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Advocacy and Engagement Manager

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The Mountaineers | Seattle, WA
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The Mountaineers


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Published 13 days ago

December 13, 2019
$50,000 - $55,000

Who We Are

The Mountaineers is a community of outdoor recreationists and conservationists founded in 1906 to explore the peaks and waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Today, we have 14,000 members and seven branches in Western Washington, and thanks to the work of generations of volunteers we continue to enjoy an outstanding reputation in the field of outdoor education and recreation. Our dedicated staff and volunteers get people outside to experience the power of the outdoors and we advocate for access and protection of recreational lands so that future generations can enjoy these places too. Our core value of community reflects the belief that a diverse and inclusive outdoors inspires unity, respect, and passion for the places we love. As fierce defenders of our wild places, we educate and inspire outdoor enthusiasts to learn about and take action on public lands issues from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. 

We have 55 staff, divided between our program centers and our nonprofit publishing division, Mountaineers Books, and 3,000+ volunteers who help achieve our mission to enrich lives by helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. 

Visit mountaineers.org to learn more.

The Position: Advocacy & Engagement Manager

The Mountaineers seeks an energetic and hardworking professional with a passion for protecting public lands and growing the impact of outdoor enthusiasts on conservation issues. The Advocacy & Engagement Manager is a new role that will provide focused support to build on our core value of conservation advocacy and further our conservation mission to protect the outdoor experience. They’ll contribute to the organization’s conservation and advocacy program through thoughtful content development, tracking public lands planning and legislative processes, and catalyzing member engagement on these issues. They will also serve as a bridge between our conservation policy work and our outdoor community’s education, awareness, and engagement on issues, to assure growth and impact.

The ideal candidate must be self-directed, able to problem-solve creatively and independently, and motivated by The Mountaineers mission and core values. Given The Mountaineers’ focus on outdoor education and conservation advocacy, the Advocacy & Engagement Manager should have a personal background in human-powered outdoor recreation. As an organization that values equity and inclusion, we highly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans to apply.

This full-time, exempt position is based in Seattle at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center in Magnuson Park, and reports to the Conservation and Advocacy Director.

Primary Responsibilities

Conservation Communications (25%)

  • Draft and implement all conservation-related communications, including blogs and social media content.
  • Develop conservation advocacy messaging that translates policy language into actionable opportunities and engages the outdoor community on important conservation initiatives.
  • Identify key messaging opportunities to increase conservation engagement for our volunteers and members participating in programs.

Conservation Engagement (25%)

  • Create and maintain engagement campaigns and run outreach on priority conservation issues for The Mountaineers.

o   Craft and implement all action alerts, including managing our advocacy software account.

o   Manage campaigns for targeted communications, member engagement and recognition.

  • Collaborate with adult and youth programs teams to incorporate conservation and advocacy work into our trips and courses. 

Public Lands Planning Processes (25%)

  • Research and track outdoor recreation and public lands planning processes for federal and WA state lands to determine impact on conservation and recreation in the Pacific Northwest and on The Mountaineers mission.
  • Develop comment letters in response to proposals, and research issues in comments letters we are asked to sign onto.
  • Manage primary relationships with land managers running planning processes.

Federal and State Legislative Efforts (20%)

  • Research and understand emerging public lands conservation and outdoor recreation policy issues, and drive engagement and communication strategies on priority issues in collaboration with the Conservation and Advocacy Director. 
  • Draft and implement all communications for these efforts.

Other duties as assigned (5%)

  • Support organization-wide initiatives and fundraising events, other duties.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Relevant degree in policy, natural resources, communications or equivalent, and/or three-five years proven experience with advocacy and engagement.
  • Excellent writing and online communications skills and attention to detail. Strong portfolio of writing for general audiences, with the ability to inspire others to take action.
  • A passion for the outdoors and conservation, and knowledge of current public lands conservation issues. Personal interest in human-powered recreation.
  • Cultural competency and demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse races, ages, genders, abilities and economic backgrounds.
  • Experience building social media content posts and campaigns and tracking/optimizing results.
  • Experience working with land managers and an understanding of public lands access and conservation issues.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal day-to-day supervision while managing multiple projects. Holds self and others accountable for performance.
  • Self-motivated with experience in fast-paced and deadline-oriented work.
  • Strategic thinker who connects daily responsibilities to broader organizational goals and mission.
  • Desire to work in a mid-sized nonprofit setting.
  • Experience working with volunteer committees, boards, or task forces.
  • Familiarity and comfort in learning new technology platforms, like Salesforce, and ability to use all MS Office applications.
  • Ability to pass a national criminal background and sex offender check. 

Who We Are

The Mountaineers is a community of outdoor recreationists and conservationists founded in 1906 to explore the peaks and waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Today, we have 14,000 members and seven branches in Western Washington…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

Benefits

This position is for a full-time, exempt employee. Salary range is $50,000-55,000 per year, depending on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance, and paid sick, vacation, and holiday time. 401(k) retirement plan available after three months. Additional benefits include:

  • Free Mountaineers membership
  • Opportunities to advance your outdoor skills with two free Mountaineers courses per year
  • Two free tickets to most of our Mountaineers events
  • Access to our three ski-in, ski-out mountain lodges, and our four on-site climbing/bouldering walls
  • Bring your dog to work on Mondays and Fridays
  • Free parking for your bike or car, and an office located right on a bus line, with alternative transportation reimbursement
  • In-office shower for midday run, climbing session, or morning commute

This position is for a full-time, exempt employee. Salary range is $50,000-55,000 per year, depending on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term…

How to Apply

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to The Mountaineers focus on advancing equity - we believe a diverse and inclusive environment inspires unity, respect, and passion for our work and one another. Our core values are adventure, advocacy, community, education, and volunteerism, and we believe a diverse and inclusive environment inspires unity, respect, and passion for our work and one another. We’re interested in applicants who can work with colleagues of varied experience and background. The Mountaineers is an equal-opportunity employer, and candidates from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

We are a dog friendly environment. We are unable to sponsor H1-B Visas at this time. 

Please send a resume and cover letter to conservation@mountaineers.org.

Disclaimer: The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to The Mountaineers focus on advancing equity - we believe a diverse and inclusive environment inspires unity, respect, and passion for…

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7700 Sand Point Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115

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