Campaign Manager, Law of the Land Project

  • Reports to: Director, Public Lands Project
  • Staff reporting to this position: Campaign associate, Law of the Land Project
  • Department: Energy and Environment
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress is launching a new initiative, called the Law of the Land Project, that will help defend bedrock conservation laws and progressive public lands policies through the judicial branch of government. The campaign manager of the Law of the Land Project will work with progressive partner organizations to develop and implement strategies and messages to clearly communicate what is at stake in key legal debates relating to the management of public lands, oceans, and natural resources. The campaign manager will work with academics, nonprofit organizations, legal experts, thought leaders, and citizens in the defense of bedrock conservation laws and those whose voices and perspectives should be heard and considered by legal decision-makers, journalists, and elected officials.

The campaign manager will also be responsible for leveraging the research and communications capabilities of American Progress to provide customized and actionable analysis, messaging, and content to a variety of progressive partners who are working to defend conservation laws in the courts. The ideal candidate will have significant experience leading communications and advocacy campaigns, as well as a familiarity with environmental and natural resource policy and/or litigation.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop and implement proactive campaign, legal, and communications strategies to support the defense of bedrock conservation laws in the judicial branch of government.
  • Coordinate communications and advocacy campaigns involving multiple partner groups.
  • Draft blog posts, talking points, press releases, op-eds, memos, issue briefs, and a range of written products.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with journalists who cover environmental, public lands, and natural resource policy and legal debates.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key legal minds, including state attorneys general and environmental law experts at law firms, universities, and advocacy groups.
  • Organize events that drive attention to major legal debates about conservation and natural resource policy.
  • Work with the Public Lands team and the Energy and Environment Policy team at American Progress to leverage other policy initiatives, campaigns, resources, and relationships to achieve the goals of the Law of the Land Project.
  • Maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, public policy, environmental studies, political science, or related field or advanced degree required.
  • Minimum of five years post-degree professional experience.
  • Experience working on and managing issue communications and advocacy campaigns.
  • Experience working with journalists and media organizations.
  • Ability to work with partner organizations and to help build coalitions.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research, advocacy, and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of public lands, energy, and environmental policies and an ability to understand and effectively communicate these issues.
  • Experience working with legal experts and lawyers.
  • Comfort working under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to proactively manage many simultaneous issues, multitask, and prioritize.
  • Nonprofit, both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4), experience a plus.
  • Experience working on issue or political campaigns a plus.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals required.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70.

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to:

Or you may write to: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title and department of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

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