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California Senior Legislative Specialist or California Legislative Director  

About the Organization At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive!  

The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a Senior Legislative Specialist or Legislative Director to join our team working for progressive, urgent state government action in California on climate and biodiversity protection. The position is based in Sacramento. Alternate nearby locations may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

General position overview:

This position will have a primary focus on climate protection, working with our Climate Law Institute team to wage innovative legal and grassroots campaigns to protect people, wildlife and ecosystems from climate change and the dirty and dangerous fossil fuel industry. We are working to end oil production in California and speed the just transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy, including 100 percent zero emission vehicle sales. This position also includes work on a range of other important issues, from wildlife connectivity to oceans protection and environmental health.

The successful candidate will advance the Centers state-level policy priorities in Sacramento, as part of a dynamic team including organizers, scientists, lawyers, and media professionals.

Main duties:

  • Serve as a key strategic member of the team focused on coordinating and advancing the Centers climate and overall state-level climate policy priorities in Sacramento.
  • Track, monitor, and influence legislation and regulatory processes related to the Centers policy priorities.
  • Build and maintain an open line of communication with the state legislature and agencies with the goal of advancing our policy prioritiesincluding through one-on-one and group meetings.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key allies and advocates to advance common goals.
  • Analyze legislation and regulatory documents and coordinate with Center staff to develop written comments and other advocacy materials.
  • Coordinate and facilitate excellent communication throughout the organization on state level policy and advocacy.
  • Attend hearings and workshops in Sacramento; provide written and verbal testimony.
  • Represent the Center at in-person meetings, hearings, and events in Sacramento (when in-person meetings resume, and it is safe to travel).

Essential qualities, qualifications and skills:

  • Minimum eight years experience in public advocacy, including minimum two years experience analyzing and researching legislative and regulatory text proposals and the ability to do so accurately, thoroughly, and efficiently. More experienced candidates may be considered for Legislative Director.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues and organizations with a wide array of goals, perspectives, and backgrounds, including experience working with coalitions.
  • Commitment to incorporating principles of justice, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the work.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully navigate challenges, including from a powerful and well-resourced opposition.
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to succeed in a fast-paced environment with a full workload where it is necessary to balance multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Excellent analytic, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and with a team.
  • Interest in climate policy and biodiversity protection.

Preferred qualifications, skills, and qualities:

  • Experience with public interest legislative and/or regulatory advocacy in California, including with running, supporting, or opposing legislation.
  • Experience with government affairs.
  • Experience in environmental campaigns.
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Experience with media outreach and media interviews.
  • Experience tracking multiple lines of work and tasks on different timelines.
  • Ability to translate complex scientific and legal information for multiple audiences.
  • Proficiency in Spanish and/or another language in addition to English, and translation experience to support relevant campaigns.

We recognize there are many paths to this role, and we are open to additional experiences and competencies that we may not have described. Rather than meeting all of the specified requirements, we are most interested in finding the right addition to the team who can help advance our policy and advocacy work.

Application process:

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3-5 references with your application. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Salary Range: The salary range is between $70,000 to $110,000, depending on experience.

Benefits Package:

  • Paid generous medical, dental, and vision plan.
  • Paid STD and LTD.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Informal and collegial work atmosphere.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities, and cultures, and we encourage people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and other people of color to apply for open positions. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

EOE statement:

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Position Requirements  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Oakland, CA  
Program(s) Climate Law Institute  
Open Date 4/4/2022  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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