The League to Save Lake Tahoe (Keep Tahoe Blue) is seeking an experienced, highly-motivated and professional environmental land use expert to work as either a land use planning policy associate or senior land use planning policy analyst to join our program team (policy associate/analyst). The position assists in the implementation of targeted campaigns and programs to help protect, restore and advocate for the health of the Lake Tahoe Basin. You will help develop strategies to achieve strategic outcomes for protection of Lake Tahoe’s clarity and water quality. You will also conduct environmental analysis and research and assist with federal, state and local advocacy. You will be responsible for helping the League, as Lake Tahoe’s environmental watchdog, in the development, implementation, and enforcement of applicable planning policy within the greater Lake Tahoe region, including, but not limited to, land use and transportation planning.
RESPONSIBILITIESThe Keep Tahoe Blue team is seeking someone experienced in environmental policy, analyzing environmental documents, writing comment letters, preparing and delivering oral comments at public meetings and who is able to provide expertise and advice to the organization on best environmental practices in land use planning.
You will work closely with our program team, consisting of our executive director, deputy director, senior policy analyst, and communications and natural resources managers, to develop and execute strategies to ensure the adoption and implementation of sound environmental policies throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin. The policy associate/analyst will assist with the development of strategic campaigns to advance the League’s mission and positions. Such strategies may include, but are not limited to, community organizing, stakeholder collaboration, presenting at public meetings and events, building alliances with other community or environmental groups and building relationships with partners and stakeholders.
Land use planning aspectsThe policy associate/analyst is the League’s expert in applicable local, regional, state, and federal land use and environmental laws, regulations, and policies. You will work with the policy team to analyze, research, and evaluate proposed land use plans, transportation plans, and development projects within the greater Lake Tahoe region and prepare written and oral comments as appropriate with particular emphasis on environmental impacts to water quality, air quality, scenic impacts, and access to recreation. The policy associate/analyst is further responsible for ensuring that all projects, plans, local jurisdictions and agencies are in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and the existing planning framework. The policy associate/analyst represents the League at interagency meetings and working groups, as well as at public meetings and other decision making forums. You will also research best practices for land use and transportation planning, and assist the League in applying such best practices to Tahoe’s complicated planning and regulatory environment. You will also be responsible for monitoring developments to local, regional, state, and federal law and policy, including, without limitation, updates to Tahoe regulations, state law, California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental policy Act, and the Clean Water Act.
Communications aspectsThe policy associate/analyst will assist the communications team in the development of advocacy materials and talking points/messaging as needed. You will help craft messaging for our website and producing targeted talking points for our staff and board members. You will be also responsible for assisting in receiving, managing, and responding to inquiries from the public. You may be required to participate in continuing education and trainings as needed to accomplish the above responsibilities. You must be comfortable speaking in public regarding controversial issues in front of large groups of people. You will also be responsible for media outreach.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Associate: Undergraduate degree in environmental land use planning and two years professional work experience.
- Senior Analyst: Graduate degree in land use planning, environmental policy or equivalent work experience.
- Strategic, creative thinker, able to see the big picture and set priorities, take initiative to create opportunities and obtain results.
- Able to work in fast-paced environment requiring advanced critical thinking and decision-making skills.
- Able to maintain professionalism while working on sometimes controversial, contentious issues.
- Able to manage autonomously within a flexible schedule.
- Excellent public speaking and advocacy skills. Must be comfortable and confident speaking in front of large groups of people.
- Concise and persuasive technical writing skills.
- Experience negotiating with adverse parties on contentious issues.
- Passion for environmental conservation and the League’s mission to protect, restore, and advocate for the ecosystem health and scenic beauty of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
- Must be able to work well with minimal supervision, possess good judgement and work well with others.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Efficient and effective at managing and completing tasks to meet deadlines.
- Excellent time-management and problem-solving skills; ability to manage multiple issue campaigns, projects and staff simultaneously.
- Professionalism, team leadership skills, collaborative spirit and creative energy.
- Flexibility in scheduling and willingness to travel to and attend frequent public meetings in and around the region that may include evenings and weekends.
Preferred job skills
- Graduate degree in planning or transportation.
- Experience with Tahoe agencies and policy.
Organizational specific requirements
- Employees are required to have a vehicle that is in good working order, and will be required to show proof of current valid driving licenses, vehicle registration, and current effective insurance coverage on or before the first day of employment. As a condition of employment, an employee must carry, at their own expense, the minimum automobile insurance coverage for property damage and public liability. Employee’s vehicle should be well maintained, able to function in any and all weather conditions including heavy snow, and must be dependable for trips to the around the Lake Tahoe basin, Bay Area, Reno, and Sacramento. If an employee does not have such a vehicle they may rent one at their own expense.
- Must be able to sit for significant periods of time.
- Proficient with Windows and Microsoft Office applications, familiarity with Google Apps preferred.
- Position requires some physical activity such as bending, lifting and carrying. Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
- Attend weekly staff meetings, staff retreats and activities.
- Attend and assist with mandatory League events, including, without limitation, community engagement and fundraising events.
- Maintain skill level through continuing education and ongoing training.
- Share in-office cleaning and chores.
WHAT WE OFFEREstablished in 1957, the League to Save Lake Tahoe is the oldest and largest environmental nonprofit in the Lake Tahoe Basin. You’ve likely seen our iconic Keep Tahoe Blue sticker, but Keep Tahoe Blue means so much more than showing your love for Lake Tahoe. A position at the League allows you to be part of a dynamic team that has been advocating for strong environmental protections of a national treasure for the last 60 years. The Keep Tahoe Blue team consists of highly motivated leaders that are credible, solutions-oriented, professional, proactive, transparent and maintain a work-life balance, in accordance with the League’s organizational values.
This position offers the right candidate the potential to impact organizational strategy, and to be a creative leader in shaping innovative policy and land use planning in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The policy associate/analyst is a full-time salaried position based at our headquarters in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Our regular business hours are 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. However, due to the nature of this position, the League offers flexibility in scheduling work hours.
We offer health and dental benefits, life insurance, vacation time, health and wellness benefits after one year of employment, sick time, employer retirement matching after two years of employment, an eco-conscious office environment and a fun and highly-motivated team dedicated to protecting Lake Tahoe.
Salary range: $38,000-55,000 DOQ
APPLYIf this sounds like the job for you, send us a PDF copy of your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us why you’re the best fit for the position and for the League.