Vice President of Federal Relations

Posted Date: May 24, 2022
Location: Washington DC, District of Columbia
The Vice-President of Federal Relations has overall responsibility for development and execution of an effective TPL federal policy agenda as well as oversight and management of the Federal Relations department.  This is the opportunity to lead an active advocacy team that is driving a vigorous parks, public lands, and climate agenda with equity and community at its center.

The individual in this position will possess the experience and skills enabling them to advocate successfully with Congress and the Executive Agencies on TPL’s agenda.  They will also possess the leadership, creative, and strategic skills necessary to help the SVP, Policy Advocacy and Government Relations (PAGR) craft a successful policy and advocacy agenda, and to effectively manage a dynamic professional team.

  • Shape and execute TPL's legislative strategy, considering both short-term program and project needs and long-term organizational relationships and credibility.
  • Lead TPL’s climate change policy and advocacy work, in coordination with our climate team, improving communities’ resilience to climate impacts, accelerating and protecting natural carbon storage, and otherwise advancing nature as part of a comprehensive solution to climate change.
  • Oversight of federal funding and policy advocacy for TPL land and park projects; including managing a portfolio of projects.
  • Oversight and day-to-day management of the 5-person Federal Relations Department.
  • Lobby Congress and Executive Agencies; maintain cooperative relationships; determine agency priorities; and expedite TPL projects.
  • Manage strong relationships with national NGO community, create effective partnerships and develop meaningful support for TPL’s agenda. Participation in national coalitions as needed.
  • Work with Philanthropy to secure support for Federal Relations Team’s work.
  • Work with Marketing/Communications staff on press statements, events and other media activities related to federal policy, programs and projects.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. 
  • Minimum of 10 years in federal relations and related fields, with at least 5 years management/supervisory experience.
  • Senior-level experience with federal legislative and agency processes; extensive experience on Capitol Hill or in the Executive Branch preferred.
  • Hands-on experience in climate change policy, strategy and politics; experience with Natural Climate Solutions, preferred.
  • Demonstrated management experience; ability to motivate professional staff and build healthy team culture.
  • Ability to establish strong relations with government officials and other partners; demonstrated strategic advocacy skills.

Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has connected communities to the outdoors and to each other. Today, millions of Americans live close to a park or natural area created by The Trust for Public Land, and countless more visit each year. From neighborhood parks to national parks, the organization has completed more than 5,000 projects, protected more than 3.5 million acres of land, helped to secure over 70 billion dollars of public funds for land protection and park creation, and inspired cities and towns nationwide to work to create a park or open space within a 10-minute walk of all their residents.

Join a diverse team of dedicated and passionate people working toward a mission you can believe in—creating parks and protecting land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Headquartered in San Francisco, The Trust for Public Land maintains offices in more than 30 locations nationwide. Get to know more about us.