American Hiking Seeks Director of Policy and Advocacy

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American Hiking Society seeks a Director of Policy and Advocacy to work with Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, and conservation and recreation partners to shape public policy and legislation affecting hiking.


The Director of Policy and Advocacy has primary responsibility for policy and government relations.  Responsibilities include advocating for funding and protection of hiking trails, promoting policies and practices that preserve natural areas, opposing policies detrimental to conservation and hiking, and promoting and protecting the hiking experience. The Director of Policy and Advocacy reports to the Executive Director.  As a part of AHS’s policy, this position can telecommute.  However, due to the frequency that this position needs to report to meetings and events in Washington, D.C., we are only seeking candidates that live in the D.C., MD, or VA area.  The American Hiking Society headquarters is located in Silver Spring, MD.


Policy and Advocacy

  • Develop and implement American Hiking’s policy platform and plan to align with the most pressing national and regional trail and conservation funding and legislative priorities.
  • Create a Policy and Advocacy budget to ensure that organizational resources are strategically allocated to meet our policy platform initiatives.
  • Create and facilitate MOUs, agreements, and status reports with federal agencies and other partners to ensure timely funding.
  • Educate Congress and the Administration on trail, outdoor recreation, and conservation policies and legislation to benefit foot trails, public lands, and the hiking experience.
  • Directly lobby Congress and the Administration and engage hiking supporters in grass roots lobbying as needed.
  • Work with federal agencies, American Hiking Alliance members, and partner organizations to promote and successfully influence sustainable and appropriate recreation and resource management.
  • Organize and implement AHS’s lobby week, Hike the Hill.
  • Work in partnership with national and regional recreation/conservation organizations to forward the policy objectives of American Hiking Society.
  • Inform and engage hiking organizations and the hiking public in policies and legislative issues that impact hiking and conservation via digital and print communications (web, newsletter, email alerts, social media, etc.).
  • Work with the Board of Directors Advocacy Committee to create official AHS policies on issues that affect the hiking community.
  • Create advocacy campaigns that will tie in annual advocacy and organizational goals and objectives.
  • Produce policy-related materials including newsletter articles, fact sheets, email action alerts, website content, and other publications or reports.
  • Represent American Hiking in public meetings, hearings, press events, conferences, coalitions, and in general communications with public officials, legislators, the media, and the public.


Organizational Support

  • Support the Executive Director in the development and execution of AHS’ strategic direction initiatives.
  • Assist Executive Director with the development and implementation of national and regional partnerships, and assist with fund raising actions to support these partnerships.
  • Work with program staff to ensure federal agencies and other partners are familiar with our stewardship and trail program initiatives.
  • Participate in Board of Directors meetings and serve as liaison on select board committees.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Five + years’ experience in government affairs position or working on Capitol Hill
  • Proficiency in Microsoft suite
  • Tremendous attention to detail
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and WordPress



American Hiking Society provides an exciting, creative, and professional yet relaxed nonprofit atmosphere with a strong outdoor and conservation ethic. The ideal candidate likes to hike and is eager to share a love of the outdoors with all stakeholders. Weekend and long hours are sometimes required, but compensated. Salary is commensurate with experience.  American Hiking Society offers a generous benefits package including health insurance coverage, paid leave, and outdoor gear discounts.  American Hiking Society is an equal opportunity employer.

Send cover letter and resume to Include “Last Name, First Name, Director of Policy and Advocacy” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until September 12, 2017.

To ensure full consideration for the position, all application materials should be received by 9/12/17; however, the position will remain open until filled.