California Legislative Advocate

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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11 days ago

NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

NRDC is seeking a California Legislative Advocate to work with the Center for Policy Advocacy team in our San Francisco, CA or Sacramento, CA office.

Position Summary

The California (CA) Legislative Advocate serves as the primary point of contact within NRDC for all state legislative work. This position requires collegial work with NRDC staff and collaboration with other organizations to develop and lead coherent strategic advocacy by the California environmental community. In coordination with CA Government Affairs Director and CA Advocacy team, the CA Legislative Advocate leads NRDC’s Sacramento engagement, which includes lobbying state legislative and administration policy makers, determining priorities, tracking bills and hearings, outreach to diverse constituencies, negotiations with stakeholders, navigating the state budget process, preparing and editing advocacy materials, testifying in committee (as needed), liaison to NRDC membership and development teams, and (in coordination with the NRDC Communications Department) message development and public education efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Coordinate legislative and state budget strategy for NRDC program staff.
  • Prepare background briefings and staff training regarding the state legislative process and development of effective advocacy strategies.
  • Help lead coalition of environmental groups advocating in Sacramento. Craft effective messages and help determine priorities of broader environmental community.
  • Represent NRDC in California legislative and administrative settings, in consultation with program staff.
  • Develop campaign strategies in consultation with CA Advocacy team.
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with legislators, administration officials, and staff
  • Seek cross-programmatic synergies and help shape legislative components of NRDC’s policy campaigns.
Programmatic Duties and Responsibilities
  • Help direct internal and outreach communications regarding legislative activities and campaigns, including e-activism and outreach to diverse constituencies and organizations.
  • Write California Advocacy material for NRDC publications, board and donor reports and staff updates.
  • Serve as liaison with NRDC affiliates, E2 and donor advocates, advise on advocacy matters and coordinate schedule and messages for their Sacramento lobby trips.
  • Help craft materials for the press, including blogs, press releases, statements, and background information, in consultation with communications staff.
  • Help to coordinate NRDC engagement on state and local ballot measure campaigns.
  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • 4-5 years’ experience in environmental public policy or legislative arena
  • Degree in public policy, political science or similar field.
  • Thorough knowledge of the California legislative and budget process and political landscape
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Strong analytical and public relations skills.
  • Strategic thinker
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus, develop effective coalitions, and manage collaborative projects.
  • Strong organizational skills. Ability to handle multiple tasks under tight timelines.
  • Timely responsiveness to legislators and their staff, donors, affiliates, coalition partners, NRDC staff and members and the public.
  • Ability to establish and adjust advocacy priorities as needed given political and practical viability.
  • Share supervision of program assistant, Supervise interns as appropriate.
  • Train and guide program staff in navigating the legislative process and CA state government.
  • Assist the CA Government Affairs Director with management, budgeting, and reporting obligations as needed.
  • Support ongoing fundraising efforts by preparing donor updates and memos, attending donor events and meetings.
  • Help shape NRDC communications to ensure consistent and compelling messages that support state policy objectives.
  • Serve on internal and external committees and boards as appropriate.
NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. For this position, the salary is $105,000 to $115,000. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer.

Since March 2020, NRDC’s offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements.

As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws.

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