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Job Posting - MEC Deputy Policy Director

May 20, 2014
Michigan Environmental Council seeks a Deputy Policy Director to lead and support MEC efforts to defend Michigan’s environment by shaping policy decisions made in the State Capital.

  • Work with MEC Policy Director, and other Policy Staff, to develop and advance environmental policy reforms in the State Capital.
  • Analyze environmental policy proposals (both legislative and executive branch) and monitor their progress through state decision-making processes.
  • Meet with lawmakers and executive agency officials – and testify at committee meetings and departmental hearings – in support of environmental protections.
  • Organize opportunities for representatives of MEC member groups and other allies to make their voices heard with elected representatives and government officials.
  • Coordinate key environmental policy campaigns by facilitating coalition meetings and ensuring campaign plans are implemented according to schedule.
  • Recruit new allies for MEC’s advocacy work, particularly from constituencies traditionally underrepresented in environmental campaigns.
  • Produce, with MEC Policy Staff, MEC’s weekly Capitol Update, and develop additional tools for communicating with MEC member groups and other allies on the status of key policy initiatives in Lansing.
  • Respond to media inquiries as appropriate.
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals and reports to funders.
  • Provide content for MEC’s quarterly newsletter, website and other publications.
  • Duties as assigned.
Desired Qualifications
  • Legislative experience, 1-3 years.
  • Professional experience in at least one of the following areas: public policy advocacy or analysis, coalition facilitation, the legislative process or political campaigns.
  • Passion for environmental protection, interest in the political process, and commitment to diversity required.
  • Familiarity with environmental issues and expertise in one or more of MEC’s core program areas.
  • Direct or related experience reaching out to potential new coalition partners, particularly those traditionally underrepresented in Michigan’s environmental community.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team; meet deadlines; and balance multiple tasks.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
Compensation & Related Matters
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Paid vacation and health/dental insurance provided.
  • Employer-matched retirement plan available.
  • Position based in Lansing, Michigan
  • Successful candidate will work under the direction of MEC Policy Director
Application Procedure

Deadline: Monday, June 9, 2014

To apply, send a cover letter, three references, a writing sample (1-3 pages), and your resume to:
Chris Kolb, President
Michigan Environmental Council
602 West Ionia Street
Lansing, MI 48933
It is preferred that you email materials (as one PDF, please) to jobs@environmentalcouncil.org. If you have questions, contact Judy Bearup at the email address above or call 517-487-9539.

The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) – a 501-(c)(3) charitable organization – was founded in 1980 and is a coalition of over 60 environmental and public health organizations with more than 200,000 individual members. For 34 years, MEC has provided a voice for the environment at the State Capital. In addition to serving as a clearinghouse of environmental information, MEC develops public policy, educates elected officials and the public, and provides training and support to member organizations. MEC is an equal opportunity employer
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