Colorado Nonprofit Association

Government Affairs Director

Government Affairs Director

Location: Denver Metro

Work Schedule: Non-exempt, Full-time

Deadline for submission: June 17, 2024

Conservation Colorado is seeking a Government Affairs Director based in Denver to lead the organization’s efforts to deliver nationally-leading and equitable policy victories to protect Colorado’s climate, air, lands, water, and communities.

About Conservation Colorado
As the largest statewide environmental organization in Colorado, we work to protect our state’s climate, air, land, water, and communities. We play a unique role in Colorado as our work focuses on organizing communities, influencing decision-makers, and electing conservation-minded leaders. That work includes Protégete, which is focused on building Latine leadership and engagement on environmental issues. We believe that achieving racial, social, and environmental justice are critical to our mission. You can learn more about our mission here.

What You’ll Do

This position reports to the VP of Programs and plays a vital role in delivering effective policy solutions for all Coloradans. You, and the government affairs team you’ll lead, will work with coalitions and in the state Capitol to influence people, policies, structures, and systems in order to bring about change and to build relationships and communicate with those in power to persuade them to act. The work can evolve over time, but it contains these areas of responsibility.

Build and leverage relationships with decision makers

Win policy campaigns

Develop coalitions

Management & Leadership Responsibilities

In addition to your regular responsibilities, all staff are expected to participate at some level in organizational priorities including taking part in election-related activities, and committing to organizational efforts around equity & inclusivity.

Qualifications

To do any of our work, our staff need to be natural relationship builders, have the resilience to handle tough situations, have excellent problem-solving skills with a results-focused orientation, bring an equity analysis to the work, and be highly collaborative. For this position, fundamentally, we want someone who loves the fight to deliver policy wins and who has the drive to take our work to the next level. More specifically, you will have or be most or all of the following:

Political Strategist: 8+ years of relevant experience working as a lobbyist and/or in passing policies through various governmental venues, preferably in issue advocacy with the ability to develop and execute sophisticated strategies to pass policies. You can create actionable campaign plans that create the pressure and leverage to drive decision-makers to act in our favor. And you’ll have excellent judgment & confidentiality.

People Management Chops: 4+ years of experience managing a team of people with a supportive & collaborative approach. We believe in transparency in communication, accountability, humility and collaboration in our people management. Hiring & managing a results-oriented team is a large part of this job as is the need to closely collaborate with other internal and external stakeholders.

Flexibility: This position requires being able to set and manage competing priorities while embracing uncertainty. Being able to adapt behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles without placing blame & taking learnings into other similar situations is critical for success.

Build & exercise power effectively: You’ll need to be committed to our theory of change that centers bringing together the people, policy and politics to make real change on environmental issues. You can build relationships that bring together a wide range of interested people to support and advance goals; Can understand the political and social dynamics at play – including racial, gender, and class inequities — and view achievements within the context of a long-term agenda.

Equity Analysis: This position requires an understanding of the impact of systemic inequities on people’s lives and how your own identities impact your work along with the ability to bring different communities together to develop policy solutions that lead to better outcomes for Coloradoans. A sophisticated understanding of how racial dynamics in particular impact managerial relationships, campaigns, and coalitions, along with a history successfully navigating those dynamics is essential for success.

This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. Spanish/English bilingual is a skill we value, but it is not a requirement. This is a full-time job, but there can be some flexibility in the exact schedule.