This leadership position entails substantial initiative and responsibility. It presents the opportunity to significantly impact the future of land conservation and water resource protection in Pennsylvania. The position reports to the executive director. Duties include:
1. Public Policy Advocacy
—Meet with legislators and their aides to educate and advocate on matters of concern to PALTA, bringing in representatives of member, partner, and allied organizations as possible and appropriate
—Educate and engage nonprofit and local government staff and volunteers on public policy issues
—Improve and maintain database (Salesforce/KnowWho) of contacts, relationships, and communications concerning public policy issues
—Track and report on legislation of interest
—Attend legislative committee meetings and hearings as needed
—Create detailed and personalized informational packets for legislators and others for use in meetings and in response to requests
2. Coordinate Growing Greener Coalition
—Serve as the coordinator for matters related to operation of the GGC (working in partnership with other PALTA staff to provide additional support), that responsibility including the items listed below.
—Coordinate all meetings of the GGC and shape meeting agendas and proposed actions in partnership with GGC leaders
—Facilitate GGC workgroups, including organizing and facilitating calls and meetings and ensuring that workgroup tasks are completed
—Respond to all requests of the GGC steering and executive committees and lead in implementation of their decisions
—Manage internal communications amongst GGC partner representatives
—Manage external GGC communications (to allies, the media, opinion leaders, and government)
—Solicit, find, secure, create, and publish content for all of GGC’s communications channels including social media, email, and PaGrowingGreener.org (and coordinate timing of delivery with the director communications)
—Manage GGC social media platforms in accordance with best practices
—Research issues as needed and synthesize findings for specific audiences (e.g., GGC task groups)
—Build and strengthen the GGC by actively engaging its partners in the coalition’s efforts
—Ensure that GGC partners meet their basic partner responsibilities and fulfill any additional in-kind obligations
—Organize Harrisburg and in-district legislative meetings and otherwise coordinate efforts of GGC advocates in Harrisburg including GGC’s contract lobbyist (if any)
—Meet with not-for-profit organization leaders, staff, and volunteers, and other stakeholders in state environmental investments, in their localities to encourage, inspire, and help organize action
—Provide advocacy training for would-be advocates
—Keep the PaGrowingGreener.org website fresh and relevant (with backup support from PALTA’s director of communications)
—Fundraise for the GGC in partnership with PALTA’s director of outreach & development
—Manage the finances of the GGC in partnership with PALTA’s executive director
—Manage the Environmental Advisory Council Network, including facilitating conference calls and the online discussion group; organizing the annual conference (teaming with Network participants and other PALTA staff); keeping the EACnetwork.org website fresh and relevant; and following up on other matters raised by the group
—In partnership with the director of communications, optimize PALTA’s advocacy for conservation and good public policy via social media, traditional media, and other communication channels
—Represent PALTA in presentations and other forums as needed
—From time to time, participate with other PALTA staff members in various team efforts such as staffing the annual Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference
—Share the handling of tasks that arise in a small office environment
—Perform other tasks and duties as assigned by the executive director
—Traveling and weekend and evening work required.
—Excellent attention to detail, highly organized and ability to manage multiple priorities.
—Outstanding creativity, resourcefulness, initiative, self-motivation and efficiency.
—Excellent interpersonal skills.
—Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and the ability to quickly learn computer skills. (Salesforce and database familiarity are a plus.)
—Proficiency in managing social media
—Ability to work independently and as a team member in a small office work environment.
—Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) and a minimum of four years of relevant, post-bachelor degree work experience with demonstrated success.
—Valid driver’s license.
—Personal commitment to conservation.
This full-time position offers a salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.