Federal Affairs National Advocacy and Outreach Manager (temporary)

Washington D.C.
Feb 27, 2017
Apr 03, 2017
Full Time

The Trust for Public Land – Federal Affairs department is seeking to fill a 3 to 6 month temporary position (with potential for extension) that will organize and oversee our grassroots/grasstops advocacy and outreach effort.  In addition to our leadership role on federal funding efforts like permanent reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund  as well as assisting state and field offices deliver our Land for People mission on the ground, the Federal Affairs department is deeply engaged on a daily basis in the organization’s public advocacy, recommending positions on a range of policies.  As TPL’s in-house lobbying shop, Federal Affairs staff is also working with Congress, federal agencies and our non-governmental partners on developing and implementing a strong defense against attacks. With the start of the 115th Congress, the pace of legislation and policy related to conservation funding and public lands is accelerating. While we are not a true membership organization, TPL has an impressive cadre of volunteers at the national and local levels who are, at present, a significant untapped resource for us.  Similarly, there is a significant opportunity to develop more robust state, regional and local grassroots and outside partner support related to our ongoing land protection work to ensure that it is a priority for members of Congress and the new Administration. This will also engage local supporters in the broader public lands and funding advocacy efforts.

  • Leads TPL’s efforts to create a nationwide volunteer advocacy campaign that will support our Land for People mission
  • Works closely with key volunteers, ensuring that we are keeping them involved in the process and connected with our mission
  • Ensures that our advocacy efforts support TPL’s policy strategy
  • Develops external advocacy partnerships with organizations with similar goals and missions to magnify and multiply effectiveness of advocacy campaigns 
  • Works with Federal Affairs staff and other TPL staff  to identify opportunities for advocacy engagement or communication on key policy issues.  Works to identify individuals and organizations who can share their stories as appropriate with key policy decision makers, media, etc .
  • Develop content for electronic updates on public policy matters for constituents
  • Provide regular updates to volunteers and mobilize them on policy issues on a regular basis


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum 8years experience in conservation and related issues, with Capitol Hill experience strongly preferred.
  • Ability to develop collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated excellence in coalition-building and  partnership work
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to work independently, thrive under pressure, and simultaneously move multiple tasks forward at high level 
  • Strong problem-solving, priority-setting, public speaking and decision-making skills 
  • Flexibility to travel as needed

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