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Director of Government Relations — Austin, TX

Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Job Title: Director of Government Relations

Location: Austin, TX

Hours and Compensation: Full Time —

Application Deadline: Oct. 14, 2012

Posted On: Sep. 28, 2012

Organization Overview

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since our founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. We have more than 1 million members and dedicated staff working in all 50 United States and more than 30 countries around the world — we are everywhere you want to be!


The Director of Government Relations III plans, implements and coordinates programs to affect government policy and legislation across a region or for the Texas Chapter. S/he works with governmental entities at all levels to further the Conservancy’s mission of preserving biological diversity. S/he ensures that the program complies with federal lobbying laws and regulations, and monitors legislative and administrative initiatives and policies, which are related to the mission or programs of TNC. Duties include regular contact with local, county, state, federal, and country-level officials regarding matters pertaining to administrative and legislative actions related to the mission of The Nature Conservancy, and fund raising activity to increase the level of financial support for TNC projects and priorities. The Dir. of Government Relations III represents The Nature Conservancy before special interest groups and governmental officials, and works among key government officials to increase support for TNC’s mission and programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, government relations, public policy, international relations or related field and 7 years related senior-level experience. Master’s degree a plus.
  • Working knowledge of federal lobbying laws and regulations.
  • Experience managing and supervising a large multi-disciplinary team and managing a program budget.
  • Experience working with current and evolving political, legislative and conservation trends on a federal and/or multi-state level.
  • Experience in directing or participating in complex negotiations and presenting to and communicating with government officials, corporate executives, board members and others.
  • Ability to work with partners/government agencies without violating any restrictions related to conflicts of interest, lobbying former employers, or influencing decision makers.

How to Apply

For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job ID# 40453 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is October 14, 2012.

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