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Conservation Advocacy Director

Department: Public Policy
Reports to: Executive Vice President
Supervises: Western Advocacy & Outreach Manager, Eastern Advocacy & Outreach Manager


The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation organization whose mission is to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation throughout America. The Alliance works with Congress to pass tax incentives and funding that help landowners to choose conservation over development.  The Alliance serves as a university for land conservation that trains the people who do the work to conserve cherished farms, forests, parks and trails. It strengthens community-based land trusts by providing workshops, online learning, research, standards, and accreditation services. The Alliance’s conservation defense program helps land trusts ensure that conserved land stays protected forever. The Alliance works with the media to promote land conservation and engage more Americans in saving our most treasured places.

Summary Description

The Conservation Advocacy Director is responsible for strategic leadership in planning, implementing and managing a national grasstops initiative to influence federal legislation for conservation. The position supervises two staff and works closely with the Alliance’s senior leadership team and especially the Director of Public Policy who is responsible for policy analysis and legislative strategy. The position is full-time position, requires some weekend and evening work and travel.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Design specific campaigns (legislative and regulatory) on priority policy issues working collaboratively with the Director of Public Policy.
  • Oversee and coordinate efforts by regional leads  in target districts to research/uncover existing grasstops relationships with members of Congress, build new grasstops leaders, and leverage those relationships to influence the outcome of federal legislation.
  • Expand and track growth of grasstops relationships.
  • Establish and track metrics for successful grasstops engagements and campaigns.
  • Partner with the Education, Communications and Regional programs to integrate policy objectives into their work with land trusts.
  • Increase engagement and solicit input from land trust leaders on policy. Serve as Policy staff liaison to Land Trust Leadership Council.
  • Win campaign goals and strengthen the grasstops network through strategic use of the Alliance’s national conference (Rally), lobby days, land trust policy briefings calls, advocacy training, media coverage, and social media tools.
  • Build relationships with a targeted set of land trusts.
  • Nurture relationships with DC and state board conservation leaders.
  • Coordinate congressional visits for President and Executive Vice President.
  • Build relationships with state associations and larger land trusts that are actively engaged in state and local policy to connect them to one another and deepen their involvement in federal policy.
  • Build relationships with other national organizations field/organizing/mobilizing staff.
  • Manage staff team.


  • At least eight years of senior campaign management experience in political campaigns or organizing national grasstops initiatives for nonprofits.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with a graduate degree in law, business or public policy desirable.
  • Strong background in federal policy and campaign management. Prefer strong Capitol Hill experience.
  • Personal commitment and enthusiasm for land conservation required.  Knowledge of land trusts and of relevant tax issues, highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage an annual program plan and budget.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects under pressure and deliver results on schedule.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in building and maintaining a broad network of partnerships internally and externally.
  • Ability to analyze issues critically and strategically.
  • Strong writing and speaking skills, ability to communicate effectively with both land trusts and public policy decision-makers.
  • Ability to work constructively with others from a broad range of political perspectives.
  • Proven ability to manage staff and to create a collegial work environment.
  • Ability to travel to regional offices and meet with land trusts in key congressional districts.


Competitive salary and benefits provided.


Send resume, cover letter, three references and salary requirements via email. If email is not an option, applications will be accepted by mail to Human Resources Manager, Land Trust Alliance, 1660 L Street, NW, Ste 1100, Washington, D.C. 20036.

The Land Trust Alliance’s mission is to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America.  The Land Trust Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or marital status.

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