Director, Wildlife Campaign
EDF - Environmental Defense Fund
Washington, DC, United States
The Director, Wildlife Campaign will lead the implementation of EDF’s effort to prevent weakening of the Endangered Species Act. S/he will coordinate activities and strategies among political affairs, ecosystems, marketing and communications and legal teams, and bring a strategic eye to the development of a cross functional and fast paced advocacy campaign. In addition, the director will facilitate activities and strategies with outside partners and coalitions, represent EDF to elected officials and members of the administration, and serve as the leading expert on campaign tactics and execution.
This position will work in close coordination with many different stakeholders across several offices and under different reporting hierarchies, and therefore must be able to thrive in a cross functional, multi-dimensional work setting.
In coordination with appropriate units within EDF:
- Design and implement a plan to defend core ESA protections;
- Work to expand engagement of grass-tops and influential partners;
- Leverage existing relationships, create new relationships, and forge alliances among other environmental NGOs to address land based conservation policy. Help to build regional and national coalitions and promote conservation leadership in key stakeholder communities;
- Implement a communications strategy to enhance public passion for wildlife and wildlife policy and enhance understanding among policy makers of EDF’s positions on ESA;
- Engage the media, in cooperation with EDF marketing and communications staff, to advance project objectives and communicate project results to a broad array of audiences;
- Broaden and strengthen EDF’s relationships with members of Congress and their staff;
- Closely monitor legislative debates and proposals on Capitol Hill;
- Monitor developments within the Administration with regard to budget, staffing and implementation of ESA;
- Serve as a mentor for junior staff and as a strategic counsel to current Ecosystems and Political Affairs team members;
- In addition to these responsibilities, the incumbent will play an integral role in other activities including fundraising, evaluating and recommending new project ideas; disseminating and communicating project results; and being a team player in the development of a vibrant and entrepreneurial campaign.
- At least ten years related policy and/or political experience;
- Advanced degree preferred with at least 8 years of direct experience;
- Proven success developing and leading a legislative advocacy campaign at a non-profit or public affairs firm;
- Demonstrated record of working effectively in multi-stakeholder collaborations;
- Experience either on the Hill or in a relevant agency;
- Excellent skills in project management and exceptional personal organization and attention to detail;
- Strong strategic insight and knowledge; Experience with an ability to communicate and collaborate effectively and build relationships with diverse partners and decision makers;
- Sophisticated understanding of the policymaking process including the strategic sense for influencing the policymaking process;
- Demonstrated commitment to environmental values; Familiarity and appreciation of the Endangered Species Act desired;
- Detail oriented, organized, a self-starter, able to adapt to frequent change and prioritize effectively under constant deadline pressure;
- Excellent strategic thinking skills and judgment;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience.