Government Relations Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Topeka, KS, United States

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30+ days ago


Topeka, Kansas, USA


The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. We are looking for a knowledgeable, driven professional to serve as Government Relations Manager. This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization. We value collaborative approaches, diverse perspectives, and innovative ideas. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”


The Government Relations Manager leads and implements a comprehensive program to influence conservation and public policy outcomes that advance the Conservancy’s mission at the state and federal levels. They identify conservation funding and policy opportunities for the Kansas business unit, work with staff across the Conservancy to advance the organization’s national and multi-state policy priorities, and ensure program compliance with local, state, and federal lobbying laws and regulations. They work with a diverse range of stakeholders, non-profit organizations, coalitions, elected officials, agencies, and business interests to build support for the organization’s conservation agenda and to advance key climate and other policy initiatives.


  • Identifies policy opportunities and works with relevant stakeholders to act on those that are important strategically.
  • Identifies opportunities for funding for the Conservancy in Kansas and works with relevant team members to draft proposals for high priority opportunities.
  • Maintains regular contact with local, state, country, and multilateral officials, and corporate representatives on external affairs and policy issues.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with to influence legislation.
  • Ensures compliance with lobbying laws and regulations.
  • Manages the budget for the policy program, negotiates and contracts with vendors, and meets fundraising targets.
  • Leads teams on assigned projects and coordinates the work of others.
  • May need to gain cooperation from individuals or groups (inside and outside the Conservancy) over whom there is no direct authority to accomplish program goals.


  • Experience communicating with and presenting to a variety of stakeholders, including legislators and their staffs, agencies, and other partners.
  • Project management experience, including designing, implementing, and directing multiple complex projects and ensuring program accountability.
  • Communications experience including preparing and presenting project proposals and developing written communications.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and 4 years related experience or equivalent combination of education/ experience.
  • Fluency in English.


  • Familiar with social, economic, and political conditions and conservation issues in Kansas and the United States.
  • Technical or policy experience related to climate change and energy.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication, negotiation, and organizational skills.
  • Experience working with a variety of non-profit and advocacy groups, and in finding common ground.
  • Experience coordinating projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units, and functions to achieve optimal results.
  • Experience preparing and presenting proposals to and/or negotiating with federal, state, county and/or municipal government representatives, as well as agencies, non-profit groups, community organizations, local activists, business representatives, and coalitions.
  • Master’s degree in policy or a related field appreciated.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


Salary range: $70,000 - $85,000


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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