DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFEPOSITION DESCRIPTION
JOB TITLE: Legislative Analyst, Government Relations
CLASSIFICATION: Professional 3
SALARY: $60,000 - $67,000
DEPARTMENT: Government Relations and External Affairs
LOCATION: Washington, DC
REPORTS TO: Director of Legislative Affairs
NUMBER OF DIRECT AND INDIRECT REPORT(S): 0
LAST REVISED: June 2023 POSITION SUMMARY
This professional position is responsible for advancing Defenders of Wildlife's legislative and administrative interests before Congress, the Administration, and the media. Issue priorities are drawn from Defenders' current priorities, including endangered species; wildlife; climate change; public lands; and related appropriations issues. A primary focus is expected to be legislation relating to the Endangered Species Act and endangered species. Responsibilities include: legislative analysis; facilitating timely interdepartmental reviews of legislation; development of advocacy materials including legislative reviews, reports, fact sheets, talking points, testimony and hearing questions; direct lobbying; developing legislative and advocacy campaign strategies; participating in inter-departmental campaign teams; representing Defenders' interests in national issue-based coalitions; helping internal and coalition efforts to formulate legislative strategy and coordinate advocacy projects; working with and monitoring Congressional committees; obtaining legislative and political information; and generally assisting the advocacy work of Defenders' Government Relations and External Affairs division.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Contribute to and/or facilitate Defenders' timely review of the legal, policy and science aspects of legislation relating to the Endangered Species Act and/or other issues.
- In assigned issue areas, develop advocacy materials summarizing legislative reviews, policy analysis and organizational positions including charts, fact sheets, reports, talking points, bill and amendment drafting, testimony and hearing questions.
- Advance Defenders' legislative/administrative goals for assigned issues through direct lobbying, coalition participation and meetings with federal agency officials.
- Employing sound political judgment, build an effective network of congressional, coalition and public support to advance assigned issues.
- Utilizing strong legislative judgment, identify and implement effective legislative/administrative strategies and projects to advance assigned issues.
- Continually marshal, leverage, and organize inter-departmental and, where possible, external resources on assigned legislative/administrative issues through ongoing campaign planning, project management, team building, and coalition leadership.
- Implement, as appropriate, various aspects of issue campaigns through activities including: direct and grassroots lobbying materials development; action alert drafting; testimony and public presentations; media representation; project management, and drafting press materials and legislatively focused Web content
- Closely monitor legislative developments in assigned issues and disseminate timely information about those issues throughout the organization
- Provide timely responses to requests for progress reports, funding proposals, budgets and other information requested by departments including: Government Relations, Communications, Integrated Marketing, and Development
- Contribute to the development of Defenders of Wildlife's legislative Report Card through activities by identifying potential votes and drafting vote descriptions
- Effectively contribute to Defenders' positive image on Capitol Hill, with outside organizations, and in the media
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent in Natural Resources, Public Policy, Law, Biology, Education, or related discipline. Advanced degree in law or natural resources policy strongly preferred. Experience:
4 years of relevant experience conducting legal and/or policy reviews of legislation, preferably as it relates to natural resources, wildlife or endangered species issues. Capitol Hill or other legislative experience, preferably involving natural resource issues. Experience working with wildlife conservation issues and knowledge of federal resource agencies, laws, treaties and policies dealing with use and conservation of natural resources. Political experience, judgment and sensitivity, including a thorough understanding of lobbying, resource and appropriations committees, budget process and federal legislative procedures and grassroots targeting. Experience with legislative and advocacy campaigns preferred.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for All Defenders
https://defenders.org/knowledge-skills-and-abilitiesKnowledge, Skills, Abilities for Professional 3
Administrative Ability to accurately maintain electronic and physical recordsAnticipate and meet the needs of internal and/or external stakeholders delivering excellent service
Communication Ability to clearly and accurately communicate with internal and external stakeholdersAbility to articulate complex ideas clearly, accurately and conciselyAbility to convey effective messages to broad and diverse constituenciesAbility and willingness to effectively represent Defenders' interests in external environmentsAbility to exert influence and build consensus with internal and external stakeholders
Critical Thinking Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretionStrong research and data analysis skills, including ability to gather and synthesize information from multiple sources to produce high quality work products in a consistent, efficient, accurate, and timely mannerCreative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills with willingness to experiment and innovate new methods. Facilitate and promote the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies into Defenders' workAbility to independently exercise appropriate judgment in response to complex and/or fluid environmentsStrategic thinker with the ability to take high-level strategy and translate into relatable points and action steps.
Project Management Ability to work well under pressure and tight deadlines while balancing competing assignmentsAbility to remain flexible and adaptable to shifting priorities while remaining responsive to urgent requestsAbility to take ownership of a project or process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issuesAbility to manage deadlines on multiple cross-functional projects in a dynamic environment Demonstrated ability in managing competing interests on complex issuesAbility to independently initiate project and initiative ideas; managing projects and initiatives through to completion
Coalition and Community Engagement (remove section if applicable) Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituencies including federal/state agencies; elected officials and their staff; Defenders' members and donors; private landowners; hunters and anglers; community leaders; religious, scientific, and academic communities; and /or the general public.Ability to lead diverse stakeholders in collaborative activities, to anticipate policy issues impacting wildlife and make recommendations within Defenders, other organizations, and coalitions.Networking skills to engage with leaders in the conservation community, federal and state agencies, NGOs, and other organizations.
Conservation Knowledge Familiarity with Defenders' legal, scientific, and/or political issuesFamiliarity with national and regional social, political and ecological landscapes Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Government Relations Legislative Analyst Ability to conduct research, analyze information and legislation, and produce quality work products in a consistent, efficient, and timely mannerAbility to work effectively as part of Defenders' legislative and administrative advocacy teamAbility to effectively represent Defenders' interests in national issue coalitionsOther relevant experience with public policy, education, grassroots organizing, communications, editing, and/or developmentDemonstrate a willingness and ability to productively engage and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectivesAbility to represent Defenders to external entities and the public in a professional manner while exercising tact, diplomacy, and discretion. Personal interest and commitment to conservation PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES, ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS, PHYSICAL DEMANDS Physical Activities
Check all that apply Frequency
(N)Never, (O)Occasionally or (C)Constantly
Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like.
Moving self in different positions to accomplish tasks in various environments including tight and confined spaces.
Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.
Adjusting or moving objects up to 10 pounds in all directions.
Communicating with others to exchange information.
Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
Operating machinery and/or power tools.
Operating motor vehicles or heavy equipment.
Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.
C Environmental Conditions
Check all that apply Frequency
(N)Never, (O)Occasionally or (C)Constantly
Outdoor elements such as precipitation and wind.
Small and/or enclosed spaces.
No adverse environmental conditions expected. X Physical Demands
Check only one
Sedentary work that primarily involves sitting/standing.
Light work that includes moving objects up to 20 pounds.
Medium work that includes moving objects up to 50 pounds.
Heavy work that includes moving objects up to 100 pounds or more.
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All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
Defenders requires employees who engage in in-person work activities, including business travel or onsite work, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An applicant (i) who is disabled or pregnant or who has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination or (ii) who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice may request an exemption from this vaccination policy. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with applicable law. Any medical information concerning an applicant's disability will be treated as a confidential medical record in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
Defenders of Wildlife provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, sex national origin, ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family/parental status, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic in all personnel actions.
Please be advised this position is union-eligible.