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Background: Alaska Wilderness League is the only Washington, DC-based conservation group devoted full-time to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wilderness quality lands and waters offshore in Alaska. Founded in 1993, the League is a 501(c)(3) organization that works at the federal level on a variety of issues affecting Alaska’s wild lands and waters. With headquarters in DC and offices in Alaska and across the country, the League’s mission is to lead the effort to preserve Alaska’s wild lands and waters by engaging citizens and decision makers with a courageous, constant, victorious voice for Alaska.

Campaign Director, Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign

Location: Washington, DC

Salary: Commensurate with Experience

The Director of the Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign will lead a collaborative effort to defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from destructive oil and gas development.  Working closely with leading conservation organizations, the Gwich’in Steering Committee, and other partners in the faith, environmental justice, outdoor recreation, climate change, wildlife, and Native American rights movements, the Director will oversee and coordinate a multi-prong campaign – consisting of communications, administrative, legislative, corporate, and grassroots strategies – to protect this cherished and iconic landscape.

This is a unique and exciting job requiring someone with strong leadership, strategic thinking, collaboration, communication, and organizational skills, as well as a successful track record of issue and/or political campaign work.  The Director must have a desire to authentically engage a diverse group of partners, including regional and national partners and Alaska Natives


  • Lead the development and implementation of a creative, integrated advocacy strategy and national campaign to successfully defend the Arctic Refuge from oil and gas development.
  • Lead and coordinate inter-organizational coalition, comprised of staff teams covering field, communications, lobbying, and other teams as needed, as well as a senior level steering committee, ensuring appropriate information flow among team members.
  • Convene multi-organization Steering Committee and submit annual budget and campaign plan for its approval while regularly identifying strategic and other key issues for deliberation.
  • Oversee and ensure effective execution of campaign strategy, including rapid response, and maintain a culture of shared commitment and accountability for the coalition.
  • Regularly update campaign strategies, proactively identify gaps and needs and develop proposals to fill them. Provide strategic campaign advice to coalition partners and drive strong implementation of our shared plans.
  • Track and regularly report on progress towards campaign goals and accomplishment of key tactics through the Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign senior level steering committee.
  • Lead budget planning and management of shared coalition resources, ensuring consensus around budget decision making and deployment of resources. Engage or assist in raising additional financial support for coalition priorities.
  • Engage and build relationships with new partners to expand the reach, diversity, and effectiveness of the campaign.
  • Hire and supervise vendors, consultants, and other service providers, as needed.
  • Take a lead role in facilitating information sharing and coordination between the Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign and campaigns to protect other parts of America’s Arctic including proactively identifying opportunities for joint or complementary strategies, tactics and messaging.
  • Hire and manage central campaign staff, developing goals and work plans as necessary.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Minimum 7 years of experience in issue and/or electoral campaign work or a related field, ideally with experience covering strategic communications (earned media, paid advertising, and/or digital), field/grassroots organizing, and other advocacy campaign strategies and tactics.
  • Strong track record of collaborative team leadership among partners with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
  • Exceptional strategic thinking skills and demonstrated ability to adapt, innovate, and solve problems effectively.
  • Proven capacity to design, implement and adapt a national or regional campaign plan, including strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including ability to connect with a general audience.
  • Motivated, self-starter with the ability to take initiative, develop ideas, and see them through to implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to function at a high level under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment with many simultaneous moving pieces.
  • Knowledge of Capitol Hill and/or the Department of the Interior and experience working on Alaskan, public lands and/or wildlife issues a plus.
  • College degree or the equivalent
  • A commitment to social justice and/or natural resource conservation issues and capacity to develop strong, trust-based partnership

To apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to Jobs@arcticrefugedefense.org. Position open until filled; application review will begin on November 15, 2018.