Overview

The overall responsibility of theFederalGovernment RelationsDirectoris to provide leadership and analysis to achieve the Alliances legislative and regulatory objectives acrossourprogram areas. Specific objectives will include: ensuring satisfactoryfederalfunding and implementationof cleanwater and drinking water programsand policies; advancing policies to protect the Great Lakes from invasive species; defending attacks on foundational water laws and policies; and creating new opportunities for bipartisan support in areas such as water infrastructure investment, water servicesaffordability, and agricultural pollution reduction.This position is based in theWashingtonDCarea.This position reports totheCOO and serves on themanagementteam.In a given week, this position mightmeetwithcongressionalstaff about Alliances policy and funding priorities, networkand collaboratewith national environmental organizations on sharedgoals, workwiththeAlliancescommunications team to highlight opportunities forsharingour policy workwiththe public, readand analyzelegislationand regulationsand providesummaries to informtheAlliancesstrategicrole,andparticipate inseveralinternalteam meetingstoidentifyopportunities and obstaclesto achievingprogrammaticobjectives whilenavigating competing priorities.Duties:Analyze and track pending legislation, executive orders, and regulations related to the Alliances federal priorities; follow Congressional committee hearings and mark-ups, on funding and other issues; and provide support in monitoring the federal budget and appropriations process to identify current funding issues that relate to or may impact the Alliances priorities.Ensure thatthe Allianceweighsin at appropriate timesduring the legislative andappropriations processes.Drafting lettersto congressionalmembers,working toeducate officesabout Alliance positions on key waterpolicy issuesand getting them toexpress public supportfor our positionsProviding input to leadership level staff at relevant agencies on implementation of key statutes and regulationsParticipation innationalwater and environmental coalitions to leverage strengthof partners and explore opportunities for joint advocacyProviding quick analysis ofthe budget,appropriations bills and other legislation we care about so the Alliance can create timely public communicationsabout our legislative workPositioning the Alliance as a leader on particular issuesas reflected by reference of our support in member communications, requests for assistance in drafting legislation, asking for our opinion on issues, etc.Identifying when to elevate issues and opportunities up to organizational leadership for further actionIdentify opportunities for federalpolicies and programstoshift toaddress the needs of communities disproportionately impacted by waterproblemsEnsure that policymakers consider the Alliance as a resource in the development of policies and messaging on issues in which the Alliance has expertise.Actively identify and pursue opportunities to promote the Alliancesstaffasexpert witnesses for congressional hearings, briefings, and meetings.Assist the Alliances campaign teams in creating policy reports and rapid-response documentsthat arerelevant to policymakers.Advise the Alliances program staff on how to most effectively addresslocal and state needs through federal policy initiativesSupport, develop ideas, and organize Congressional briefings, meetings, and events involving high-level federal and non-governmental participants and stakeholders to highlight the Alliances work.Skills andExperience:Minimum of a Bachelors Degreeand 5 years related experienceAble to independently analyze legislation, propose changesand determine when additional technical and legal resources are neededStrong relationships with Great Lakes House and SenateofficesStrongrelationships with relevant committee staffSolidexistingrelationshipsamongenvironmentalNGOsUnderstanding ofand ability to communicateabout howpollution and environmental injusticedisproportionately impactsBlack and Brown communities andlow-incomecommunities.Demonstrated ability to communicate and engage authentically across cultures, identities, races, life experiences, and knowledgesystems.Experiencenavigating and advocating on administrative processes with key agencies including U.S. EnvironmentalProtectionAgency, U.S.ArmyCorps ofEngineersand Office ofManagement andBudgetPositive relationships with other relevant sectors including agriculture, labor and healthSocialand outgoing mindset, with an interest andpassionfor network building through events, receptions and similar activitiesAbility to work independently and enjoy job satisfaction working with a remote team outside of a traditional office environmentJob ParametersThis position is full-time and consistent with Alliance employment policy.Excellent benefits including health, dental, and vacation, along with a retirement plan after 1 year of service.This position will occasionally work outside of normal business hours, possibly on nights or weekends, to support communications needs for breaking news situations or fundraising events.The FederalGovernment Affairs Directorwill travelapproximately 6-8 times per yearto the Chicago headquarters and other places in the Great Lakes regionto attend meetings and events.About the Alliance for the Great LakesThe Alliance for the Great Lakes is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The search process will reinforce the Alliances belief that achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors.The Alliances vision is a healthy Great Lakes for people and wildlife, forever. Its mission is to conserve and restore the world’s largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife. For more information about the Alliances programs and work, please visit us online at .Tracking

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