including an employer contribution, and a vibrant, fast-paced work environment.
To apply please send resume, cover letter, an appropriate writing sample, and at least three references via email to: Peter Iwanowicz, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org No calls please.