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Climate and Energy Policy Manager, The Nature Conservancy – Pennsylvania

Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Position Title: Climate and Energy Policy Manager

Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Application Deadline: February 9, 2015

Description: The Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature Conservancy seeks an external affairs professional for the position of Climate and Energy Policy Manager. The position, based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, offers the opportunity to join the staff of one of the largest, most successful conservation organizations in the world. The Nature Conservancy’s global success can be measured by the protection of 117 million acres in over 30 countries. The Pennsylvania Chapter is known in the Conservancy and beyond as a leader in innovative, effective strategies that benefit both people and nature at a scale that matters. The Climate and Energy Policy Manager will play an important role in developing and implementing efforts in Pennsylvania to expand support for action on climate change and affect climate and energy policy to further The Nature Conservancy’s mission.

Position Summary: The Climate and Energy Policy Manager supports The Nature Conservancy’s conservation goals by developing and communicating a clear vision and strategy designed to broaden support in Pennsylvania for action to address climate change. S/he leads project teams, designs and delivers project objectives, and serves as liaison and informational contact on climate and energy issues in Pennsylvania between TNC and federal, state, and local governments, business groups, and non-profit organizations.

The Climate and Energy Policy Manager plans, implements, and coordinates efforts in Pennsylvania to expand support for action on climate change and affect climate and energy policy to further The Nature Conservancy’s mission. Duties include contact with government officials, corporate representatives, non-profit organizations, media, and other key audiences on matters pertaining to TNC’s climate and energy policy priorities. S/he participates in fundraising activity to increase the level of financial support for TNC climate and energy projects and priorities.

Responsibilities: Working closely with TNC leadership in Pennsylvania, other TNC chapters, and in TNC’s U.S. Government Relations program the Climate and Energy Policy Manager:

Develops and executes a strategy to broaden support in Pennsylvania for action on climate change and TNC’s climate and energy policy priorities (e.g., supporting clean energy, energy efficiency, and efficient, healthy land use/sustainable energy siting).

Conducts outreach and represents TNC to government officials, the business sector, non-profit community, media, funders and other audiences.

Identifies key stakeholders and constituencies and develops and implements strategies to engage these individuals and audiences in collaborative action on climate and energy policy.

Creates new and strengthens existing partnerships with other organizations in the non-profit and private sectors, including the environmental, conservation, sportsmen’s, outdoor recreation, business, and other communities.

May manage projects and teams involving research and analysis on a broad range of subjects related to climate and energy policy (e.g., science and technology, economics, public opinion).

Convenes and facilitates external meetings to deepen understanding of climate change impacts, expand support for action on climate change, and advance climate and energy policy priorities.

Monitors legislative, regulatory, and administrative developments and coordinates action on policy opportunities, as appropriate, in support of climate action and TNC’s climate and energy priorities.

Coordinates use of media (e.g., earned, paid, social) in support of climate action and TNC’s climate and energy policy priorities.

Shares information and coordinates strategy with TNC staff in other state, regional, and worldwide office programs.

May supervise administrative staff and/or volunteers, interns, or temporary staff.

Financial responsibility will include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors and outside consultants, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.

Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.

Serves as a team leader for assigned projects and coordinates the work of others.

Ensures that the program complies with federal and state lobbying laws and regulations.

Desired Skills & Experience

The minimum qualifications are; Bachelor’s degree and 4 years related experience or equivalent combination, fluency in English, experience presenting to and/or communicating with business, government, or legislative staff and/or program leadership, experience in designing, implementing, and directing multiple complex projects and ensuring program accountability, communications experience including preparing and presenting project proposals and developing written communications, experience working with corporate or NGO partners and government agencies.

The preferred qualifications are; a Master’s degree, familiarity with social, economic, and political conditions and issues in Pennsylvania, experience coordinating projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units, and functions to achieve optimal results, outstanding written and oral communication, negotiating, and organizational skills, may need to gain cooperation from individuals or groups (inside and outside the Conservancy) over whom there is no direct authority in order to accomplish program goals, demonstrates strong communications and presentation skills and persuasively conveys the need for action on TNC’s climate and energy priorities to a diverse and wide range of audiences, experience building networks and influencing outcomes without direct authority, self-starting, independent worker who can thrive with minimal oversight.

How to Apply: For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job ID#42755 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is February 9, 2015.

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