California Director of Government Affairs

Posted Date: October 16, 2021
Location: San Francisco, California
The Trust for Public Land is a leader in park equity, access, climate conservation and public financing for parks and open space, with a focused land for people mission. We are looking for a dynamic individual with excellent networks and experience to lend their policy, government relations and political skills to help advance our land for people mission in California.
One out of every three Californians do not live within a 10-minute walk to a quality park or open space and for disadvantaged communities the park equity gap is greater. If you have a passion and desire to increase park access and equity, advance natural climate solutions and help increase public funding for parks and open space then you should consider joining The Trust for Public Land (TPL).
We are seeking a Director of Government Affairs to serve as the organization’s primary interface with local and state elected officials and regulatory agencies in California.
What Youll Do
  • Work with subject matter experts on staff to shape our California public policy, government and media relations strategy in consultation with our senior leadership team, then thoughtfully and effectively execute it.
  • Cultivate and maintain robust relationships with elected and appointed officials.
  • Educate state and local policy makers on the organization’s work and priorities.
  • Collaborate with other nonprofit advocates to facilitate coordinated policy efforts and enhance the value we provide to communities.
  •  Leverage the staff relationships on the ground in a coordinated fashion.               
Who You Are
  • You have a demonstrated track-record for getting stuff done at rapid pace working with multiple stakeholders, interests and building coalitions
  • You are familiar with local and state-level legislative process and an understanding of the effective tools and strategies to move policy ideas through the process.
  • You are a consensus builder, and have strong communication and interpersonal skills to work with diverse communities.
  • You are comfortable with frequent, independent travel
The California Government Affairs Director coordinates and collaborates with project and national Conservation Finance staff, and participates as a member of the California senior leadership team, in four areas:
  1. Legislative Strategy & Execution
  • Establishes The Trust for Public Land’s legislative and state budget priorities in California and actively participates in the development and strategic guidance of state and local government lobbying efforts.
  1. Creating New Funds for Conservation
  • The Trust for Public Land helps state and local governments design, pass, and implement legislation and ballot measures that create new public funds for parks and land conservation. We’ve helped pass 572 ballot measures creating $79.6 billion in voter approved funding for parks, land conservation, and restoration. This position works closely with the national Conservation Finance team to provide technical assistance (creating legislative and ballot measures that reflect public priorities) and manage state and local conservation finance ballot measure efforts throughout the state.
  1. Public Grant Management
    • Oversees the public grants team, assists with program goals, project selection, and grant strategy to multiple public grant programs
  1. Outreach to Partners & Agencies
    • The Trust for Public Land believes that there should be a great park within a 10-minute walk of every home. But great parks don't just happen. To succeed, they must reflect the communities they serve. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining broad partnerships and meaningful engagement with the diverse communities we serve.
  • A passionate commitment to TPL’s land for people mission
  • Minimum 8 – 15 years of legislative or governmental advocacy experience, including direct lobbying required
  • Experience with the California budget and conservation funding process
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with challenging, multi-party coalitions
  • Proven ability to successfully manage all aspects of ballot issue campaigns and funding initiatives
  • Working knowledge of the political landscape in California
  • Experience working with local governments, including agency staff and elected officials
  • Demonstrated experience with 501(c)3 and (c)4 organizations
  • Fundraising skills and expertise a plus
  • Ability to write and edit persuasive materials including grant proposals, reports, letters of inquiry, interim reports, stewardship materials, and other collateral information 
  • Experience working in a matrix organization, a plus
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, initiative, energy, the capacity to lead, mentor and inspire others, the capacity to be both a high performer and a team player, common sense and a sense of humor
  • A willingness to work flexible hours outside a 9-5 schedule
  • Willingness to travel across California.  Valid CA Driver’s License required.
  • Bachelor's degree required. Master’s degree is highly preferred
The Trust for Public Land prides itself on offering a competitive and generous compensation package including competitive wages, generous vacation time, paid holidays, and sick time. We are able to offer comprehensive health and welfare benefits (we pay 85%-100% of your healthcare costs), professional development funds, a 403b retirement savings vehicle with a generous employer match, and paid time off to do community service. We know all of these benefits are important but we also offer a culture of smart, passionate, collaborative people – TPLers often say, “I came for the land, but stayed for the people”. 
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