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GLIN==> OEC Job Posting - Legislative Associate

The Ohio Environmental Council is seeking a staff person for a new position - Legislative Associate.  Please forward the posting to anyone you think would be interested in the position.

Position Title:  Legislative and Public Affairs Associate
Status:  Full time employee                                                 
Date posted:  December 19, 2008
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.  The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified
Location:  Columbus, Ohio
The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) seeks a key staff member to support the OEC’s legislative and public affairs efforts, including policy research and advocacy; communication with the executive and legislative branches of state government; interaction with the media; and outreach to the public, the environmental-conservation community, and other constituencies.
The OEC is a growing statewide environmental research and advocacy group with a full-time staff of 19 and a 20-member Board of Directors dedicated to securing healthier air, land and water for all who call Ohio home.  The OEC has an annual budget of well over $1 million, with three quarters of the budget coming from foundation grants and the rest from private donors.  The OEC is Ohio’s leading advocate for fresh air, clean water, and sustainable land use and has a widely respected 40-year history of innovation, pragmatism, and success.  Using legislative initiatives, legal action, scientific principles, and statewide partnerships, we secure a healthier environment for Ohio’s families and communities.  Additional information about the organization and our programs can be found on our web site, www.theOEC.org.
Position description:  The new Legislative and Public Affairs Associate position will support the OEC’s Senior Director of Legislative and Public Affairs in a wide range of activities and will be responsible for specific legislative projects. The Associate will advocate for effective environmental-conservation policy; build bridges with the legislative and executive branches of Ohio government as well as with the regulated industries and non-traditional allies; help support an active presence in the Ohio news media and other communication modes; and inform, activate, and inspire our members, organizational allies, and the public to actively engage in legislative and public policy debates.
The Legislative and Public Affairs Associate will help to implement all facets of the OEC’s legislative and public affairs agenda by supporting the Senior Director of Legislative and Public Affairs to:
·         Execute the OEC’s legislative and executive agency agenda by helping to conduct policy research; exchanging information with public officials and staff on important issues; attending and gathering information from legislative hearings and public meetings; cultivating, organizing, and activating OEC members and allies through education and outreach; recruiting and coordinating testimony with members and other organizations; and drafting testimony, “Green Papers,” and action alerts
·         Execute the OEC’s public affairs agenda, helping to raise the profile of the OEC by assisting with earned media efforts, including helping to cultivate the OEC’s relationships with reporters, drafting press releases, making press calls, coordinating press conferences, maintaining media contact lists, and updating relevant information on the OEC website
·         Build alliances with fellow environmental-conservation groups; lawmakers and government agency officials and their staff; university researchers and staff; and the business community by helping with direct communications and relationship building; meeting and seminar attendance; website observation; and other modes of communication
The Associate also will be directly responsible for heading up the following special projects:
·         Organizing the OEC’s annual Environmental Lobby Day, recruiting citizen and group participants, coordinating issue briefings for citizen participants, and scheduling lawmaker meetings
·         Producing the OEC’s annual Legislative Briefing Book, a resource for state lawmakers and their staff that summarizes important legislative policy proposals suggested by Ohio’s environmental-conservation community, by soliciting and editing individual policy chapters and overseeing production and distribution of the book
·         Coordinating the OEC’s annual Legislative Summit by lining up speakers, recruiting attendees, promoting the event, and other activities
·         Overseeing other special projects, such as legislative committee and caucus staff briefings, “mini lobby days,” and reporter briefings
Qualifications:  The Legislative and Public Affairs Associate must have significant analytic, communication, and leadership qualities with demonstrated skills or aptitudes in research, policy development, advocacy, and outreach.  Strong networking and relationship development skills are a necessity, as is an entrepreneurial and positive attitude.  Familiarity with legislative and executive processes and personalities, knowledge of environmental and conservation issues, and experience in a public sector work environment are important.  The Associate should have substantial experience in a demanding work environment, as well as good communication and team-building skills.  Additionally, our new hire must possess the willingness and ability to travel and occasionally work evening and weekend hours, strong writing and speaking skills, proficiency in word processing, and use of the Internet.  Good energy and strong self-motivation are critical.  The minimum qualifications shall include graduation from a recognized college or university with a Bachelors Degree.  An advanced degree, extensive work experience, and/or professional accreditation are preferred.  Knowledge of Ohio’s landscape—environmental, economic, and political—is highly desirable.
Salary and benefits:  The salary range will be commensurate with experience.  The position offers excellent benefits including paid health, dental, vision and life insurance, employer-matched retirement fund, and ample paid time off for vacation, personal leave and holidays.
Qualified candidates should send their cover letter, resume, and three references to:
Jack Shaner, Deputy Director, Senior Director of Legislative & Public Affairs
Ohio Environmental Council
1207 Grandview Avenue, Suite 201
Columbus, Ohio  43212
FAX:  (614) 487-7510
Email:  Jack@theOEC.org
The OEC is an equal opportunity employer.  Additional information about the organization and its programs can be found on our website, www.theOEC.org.

Kristy Meyer, M.S.
Director of Agricultural & Clean Water Programs 
The Ohio Environmental Council
1207 Grandview Ave., Ste. 201
Columbus, OH 43212
P. 614.487.7506
F. 614.487.7510
E. kristy@theoec.org
W. www.theoec.org

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