Public Lands Senior Director, Energy and Environment

  • Reports to: Senior Vice President, Energy and Environment Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: Four
  • Department: Energy and Environment
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Public Lands Senior Director for the Energy and Environment team. The Senior Director will drive advocacy campaigns, coalition engagement, and communications tactics to further American Progress’ land conservation, climate change, and clean energy goals. The Public Lands program focuses on developing and advancing progressive natural resource and energy policy on America’s public lands, with a focus on stemming the nature crisis and its disproportionate impact on historically marginalized communities. The ideal candidate for the Senior Director position will bring experience and strong commitment to working on conservation, energy, and climate change issues and to balancing a diverse portfolio of strategic planning, writing, research, staff development, budgeting, and project management.


  • Lead the Energy and Environment team on public lands issues to identify and establish American Progress’ organizational priorities and strategies to achieve ambitious conservation, climate, and energy policies.
  • Direct the Public Lands program’s fundraising and grant reporting efforts, and oversee the team’s budget and general administration.
  • Work with key stakeholders to develop and implement relevant legislative and political strategies and campaigns at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Leverage American Progress’ research and policy capabilities to drive a narrative and serve as a resource to partners and the public.
  • Continue efforts to expand and broaden the conservation community to include a diverse and inclusive group of stakeholders working on the issue.
  • Manage the day-to-day management of the Public Lands program, including overseeing team members’ work planning and professional development and conducting editorial oversight of written products and statements.
  • Liaise with American Progress’ senior management and other American Progress teams.
  • Represent the Public Lands program to the press, policymakers, academics, and other outside stakeholders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • At least 10 years of political, government, and/or nonprofit experience in conservation or climate policy or advocacy.
  • Management, leadership, and fundraising experience as well as a strong commitment to supervising and developing staff.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research, editing, writing, and analytic ability.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize.
  • Exceptional project management experience with very strong attention to detail and the ability to manage quick-turnaround deliverables, as well as long-term strategy implementation, reporting, and metric tracking.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work well on a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and the Energy and Environment team’s goals.

This position offers a full and competitive salary and benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Please follow the link below to the online application. When completing the application, be sure to combine your cover letter and resume/CV into one Word or PDF file and upload this combined document. The system does not allow for multiple files.

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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