Advocacy Policy Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $50,000.00
Maximum: $60,000.00
Details: Schedule will include some non-traditional hours and occasional work on evenings and weekends. This position is based in downtown Seattle with periodic field responsibilities statewide.



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United States


The Organization

Washington Trails Association has a 50-year legacy of engaging the hiking community. WTA enhances hiking experiences in Washington state by empowering a diverse and growing community of hikers to explore, steward, and protect trails and public lands. WTA is the nation’s largest state-based hiking advocacy organization, with 15,000 member households, thousands of volunteers each year, and an online community of more than 100,000.

Position Summary

The Policy & Planning Manager leads WTA’s engagement in advocacy issues around the state that impact hikers. Responsibilities include development and coordination of WTA’s state legislative priorities and engagement in recreation and trails planning processes around the state. In addition this position will collaborate with local grassroots hiking organizations and other groups to develop strategies to protect hiking trails and wildlands. The Policy & Planning Manager is a full time, non-exempt position based in Seattle, WA. The position reports to the Advocacy Director and supervises the team’s Advocacy Associate.


Policy & Planning

  • Develop and oversee implementation of public policy and planning campaigns that bring together legislative strategy, advocacy, communications, and advocate engagement to achieve WTA’s policy and planning goals.
  • Manage state legislative work collaboratively with WTA’s contract lobbyist team to influence public and government policy at the local and state levels.
  • Manage WTA’s involvement in federal- and state-level planning processes.
  • Research emerging public lands, outdoor recreation, and trails policy and planning issues, develop policy recommendations/proposals, and contribute to advocacy and communication strategies.
  • Analyze local, state, and federal planning proposals to determine impact on Washington’s public lands and trails. Develop comment letters in response to proposals.
  • Build trusted relationships with decision-makers, including elected officials, legislative staff, land agency staff and others involved in setting outdoor recreation and conservation policy.
  • Build trusted relationships with partners, including local, state, regional and national outdoor recreation and conservation organizations to build coalitions and advance joint priorities.
  • Develop a wide range of materials in support of WTA’s policy and planning agendas, including talking points, legislative summaries, factsheets, testimony, comment letters, reports and letters.
  • Attend and represent WTA at various public meetings.


Advocate Engagement & Communications

  • Work with the Statewide Engagement Manager to identify potential advocates and determine an engagement plan for WTA’s Trail Ambassador program, including developing trainings and coaching for ambassadors.
  • Develop and implement community engagement campaigns on advocacy issues, policies and positions through action alerts, blogs and magazine articles, presentations, dissemination of information, advocacy trainings and advocacy capacity-building activities.
  • Coordinate advocacy events, including Land Manager Potlucks and a hiker legislative day.


  • Supervise the Advocacy Associate position.
  • Assist on other advocacy issues and organizational priorities, as needed.
  • Attend and participate in WTA, trainings, retreats and other program events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Demonstrated experience in working in legislative, policy and planning processes, preferably in Washington state. Proven track record developing and implementing campaigns and programs for issue advocacy, including grassroots organizing, event planning and communications, preferably with a nonprofit organization.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders—from elected officials to program partners to fellow team members—to advance advocacy issues and priorities.
  • Commitment to WTA’s mission and values.
  • Be a proactive self-starter (with experience in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented organization) and a strategic thinker (with the ability to map daily responsibilities to the organization’s mission and goals).
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with the ability to inspire others to support organizational priorities and take action.
  • Strong organizational skills including attention to detail and ability to set priorities and meet deadlines in an ever-changing environment.
  • Cultural competency skills and demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse races, ages, genders, abilities and economic backgrounds.
  •  Working knowledge of online engagement tools, preferably with systems such as Campaign Monitor and Phone2Action.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite. Experience using social media to engage volunteers is a plus.


Benefits include medical, dental, vision and long-term disability insurance; retirement plan; transit pass; and holiday, vacation and sick leave.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Email a resume and a brief cover letter describing how your experience and qualifications translate to the requirements of the role to Please reference the job title “Advocacy Policy Manager” in the subject line. The position is open until filled. Priority given to applications received by April 30, 2018.