Location: Albuquerque or Santa Fe, New Mexico
Department: Government Relations and External Affairs
Supervisor: Director of National Outreach
This position has lead responsibility for the regional implementation of Defenders of Wildlife’s national legislative priorities and local issues as appropriate and approved. Through constituency building and public education the program will strengthen the group’s advocacy of national issue priorities and increase long-term regional support for wildlife conservation and recovery. General responsibilities include: outreach to diverse constituencies; mobilizing and enlisting Defenders’ existing supporters; expanding support by the general public; implementing effective accountability efforts for members of Congress; and ongoing media education.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Educate and mobilize Defenders’ donors, members, and e-mail activists in assigned geographic region with a current emphasis on using various organizing strategies and tools to support the “Conservation Crossroads: Extinction or Recovery” campaign
- Build and/or expand a regional network of diverse constituencies including but not limited to private landowners, outdoor recreation businesses, hook and bullet clubs, local officials and religious, scientific and environmental organizations, and local groups
- Expand base of support for assigned issues among targeted segments of the general public
- Establish relationships and communicate legislative priorities to local congressional offices
- Implement congressional issue accountability strategies on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife and/or Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, when authorized by special agreements
- Generate letters to the editor, guest editorials, and earned media in local newspapers
- Work in coordination with Defenders’ staff located in assigned region
- Develop, distribute, and/or present necessary campaign materials such as talking points, factsheets, and multi-media presentations
- Stay current on legislative and administrative issues of priority interest to Defenders
- Perform all other related duties as assigned.
- Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent in related discipline
- Experience: 2+ years of proven grassroots organizing success in political and/or issue campaigns in same geographic area
- An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
- Ability to learn and effectively communicate substance of legally, scientifically and politically complex wildlife and wildland focused issue campaigns to Defenders’ constituency, the general public, and media
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituencies including private landowners, hunters and anglers, local political leaders, and religious and scientific communities
- Excellent writing skills and ability to convey effective messages to various constituencies
- Ability to work independently and maintain strategic issue focus
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.
- Employee must have ability to organize and conduct frequent out of office events, presentations, and staff booths at various fairs and other types of public events.
- Employee must be able to conduct frequent out-of-town travel involving overnight stays.
- Position will be based out of an in-home office.
- This position requires some evening and weekend work.
- This position requires regular domestic travel.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants please reference New Mexico Outreach Representative (Albuquerque or Santa Fe, New Mexico) in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume and salary history to us via e-mail at: HR@defenders.org 
It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.
All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.