We’re looking for a Legislative Director!

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SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY

Oregon Environmental Council—a nonpartisan, membership-based nonprofit—seeks a dynamic team player with lobbying and policy advocacy experience to fill our Legislative Director position. The Legislative Director advances our collaborative, proactive policy agenda before the state legislature and executive branch, as well as occasional work with city and county elected officials, tribal governments, and Oregon’s congressional delegation.

The Legislative Director is OEC’s voice in Oregon’s Capitol and has primary responsibility for cultivating positive relationships with lawmakers, lobbyists and other influencers; advancing our policy agenda by seeking opportunities for bipartisan support, lobbying, and negotiating; and monitoring germane legislation. In collaboration with program staff, the Legislative Director develops and helps execute our policy campaign plans, playing a role in analyzing and drafting legislation, preparing testimony and related advocacy materials, working in and building coalitions, and engaging supportive voices.

The Legislative Director works under the supervision of the Deputy Director and in close collaboration with the Executive Director and program staff. During legislative sessions, the Legislative Director works full-time in Salem. Between sessions, the Legislative Director cultivates key relationships; represents OEC at legislatively focused activities (e.g., conferences, work groups); develops and advances our campaign strategies for achieving our policy agenda in the coming legislative session; and may promote our policy agenda in other venues (e.g., local government ordinances, state agency rulemaking). This position requires frequent travel throughout Oregon.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

  • Serves as OEC’s primary voice and point person in the Oregon Legislature, tracking relevant legislation, presenting and coordinating testimony, involving stakeholders, lobbying and negotiating, and other advocacy work
  • Builds strong, mutual relationships with legislators of both parties from across Oregon and their staff; with the environmental caucus; with candidates; with key individuals in Oregon’s executive branch; and, to a lesser extent, with local and federal politicians
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with key interest groups, lobbyists, coalitions and other influencers in order to built broad support for OEC’s goals and objectives
  • Assists in investigating, analyzing, and refining potential legislative proposals, which includes applying an equity lens to ensure equitable outcomes for communities of color
  • Coordinates the development of our legislative agenda and legislative campaign plans with OEC staff and board, ensuring a strategic and equitable approach for securing OEC’s priorities; leads execution of our legislative campaign plans
  • Keeps OEC staff regularly informed of legislative issues and coordinates program and communication staff’s participation in legislative matters; engages board members and other relevant staff as needed
  • Helps produce testimony, action alerts, fact sheets, press releases, opinion pieces, and other supporting communications as necessary
  • Supports (and may conduct) other major policy campaigns, such as advocating before regulatory and administrative agencies or before local or federal decision-makers
  • Reviews proposed ballot measure endorsements for relevancy to OEC’s mission and makes recommendations to staff and board; supports ballot measure campaigns, as needed
  • Engages actively with the environmental caucus in the legislature to provide strategic support
  • Actively works to strengthen OEC’s public presence, visibility, and influence
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Minimum five years of professional experience in government relations or policy advocacy
  • Proven ability to build broad-based support among elected officials and key stakeholders for proactive policy changes
  • Team player; strong conflict-resolution skills
  • Ability and desire to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff, coalitions and community groups, work across the political spectrum, with rural and urban Oregonians, and value differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstances
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Able to understand and effectively communicate about a wide range of issues
  • Self-motivated; strategic thinker; strong initiative
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills; delivers reliably, while managing multiple and changing priorities and deadlines
  • Agreement with OEC’s values and passion for our values and goals including organization’s commitment to equity
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards of lobbying and professionalism; compliance with Oregon ethics laws, including filing timely and complete quarterly lobbyist and entity reports
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours during legislative sessions; occasional overnight travel required; valid driver’s license

Desired:

  • Existing bipartisan relationships with Oregon legislators and policy stakeholders •
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience working with the rules, processes, and deadlines of the Oregon Capitol
  • Prior experience with environmental policy issues
  • Experience working in a nonprofit setting with a mission-driven staff and board
  • Experience working with the media

COMPENSATION & AMENITIES

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks of paid vacation (three the first year) annually, and generous health insurance for employee and family.

ABOUT OREGON ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL

Founded in 1968, and celebrating its 50th anniversary, Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) is a non-profit, non-partisan, statewide organization governed by a 17-person board of directors from throughout Oregon. Our mission is to advance innovative, collaborative and equitable solutions to Oregon’s environmental challenges for today and future generations. OEC advocates for impactful, lasting solutions that get at the source of Oregon’s environmental problems and have real benefits for people’s health and quality of life. These challenges include toxic chemicals in our environment, water pollution and scarcity, and climate change. We find common ground with a diverse group of stakeholders to create collaborative solutions that support social equity and a sustainable economy. To learn more about OEC’s commitment to and progress on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, see A vision for justice on our website.

This is a responsible position in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment. OEC offers a collaborative, team-oriented, family-friendly workplace that treats employees as the responsible professionals they are. For several years running, we have been among the top 10 in Oregon Business magazine’s “Best Nonprofits to Work For” list. You will learn a lot, laugh a lot, and feel great about helping Oregon communities become better, healthier places to live.

TO APPLY

The position will be open until filled. Please email your cover letter and resume to karenr@oeconline.org with subject line “Legislative Director.”

OEC is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. If you need accommodation for any part of the employment process because of a disability, e-mail karenr@oeconline.org or call 503-222-1963 x100 to let us know the nature of your request.

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