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Director of Policy and Government Relations

Job Title: 
Director of Policy and Government Relations
Company, Organization, or University: 
The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
Flexible within Ohio with frequent travel to Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio Director of Policy and Government Relations leads and implements a comprehensive state program to proactively develop, lead and influence conservation and public policy outcomes that advance the Conservancy’s mission. They direct, manage, and support the Ohio Government Relations team, identifying and helping to create conservation funding and policy opportunities across multiple jurisdictions. They work with staff across The Nature Conservancy to advance TNC’s national and multi-state policy priorities related to waters, lands, and climate change, ensuring program compliance with local, state, and federal lobbying laws and regulations. They work with a diverse range of stakeholders, non-profit organizations, coalitions, elected officials, agencies, and business interests to build support for the organization’s conservation agenda and to advance key climate change and freshwater policy initiatives.

Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, business or related field and six years of experience directing legislative and issue campaigns, lobbying elected officials, and directing policy initiatives, building diverse coalitions across political and social divides, or equivalent combination of education/experience.

Are you looking for work you can believe in? At TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of Work that You Can Believe in where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing mission of conservation by directing and shaping public policy in Ohio! Come join us and apply today!

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, February 12, 2023
Application Instructions: 
To apply for job ID 52847, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on February 12, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law. Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator to match your military experience with our current job openings! TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line. Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption. An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible. Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.
Erin O'Rourke