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Vermont Conservation Voters Seeks Political Director

The Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV), formerly the Vermont League of Conservation Voters, is seeking a motivated individual with a minimum of 2-4 years of experience in political organizing, environmental advocacy, lobbying, and political campaigning to serve as VCV’s Political Director.

VCV, a 501(c)4 organization, recently underwent a reorganization that involved entering into a strategic partnership with the Vermont Natural Resources Council (a 501(c)3 organization).  VCV is now housed in VNRC’s office in Montpelier and the Political Director will work closely with VNRC staff on public education and policy development work, as well as directing VCV’s political programs.

The successful candidate must have:

•    excellent writing and presentation skills;
•    the ability to work collaboratively in a busy work-environment;
•    excellent verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to communicate complex policy positions in a concise, value-based manner that resonates with average Vermonters;
•    Excellent political and strategic skills, including an ability to read the political landscape and design effective strategies for navigating that landscape whether it involves a campaign to enact legislation or to elect a candidate to office;
•    effective fundraising skills, including an ability to nurture donor relationships and identify and solicit new donors;
•    a working knowledge of state and federal election laws; and
•    a passion for Vermont and protecting its environment and communities, and a belief that individuals working together can affect positive change.

A master’s degree in political science, environmental studies or related field is preferred, although direct experience running political campaigns, grassroots organizing, policy advocacy and/or lobbying are highly valued and can substitute for academic background.

VCV was founded in 1984 and has served as a critical political voice of Vermont’s environmental community since that time. VNRC is Vermont’s oldest independent environmental advocacy organization, and works from the grassroots to the Legislature to advance policies, programs and practices that strengthen the foundation upon which Vermont’s economy thrives — vibrant communities and healthy downtowns, clean and abundant fresh water, working farms and forests, wild places, and clean energy.

Starting salary is commensurate with experience. Email a letter of interest, resume and three references to bshupe@vnrc.org. Letters should be addressed to Brian Shupe, Executive Director. VNRC is an equal opportunity employer.