Job Description: 

Western Resource Advocates (WRA) seeks a Government Affairs Manager to support our legislative and administrative advocacy efforts in Colorado. This new, mid-level position will report to the Government Affairs Director and work closely with WRA’s program staff to advance innovative legislative and administrative policy solutions critical to addressing the state’s most pressing conservation challenges.  The role will focus first on advancing policies related to climate and clean energy but will expand into WRA’s other issue areas over time. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated strategic thinker who possesses strong judgment/decision-making skills, and political acumen.

Areas of Responsibility
  • Work collaboratively with WRA’s program and communications staff to develop and implement public policy advocacy efforts with legislative and administrative decision makers in Colorado
  • Build relationships with key decision-makers from both political parties, and serve as a liaison between them and WRA staff
  • Identify, recruit and organize a diverse group of opinion leaders in the state to engage with decision makers to reinforce WRA’s policies and positions
  • Coordinate with WRA’s policy and communications staff to craft tailored messages and talking points for stakeholders to ensure effective advocacy
  • Identify and manage effective coalitions of diverse partners in the region to advance WRA’s priorities
  • In coordination with program staff, read and analyze the potential impact of proposed legislation
  • Monitor and track relevant state and local policies
  • Occasionally travel to meetings and events, generally within the state of Colorado
Requirements/Qualifications
  • At least 2-5 years of experience in government affairs, external affairs, communications, organizing, or advocacy campaigns
  • Understanding of, or familiarity with, Colorado politics and policy makers
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders to advance public policy objectives with decision makers
  • Ability to apply communication skills to persuade, influence or lead others on complex subjects
  • Strong organizational skills, with attention to detail and follow‐through
  • Creativity, patience, and a sense of humor
  • Genuine passion for the mission and work of WRA
Compensation/Benefits

Salary range for this position is $70,000-$90,000; salary depends on relevant experience and new staff rarely start at the top of the range – most start close to the midpoint of the range.  WRA’s excellent benefits package includes health, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan, life & disability insurance, 3 weeks paid vacation leave, sick leave, parental leave, sabbatical leave after five years; and an RTD EcoPass for staff in the Denver/Boulder metro area. Position is full-time exempt.

How To Apply

Applications will only be accepted through WRA’s online portal at https://westernresourceadvocates.org/about/jobs-volunteer-opportunities/applyatwra/

You will need to upload the following in PDF format through the online portal:

  • Compelling cover letter to the attention of Meagan Kadlec, Recruitment and Hiring Manager, explaining how your qualifications match the needs of the position and your interest in WRA
  • Resume
  • Three references, including at least one former supervisor, with contact information and a brief description of your relationship. (WRA will not contact references without first checking with the applicant.)

Diversity and inclusion are a critical component of our business strategy, mission and vision. We welcome candidates from an array of backgrounds and experiences to join our team.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2019

Western Resource Advocates is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status.

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