Government Affairs Director

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


Government Affairs Director

Location: Denver

Deadline for submission: November 19, 2018

Work Schedule: Full-time, Exempt

Conservation Colorado is seeking a Government Affairs Director based in Denver to lead the development of policy solutions, lobbying efforts, and implementation of high-level strategic campaigns on priority conservation issues that will address some of the most pressing problems Colorado is facing today. 

About Conservation Colorado

Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policy makers. We work closely with policy leaders, citizen activists, businesses and other allies, and have built a reputation as one of the leading conservation advocacy organizations in the region. This coming year we will be tackling everything from nationally leading policy to address climate change, ensuring our state has enough water for future generations, increasing the state’s use of renewable energy, and defending our public lands from attacks by the Trump administration. The government affairs director plays a critical role in developing the policies and strategies that will allow us to win protections for Colorado’s environment.

Conservation Colorado’s work to protect and advocate for the environment reflects the organization’s commitment to racial, social, and environmental justice. Engaging communities of color, among other key constituencies, for the environment is an organizational priority. Within the organization, we aim to create a workplace culture and policies and practices that demonstrate how we value equity and inclusion.

What You’ll Do

In this position you will build power with elected officials, decision makers, and candidates to make conservation policy priorities a reality at the state Capitol, Congress, and various regulatory arenas. A key component of this position is to provide vision for, direction to, and oversight of our legislative/policy team and contract lobbyists and to serve as the “hub” for our legislative and policy activity. The government affairs director will also serve as a key member of the organization’s senior leadership team and will have these areas of responsibility:

1. Government Relations

·        Serve as the lead lobbyist for and the face of Conservation Colorado at the state Capitol

·        Develop and support staff in implementing strategies for policy wins at the state Capitol, regulatory agencies, and federal government

·        Ensure effective use of politics to move policy and our issues forward; integrate sophisticated political analysis into all aspects of policy work

·        Cultivate relationships with and be a key point of contact for decision makers

2. Project and Staff Management

·        Provide vision for and manage the work of the government affairs team - directly supervise, manage, and lead a team of advocates/issue experts

·        Delegate tasks, projects, and tactics to staff and colleagues to ensure effective campaigns and wins

3. Campaign and Policy Expertise

·        Develop strategies for long and short-term success of campaigns that lead to policy wins

·        Have strong, high-level experience in achieving outcomes in complex negotiations

·        Help build alliances on key campaigns by working with traditional partners as well as diverse allies, including communities of color and working families

·        Examine and develop policies with an environmental justice lens

4. Elections

·        Key leadership in the organization’s work to elect pro-conservation champions

In addition to your regular responsibilities, all staff are expected to participate at some level in organizational priorities including helping in certain fundraising efforts, taking part in our election-related activities, and committing to our organizational efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusivity.


To be successful in this job, you will demonstrate the strategic thinking and problem-solving orientation that will allow you to work well with our team. Fundamentally, we are looking for someone who loves the work of the legislature and state Capitol, has a desire to win on elections and campaigns, is passionate about winning strong environmental policy and building a diverse and inclusive movement, and wants to build a team of strong and savvy advocates. More specifically, you will have or be most or all of the following:

·        Excellent project and staff manager: Can masterfully handle a large number and variety of tactics, projects, and tasks simultaneously with a “no-dropped-balls” mentality; talent for triaging and delegating tasks to staff and colleagues; ability to build up and motivate individuals; ability to shift priorities in a fast paced environment; desire to foster a strong, positive team culture through transparency, respect, and accountability.

·        Political strategist: Be an expert lobbyist with precision in speech and writing, have the ability to develop sophisticated strategies to pass policy through various venues, use creative thinking to leverage short-term wins for long-term gains, demonstrate a passion to create environmental change via policy levers, quickly discern key policy priorities in a changing environment.

·        Relationship builder and communicator: Excellent at building the trust and respect necessary to maintain relationships with business, political leaders, and partners, especially with those who have competing priorities or might disagree with us; experience building, managing and mobilizing both environmental and non-traditional coalitions; ability to effectively communicate policy concepts to co-workers, donors, and members who are not policy experts.

·        Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization: Possess a willingness to do the personal and organizational work around diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

·        Team player: Works well in cross-departmental teams to craft and implement internal plans successfully.

Spanish/English bilingual is a skill we value, but is not a requirement.


Compensation and Benefits

Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. We provide high-quality, zero-deductible health insurance and a strong benefits package that includes a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with match, at least 28 days of paid time off in your first year, and parental leave and a sabbatical program.

We are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization and conservation movement to fully represent and engage all Coloradans and to build as powerful a movement as we can. Recruiting staff that better reflects Colorado is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, race, ethnicity, geographies, political affiliation, and all other identities represented in Colorado or protected by law. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply

If this job truly speaks to you, please fill out this short questionnaire and send a cover letter and resume by November 19th to Jessica Goad, deputy director, with the subject line “Government Affairs Director” at

No phone calls please.