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Nancy Steckel

P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
US

302-239-2334

Director of Advocacy

Opportunity Type: Full-time, exempt

Location:

Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE

Organization Description

Delaware Nature Society’s (DelNature) mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment.  Founded in 1964, DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for our educational programming, conservation, and advocacy. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.

We manage over 2,000 acres of land, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve. Our organizational priorities are comprised of three pillars of engagement focused on:  Working & Natural Lands, Healthy Waters, and Protecting Habitats and Wildlife.

DelNature aspires to be inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity and is committed to understanding and addressing where we fall short. Diversity creates an awareness of and acknowledges respect for differences and translates into understanding and valuing of each other’s perspectives. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all who are qualified to apply.

Job Description

The Director of Advocacy is a strategic leadership position that leads our advocacy efforts in support of our conservation priorities. The Director of Advocacy directs the development, implementation, and evaluation of Delaware Nature Society’s environmental advocacy efforts in collaboration with the Conservation experts, policy makers, key stakeholders, and Advocacy Committee. This includes establishing and maintaining effective relationships with elected and appointed officials, local and regional reporters and other news media, industry, local/national environmental groups, and other collaborating organizations, in a collaborative effort to advocate and promote the protection and improvement our environment. Effective advocacy strategies also aim to build strong relationships with the people and communities we serve, grow our grassroots advocacy campaigns, program participation and financial support. He/she will collaborate with other Directors in the development of the organization’s annual operating plan, as well as benchmarking progress on our strategic priorities: Healthy Waters; Working & Natural Lands; and, Protecting Critical Habitat & Wildlife.

Responsibilities

  • Direct the development and implementation of environmental policy and legislative priorities in collaboration with Advocacy Committee, Conservation experts, NRC team, and other DelNature staff and departments
  • Directs the development and implementation of DelNature organization-wide communications strategies in support of our advocacy campaigns, legislative priorities and overall advancement of our mission to protect and improve the environment
  • Lead advocacy before State and federal decision makers
  • Lead collaboration with partners including coalition members, state-wide advocacy campaigns, and regional campaigns/coalitions including Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed; Clean Water, Delaware’s Clear Choice; and, others
  • Prepares statements on behalf of Delaware Nature Society on environmental issues impacting the state and our legislative priorities, working closely with the Environmental Advocacy and Communications Coordinator on engaging key-stakeholders, including elected officials, media representatives and the public to raise awareness and support of our environmental priorities
  • Works with Executive Director to prepare talking points for press events, speaking opportunities and other public stakeholder meetings on environmental policy issues and strategies and objectives
  • Works with Chief Development Officer to seek, secure and maintain funding through grants, contracts and individual giving
  • Works with the Director of Business and Finance to direct budgeting and oversee financial management for the advocacy budget
  • Participate in Delaware Nature Society donor cultivation events, global, and site events, as needed, to support the cultivation and stewardship of our member, donors and supporters
  • Manage department staff to ensure programmatic delivery and fulfillment of our mission
  • Assume additional responsibilities as requested

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. degree in relevant field of study
  • Strong background in conservation or environmental policy work preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in management and supervisory experiences
  • Legislative and grassroots advocacy and media experience required
  • Experience working with diverse audiences and communities is a plus
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience (including grants solicitation and management), budgeting, and finance experience required
  • Excellent written, verbal and communication skills required; a knowledge of environmental / water/ conservation issues locally and regionally is a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, and an aptitude for working in a highly changeable, dynamic, and fast-paced environment
  • Motivated, self-starter able to work independently, while guiding and leading others in their team to ensure legislative priorities are advanced
  • Flexibility to adjust hours as needed to meet deadlines including availability to work evenings, weekends as needed; statewide and regional travel required

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary and benefits.

Applicants Must Submit

  • DelNature employment application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 2 Writing Samples (including policy statements, grants, and/ or letters to the editor)
  • 3 Professional References