Coordinate and grow ongoing Forest Policy and Advocacy efforts for Bark by maintaining meaningful influence and engagement with agencies, decision-makers and the public regarding management projects and policies on Mt. Hood and advocate for environmental justice in the management of national forests and other federal public lands.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (other duties may be assigned):
National Forest Policy Engagement and Government Relations (~50%)
- Research, provide analysis, and participate in Bark’s work to influence on the ground outcomes of Forest Service/BLM management projects.
- Provide analysis and guide strategies for Bark’s ongoing advocacy in alignment with strategic goals.
- Support policy writing for new initiatives as appropriate.
- Represent Bark at agency meetings and pertinent community meetings.
- Steward relationships with agency, local, tribal and federal representatives, and coordinate briefings year-round.
Advocacy Communications (~20%)
- Provide executive summaries and talking points for staff, Board and volunteers on key advocacy issues.
- Partner with the Development team to set advocacy communications strategy, including key messaging, media, public relations, and online engagement.
- Position Bark as a thought leader and resource on restorative, environmentally just forest management for Mt. Hood National Forest, especially regarding public processes.
Outreach and Organizing (~10%)
- Educate elected officials, community leaders, and the public on national forest policy issues.
- Coordinate with the Associate Director to represent Bark in coalition spaces.
- Guide Bark’s advocacy efforts to empower diverse communities in forest policymaking.
Legal Liaison (~10%)
- Research and propose legal strategies to fulfill Bark’s strategic plan.
- Communicate via written memoranda potential legal strategies to the Forest Watch Committee, staff, and Board of Directors.
- Collaborate with other organizations and lawyers to forward legal challenges, and act as the liaison between contracted lawyers and Bark.
- Communicate with Bark’s board of directors through regular reports and informal updates as needed.
- Participate in administrative & fundraising activities as needed.
- In-forest activities as needed.
DESIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- 1+ years of direct work experience in advocacy, government relations, public affairs and/or involvement with campaigns aimed at influencing policy change.
- Demonstrated experience contributing to and/or leading environmental justice campaigns/efforts/initiatives.
- Strong skillset in collaborative decision-making and accountability, demonstrated ability to pivot between working independently, and in mutually supportive work relationships to achieve shared goals.
- Strong relational, analytical, writing, and verbal skills for communicating organizational advocacy goals with government employees, politicians, diverse stakeholders, and Tribal leadership.
- Interest in the overlap of science, policy and social justice.
- Experience engaging with federal land management law, policy and agencies, specifically the processes of the National Environmental Policy Act.
- Experience developing and managing efforts to influence policymakers and external stakeholders.
- Ability to think strategically and use judgment in decision-making.
- Excellent public engagement skills with a passion for the organization’s mission.
- Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite/Office 365 and virtual meeting platforms.
- Ability to work in office environment as needed, which requires ability to perceive and communicate with others and prepare and manage documents.
- Must be able to maintain the following for several hours at a time: use of computer or similar technology, phone, stationary position as required.
- Ability to communicate in person, over the phone and/or via computer.
- Travel between locations and move through the forest landscape as needed. A valid driver’s license is required.
Level of Authority: Reports to Associate Director
BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION
Bark is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a flexible, friendly, team-based environment with immediate opportunities to shape organizational strategies, competitive salary ($50 – 53,000 for this position, depending on experience and location), and benefits package, including health, vision, and dental, paid vacation days on top of all federal holidays, paid sick leave, and a paid long-term leave policy (1 month family/sabbatical leave accrued for every 3 years of employment).