Conservation Outreach Manager, Mid Atlantic
Appalachian Mountain Club
The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is seeking a talented and enthusiastic conservation advocate and public policy professional to lead our coalition-based work to advance conservation and recreation in the Mid-Atlantic Region, based out of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. A qualified candidate will be enthusiastic about AMC’s conservation and recreation mission, have a proven track record as a skilled communicator, and will have experience in community and constituency engagement around environmental and outdoor recreation issues.
The Conservation Outreach Manager is primarily focused on eastern Pennsylvania but will support other AMC conservation initiatives from northern Virginia to Connecticut. Priority initiatives include state and federal legislative and regulatory public policy issues in the region that seek to combat and prepare for climate change; protect the region’s landscape and waters; and advance equitable access to the outdoors.
- Organize and coordinate active support for AMC’s Mid-Atlantic conservation initiatives, programs and priority policy issues among our members, the public, and partner organizations.
- Lead AMC’s conservation and recreation policy work in the Mid-Atlantic region, including identifying and implementing public policy and advocacy campaigns and initiatives at both the state and federal level, often working in partnership with other non-profit organizations in a coalition setting.
- Lead and support the Pennsylvania Highlands Coalition in its work to protect the Pennsylvania Highlands region, including the implementation of the Pennsylvania Highlands Coalition strategic plan.
- Write and edit compelling pieces, including online action alerts, social media posts, and blog entries, as well as policy memos, testimony, lobbying materials, and press releases.
- Organize and host informational programs and events, such as webinars, meetings, presentations in the Highlands and Delaware River watershed.
- Engage and cultivate AMC members and volunteers, such as by coordinating and attending meetings, events, and recreational outings as needed.
- Assist with grant development, by conceptualizing grant fundable projects, pitching and writing grant applications, as well as strengthening relationships with grant funders.
- Identify and lead new strategic initiatives in the region, such as expanding programs, tackling new policy arenas, and developing innovative tools and approaches for advancing AMC’s conservation and recreation mission.
- Represent AMC at regional conferences, press events, and meetings in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Qualifications and Experiences:
- A variety of backgrounds and experiences may be considered, including environmental policy and advocacy, land and water protection, issue-based campaign work, volunteer relations, community outreach or organizing, constituency engagement, communications, social science, or a related field, with at least five years of experience, or a combination of professional experience and graduate experience.
- Leadership experience in a coalition setting, network, or partnership of diverse interests with a common set of goals.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills and an ability to effectively reach different audiences with different communications tools.
- Solid computer skills and a willingness to learn more as needed
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Proven experience in working effectively to support and engage volunteers and other constituents often of a varied background and experience level.
- Commitment to creating an equitable, inclusive, and culturally relevant environment for AMC employees, guests, visitors, volunteers, and other constituents.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends, as well as a willingness to travel with overnight stays throughout the Northeast often no more than two nights a month.
- Physical abilities required: Majority of work is performed in a standard office setting. Ability to occasionally travel safely in the backcountry in all weather conditions carrying a backpack of up to 20 pounds is preferred. Must be able to sit, stand, walk, and operate standard office equipment.
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