Director Government Relations

  • Global non-profit, non government
  • Collaborative, science based, innovative 
  • Canberra based

There has never been a better time to join a group of impressive, influential and pioneering people making an impact.

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental non-profit non-government organisation working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Guided by science, they create innovative, on-the-ground solutions that address and tackle significant environmental challenges. In Australia, their work focuses on the Outback, including work with many Indigenous Traditional Owner groups; the Oceans, comprising an extensive shellfish reef building program and the southern Murray-Darling Basin, involving innovative water funds and property management.

Reporting to the Executive Director Philanthropy and Engagement, this position supports The Nature Conservancy’s conservation goals by developing and maintaining effective relationships with key decision makers (both political and bureaucratic) within all levels of Government to influence policy settings and mobilize public funding. As an advocacy lead, this role will plan, co-ordinate and implement an engagement program focused on ensuring that necessary relationships with key government decision makers are activated to further the Conservancy’s mission. Working closely with the Conservation team, the Director will build on TNC’s reputation as a trusted source of advice to policymakers by promoting sound research and analysis to decision-makers on conservation issues.

To be successful in this role, you will have a thorough understanding of the machinery of government, political acuity and bring extensive knowledge in public policy and/or environmental conservation. Ideally, you will have experience gained in a political environment (department, parliamentary or electorate office) or consulting firm in a relevant field. You will have the ability to work under pressure, to take personal responsibility for prioritising and be able to manage a workload under limited supervision. Naturally you will have exceptional stakeholder management and the credibility and gravitas to influence, coupled with the ability to operate in politically sensitive/charged environments and agility to respond to emerging challenges and opportunities.

The successful applicant will posses a Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, law, government relations, or related field and have at least 5 years of experience, including working with government policy development and public administration.

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