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Job Posting - Policy Associate / Energy

Michigan Environmental Council seeks a Policy Associate to coordinate and support MEC efforts to defend Michigan’s environment by shaping policy decisions made in the State Capital. With a primary focus on energy policy, this position will also assist all other MEC policy areas and initiatives. This position utilizes a range of skills and relationships to strengthen Michigan’s economic resilience in the face of climate change, fuel price uncertainty, pollution-related health impacts, and other challenges linked to our energy system. This position will be based in MEC’s Lansing, Michigan, headquarters.

Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with MEC staff, board members and member groups to develop strategies and implement action plans to achieve our clean energy and environmental protection priorities.
  • Partner with MEC allies to lead, expand and diversify existing energy and climate collaborations and build new alliances around emerging issues as appropriate.
  • Educate state and local legislators and organize opportunities for representatives of MEC member groups and other allies to make their voices heard with elected representatives and government officials.
  • Analyze environmental policy proposals (both legislative and executive branch) and monitor their progress through state decision-making processes.
  • Represent MEC and our member organizations on workgroups and in coalition settings reviewing and developing recommendations for policy reform related to energy, climate and related issues.
  • Recruit new allies for MEC’s advocacy work, particularly from constituencies traditionally underrepresented in environmental campaigns.
  • Coordinate with our communications officer in responding to media inquiries.
  • Assist in preparing proposals to charitable foundations and donors that support energy and climate work, and report on work completed under existing grants.
  • Work with colleagues responsible for other MEC environmental programs to identify and capitalize on cross-program opportunities.
  • Provide content for MEC’s newsletter, website and other publications.
  • Attend state, regional and national conferences as appropriate.
  • Fulfill office responsibilities shared by the MEC staff.
Desired Qualifications
  • Legislative experience, 1-3 years.
  • Professional experience in at least one of the following areas: public policy advocacy or analysis, coalition facilitation, the legislative process or political campaigns.
  • Solid grasp of current issues related to energy and familiarity with environmental issues and expertise in one or more of MEC’s core program areas.
  • Passion for environmental protection, interest in the political process, and commitment to diversity required.
  • Direct or related experience reaching out to potential new coalition partners, particularly those traditionally underrepresented in Michigan’s environmental community.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team; meet deadlines; and balance multiple tasks.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Experience and aptitude working in diverse coalitions, alliances or other groups.
Compensation & Related Matters
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Paid vacation and health/dental insurance provided.
  • Employer-matched retirement plan available.
  • Position based in Lansing, Michigan
  • Successful candidate will work under the direction of MEC Policy Director
Application Procedure
Deadline: Friday, August 21, 2017
To apply, send a cover letter, three references, a writing sample (1-3 pages), and your resume to:
Chris Kolb, President
Michigan Environmental Council
602 West Ionia Street
Lansing, MI 48933
Please email materials as one PDF to jobs@environmentalcouncil.org.
If you have questions, contact Judy Bearup at the email address above or call 517-487-9539.

Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) -- a 501(c)(3) charitable organization -- was founded in 1980 and is a coalition of over 60 environmental and public health organizations with more than 200,000 individual members. For 37 years, MEC has provided a voice for the environment at the State Capitol. In addition to serving as a clearinghouse of environmental information, MEC develops public policy, educates elected officials and the public, and provides training and support to member organizations.

MEC is an equal opportunity employer
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