Policy Assistant (temporary)

Start Date:  Immediate upon hire
Reports to:  Government Relations Manager
Positions reporting to this Position: None 

Organization Overview
The Virginia League of Conservation Voters (Virginia LCV) works to turn conservation and environmental values into state and local priorities. Virginia LCV advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and strives to elect a majority of state legislators who will champion our priority issues. 

Virginia LCV’s work to protect and advocate for conservation and the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social and environmental justice. We aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.

Position Summary
Virginia LCV seeks to hire a Policy Assistant to work at the 2020 General Assembly (January-March) to help the organization drive sound public policy that protects our environment, empowers and safeguards environmental justice communities, and bolsters our democracy. 

The successful Policy Assistant has a background in politics, government, environmental issues, and/or public policy, is passionate about the environment, and has a strong understanding of how the legislative process works. The ideal candidate is also a detail-focused self-starter who understands politics and can balance multiple assignments and deadlines, and thrives in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.

This position works closely in partnership with our legislative team and reports to the Government Relations Manager.

Responsibilities:

  • Meets with lawmakers and/or their staff to build support behind our legislative agenda and effectively communicate our positions on legislation
  • Attends committee meetings and legislative sessions, and reports outcomes in real time to the larger group
  • Works with the larger group to count votes and determine need for additional outreach and targeting
  • Tracks and follows legislation of interest and maintains in real time a central list of organizational bill positions and statuses
  • Delivers awards to legislators
  • Helps develop and deliver fact sheets for legislators on key legislation
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the vision and mission of Virginia LCV
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred or equivalent experience
  • Relevant experience in direct lobbying, working on conservation/environmental policy or campaigns, or other related professional work
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate
  • Able to multi-task, and work collaboratively to achieve shared goals
  • Thrives in a fast-paced campaign environment
  • Enjoys interacting with elected officials and has a professional demeanor

Job Details:

  • Temporary, three-month position
  • Salary for this time-frame is $3,000-$5,000 per month, commensurate with experience
  • Position Located in Richmond, Virginia
  • Please send cover letter and resume jobs@valcv.org by Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020

 

Virginia LCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to a Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Workplace

 


Internships

Virginia LCV is always looking for motivated interns interested in conservation work in our beautiful state. Please send a cover letter and resume to info@valcv.org.

Thank you for your interest in conservation.