1. Work with FCNL

Legislative Representative for Sustainable Energy & Environment

May 12, 2020


The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), an established Capitol Hill Quaker lobbying organization, is seeking a senior lobbyist to strategically advance FCNL polices for achievable legislative change for our Energy and Environment program.

FCNL’s sustainable energy and environment program encompasses a wide range of issues related to climate change, from putting a price on carbon with protections for vulnerable populations, and securing federal investments in key environmental programs, to building a broad, bipartisan consensus around addressing climate change.

The Organization

We work for social and economic justice, peace, stewardship of the environment, and good government. FCNL lobbyists have extensive contacts on the Hill and conduct focused legislative campaigns on priorities ranging from peacebuilding to criminal justice sentencing reform to climate change. Our dedicated grassroots network brings constituent perspectives into congressional offices—both here in Washington at two major lobbying events each year and in local district offices throughout the year. We inform and educate our network through our newsletter and collateral materials; and activate our grassroots network through a robust web site, email, and social media outreach. FCNL witnesses from a basis of spiritual and ethical purpose and seeks to change government policy and practice for the better. FCNL is entering its 76th year of bringing Quaker values to bear on national policy through congressional testimony, Capitol Hill visits, grassroots lobbying, and educational initiatives.

Our national network includes people from many different faiths and backgrounds who are activists and donors. We are dedicated to growing the network with particular emphasis on effective relationship-building as a path to policy change. In the past 3 years, we’ve increased the number of in-person lobby visits from our constituents by 50%. Headquartered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, FCNL is governed by a General Committee of 190 Quakers from across the country and employs a staff of 43, including 20 registered lobbyists.

The Position

Working within FCNL’s vision to “seek an earth restored,” the Legislative Representative for Sustainable Energy and Environment leads and manages FCNL’s robust environmental lobbying program. The legislative representative keeps current on evolving knowledge on sustainable energy and environment, analyzes bills, lobbies members of Congress and congressional staff on our priorities, writes materials for and engages our constituents around the country in legislative action, coordinates with colleague organizations, plays a leadership role in coalitions, presents information in meetings and conferences, and integrates the work of the energy and environment program with other aspects of the FCNL legislative program. The Legislative Representative for Sustainable Energy and Environment reports to the Legislative Director for Domestic Policy and manages one junior-level program assistant.

FCNL seeks to create a diverse workplace. We are actively soliciting applicants from different ethnic, sexual orientation, racial, generational and religious backgrounds.

Priorities and Responsibilities:

  • Promote FCNL policy positions: Monitor legislative and policy developments on sustainable energy and environmental issues. Represent FCNL's positions on sustainable energy and the environment, in a manner consistent with FCNL’s Statement of Legislative Policy, to mem¬bers of Congress, their staff, and other government officials. Liaise with key current and former members of Congress who champion climate change on behalf of FCNL.
  • Participate in lobby visits and coalitions: Engage government officials in dialogue on public policy in the spirit of mutual respect and seeking. As appropriate, cooperate with other organiza¬tions whose work is closely related to FCNL priorities. Offer legislative and lobbying strategy development and leadership at FCNL and within coali¬tions related to sustainable energy and the environment, including the Washington Interreligious Staff Community’s Energy and Ecology Working Group. Develop new partnerships as needed.
  • Develop and implement focused change strategies: This occurs in consultation and collaboration with other appropriate staff. Clearly articulate change strategies for FCNL staff and committees. Implement the change strategies, arrange for periodic assessments and evaluations, and adjust strategies accordingly.
  • Prepare lobbying materials and resources: Research and create letters, fact sheets, background papers, reports, talking points and other written materials as needed to support lobbying strategies with Congress and appropriate government officials. Brief and prepare the General Secretary for lobby visits, meetings with government officials, and policy presentations related to sustainable energy and environmental issues.
  • Communicate program internally: In collaboration with the communications department, prepare material for FCNL constituents and the general public to be distributed in a range of media, including action alerts, the FCNL web page, newsletters, essays, op-ed columns, letters to the editor, and other educational materials for general distribution. Oversee maintenance of web pages and list serves or calendars on sustainable energy and environmental issues.
  • Help resource grassroots lobbying: Work cooperatively with the FCNL Legislative Hill Team to design and imple¬ment pro¬grams to help FCNL constituents educate themselves on specific issues and to take timely action. Such cooperative activities might include communicating with FCNL constituents, grassroots training, organizing list serves, and organizing ¬lobby days.
  • Engage with FCNL’s network: Work together with staff, volunteers and committees to help FCNL further its purpos¬es. Travel and interpret FCNL's positions and activi¬ties to Friends and other interested persons and groups. R¬epresent¬ FCNL at gather¬ings and events as needed. Occasionally design and lead events at FCNL’s Quaker Welcome Center to further bipartisan dialogue and action on climate change and educate FCNL’s network. Attend FCNL Annual Meeting, Spring Lobby Weekend, and quarterly Policy and Executive Committee meetings as needed. Prepare reports to the committee and other documents as necessary for the good order of the committee process.
  • Resource organizational development: Work with FCNL grant writer to seek funding to support legislative activities. Fulfill terms of grant contracts in good order.
  • Supervise: Manage the work and professional development of the Young Fellow for the Sustainable Energy & Environment program. The Young Fellow is a year-long, entry-level position. Supervise volunteers, interns, and others, as needed.

This description outlines the general nature of the duties that a person in this position is would perform. It is expected that the employee will perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Experience and Attributes:

  • An appreciation of the vision that FCNL promotes in Congress and with administrative agencies; an ability to help lead FCNL’s integrated legislative program.
  • An abiding passion for stewardship of the earth.
  • A consultative and collegial manner, with skills in facilitating group processes and cooperative work with colleagues inside and outside of FCNL.
  • Self-reliance and the ability to take initiative.
  • A systematic and well-organized approach to problems, with attention to details and deadlines, and the ability to handle a wide range of tasks as needed.
  • Successful supervisory experience.
  • Familiarity with Friends organizations, concerns and practices, and ability and willingness to work with Friends’ committee process.
  • A strong interest in legislative issues and public policy development, and general agreement with the FCNL statement of legislative policy.

Qualifications

  • Three to five years of relevant experience in legislative advocacy--with Congress, a relevant administrative agency, a non-profit organization or business.
  • Knowledge of and experience with designing and leading legislative program development and legislative change strategies, preferably at the national level.
  • Willingness to work on a bi-partisan approach to solutions.
  • Excellent research, writing, editing, and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to work with a team of individuals who are responsible for various aspects of FCNL’s work, including lobbyists who focus on other issues, communications experts, grassroots organizers, and public campaigns staff.

Compensation

  • Salary starts at $65,000 and is negotiable based on experience and in relation to other similarly sized non-profits in the Washington, DC market.
  • Robust benefits package includes health, dental, vision, life, short- and long-term disability, generous retirement plan contribution, paid time off plus holidays, parental leave, transit benefit and more.
  • Work Week: This is a full-time exempt position, based on a 37.5-hour work week, with occasional travel. Some compensatory time will balance evening/weekend work and travel.

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FCNL seeks to create a diverse workplace. We are actively soliciting applicants from all ethnic, racial, gender, sexual orientation, generational, and religious backgrounds.