MEC seeks an Urban Land Use & Infrastructure Policy Staffer to coordinate and support our efforts in defending Michigan’s environment by shaping policy decisions made in the Michigan Capitol. The position will have a focus on urban land use, transportation, and water infrastructure. The position will report directly to the Chief Policy Officer but will work in a collaborative environment with MEC’s policy team.
The Policy Staffer is tasked with developing, implementing, and reforming policies and state programs to ensure Michiganders live and work in thriving communities. A major focus of the work will be ensuring parks and outdoor spaces are accessible to everyone, especially people long denied of them, like those in Black, Brown, low-income, urban and disabled communities. The Staffer will also watchdog our state’s roads and transportation infrastructure funding decisions; work to grow options for public and non-motorized transit; and to advocate for policies that reduce air pollution from our transportation sector. Finally, the Staffer will work closely with the Chief Policy Officer to ensure Michigan’s communities have properly functioning storm, waste, and drinking water infrastructure.
The Policy Staffer will be based in MEC’s Lansing headquarters, and a significant portion of this position involves directly interfacing with elected officials and government staff.
- Educate policymakers and agency officials, testify at committee meetings and advocate support for environmental protections
- Develop and sustain relationships with state decision makers
- Develop and employ advocacy strategies and campaigns to advance policies in the legislative and regulatory arenas
- Analyze environmental policy proposals in both legislative and executive branches and monitor their progress
- Engage in permit reviews and reissuances
- Provide content for MEC’s newsletter, website and other publications
- Engage in state workgroups and councils on urban land use, water infrastructure and transportation issues
- Participate actively in coalitions
- Serve as MEC’s media spokesperson on relevant policy issues, and collaborate with our communications team to develop effective messaging and communications strategies to convey our goals in a compelling fashion to target audiences
- Develop an MEC policy agenda for relevant policy areas
- Assist with the grant fundraising process, including writing and editing grant proposals
- Other responsibilities as assigned
- Three years experience in the legislative field, policy advocacy field or related field.
- Knowledge of Michigan legislative and administrative processes
- Commitment to protecting Michigan’s environment and demonstrated interest in environmental policy issues
- Highly resourceful team player and able to be effective independently
- Excellent communication, relationship management and organizational skills
- Ability to manage several projects simultaneously and to adjust to frequently changing demands
- Experience analyzing and interpreting legislative and regulatory language
- Conscientiousness, strong work ethic and attention to detail
- Comfortable using Zoom, Adobe Acrobat, Salesforce and Google Suite (Drive, Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets and Slides)
- Passion for MEC's mission, members and partners .
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field
- Five years of experience in legislative analysis, policy or political advocacy
- Extensive understanding of and familiarity with Michigan’s legislative and political landscape
- Understanding and familiarity with pertinent land use, water infrastructure and/or transportation policy
- Aptitude for and interest in politics and environmental public policy
Other Position Notes:
- The successful candidate for this position will be required to register as a lobbyist
- This position is based in Lansing and requires occasional travel to other locations in Michigan and nationally. Due to COVID-19, the position will be remote until such time as it is safe to resume in-office work
- This position requires occasional work outside of normal hours including evenings and weekends
- MEC has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless you qualify for a federal government approved accommodation
Compensation Package & Title:
MEC provides staff with an industry-leading compensation package. The Policy Staffer will obtain a title of either coordinator or manager and a salary between $55,000 and $74,400. Both title and compensation are commensurate with experience.
Submit a single PDF with 1) a strong, detailed cover letter, 2) a resume and 3) at least three references (minimum two professional) to [email protected] Include “Policy Staffer: Urban Land Use & Infrastructure” in the subject line. Please direct questions about the job description to Chief Policy Officer Charlotte Jameson at [email protected] Application review is currently underway and will continue to be until the position is filled.
MEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the Michigan citizens we serve. MEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law.