State Director

Industry: Education, Government & Non-Profit


Less than 5 years

Posted 62 days ago

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About the Job

The State Director is responsible for helping to determine which issues and campaigns to prioritize in Washington, and developing our strategy, approach, and local message. The State Director will also meet with decision-makers and opinion leaders in Washington, and represent our organization to allies, the media in the state, and when needed, demonstrate grassroots and online support. Finally, the State Director will help recruit staff and volunteers to join us, fundraise for our programs, and maintain good systems for tracking and building on our work.

Representative Reponsibilities

  • Program Development: Develop our approach to public interest problems within a broader political context, creating specific programs and campaigns. Participate in and oversee policy development, research, and messaging.
  • Advocacy: Bring problems and solutions to the attention of decision-makers—including state legislators, people on the Governor's staff, state regulators and local officials. Develop appropriate messages and materials for making the case to decision makers; build relationships with key players in Iowa, the region and at the federal level.
  • Campaign Strategy: Develop plans to win on our public interest campaigns; assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, endorsements and message development.
  • Media Outreach: Serve as the public spokesperson for our public interest campaigns through media events, press releases, editorial board meetings and other outreach with a goal of building name recognition for the organization, educating the public about our issues and building and demonstrating support for our positions.
  • Coalition Building: Identify, reach out and work with partners who can help us win our campaigns.
  • Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff, and meet with large donors, all to bring more resources to campaigns we're working on. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.
  • Staff Recruitment and Development: Recruit new staff and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power.


Candidates must have at least 3-5 years of relevant professional experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to environmental issues and to citizen-based social change as well as a track-record of leadership. We're looking for goal-driven and results-oriented individuals who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work. The ideal candidate will have experience in state-level political advocacy and organizing, a proven ability to recruit, train and develop staff, the ability to raise money, and demonstrated success in building relationships with the full spectrum of public interest and political stakeholders.