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22 Nov 2021

Full-Time Campaigns Director

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council – Posted by Work4SEACC Juneau, Alaska, United States

Job Description

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is hiring! 

Who We Are:

The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) is a small grassroots nonprofit based out of Juneau, Alaska, in the Tongass National Forest. For over 50 years SEACC has been a regional conservation watchdog defending the remaining intact old-growth stands of the Tongass National Forest and the waters of the Inside Passage. We partner with local communities, Tribes, fishermen, businesses, and visitors to advocate for the conservation and sustainable use of our region’s natural resources, and preserve a uniquely Southeast Alaskan way of life. We mix policy and technical expertise with grassroots organizing and communication skills as we engage the public, advance new policy, and maintain existing protections, that we ensure the interconnected whole of Southeast Alaska exists for future generations.

SEACC is committed to the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and is engaged in ongoing work at the level of both board and staff to express and manifest our internal commitments, priorities, and pathways for advancing this work. This work is being undertaken by the organization as a whole and the effort around it is interwoven across all our programs and departments. Any future team member should share these values and priorities and be willing and interested in contributing to this ongoing internal work.

Campaigns Director:

SEACC is seeking a Campaigns Director to lead and manage our programmatic and campaign work, in partnership with the Executive Director. The Campaigns Director reports directly to the Executive Director and provides support and strategic direction in alignment with SEACC’s overall organizational goals for the Tongass Forest Program and the Inside Passage Waters Program. The Campaigns Director will also supervise up to 4 direct reports including the Inside Passage Waters and Tongass Forest Program Managers.

The successful candidate will lead a high-performing team of program staff and enhance collaboration, coordination, and cooperation across the organization, and with key partners. In addition, the Campaigns Director is responsible for helping to guide the organization’s work on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as we seek to become a fully anti-racist organization. The Campaigns Director role will complement the work of the Executive and Deputy Director as part of a three-person executive team.

In the year ahead we anticipate this position playing a significant role on the following:

  • Advancing SEACC’s strategic planning to guide the organization’s strategic priorities over the next three years
  • Coordinating with administration officials and agencies to nest SEACC’s conservation priorities in the Administration’s current priorities, including around Tongass National Forest management, climate change, land and water conservation, and environmental justice
  • Seeking to advance and advocate for a just resolution for ANCSA Landless communities.

SEACC’s program and campaign work engages Tribal, Federal, State, and local government, and includes close coordination with conservation and community partners. In addition, we anticipate this new executive team member having the opportunity to make a substantial contribution to SEACC’s fundraising and funder recruitment efforts, including as we seek to cultivate new relationships in the foundation and major donor environments.

 

How You’ll Spend Your Time:

The role breaks down as follows:

  • 40% Staff Management: this role has a substantial staff leadership and management responsibility, which includes day-to-day direct management of our staff teams and their budgets, and overseeing the allocation of staff and organizational resources for the projects and issues on which we work, all informed by the strategy and policy development component, below. The Campaigns Director will also participate in SEACC’s internal management team.
  • 30% Strategy, Policy, and Campaign Development: including leading program and campaign staff to identify and develop policy objectives, as well as the strategy, goals, and timelines to support and achieve them. SEACC’s campaign and programmatic work includes new initiatives as well as traditional watchdogging advocacy in the legislative and regulatory realm. Our water and forest work includes both grassroots campaigning and technical engagement with environmental reviews and monitoring.
  • 15% Fundraising: Working with SEACC’s Executive Director and Deputy Director to cultivate and court new foundation relationships, from relationship building to proposal submission and resultant grant reporting. Engagement with major donors, support hosting and attending fundraising events, board support and engagement are all part of this role.
  • 15% Advancing Diversity and Equity at SEACC: this role will be the point person for ensuring the success of our Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work, with substantial support and engagement from our Indigenous Engagement Lead, program staff, campaign staff, and our operations team (the entire staff, effectively).

 

Required Experience:

  • To be considered for this role, candidates must have at least 3 years of experience managing two or more full-time staff (direct reports) concurrently, as the management component of this role is substantial and is a priority. “Managing staff” at SEACC involves regular check-ins, working with staff on problem-solving and conflict resolution, conducting annual review processes and evaluations, approving budget expenditures and travel, etc.

 

Successful candidates will have most or all of the following:

  • At least three years of experience participating in advocacy, lobbying, or policy work. This could take the form of working for local municipalities, on behalf of a Tribe or Native corporation, in state government, federal government, for nonprofit organizations, as a consultant, etc. Deep knowledge of how the policy arena works (how bills are drafted, advocated for, advanced, funded, and implemented at both the state and federal level) will be essential.
    • Previous knowledge of and experience with the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Tongass Land Management Plan, National Forest Management Act, Tongass Timber Reform Act, and related legislation are a plus.
  • Professional experience and/or deep familiarity with conservation or natural resource management – this could take the form of years of experience working in natural resource management on the ground, advanced study of conservation or natural resource management, ecology, forestry, fisheries, water and mining work, environmental, mining or Tribal law, or a related field. This position is specifically not limited to those already working professionally in conservation, but to be competitive the candidate will need to have fairly extensive knowledge of this region and/or of the political and advocacy strategies that will advance our programs and campaigns.
  • Knowledge of and experience in the nonprofit sector. The ideal candidate will have a solid understanding of the nonprofit organizational structure and experience working directly with a Board of Directors. They will understand nonprofit income streams, grant-maker and philanthropic relationship management strategies, and have experience with grant writing, fundraising, nonprofit budgeting, and the rules and regulations that govern how 501c3 nonprofits operate.
  • Substantial knowledge about or experience in Southeast Alaska. Deep knowledge of our place and the people we work to support is a critical component of success in this work.
    • We will implement local-preference for this position, and seek to hire a Southeast Alaskan who either is from or already resides in Southeast Alaska, who has resided in Southeast Alaska previously and seeks to return, or who has in-depth experience in and knowledge of Southeast Alaska and wants to bring that deep knowledge and experience to bear to continue to protect our region into the future. We strongly encourage all interested candidate to apply – as an organization we are seeking to build expertise and people-power that will remain in Southeast Alaska for years to come.

We know there is not one candidate who has all of these traits, so if you have a mix of interests, skills, and experience related to the above – and a passion for this work – please don’t let a gap in your strengths for this role stop you from applying or reaching out. We encourage any candidates who meet two-thirds or more of the above criteria to apply, as long as the staff management requirement is met.

What Else You Should Know:

SEACC recognizes, supports, and values all forms of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Compensation: This role is a full-time exempt position, and the salary range for this role is between $70,000 – $76,000, with exact salary dependent upon experience. We also offer excellent benefits, including:

  • 3 weeks of paid leave your first year and 4 weeks of paid leave after one year, plus
  • 11 federal and state holidays, plus
  • fully paid healthcare, plus
  • 12 days of medical leave annually, plus
  • 2 days of community service or participation leave, plus
  • a 401K plan with a 5% match after just one year of employment, and
  • In addition, the Executive Director closes the office between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day each year as a thank you to the staff

Where you will work: SEACC’s office is located in Juneau, Alaska. During the pandemic this role may work remotely if/as needed.

  • Southeast Alaskan candidates who are not located in Juneau but are interested in the position

are strongly encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must be located in Southeast but location may be negotiable.

  • Candidates located outside Alaska may begin work remotely, given the pandemic, but must plan to relocate to Juneau on an agreed upon timeline.

More about Juneau, Alaska: Juneau is the ancestral home of the Áakʼw Ḵwáan. It is also the state’s capital city. The greater Juneau borough is surrounded by the Tongass National Forest and is therefore rich with access to the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, foraging, kayaking, hiking, and skiing, among other activities. We have two public swimming pools, multiple fitness clubs, many city parks and libraries, and a variety of educational options for families of all ages. The community also has a vibrant arts community with numerous visual artists, dance troupes, theatre companies, two opera companies, chamber and symphony orchestras, a jazz and classics festival, and an annual folk music festival, as well as the State Museum and Sealaska Heritage Institute. The biennial Alaska Native cultural event ‘Celebration’ is held every two years in Juneau, Alaska and is a major social and cultural event, with the next slated to occur in summer 2022.

Our city is famous for its rainy and sometimes gray coastal climate, and is only accessible by air travel or the state ferry system, which are considerations for those contemplating a relocation from the Lower 48.

Desired Start Date: As soon as possible, with a target start date not later than January 12.

Application Process: Applications are due November 30 for first round review. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. If the position is still posted, it is as yet unfilled.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter, three references (including one from a direct supervisor) and a writing sample of under three pages in length to Admin@SEACC.org. Please put ‘Job Application –Campaigns Director’ and your last name in the email subject line.

How to Apply

Application Process: Applications are due November 30 for first round review. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. If the position is still posted, it is as yet unfilled. To Apply: Please submit your resume, a cover letter, three references (including one from a direct supervisor) and a writing sample of under three pages in length to Admin@SEACC.org. Please put ‘Job Application –Campaigns Director’ and your last name in the email subject line.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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