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Maine Audubon

Senior Policy & Advocacy Specialist

Position Location: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center, Falmouth, Maine
Department: Conservation
Immediate Supervisor: Director of Conservation

About Maine Audubon

Maine Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization based in Falmouth, Maine, whose mission is to conserve wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people in conservation, education, and action.

Purpose of the Position

Advocate for Maine Audubon’s policy and legislative agenda before the Maine Legislature, administrative boards and agencies and represent Maine Audubon on various related task forces and committees.

Essential Functions

  • Work collaboratively with Conservation Department and other staff as needed to develop, support, and promote Maine Audubon’s (MA) legislative agenda.
  • Coordinate outreach to activists with Conservation Department staff on legislative agenda and action items.
  • Lobby on behalf of Maine Audubon’s legislative agenda.
  • Review and analyze legislative proposals regarding relevant policy areas and formulate position.
  • Coordinate position and strategy with other conservation organizations and nontraditional partners wherever possible.
  • Draft legislative proposals and testimony; Present oral testimony. 
  • Coach other Conservation staff and Executive Director (ED) on providing expert testimony when appropriate.
  • Review and analyze administrative agency rulemaking proposals regarding relevant policy areas and compose comments and/or testimony.
  • Team with Conservation Department staff to develop and move forward policy positions.
  • Represent Maine Audubon on legislatively appointed committees or other state wide committees tackling issues of importance to Maine Audubon.
  • Determine whether and how to engage in litigation and/or as intervenors in cases before the Land Use Planning Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection.  Work with conservation staff and pro bono attorneys to prepare legal arguments and testimony.
  • Represent Maine Audubon in collaborative processes designed to reach agreement on controversial issues Maine Audubon may be involved in.
  • Provide staff support and direction to the MA Board of Trustees’ PACE (Programs Advocacy Conservation Education) Committee and make presentations to full Board as requested.
  • Accompany ED and/or Director of Development on visits to Major Donors as appropriate.
  • Work closely with Communications Team to share legislative and policy updates via Habitat, the MA website, and various social media outlets (including twitter, Facebook).
  • Actively participate in regular department and staff meetings.
  • Prepare, review, and monitor Advocacy and Grassroots budgets regularly throughout the fiscal year.
  • Supervise and mentor summer legal intern (when mutually beneficial).

Additional Functions

  • Draft legislative preview and summary.
  • Review articles on legislative and policy matters for MA’s newsletter Habitat.
  • Collaborate with Conservation Department staff regarding gubernatorial election efforts including composing fact sheet on priority issues, interviewing candidates and assisting with development of voters’ guide.
  • Coordinate with National Audubon policy staff when appropriate.

Relationships & Technical Skills

Internal:

The senior policy & advocacy specialist reports to the Director of Conservation. The senior policy & advocacy specialist works closely with other Conservation Department personnel to develop policy positions and draft substantive content; with Communications staff on public, member and activist outreach; with Development staff on fundraising; and occasionally provides legal and policy advice to the rest of the organization as well. The senior policy & advocacy specialist also regularly interacts with the Executive Director and Trustees and serves on the Board’s PACE Committee.

External:

Maine Audubon trustees, Chapters, members, activists, Legislators, legislative staff, Government Officials, media, environmental community, relevant interest groups, and the general public.

Equipment:

Computer, copy machine, scanner, fax machine, telephone, smart phone.

Desired Qualifications

  • Law Degree
  • Advocacy and/or policy experience
  • Familiarity with Maine environmental law
  • Administrative law experience
  • Experience drafting legislation
  • Demonstrated research skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working with the media
  • Ability to build and persuade coalitions
  • Experience organizing and motivating citizen activists
  • Strong ability to multi-task
  • Quick thinker
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, self-motivated and disciplined
  • Strong interest in environmental issues
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of groups and individuals

To Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume with “Advocate” in the subject line to Annica McGuirk, amcguirk@maineaudubon.org. Review of application materials will begin on Monday, May 15th, 2017, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. EOE.