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CAMPAIGN & POLICY MANAGER – LAND USE & TRANSPORTATION The Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) seeks a committed and motivated individual to lead its land use and transportation work. The Campaigns & Policy Manager will work with VCN’s Network Partners to develop and implement strategic advocacy campaigns, improve coordination among allies, and advance land use and transportation policy in Virginia. About VCN: Founded as the Conservation Council of Virginia in 1969, VCN began as a roundtable of major conservation groups and has grown to include over 100 Network Partners across the Commonwealth and a full-time staff of nine. VCN is committed to building a powerful, diverse and highly coordinated conservation movement focused on protecting our Commonwealth’s clean air, clean water and natural landscapes. Playing a unique role in Virginia’s conservation community, VCN helps the community speak with one coordinated voice. VCN is a facilitator of strategic action, a resource for partners statewide and a constant conservation presence in Virginia’s Capitol. The organization and its staff are focused on strengthening the conservation community as a whole and winning environmental victories that benefit all Virginians. VCN’s Network Partners work on a wide range of issues including renewable energy advancement, stream restoration, environmental justice, promoting public transportation, protecting public health, and more. About the Position: VCN’s Campaigns and Policy Managers are dynamic leaders who support and engage Network Partners statewide and further strengthen the Commonwealth’s conservation voice. The Campaign & Policy Manager will oversee our land use & transportation work. Transportation – mainly individual cars and heavy trucks – is the largest emitter of carbon pollution in Virginia and across the country, leading to unhealthy air quality in our cities and fueling the impacts of climate change such as increased flooding and sea-level rise along the coast. In addition, new road construction and poorly planned growth fragments wildlife habitats and pollutes our waterways. We need a cleaner, balanced, and more equitable multimodal transportation system in Virginia. This position will work on solutions to reduce pollution from the transportation sector by enhancing intercity passenger rail, improving public transit, investing in cleaner cars and adopting smart growth policies to make our neighborhoods more walkable and bike-able. As the Campaigns and Policy Manager, you will be responsible for: • Working with partners to develop multiple statewide coordinated campaigns to advance land use and transportation policy; this can include regulatory, administrative, and legislative strategies; • Providing support to Network Partners to implement campaign strategies and tactics, including specialized campaign plans, issue briefings, talking points, and action alerts; • Organizing and providing a driving force behind campaign implementation, including press conferences, opinion-editorials, special events, and education outreach • Watchdogging state policy changes and their impacts on land use and transportation; • Shepherding our Network Partners through the annual Common Agenda process and engaging them in annual events; this includes creation of VCN’s Environmental Briefing Book and other activities; • Working with our partners, including the Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative, to ensure land use and transportation policy priorities are equitable in approach; • Helping to lead VCN’s Legislative Committee, including tracking legislation, developing positions for and against bills each Legislative Session, and communicating those positions to stakeholders and elected leaders; • Acting as VCN’s lead advocate in the General Assembly on land use & transportation issues; • Connecting Network Partners and local members to their elected representatives; • Communicating regularly with allies and Network Partners by staffing VCN’s Land Use & Transportation Workgroup, sending regular updates to partners on priority issues, and meeting one on one with partners; • Recruiting new partner groups to join VCN by engaging them in land use & transportation campaigns; • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with state and local elected officials as well as diverse allies across the Commonwealth; • Being a vocal advocate and spokesperson for Virginia’s environment, for VCN, and for its Network Partners Programming Oct 8, 2019
Campaign & Policy Manager – Climate & Energy The Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) seeks a committed and motivated individual to lead its climate and energy work. The Campaigns & Policy Manager will work with VCN’s Network Partners to develop and implement strategic advocacy campaigns, improve coordination among allies, and advance climate and energy policy in Virginia. About VCN: Founded as the Conservation Council of Virginia in 1969, VCN began as a roundtable of major conservation groups and has grown to include over 100 Network Partners across the Commonwealth and a full-time staff of nine. VCN is committed to building a powerful, diverse and highly-coordinated conservation movement focused on protecting our Commonwealth’s clean air, clean water and natural landscapes. Playing a unique role in Virginia’s conservation community, VCN helps the community speak with one coordinated voice. VCN is a facilitator of strategic action, a resource for partners statewide and a constant conservation presence in Virginia’s Capitol. The organization and its staff are focused on strengthening the conservation community as a whole and winning environmental victories that benefit all Virginians. VCN’s Network Partners work on a wide range of issues including renewable energy advancement, stream restoration, environmental justice, promoting public transportation, protecting public health, and more. About the Position: VCN’s Campaigns and Policy Managers are dynamic leaders who support and engage Network Partners statewide and further strengthen the Commonwealth’s conservation voice. The Campaign & Policy Manager will oversee our climate and energy work. The impacts of our energy production - particularly climate change - is having a direct impact on communities here in Virginia, from increased flooding and rising sea-levels along our coast to higher rates of asthma in our cities. This is a defining issue of our time and we must act with the urgency the problem demands. Virginia is moving in the right direction when it comes to tackling climate change but still faces major obstacles when it comes to stopping fossil fuel infrastructure projects such as fracked-gas pipelines and getting policy initiatives finalized despite entrenched special interests. We must move to 100% clean energy and zero emissions. As the Campaigns and Policy Manager, you will be responsible for: • Working with partners to develop multiple statewide coordinated campaigns to advance clean energy and climate policy; this can include regulatory, administrative, and legislative strategies; • Providing support to Network Partners to implement campaign strategies and tactics, including specialized campaign plans, issue briefings, talking points, and action alerts.; • Organizing and providing a driving force behind campaign implementation, including press conferences, opinion-editorials, special events, and education outreach.; • Training and managing our State Climate Organizer and other staff as needed. • Watchdogging state policy changes and their impacts on climate and energy; • Shepherding Network Partners through the annual Common Agenda process and engaging them in annual events; this includes creation of VCN’s Environmental Briefing Book and other activities; • Working with our partners, including the Environmental Justice Council, to ensure climate and energy policy priorities are equitable in approach; • Helping to lead VCN’s Legislative Committee, including tracking legislation, developing positions for and against bills each Legislative Session, and communicating those positions to stakeholders and elected leaders; • Acting as VCN’s lead advocate in the General Assembly building on climate and energy issues; • Connecting Network Partners and local members to their elected representatives; • Communicating regularly with allies and Network Partners by staffing VCN’s Energy Workgroup, sending regular updates to partners on priority climate and energy issues, and meeting one on one with partners; • Recruiting new partner groups to join VCN by engaging them in climate and energy campaigns; • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with state and local elected officials as well as diverse allies across the Commonwealth; • Being a vocal advocate and spokesperson for Virginia’s environment, for VCN, and for its Network Partners Programming Oct 8, 2019