Legislative & Climate Associate

Environmental Advocates of New York is the primary environmental government watchdog in Albany and a leading voice for conservation, the environment and public health in New York State.   

Our vision is that by mid-21st century, New York State is an international green leader due to its clean and healthy waters, 100% renewable energy powered economy, and vibrant and safe communities. To secure this vision we will work in communities all across the state to educate and engage the public to ensure that the environment is protected and that policy change is made to make New York cleaner and greener.

We are seeking a Legislative & Climate Associate to join our team to manage our legislative tracking and distribution process and to serve as a member of our climate advocacy team. 

Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience, low to mid $40’s, excellent health benefits, retirement savings including an employer contribution, and a vibrant, fast-paced work environment. 

Application Deadline: Applications will be received through October 21, 2019  

Please email your resume or CV, cover letter, list of three references, and a writing sample to Kate Kurera, Deputy Director, at kkurera@eany.org. Include in the subject line “Legislative Associate.”  

Only email submissions will be accepted. Please do not mail application materials or call. 

Environmental Advocates is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy that an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status or any other protected characteristic as established by federal, state or local law is not and will not be considered in any decision regarding recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, layoff, termination, classification, compensation, benefits or other employment action. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. 

General Duties

The Legislative & Climate Associate is a full-time exempt position (37.5 hours per week) that reports to the Deputy Director, but works across the teams on legislative tracking and memorandum preparations. The prime responsibility of the Legislative Associate is to manage our legislative memo distribution process; the decades old accountability effort that ensures that New York State legislators are fully aware of our views of environmental legislation that is before them. 

The Legislative & Climate Associate will also serve on the team that advocates around the inter-related issues of climate change and transportation policy. This includes, but is not limited to, lobbying on and engaging the public in our efforts to move New York to an economy fully powered by renewable energy. The Legislative Associate will also play a role in grass-roots organizing and mobilization related to these policy issues.  

The Legislative and Climate Associate should have a broad knowledge of environmental issues with a particular interest and knowledge of climate change and transportation. Experience in organizing and/or issue-based campaigning is also a plus.  

Specific Responsibilities

Advocacy

  • Serve as a front-line advocate that engages decision makers on climate change and transportation; 
  • Serve as a public spokesperson before the general public and the media; 
  • Work with the communications staff to develop and execute a communications strategy that includes electronic and web-based communications, media releases, and the development of other outreach materials; 
  • Work with program and community engagement staff to develop strategies for achieving the organization’s policy goals; 
  • Conduct public outreach and be able to build and lead effective coalitions; 
  • Serve as a lobbyist and spokesperson before the New York State Legislature, administrative agencies and the media; and 
  • Conduct analysis of specific regulations, legislation, the state budget and other policies as needed. 

Project Management

  • Lead the organization’s weekly legislative memo preparation and distribution process;  
  • Track environmental legislation before the New York State Legislature; and keep detailed records of legislator’s voting records; 
  • Assist with the creation of goals for programs and projects including intermediate objectives and timelines for achieving them; 
  • Stay up-to-date on developments that influence programs and projects;  
  • Identify funding opportunities, develop grant proposals and foundation reports, and maintain relationships with donors; and 
  • Other management responsibilities include managing and overseeing Legislative Interns and the intern program and lobbying reporting.

Skills/Experience 

  • At least two years of experience in advocacy, community organizing, policy analysis, and/or government relations; 
  •  A Bachelor’s degree is required (public policy or environmental studies degrees are considered a plus); 
  • Ability to juggle competing priorities, manage multiple projects, and work in a team environment; 
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills; 
  • Strong interest in public policy and politics; and, 
  • Licensed driver with a willingness to travel as needed.