Legislative Advocate, Wyoming Outdoor Council

Lander, WY

Position Title: Legislative Advocate

Organization: Wyoming Outdoor Council

Location: Ladner, WY

Organization Overview:  The Wyoming Outdoor Council is Wyoming’s oldest independent conservation organization. Founded in 1967, they are a member-based advocacy group. They use scientific, legal, and policy expertise to advocate the protection of public lands, wildlife, and clean air and water. They provide support and resources to empower citizens to do the same. They bring people and groups together to find workable solutions to tough conservation problems. The Wyoming Outdoor Council offers excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits; generous paid family leave and vacation policies; an 8-week sabbatical after 5 years of employment; and the opportunity to participate in a retirement plan. Job title and scope of responsibilities may change depending upon experience. They are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. They are dedicated to protecting Wyoming’s environment and quality of life now and for future generations. In their conservation work, they lead with humility. They value diverse perspectives. They are solutions oriented. In their words and actions, they contribute to a respectful and equitable workplace where everyone feels a genuine sense of belonging. they seek creative solutions to tough problems. They are flexible and willing to change course if something isn’t working. With kindness and honesty, they communicate directly. They respond to feedback with openness and a growth mindset.

Position Overview: This work is intense and demanding during the legislative session and far more manageable throughout the year. Negotiable flexible full- or part-time work schedule for the right candidate. For example, given the long hours often required during the session, they might consider a 3 to 4-day work week the rest of the year. Manager and director level positions command higher salaries. Depending on experience, a different title and a higher salary are possible. In your cover letter, please indicate your level of experience.

In this position, you will lead legislative advocacy work as a member of the program team. You will work closely with the program director and communications director, and coordinate with key WOC staff and NGO partners to track, address, and influence the outcome of bills. During the interim session you may travel around the state to attend key meetings and you will represent WOC in person during the annual legislative session in Cheyenne.

Duties:

  • Establish relationships with elected officials at the state, county, and local levels.
  • Develop and oversee an up-to-date schedule of annual legislative committee meetings and agendas.
  • Attend and testify during relevant interim committee meetings around the state and coordinate with the program director to ensure other key staff attend and provide testimony as needed.
  • Work in Cheyenne during the legislative session in Jan/Feb each year. (We cover lodging and all other reasonable expenses for our employees who live in Cheyenne during the session. If the candidate lives in Laramie, for example, and wants to commute to Cheyenne, we can negotiate those travel expenses.)
  • Schedule conference calls and meetings with partner lobbying groups to strategize about upcoming bills.
  • Work closely with the communications director to draft and send weekly legislative updates during the session, as well as action alerts and other educational materials throughout the year.
  • Host virtual and in-person member events like “Beers & Bills” to educate and engage members and the public around bills.
  • Offer legislative training days for citizens leaders and NGO partners, supervise week-long legislative interns, and assist the communications director and engagement coordinator with “get out the vote” and other civic engagement efforts.
  • Work collaboratively with the program team and external partners to address emerging legislative concerns and opportunities.

Qualifications:

  • Highly personable and thrive in a fast-paced work environment
  • Address a wide array of policy issues.
  • Ability to build relationships with people across the political spectrum
  • Seek to find common ground whenever possible.
  • Ideally some lobbying experience, but they are willing to train the right candidate.
  • Self-motivated and enjoy leading your own projects, but also work well with a team.
  • Thoughtful and attentive to details.
  • Prioritize developing a strong understanding of policy and facts, but are humble and unafraid to ask for help, input, or advice.
  • Embrace growth and learning as a natural part of your work.
  • Self-aware, strategic, and good at reading people.
  • Understand that hallway conversations with individual legislators can be as important as formal testimony before a committee.
  • Strong written and oral communicator who is equally prepared to give a public testimony, write detailed formal comments, or speak to a group of members interested in the work.
  • Good sense of humor.
  • Experienced working on Macs and with the standard suite of office tools and technology.
  • Unafraid to learn new systems.
  • Comfortable with, or comfortable learning, how to share documents and other files in the Google Suite collaborative work environment.
  • Committed to the mission of the Wyoming Outdoor Council.

Start/End Dates: ASAP

Salary/Pay: $50,000 annual salary-negotiable

Application Deadline: December 31

How to Apply: Email a letter of interest explaining how your experience and skills make you the right person to join our team. Include a resume and three references (with contact and relationship information) to Misti Haase at misti@wyomingoutdoorcouncil.org (please put “Legislative Advocate” in the subject).

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