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E-M:/ Michigan LCV job posting: Political Director

Enviro-Mich message from "Pam Bierzynski" <pam@michiganlcv.org>


Political Director	

May 2008

Background:  Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is a dynamic
non-profit, non-partisan political organization working with its members and
the state?s conservation and environmental community to make environmental
protection a top priority with elected officials and the voting public.
Michigan LCV helps elect candidates to public office who stand up for
conservation principles, and holds elected officials accountable for their
actions.   The affiliated Michigan LCV Education Fund shares staff and
office space with Michigan LCV, and is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, non-partisan
organization that builds the muscle of the conservation community through
technical support, training and coalition building.  Michigan LCV Education
Fund also supports programs to increase voting and citizen participation in
Michigan?s democratic process.  Michigan LCV?s home office is in Ann Arbor,

The Political Director works for both organizations and is ideally based in
Michigan LCV?s Ann Arbor office.  The position is responsible to and
supervised by the Executive Director.  

Necessary Qualifications:  The Political Director must have excellent
written, verbal and electronic communications skills, and extensive campaign
experience--ideally both electoral and issue-focused.  S/he must have
excellent ?people skills?, be detailed oriented with good organization
skills and meticulous follow-through. In addition, s/he must be able to work
independently, as well as part of a team, and have familiarity with various
computer software programs (Word, Illustrator, Excel, databases).  S/he must
be willing to travel throughout the state, should have a deep understanding
of environmental issues and Michigan politics, and be committed to the
mission and purpose of Michigan LCV and Michigan LCV Education Fund.  

Duties and Responsibilities:  
At one time or another throughout a two year election cycle, the Political
Director has the following duties and responsibilities:

Political Coordination
? Development and implementation of cutting edge issue-based and electoral
campaign plans.  This involves working closely with Michigan LCV?s highly
qualified staff, overseeing implementation as related to member
communication, field organizing, media, and legislative communication.
? Coordination of electoral campaigns and issue-advocacy campaigns across
the state.  This includes collaboration with allied organizations in
coalitions, and development of relationships with non-traditional allies
around key environmental issues facing the state. 
? Staff management of both the Issues and Accountability and the Political
Committees of the Board.

Legislative and Administrative Advocacy
? Working closely with other Michigan LCV staff and the Board on the
development and implementation of a pro-active environmental policy agenda.
This includes representing Michigan LCV at the Capitol during legislative
session and legislative workgroups, and before administrative agencies;
drafting legislation; analyzing proposed policies and legislation internally
and in coalition; strategizing on appropriate priorities and campaigns with
the environmental community; and building relationships with legislators,
legislative staff, and key individuals within administrative agencies and
the executive branch.
? Development of a Common Agenda with the Michigan environmental community?s
legislative staff persons and opinion leaders.  This includes content
management of the Michigan Environmental Briefing Book project and
communication with media and the public on the top environmental and
conservation issues facing Michigan.
? Management of the Michigan LCV Environmental Scorecard, Michigan LCV?s
trademark publication and accountability tool, which grades lawmakers on
their environmental voting records.

Public Education
? Collaboration with Michigan LCV?s communication staff to deliver timely,
strategic, and consistent messages to the media, decision-makers, Michigan
LCV members and key segments of the general public.  This includes, but is
not limited to, drafting press releases and opinion editorials, organizing
and participating in Editorial Board meetings, outreach to members via
action alerts and weekly website updates, and pro-active communication with
decision makers, i.e., floor letters.

? Performing the administrative tasks necessary to accomplish his or her
job, including timely completion of administrative paperwork; participating
in and assisting with trainings for staff, member leaders, and other members
for their leadership development; and attending staff, Board, and annual
meetings, and other meetings and events as assigned.

Compensation:  Michigan League of Conservation Voters is an equal
opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary.
To apply:  Send letter of interest, resume, three references and two samples
of communications to Michigan League of Conservation Voters, 213 W. Liberty
Street, Ste. 300, Ann Arbor, MI 48104; phone 734-222-9650, FAX 734-222-9651,
or email lisa@michiganlcv.org.  

Application deadline:  June 2, 2008

For information: Visit www.michiganlcv.org or www.michiganlcvedfund.org 

Pam Bierzynski
Office & Special Projects Manager
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
213 W. Liberty, Ste 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Main: 734-222-9650
Fax:  734-222-9651
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