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Posted Date: Feb-18-2020

Job ID: 17153

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Marketing

City: Kent

State: Washington

Store: REI Headquarters is moving to Bellevue, Spring 2020!

What's cool about this job

The Program Manager for Community & Government Affairs serves on the co-op's Brand Stewardship & Impact (BSI) team whose job is to help REI, the nation's largest consumer co-op, shape the future of the outdoors. Through national and local advocacy, community investment and philanthropy, employee and member engagement, and sustainable business practices the BSI team pursues impact-driven work that benefits both the business and communities the co-op serves. Contributing to this work, the program manager will take the co-op's public policy objectives and translate them into actionable guidance on specific topics for the growing community of internal and external REI advocacy partners around the country. The program manager will collaborate with the co-op's local store and outreach teams, as well as national and state-level partners, to create opportunities to advance our policy objectives. To help our internal advocacy partners, the program manager will be responsible for formalizing and running a team-building and information-sharing network.

As to specific issues, the program manager will support the co-op's advocacy for outdoor recreation places, to combat climate change and to increase access to the outdoors for all. This role will collaborate with a range of internal and external stakeholders who are working to engage the public in the fight for life outdoors. As is expected of every team member, you will model and act in accordance with REI's guiding values and purpose.

In helping shape and articulate REI's positions on local, state and national topics - and to better inform stores, employees, co-op members, partners and government decision-makers of the co-op's point-of-view - you will:

* Develop backgrounders, position statements, action alerts and related content for REI policy engagements.
* Work with internal and external partners to generate content that rounds out any compelling policy engagement, such as co-op journal articles, member e-mails, social media, earned media and marketing materials.
* Manage and continuously improve a database of policy engagements and our community's impact on them in order to understand the efficacy of our work.
* Help REI leadership determine whether and how to engage in new policy topics by conducting research and developing issue briefs.

To build and maintain an in-house network of "REI ambassadors" - made up of store managers and local staff who are specifically tasked with public engagement on policy topics - you will:

* Establish an information-sharing cadence and platform for the in-house network.This may include periodic conference calls and webinars on new topics; activities that strengthen relationships across the network; use of SharePoint or similar technology for storing written materials; and creating feedback loops among the virtual team.
* Help facilitate REI state-level and regional policy engagement by coordinating - on a location by location basis -- across internal teams, vendors and nonprofit partners.
* Coach local REI outposts on how best to plug into local and regional issues.
* Provide strategic support to these stakeholders to advance state and local advocacy efforts.
* Work in the multistate realm with other companies, trade associations, large nonprofits and similar organizations that aim to advance policies in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously.
* Build and support coalitions of industry professionals, nonprofit leaders, policymakers and other stakeholders to effectively advocate for outdoor recreation at the local, state and federal level.

Collaborate with other REI teams - in communications, marketing, retail, IT, membership, sustainability, philanthropy, etc. - to maximize the impact of REI's advocacy efforts:

* Support cross-divisional teammates on projects that may relate to marketing, REI events and outings, storytelling and the like but that also can advance our advocacy and policy initiatives.
* Create and implement innovative ways for the co-op's government, community and public affairs professionals to work more collaboratively and efficiently using technology including SharePoint, OneDrive, etc.
* Help to update, maintain and share information regarding campaign plans;
* Track and regularly report on progress towards campaign goals and accomplishment of key tactics.
* Assist with the development and use educational tools and resources for the internal audience.

Note - please include a cover letter with your submission.

Bring your passion and expertise

* 5+ years of experience in government engagement, policy analysis, political campaigns, community organizing, advocacy, legislative work or related fields. Able to navigate complex government relations, business and community environments.
* Demonstrated understanding of government agencies, Congress, state and local bodies, especially as they relate to the outdoors, environment or healthy lifestyles. Ability to manage multiple projects, timelines and budgets simultaneously.
* Demonstrated success in establishing and leveraging partnerships. Must be able to develop and maintain good working relationships with internal departments and external contacts. Must be able to lead via soft skills.
* Demonstrated success in interacting with nonprofits, for-profits and government agencies in identifying and achieving shared goals.
* Exceptional writing and policy analysis skills; exceptional oral communications; strong instincts for building and conveying simple narratives from multiple data points; strategic thinker but not above taking on smallest of tasks.
* Highly collaborative work style. Win-win attitude, empathetic, big-picture, while at the same time flexible, pragmatic and results-oriented.
* Comfortable with public speaking, both extemporaneous and prepared.
* College degree.
* Outdoor industry and/or conservation experience.
* Familiarity with public lands and/or environmental issues.

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that has been recognized on the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the award's inception - 22 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it's balanced with time off to play-a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 150 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 13,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

About rei

REI is a national outdoor retail cooperative, committed to inspiring, educating and outfitting for a lifetime of outdoor adventures. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI is today the nation's largest consumer co-op with more than two million active members. REI offers products from all of the top brands for camping, climbing, cycling, hiking, outdoor cross training, paddling, snow sports and travel, including its own line of award-winning gear and apparel. While anyone may join or shop at REI, members pay a one-time $15 fee and receive a share in the company's profits through an annual member refund based on their purchases. REI currently operates stores in 25 states, two online stores-REI.com and REI-OUTLET.com-and an adventure travel company, REI Adventures. A portion of REI's profits is set aside each year for support of environmental stewardship and outdoor recreation causes.