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Director of Advocacy and External Affairs, Delaware Nature Society

Delaware Nature Society has spent over 50 years connecting people to nature with diverse environmental programs and services. As one of the most well respected environmental organizations in the region, we envision a healthy and sustainable environment for all plants, animals, and people living in our region. Our mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, advocacy, and conservation. Working state-wide in Delaware and the surrounding region, we operate four sites where people experience nature in unique hands-on ways reaching thousands of visitors each year.

Job Description

The Director of Advocacy & External Affairs is a strategic leadership position that ensures that our messaging to our partners and constituents is integrated through advocacy, marketing and external affairs.   Within the Development, External Affairs and Advocacy Department, the Director of Advocacy & External Affairs directs the development, implementation, and evaluation of Delaware Nature Society’s environmental advocacy efforts. This includes establishing and maintaining effective relationships with elected and appointed officials, local and regional reporters and other news media, industry, local/national environmental groups, and other collaborating organizations, in a collaborative effort to advocate and promote the protection and improvement our environment.

The Director of Advocacy & External Affairs also oversees the development and implementation of an effective communications and marketing strategy to raise the organization’s visibility while advancing our mission and strategic vision. Effective strategies aim to build strong relationships with the people we serve to grow grassroots advocacy campaigns, program participation and financial support. As a member of the Leadership Team, he/she will collaborate with other Directors in the development of the organization’s annual operating plan, as well as benchmarking progress on our strategic priorities:  Healthy Waters; Working & Natural Lands; and, Protecting Critical Habitat & Wildlife.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong background in conservation or environmental policy work preferred
  • Degree in environmental policy, law, sciences, related fields or relevant experience working in environmental non-profits
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in management and supervisory experiences
  • Legislative and grassroots advocacy and media experience required
  • Experience working with diverse audiences and communities is a plus
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience (including grants solicitation and management), budgeting, and finance experience required
  • Excellent written, verbal and communication skills required; a knowledge of environmental / water/ conservation issues locally and regionally is a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, and an aptitude for working in a highly changeable, dynamic, and fast-paced environment
  • Motivated, self-starter able to work independently, while guiding and leading others in their team to ensure legislative priorities are advanced
  • Flexibility to adjust hours as needed to meet deadlines including availability to work evenings, weekends as needed; statewide and regional travel required

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