Bonsai Leadership Group is excited to support the Alaska Wilderness League’s search to find their next Arctic Campaigns Director.


Alaska Wilderness League is the only national conservation group devoted full-time to protecting Alaska’s public lands and waters, focusing on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Western Arctic, and Tongass National Forest. They are committed to elevating voices and values related to protecting public lands, including providing for a safer climate future; supporting the human rights of Indigenous peoples; advocating for the right to clean, thriving, and healthy land, water and wildlife for all. They are committed to promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion by deepening an understanding of the history of federal lands and waters in our country, by reimagining conservation as a tool for justice, and by advancing diversity and inclusion in the environmental community. You can learn more about Alaska Wilderness League‘s mission, vision, approach and commitment to justice at www.alaskawild.org.


The Arctic Campaigns Director is a strategic thinker that will oversee, facilitate, and implement the League’s campaign work to secure durable protections for the Western Arctic Reserve (Reserve) and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). This position will serve as a leader both internally and externally in the coalition effort to protect the Reserve and will provide high-level strategic and tactical support to staff leading the Refuge campaign. Working closely with leading conservation organizations, Indigenous leadership, and partners in environmental justice, outdoor recreation, climate change and other communities, the Director will drive strategy and tactics to advance long-term protections across the Arctic.

The Arctic Campaigns Director will be responsible for the following:

Advocacy Campaign Strategy & Implementation

  • Drive the national campaign strategy to stop damaging oil and gas projects and to advance durable, proactive protections for the Reserve, including creating, coordinating and moving strategy on coalition calls and through individual partner outreach

  • Collaborate with the director of the Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign and other partners to execute on political strategy, paid and earned communications, corporate pressure, and other strategies for the Refuge campaign

  • Provide campaign advice and ensure appropriate information coordination and flow among coalition partners to drive strong implementation of shared plans

  • Conduct periodic reviews and update proactive campaign strategies for both the Reserve and Refuge campaigns, identify gaps and needs, and develop tactics to overcome challenges

Coalition Management

  • Facilitate information sharing and coordination between the Arctic Refuge Coalition and Western Arctic Reserve Coalition, including proactively identifying opportunities for joint or complementary strategies, lobby targeting and messaging, tactics, and messaging

  • Serve as League lead or participant on select external Refuge and Reserve subgroup calls, tracking possible campaign opportunities and attend other campaign-related coalition calls/meetings

  • Engage and build organizational relationships within and outside the coalition to expand the reach, diversity, and effectiveness of the campaign

External Affairs & Stakeholder Engagement

  • Track, manage, and occasionally author Arctic content including alerts, factsheets, external updates, website content, briefing papers, letters, blog posts and other campaign materials as needed

  • Track, analyze, and manage policy background and research needs, including reports, white papers, and informational memos

  • Drive the League’s rapid response work and contribute to the shared commitments and accountability within the Arctic coalition

  • Advance the League’s work with Indigenous Peoples, including Gwich’in and Inupiaq, in collaboration with Government Affairs Manager

  • Attend campaign activities and events with outreach team

Organizational Collaboration & Leadership

  • Provide lateral internal team management of Reserve and Refuge campaign strategy and work between internal departments (federal advocacy, outreach, communications, Alaska)

  • Lead and participate in regular internal meetings to ensure strategic alignment, achievement of goals, and documentation of actions and next steps

  • Collaborate with the Development Director on securing long-term funding strategies, including drafting foundation applications and reports

  • Manage consultants in support of campaign deliverables and needs

  • Manage and execute $100K internal budget


Ideal candidates will have a background and resume that reflect the following:

  • 5+ years experience leading high-level, national advocacy campaigns focused on achieving federal policy objectives.

  • Proven track record of developing and leading broad coalition campaigns

  • Strong understanding of the intersection of policy, advocacy, and politics with experience working in or with Congress

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills that can convey nuanced information successfully to a variety of audiences

  • Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to juggle multiple priorities while remaining flexible

  • Direct and lateral management experience and the ability to motivate and guide staff with enthusiasm, leadership, accountability, humility and respect

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice with expert understanding of and ability to build collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies and interests

  • Passion for the mission of Alaska Wilderness League and land conservation and advocacy, climate justice, and indigenous rights


  • 5+ years’ experience leading high-level, national federal issue advocacy campaigns

  • Deep understanding of Native American and/or Alaskan Native communities

  • Highest integrity, wisdom, humor, emotional intelligence and can-do attitude; adept at conflict management; even-keeled and calm when leading through challenges


Washington, DC (Preferred) with the opportunity to work a hybrid schedule.  Remote candidates will be considered.


Travel 10% of the year for campaign-related projects.


The salary for this position is $90,000 – $100,000 annually. In addition, Alaska Wilderness League offers an outstanding benefits package to include:

  • 92% of health insurance premiums for employees and 50% to their families

  • Health Savings Account for eligible medical expenses

  • Healthcare Flexible Spending Account for eligible childcare or elder care expenses

  • 3% contribution of employee salary to a 401K Retirement Plan

  • 24 Days of Paid Time Off (PTO) for employees with less than 5 years of employment, 29 days for employees with 5+ years of employment

  • 12 Paid Holidays and Birthday leave

  • Parental Leave

  • Communication Stipend for business-related mobile expenses

  • Discounts on leading name-brand outdoor apparel and gear


Bonsai Leadership Group has been exclusively retained for this search. To make recommendations or to express interest in this role, please email Careers@BonsaiLeadershipGroup.com and include “AWL Arctic Campaigns Director” in the subject line. All applications must include a letter of interest and a resume.

This position is open until filled. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience. Applications will be screened against the criteria listed in this profile.