Virginia League of Conservation Voters

Job Opening: Government Affairs Manager

Accepting applications through: February 8, 2017

Organization Overview

The Virginia League of Conservation Voters serves as the political voice of the state’s conservation community, working to make sure Virginia’s elected officials recognize that our natural heritage is an environmental and economic treasure for all. Virginia LCV elects conservation leaders to statewide office and strives for a conservation majority in state government. We secure good public policies on the state level and hold public officials accountable for their positions on environmental issues.

Position Summary

The Government Affairs Manager is a member of the core Virginia League of Conservation Voters Campaigns team and leads the policy and lobbying department. Working with the executive, communications, advocacy, and development staff, the Government Affairs Manager spearheads the Virginia LCV Conservation Scorecard, maintains relationships with key offices, attends coalition and general assembly briefings and meetings, undertake research projects, and helps staff key political and legislative events. The Government Affairs Manager has a strong interest in electoral politics, conservation and public opinion; is skilled in working independently as well as part of a team; and can demonstrate initiative, professionalism and attention to detail. The Government Affairs Manager is excellent at verbal and written communication, and has strong skills in communicating about political and conservation issues. This position works closely with Virginia LCV’s Executive Director. Virginia LCV consists of a family of three organizations; the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, a 501c4, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, a 501c3, and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters Political Action Committee (PAC).

Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct research projects on vote history, policy positions of the General Assembly and the administration, and issues as assigned
  • Drive the development and production of the Virginia LCV Conservation Scorecard and manage the recent votes section of the online scorecard
  • Schedule General Assembly and Administration meetings
  • Conduct outreach to assigned offices ahead of key votes
  • Responsible for Bill tracking and pre vote position memo distribution
  • Coordinate logistics of Virginia LCV’s Legislative retreats
  • Act as lead advocate on LCV’s priority issues
  • Participate in issue-based coalitions
  • Attend coalition and General Assembly briefings and meetings
  • Facilitate Virginia LCV’s endorsement Process; including questionnaire and interview process
  • Represent Virginia LCV at key political events
  • Serve as Lobby and Policy point as part of the Virginia LCV Campaigns Team

Programmatic Support

  • Compile and submit annual lobby reports and lobbyist registration
  • Provide general administrative support to executive team
  • Other duties as assigned

Education/Training/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in government affairs or other related professional work
  • Clear understanding of federal and state nonprofit and PAC laws and regulations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of how to develop and implement effective public policy

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Able to manage multiple-tasks at once, and work across departments to achieve shared goals
  • Thrives in a fast-paced campaign environment
  • Enjoys interacting with elected officials and has a professional demeanor
  • Interested in issue and electoral campaigns
  • Must be proactive and customer-oriented
  • Must be highly organized, able to balance multiple priorities, meet deadlines and work well in team-oriented environment
  • Must be able to think strategically and work tactically

Job Details

  • Full time
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Competitive benefits package
  • Position located in Richmond, Virginia

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@valcv.org by February 8, 2017.

No calls please.