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Director of Strategic Initiatives
Western Resource Advocates seeks a proven strategic thinker with a passion for protecting the West and a desire to advance a Western conservation agenda. The successful candidate for Director of Strategic Initiatives will have demonstrated an ability to develop high level campaign strategy and to move cutting edge policy at a variety of levels. The Director will work closely with the Western Resource Advocates President, with our team of experienced policy experts and our communications team to advance critical campaigns on climate change, to advance clean power, healthy rivers and land conservation.
The Director of Strategic Initiatives will contribute to the success of Western Resources Advocates and will be an important member of our team by building political and strategic capacity, developing campaign strategy and supervising and leading campaign efforts in our six-state Western region, building and leveraging partnerships and contributing to the creation of policy that is politically informed and relevant in the regional context. Responsibilities include:
Lead Western Resource Advocates efforts to:
- Develop a sharp focus on pivotal legislative, executive and administrative level policy strategies that will tip the scales to progress:
- Assess and identify strategic and political opportunities throughout the region that advance our Western Conservation agenda;
- Work with our policy experts to plan the Western Resource advocates policy agenda in a way that ensures it is relevant to legislative and administrative decision makers in our region;
- Work closely with the President and policy experts to inform strategic decisions;
- Develop prioritized action plans on the most promising opportunities in the West;
- Develop key state campaigns and campaign plans;
- Hire, train and supervise staff to lead state-based campaign and political capacity building efforts;
- Engage in high profile projects where there is a compelling need for Western Resource Advocates' unique leadership (such as WRA's work in Utah to address air quality) and that advances the organization's mission and capacity; and,
- Coordinate with and plan with our communications team to advance campaign and organizational goals.
- Foster partnerships with local, regional and national organizations that increase our impact in the West:
- Build strategic alliances with non-traditional and traditional partners to increase our influence;
- Work with organizational partners to develop shared prioritized action and campaign plans that utilize a broad range of tactics and address the most promising opportunities for advancing a Western conservation agenda; and,
- Align our partnership processes to invest in organizations and campaigns that support complimentary strategies and that bolster our campaign strategy.
- Leverage political strategies to build our long-term relationships with influential decision-makers in the region:
- Expand our reputation as thought leaders through targeted relationship building with influential legislators, governors and other high-level decision-makers; and,
- Build relationships with members of both major political parties and with independent representatives that will help forward our agenda.
- Build support for a western political and campaign strategy that increases the conservation community's ability to drive an aggressive and ambitious proactive conservation agenda in the Western United States
- Identify areas of needed capacity and investment on conservation efforts in the West;
- Work with the President to build plans for capacity building efforts in the conservation community in the West;
- In collaboration with the President and our development team, build support among donors, foundations and supporters to invest in conservation capacity in the Western United States.
Desired Competencies and Qualifications
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in campaign organizing, campaign planning and campaign direction
- Intrinsically and highly motivated individual with a desire to advance a conservation agenda
- Experience and commitment to conservation issues
- Substantial experience managing high level staff, and staff in multiple locations
- Deep understanding of political structures and characteristics of the Western United States
- Demonstrated skill at building relationships with diverse constituencies
- Impeccable written and oral communications skills
- Comfort and skill in communicating with a variety of sophisticated constituencies and audiences including staff, donors, foundation program officers and executives, conservation partners, utility and industry executives, legislators and other elected representatives and corporate donors
This position is based in WRA's Boulder, Colorado office. Regular travel both in Colorado and outside of Colorado is required.
WRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, and references to email@example.com by January 23, 2015. No phone calls, please.
Communications Assistant Intern
Boulder, Colorado or Carson City, Nevada
Western Resource Advocates for the last 25 years has been the West's premier group of experts protecting the West's air, land and water. WRA's pragmatic team of lawyers, scientists and economists craft innovative solutions for the most complex natural resource challenges in the region. We shape a clean energy future that reduces pollution, protects our unique western lands, and addresses climate change. We restore degraded rivers and champion urban water conservation to ensure a reliable water future.
Job Description/Duties and Functions
The Communications Assistant will be an essential part of the Communications Team to implement the communications plan, strategies and messages that will empower and inform target audiences to support our programs. The Assistant will work directly with the Communications Director and Communications Manager to conduct media outreach, produce and release reports and program materials, engage target audiences through social media, and inform and update the staff on news and accomplishments.
- Team with the Communications Manager to create and track metrics and analytics to gauge communication outreach outcomes and outputs, share Communication Department productivity and to guide adaptations in communication strategies to achieve organizational goals
- Assist in writing and distributing News Releases, News Advisories, Opinion Editorials and News Statements to gain media coverage of organizational projects and program milestones.
- Help implement strategies that will produce measurable positive media placement and increase WRA visibility
- Assist in making outreach calls to reporters, editors, and managers of newspapers, magazines, live media (TV/Radio), online publications and other media outlets
- Assist staff in issuing news releases, holding news conferences, meeting with editorial boards, submitting opinion editorials, implement letter to the editor efforts and other media outreach tactics.
- Assist the Communications Director in responding to media inquiries and developing media responses to opportunistic events.
- Help maintain and improve systems to contact media and track coverage. Help share media coverage results with staff, board, funders and other appropriate audiences.
Reports, Materials and Production
- Help in the launch of WRA reports and white papers, including report production, designing the media launch and assisting with media coordination for the roll-out.
- Team with Communication and program staff to create persuasive and appropriate factsheets and other support materials.
- Help the Communications Manager distribute hard copy reports and other program materials
Online Presence, Outreach and Social Media
- Assist the Communication Department staff in updating and maintaining a website so it is well structured, engaging and current. This includes frequent content updates.
- Help design online and social media strategies with Communication Department staff to effectively engage key target audiences and elevate the reputation and readership of WRA's blogs, website and social media
- Help issue high quality monthly e-newsletter and other external blast email communications.
- Help create and post captivating videos to complement other program communications
- Help build and maintain Communication Department contact lists for WRA target audiences
- Help create and manage an internal calendar for staff with major activities, events and milestones to help coordinate amongst departments
- Assist in issuing a weekly internal e-news to keep staff and board abreast of key accomplishments and challenges, upcoming major activities and coordinate amongst departments
- Able to volunteer for ten or more hours a week
- Familiarity and expertise working with Social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube
- Strong writing and editing skills
- Strong verbal communication skills and telephone skills
- Works well and collaboratively with others
- Ability to organize own work, track multiple projects, make deadlines and manage time
- Well skilled in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Knowledge of environmental/conservation issues
- Must be self-motivated
- Able to take direction
- Ability to learn complicated issues quickly and translate issues into understandable communications for different audiences
- Experience with Photoshop, InDesign, Movie Maker or other graphic/production programs a plus
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Position is open until filled.
Western Resource Advocates seeks self-motivated law students for litigation and policy work in our Boulder, Colorado office. Under the supervision of Western Resource Advocates attorneys, legal interns will assist with a variety of tasks, including but not limited to:
- Researching and drafting briefs, motions, and memoranda;
- Assisting Western Resource Advocates' advocacy in multiple forums (including federal court, state court, and state and federal agencies) regarding a diverse scope of issues such as energy development, federal permitting, water law, land use, and other topics;
- Assisting with implementation of actions, initiatives, strategies, and campaigns to advance the efforts of Western Resource Advocates and client organizations to conserve natural resources and protect the environment.
Successful applicants will have an opportunity to make a difference working on cutting edge issues and cases across the Interior West.
Internships are open to law students who have completed at least two semesters of law school. Excellent writing and organizational skills are required. Litigation experience and knowledge of environmental law, water law, energy law, public utility law, and/or public lands law are strongly preferred.
Internships are unpaid. For-credit externship opportunities may be available in coordination with the applicant's law school.
Please note: we are no longer accepting applications for the summer 2014 semester; however, we encourage qualified students to apply for subsequent semesters.
To apply for subsequent semesters, submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample (not co-authored) and three professional references to: Rob.Harris@westernresources.org.