Job Opening

Government Affairs Director

Location: Mobile, Alabama (Regular travel within Alabama)

About the Role

As the Government Affairs Director, you will play a pivotal role in advocating for the health of Coastal Alabama’s waterways. Reporting to the Baykeeper, you will lead our efforts to build influence in state and local government and enact policies that help us achieve our mission to defend and revive Alabama’s coastal waters.

Key Responsibilities:

Strategic Relationship Management

  • Build strategic partnerships with policymakers, ensuring alignment of interests and mutual support for water quality initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain a systematic relationship plan for engaging with key elected officials and influencers at the local, state, and federal levels. 
  • Regularly update and track interactions and positions of stakeholders to facilitate ongoing engagement and strategic advocacy.

Advocacy Plan Development

  • Design and implement advocacy strategies for water quality initiatives.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to achieve key legislative outcomes.
  • Produce and develop key advocacy materials like testimonies and policy papers.

Legislative and Regulatory Monitoring

  • Monitor legislative and regulatory developments impacting water quality.
  • Provide summaries and action recommendations to the Baykeeper team.
  • Public Representation and Communication:
  • Represent Mobile Baykeeper in governmental and public forums.
  • Craft and present compelling arguments to support the organization’s policy positions. 

Internal Coordination and Reporting

  • Ensure consistency in messaging and policy positions across teams.
  • Report on governmental trends affecting the organization.

Essential Skills & Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Proven ability in building and maintaining governmental relationships.
  • Synthesizing complex information into actionable strategies.
  • 3+ years of relevant experience in government affairs required.
  • Knowledge of conservation and environmental policy preferred.

Performance Indicators

  • Success in passing key legislation benefiting water quality.
  • Increased policymaker recognition and support for our mission.
  • Consistent inclusion of our positions in policy discussions.

Day in the Life

  • Engaging in policy discussions with government officials.
  • Analyzing and responding to recent legislative developments.
  • Collaborating with partners for coordinated advocacy efforts.
  • Preparing and following up on policy briefings and commitments.


  • Competitive salary based on experience and qualifications.
  • 5% retirement match.
  • Comprehensive health, vision, and dental insurance.
  • Generous paid time off.
  • Opportunities for professional development.

Join Us

Embark on a career that makes a difference. Be a part of our mission to protect the water quality of Coastal Alabama. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to [email protected] or fill out the following form.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

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About Mobile Baykeeper

Mobile Baykeeper exists to defend and revive the health of the waters of Coastal Alabama. We work towards real and measurable improvement in the health of the waters of Coastal Alabama. We’ll know we are successful when no one has to question whether the fish are safe to eat or the water is safe to swim in, when our seagrasses and oyster reefs recover, and our coastal communities take responsibility for the health of the water.

Mobile Baykeeper is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we welcome candidates who share these values.