Political Campaigns Director for the Intermountain West

Posted Date: December 3, 2018
Location: Denver (preferred), Colorado
Position Summary:
The Political Campaigns Director shall create new local and state land conservation funding in the Intermountain Western states, primarily through voter-approved ballot measures and legislative action. The Political Campaigns Director shall develop relationships with communities and elected officials to market these services, develop proposals for services, design public opinion research, negotiate contracts, make presentations, and manage a team of internal and external experts in public finance research, public opinion surveys, and campaign development.  The job requires close coordination with staff based in many different Field offices and collaboration with Legal, Finance, Philanthropy, and Marketing teams.
This position utilizes skills in politics, strategy, leadership,  policy,  and coalition and program building to deliver the mission of The Trust for Public Land. The director will build consensus and support across internal and external stakeholders and seek to build awareness, credibility, and broad-based support for parks and land conservation and The Trust for Public Land’s mission.


Provide Conservation Finance services, including assisting communities in evaluating the feasibility of ballot and legislative measures through research and analysis of voter demographics, election history, public opinion, legal constraints, internal capability, and likelihood of support from agencies, elected officials and partner organizations.  Support the development and implementation of specific measures, including:
  1. evaluation of alternative legal and financing structures of measures
  2. polling and message development
  3. recommending measure timing and dollar amount
  4. developing ballot language
  5. campaign fund raising
  6. communicating with voters
  7. building campaign organizations
  8. state legislative lobbying and
  9. coalition-building and management.
Develop, oversee, and implement state legislative strategy and tactics to create new sources of, increase, or defend state funding for parks and land conservation, including drafting legislation, monitoring bills and legislative activity, developing relationships with and directly lobbying state legislators, testifying at legislative committee meetings, working with legislative committee and state agency staff, mobilizing grass roots support, and building, managing, and working with diverse coalitions supporting state legislative efforts. 

Manage research and polling projects from start to finish, including scoping project parameters, development of project scheduling and facilitating regular communication with internal and external project partners. 

Market and promote TPL’s Conservation Finance programs, including presenting these services to local governments and project partners. 

Build and manage teams of regional staff, national staff, and outside consultants to deliver program services.

Work with Philanthropy staff to identify foundation and major individual donor prospects, develop proposals, make solicitations, and close gifts for TPL’s Conservation Finance program.

Develop and manage relationships and fee-for-service contracts with special district, municipal, county, and state government entities, elected officials, and key staff. 

         Other duties as necessary.
--       Superior written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking.
--       Excellent presentation and facilitation skills with demonstrated ability to develop strategic approaches to stakeholder involvement and meeting facilitation. 
--       Proven ability to successfully design and manage electoral campaigns, ballot initiatives.
--       Experience working with state and local governments, including upper-level agency staff, boards and elected officials.
--       Knowledge of park and open space issues, growth management, urban planning and development, or a related field.
--       Familiarity with regional land use issues, communities, land trusts and governments.
--       Familiarity with public finance field, including government budgeting, state and local revenue sources, and bonding procedures.
--       Experience working for and with other nonprofit organizations.
--       Experience working with coalitions and on legislative campaigns.
--       Experience in nonprofit fund raising, including a track record of securing support, from foundation and individuals.
--       Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize projects, manage time efficiently, and set and meet deadlines.
--       Willingness to be part of a team where collaboration is essential to our success.
--       Familiarity and facility with social media campaign tools and techniques will be considered a plus.
--       Ability and willingness to travel frequently up to 50% throughout the West.
--       Bachelor's degree in planning, land use, political science, public administration, or related field required; master’s degree         preferred.
--       Minimum 5 years related experience.