Location: Remote or Washington Metropolitan Area. The hiring manager for this position works remotely.
Salary Range: $60,000-75,000
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.
NRPA is currently seeking an Advocacy Manager to join our Public Policy and Advocacy department.
The Advocacy Manger will develop and implement an integrated and comprehensive strategy to advance NRPA’s advocacy activities. This position will primarily focus on educating, training, recruiting, and growing NRPA’s advocate networks by conducting outreach to members, coalition partners, and other relevant stakeholders. This role will work in closely with the Senior Government Affairs Manager to coordinate policy activities that are in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan and the policy action needs of the members and key stakeholders.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
Develops an outreach strategy integrated with NRPA’s lobbying efforts to advance organizational public policy priorities. Elements of that strategy include recruiting, educating, and training advocates, and working with State Executive Directors and Presidents to further the NRPA policy agenda. Develops new and innovative means of advocacy outreach.
Oversees NRPA’s existing site visit and virtual meetings model for advocacy, including assisting in event planning, logistics, and on occasion, on-site staffing of Congressional visits.
Manages departmental advocacy outreach activities including preparing and overseeing development of advocacy materials and action alerts, including advocacy articles for NRPA publications, social media activities on advocacy issues, and maintaining nrpa.org/advocacy updated with the relevant advocacy materials.
Collaborates with other NRPA departments to coordinate advocacy activities and informational briefings for NRPA senior leadership and relevant stakeholders.
Responds to NRPA member requests for legislative updates and provides guidance on national trends, funding opportunities for recreation, park and conservation initiatives and instruction on how to communicate NRPA priorities to Congressional offices.
Attends public and private meeting involving major projects to capture and articulate the measurable value of NRPA’s advocacy efforts to the maximum extent practicable.
Helps to build and/or strengthen strategic partnerships with organizations and community groups that will assist NRPA in meeting desired policy agenda outcomes.
Represents the NRPA Public Policy and Advocacy team at coalition partner meetings and prepares and delivers summaries of those meetings for the NRPA team.
Working with NRPA staff and potential outside consultants to ensure NRPA members are comfortable with advocating for their needs and legislative goals.
Provides administrative and scheduling support to the NRPA Public Policy and Advocacy team.
Required Materials and Application Process: Applicants without the following required materials may not be considered for this position:
Cover Letter detailing your background and description how your experience and education would make you a successful candidate for this position (limit 2 pages).
Applicants will first be evaluated on the completeness and qualifications of application materials. Qualified applicants will then be invited for a phone screen and selected applicants will be invited to participate in virtual interviews. Finalists will be required to submit references for a reference and background check.
Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants.
NRPA values diversity, equity and inclusion and we are committed to integrating these core values more deeply into all elements of our daily work. NRPA is an equal opportunity employer and highly encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, ethnic minorities, new Americans (immigrants and refugees), LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, native people, and veterans.
Discover the Benefits at NRPA!
To promote healthy lifestyles, at work and away, we have established programs like Teleworking, FlexTime Schedules, 37.5-hour workweek, Employee Assistance Programs, Educational Assistance Programs, Lunch-and-Learn sessions, and more. NRPA also offers a competitive Heath benefits package, generous PTO program where employees accrue 26 days of paid time per year, parental leave, and retirement and savings benefits.
Although we are currently working remotely due to public health safety, NRPA headquarters is situated on park land in Ashburn, Virginia. This campus boasts a warm professional environment, with a relaxing and peaceful view of nature at its finest!
The space offers indoor & outdoor eating areas, as well as indoor & outdoor fitness opportunities, including an air-conditioned fitness room with access to showers, as well as foot trails for the outdoor enthusiast.
NRPA also maintains office space in Washington, D.C. for its D.C.-based staff that is centrally located and convenient to the blue, orange, silver and red subway lines.
A bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, a related field, or work history that proves a skillset that aligns with the needs of this position.
Demonstrated ability to develop and carry out advocacy activities. Knowledge of the federal legislative process is a plus.
3 – 5 years’ experience in a similar role, non-profit field preferred.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a variety of audiences, including community advocates, members of the public and elected officials.
Understanding of complex strategic planning in nonprofit and government environments.
Ability to work with diverse people, communities, and cultures, with an understanding of cultural awareness practices.
Superior writing skills with the ability to translate complex issues into a level appropriate for the general population and policymakers.
Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), web-based communications, social media, and some basic design software knowledge.
Strong commitment to NRPA’s vision, mission, and values.
Must be willing to travel from 2 – 10 days per year, or more if needed.
Candidate Work Style
Excels in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment
Self-directed and detail-oriented with a collaborative and professional team spirit to contribute to a collegial, team-oriented environment
Willing to travel outside of the Washington Metropolitan Area or your remote work location. Remote workers must visit NRPA Headquarters periodically including attendance at the NRPA annual conference.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association
NRPA is a national, non-profit service organization devoted to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all Americans. The Association works to extend the social, health, cultural, and economic benefits of parks and recreation. Through its network of over 21,000 recreation and park professionals, NRPA encourages recreation initiatives for youths in high-risk environments, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and the conservation of natural and cultural resources. NRPA works closely with national, state and local recreation and park agencies, corporations and citizen groups in carrying out its vision.
NRPA is committed to improving public understanding of leisure¡¦s significance in a full and meaningful life. Its long-range plan embraces the following goals.
„h To promote public awareness and support for recreation, park and leisure services, the constructive use of leisure, and the physical and mental health of the individual. NRPA also strives to promote public awareness of the environmental and natural resource management aspects of recreation and leisure services.
„h To facilita...te adoption of socially progressive and environmentally appropriate public policy for recreation and leisure services.
„h To strengthen professional and citizen skills and effectiveness, thus enhancing services to the public.
For more information, contact NRPA headquarters at phone: 703-858-0784, fax: 703-858-0794 or e-mail: email@example.com.