The Trustees of Reservations

200 High St.
Boston, MA 02110

Date Posted:
July 03, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Director of Policy- Boston (year-round, full-time)


About The Position

The Director of Policy will further existing, and develop new public policy priorities and strategic approaches for advancing the mission of The Trustees. Through leadership, collaboration, and strategic communications, the Director of Policy will continue to position and grow the organization as an active and influential member of the conservation and cultural resources advocacy community working to address policy, funding, legislation, and other actions that impact The Trustees' work and the quality of life in Massachusetts communities. Key mission areas of focus include conservation, with an emphasis on coastal conservation; cultural and historic resources; agriculture; natural resources; and public access and recreation.

This position is largely focused at the state level, though there will be specific opportunities to engage at the federal and local level as well. For local work, the position will largely advise and support property-based staff in addressing high-priority issues and community relations.

The Director of Policy reports to the Chief of Operations & Programs and is an active member of the Operations & Programs Team. This position also works closely with the Marketing and Communications staff to ensure effective, proactive, external communications around The Trustees’ priorities.


  • Lead the development and implementation of policy and advocacy priorities and strategies that drive The Trustees’ strategic goals and objectives and position the organization’s voice in the public dialogue.

  • Represent The Trustees before elected and appointed officials, and pursue networking and outreach opportunities that maintain/build The Trustees’ presence and effectiveness.

  • Track and advocate for state and federal policy and funding for organizational priorities.

  • Prepare briefings on key issues for the President/CEO.

  • Lead and support advocacy best practices including:

  • Policy agenda-setting and annual work-planning that articulates a clear, proactive focus and sets priorities and targets. This will involve a collaborative process that engages internal and external stakeholders.

  • Coordinating staff relationships and interactions with public officials.

  • Communicating internally to ensure that the President, Board, and Executive Team are up-to-date and informed about our public issues-related positions and, when appropriate, are activated to support a successful outcome.

  • Participating in broader staff communications.

  • Work with Stakeholder Engagement Department to develop communications to members and other Trustees’ audiences and to the media. This may include drafting policy statements, talking points, op-eds and public remarks for various outlets to be delivered by the Director of Policy, members of the Executive Team and/or other staff, volunteers, or partners.

  • Represent The Trustees in key mission-related partnerships and collaborations and engage The Trustees staff, including Program Directors, Executives, and leadership volunteers, in actions and issues.

  • When relevant to a statewide position or strategy, support colleagues in addressing local issues that impact our reservations or the communities in which we have a presence.

  • Ensure that The Trustees staff abides by lobbying laws and reporting requirements.


Minimum Requirements

  • Five to ten years combined experience in positions of ever-increasing responsibility and leadership in government affairs, advocacy, community organizing, or policy, and subject matter expertise in one or more of the following areas: land conservation, coastal resource management, outdoor recreation, culture and arts, and agriculture

  • Proven government relations professional with a solid understanding of public policy and advocacy

  • Proven track record of strategic and tactical thinking and strong analytical skills

  • Highly effective public speaker and strong writing skills

  • Understanding of social media outlets

  • History of actively seeking out and supporting collaborative thinking and problem solving

  • Working knowledge of the policy-making processes at the state and federal level

  • Proven experience networking and creating strong relationships internally and externally

The Director of Policy is a full-time, year-round, exempt position, based in The Trustees' Boston office. Salary is commensurate with experience.


The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance, with employer premium contributions ranging from 75% - 85% based on plan level

  • Traditional and Roth 401K Retirement accounts available for employees to contribute to upon hire and a 5% employer match after one year of employment

  • Three weeks of vacation time in the first year of employment, as well as 10 sick days, two personal days, 12 Holidays and one floating holiday per year. Four weeks of Paid Parental Leave following the birth or adoption of a child, after one year of employment

  • Day of Service: employees take one regular work day per year to travel to another property to help with a specific project

  • Day of Wonder: employees take one regular work day to explore a Trustees property

About The Trustees of Reservations

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 118 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees of Reservations aim to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted

How To Apply:
Please apply online via The Trustees' website linked here
Apply by:
August 28, 2019
About this Organization:
The Trustees of Reservations is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. We preserve and protect places of natural, scenic and historic beauty and hold these “reservations” in “trust” for public use and enjoyment. Our passion is to improve the quality of life in the Commonwealth, using our properties and their many programs as a powerful and compelling platform to engage more residents and visitors in our mission-driven work. We believe in protecting the irreplaceable forever, for everyone.  Today, we care for 117 special reservations -- from beaches to farms, gardens and historic sites – within minutes of every resident. Funded and supported entirely by our nearly 2 million visitors and supporters, and more than 60,000 member households, we invite you to find your place.