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Employer:  Land Trust Alliance.
Categories:  Fundraising/Development
Travel Required:  16-25%
Job Type:  Full Time
Preferred Degree:  Bachelors
Experience Required:  6-9 years
State/Province:  DC - District of Columbia
City:  Washington
Salary:  non-disclosed
Job Description: 

Department: Public Policy
Reports to:
 Executive Vice President
 Western Policy Manager and Policy Associate
Location: Washington, D.C.


The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation organization whose mission is to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation throughout America. The Alliance works with Congress to pass tax incentives and funding that help landowners to choose conservation over development.  The Alliance serves as a university for land conservation that trains the people who do the work to conserve cherished farms, forests, parks and trails. It strengthens community-based land trusts by providing workshops, online learning, research, standards, and accreditation services. The Alliance’s conservation defense program helps land trusts ensure that conserved land stays protected forever. The Alliance works with the media to promote land conservation and engage more Americans in saving our most treasured places.

Summary Description

The Conservation Campaign Director is responsible for strategic leadership in planning, implementing and managing a national grasstops initiative to influence federal legislation for conservation. The position supervises two staff and works closely with the Alliance’s senior leadership team and especially the Director of Public Policy who is responsible for policy analysis and legislative strategy. The position is full-time position, requires some weekend and evening work and travel.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Design specific campaigns on priority policy issues working collaboratively with the Director of Public Policy
  • Lead efforts in target districts to research/uncover existing grasstops relationships with members of Congress, build new grasstops leaders, and leverage those relationships to influence the outcome of federal legislation
  • Expand and track growth of grasstops relationships
  • Establish and track metrics for successful grasstops engagements and campaigns
  • Partner with the Education, Communications and Regional programs to integrate policy objectives into their work with land trusts
  • Increase engagement and solicit input from land trust leaders on policy. Serve as liaison to Land Trust Leadership Council
  • Win campaign goals and strengthen the grasstops network through strategic use of the Alliance’s national conference (Rally), lobby days, land trust policy briefings calls, advocacy training, media coverage, and social media tools.
  • Build relationships with a targeted set of land trusts
  • Coordinate congressional visits for Mary Pope and Rand Wentworth
  • Build relationships with state associations and larger land trusts that are actively engaged in state and local policy to connect them to one another and deepen their involvement in federal policy.
  • Build relationships with other national organizations field/organizing/mobilizing staff.
  • Manage staff team


    • At least eight years of senior campaign management experience in political campaigns or organizing national grasstops initiatives for non-profits.
    • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with a graduate degree in law, business or public policy desirable.
    • Strong background in federal policy and campaign management. Prefer strong Capitol Hill experience.
    • Personal commitment and enthusiasm for land conservation required.  Knowledge of land trusts and of relevant tax issues, highly desirable.
    • Ability to analyze issues critically and strategically.
    • Proven ability to devise and implement campaigns to change public policies.
    • Strong writing and speaking skills, ability to communicate effectively with both land trusts and public policy decision-makers.
    • Ability to work constructively with others from a broad range of political perspectives.
    • Proven ability to manage staff and to create a collegial work environment.
    • Ability to travel..


      Competitive salary and benefits provided.



      Send resume and cover letter via email to If email is not an option, applications will be accepted by mail to Human Resources Manager, Land Trust Alliance, 1660 L Street, NW, Ste 1100, Washington, DC 20036.

      The Land Trust Alliance’s mission is to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Land Trust Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or marital status.




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