Sr. Legislative Representative - Environmental Conservation & Park Non Profit
The Sr. Legislative Representative II is a registered lobbyist for The Trust for Public Land with demonstrated knowledge, leadership skills, and effectiveness. A key function of this position will be a focus on supporting the implementation of the organization’s Parks for People and Land Protection initiatives and enhancing federal agency and congressional funding, support, and attention to these issues. The Trust for Public Land’s mission is conserving “land for people” across the United States. We are the leading U.S. nonprofit organization focused on creating parks for people in cities and we are committed to getting every person living in America within a 10-minute walk of a park in cities. The Sr. Legislative Representative position utilizes skills in leadership, strategy, policy, politics, and coalition- and program-building to help deliver the Trust for Public Land’s mission.
The Sr. Legislative Representative will join the Federal Affairs team in Washington, D.C. and work collaboratively and independently to bring federal support to a discrete set of TPL’s national programs and state/local project priorities. In that role, he/she establishes and maintains relationships with Congressional offices and federal agency staff; represents TPL’s appropriations and legislative needs to committee, subcommittee, and member staff as appropriate; works with TPL state directors and field staff to develop a project portfolio and related political and grassroots implementation strategies; works with federal agencies and national grassroots community to advance specific policies; participates with other members of the team in the development and execution of an effective federal agenda, oversees development of and TPL involvement in various federal programs and policies, and provides strategic guidance to TPL staff.
- Lobby on behalf of certain federal programs funded through annual federal appropriations, including the Transportation/HUD; Commerce, Justice, and State; and Interior and Environment Appropriations bills.
- Support development and lead implementation of the organization’s federal agenda for urban parks and related issues, working closely with TPL’s federal urban team and national program leads.
- Develop new opportunities for federal and other funding support for TPL projects and specific programs, with particular focus on green infrastructure, resilient cities, and parks and trails.
- Lobby for enabling legislation, including coordination with federal agencies as needed.
- Oversee TPL’s policy and funding efforts in specific federal agencies, with an emphasis on programs that support urban parks and trails.
- Develop new partnerships and manage TPL’s participation in various D.C. based coalitions related to parks, trails, etc.
- Serve as liaison to several TPL state/area offices and develop strategy for federal support for their Parks for People and land protection programs and projects as needed.
- Act as organization’s liaison to certain federal agencies for TPL projects and programs.
- Track and analyze legislation affecting TPL projects and issues of organizational concern, with particular focus on green infrastructure, resilient cities, and parks and trails.
- Coordinate with Director of Federal Grants and Program Development, Director of City Park Development, Director of Center for City Park Excellence, and National Program Directors (Climate-Smart Cities, Community Health, and Creative Placemaking) on the organization’s Parks for People, green infrastructure, resilient communities, and related initiatives and agendas.
- BA or BS (4 year college degree) required.
- Minimum 6 - 8 years’ experience in conservation and environmental issues, with congressional or federal agency and/or urban parks and planning experience strongly preferred.
- Excellent writing, presentation and communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to set and meet deadlines and goals.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member as well as independently, with minimal supervision.
- Knowledge of real estate processes helpful, as is broad exposure to other environmental and social issues (strong commitment to land conservation).