Forest Policy and Communications Manager

Website Green Diamond Resource Company

POSITION PURPOSE:

Develop and implement strategies to influence forest policy in California in the state legislative, regulatory and local governmental arenas. Develop and direct strategies to maintain and enhance the company’s reputation in the state capitol, among state agencies, and in the local community. This position has primary responsibility to execute these duties for both the California division of Green Diamond Resource Company and the California Redwood Company. This position serves as the Company’s primary contact with legislators, legislative staff, lobbyists, key state trade associations, and state agency leadership regarding state regulatory, employment, tax policy and other business environment matters. This position may also be asked to assist with local land use policies, permits, and hearings involving land entitlement, development of brownfields, and land use planning.  This Manager is responsible for maintaining key contacts with local decision makers, community groups and key stakeholders, and for maintaining independent sustainable forest management certification in California. This position advises and assists the Vice President and General Manager for California Operations, the Director of Forest Policy and Sustainability, and the Vice President and General Counsel on identification and response to strategic forest policy matters affecting the California businesses and takes action as directed by the Vice President, General Manager in California.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (other duties may be assigned)

  • Identifies and develops Company positions, tracking and actively engaging in the effective management of current and emerging issues related to numerous regulatory bodies and public policy directives which may have a significant impact on the Division’s ability to effectively manage its timber base or that may affect CRC or lumber use in California.
  • Monitors and interacts with state legislature.  Key agencies and regulatory bodies this position will interact with include the California Department of Forestry, State Board of Forestry, State and Regional Water Quality Boards, Coastal Commission, CA Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Fish & Wildlife, Office of the State Fire Marshall and the Building Standards Commission.
  • Represents the Company on key committees of federal and state forest product trade associations.
  • Serves as the Company’s primary day-to-day contact with the California Forestry Association and play a key role in the overall management of the Association.
  • Works with Green Diamond’s California Timberlands and CRC management teams and legal staff to develop internal and external communication plans to develop strategies for addressing resource issues while focused on the goal of shaping outcomes to provide a favorable long-term operating environment for the company.  Advocates approved policy positions in the appropriate local, regional, and state regulatory forums.
  • Maintains knowledge of federal, state, and local political and environmental matters and is actively involved in key state and local organizations to provide informed counsel to the Division on rules and regulations that have forest management implications.
  • Identifies opportunities for more efficient and effective permitting processes; assists in the implementation of key permits.
  • Develops appropriate internal and public statements on specific issues and acts as a Company spokesperson with the media and as a speaker to public groups, when appropriate.
  • Organizes and implements forestry field tours for elected and appointed officials and key regulators.
  • Develops and maintains working relationship with local media outlets and operates as spokesperson representing all operating divisions in California as directed by the Company Vice President.
  • Works to maintain open relationships with local elected and appointed officials, and develops and maintains relationships with community leaders, academic contacts and business leaders.
  • Creates and maintains strategies to promote a positive image of the Company in the local community and develops a program to monitor community perception.
  • Develops strategies and directs the company’s local philanthropic program, in consultation with Vice President and General Manager of California Operations. Works with local schools to develop and maintain outreach programs.
  • Coordinates programs with other state, regional and local organizations, (California Forestry Association, Women in Timber, The Forest Foundation, etc.) for common messaging and shared media materials.
  • Communicates regularly with management and staff throughout the company, representatives of federal, state and county government, internal and external legal counsel as appropriate, and maintain frequent contacts with community organizations, special interest groups, consultants and the news media.
  • Negotiates with regulators and other government officials who may have an impact on the Division’s operating environment.
  • Participates actively in Company safety program.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, business or related field with experience in natural resource issues.
  • Must have developed relationships with regulators, legislators, local politicians and local community leaders.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local environmental issues.
  • Experience as a credible, articulate spokesperson, with strong communication skills.
  • An understanding of the regulatory and legislative processes.
  • Proven public speaking ability and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts and build consensus, especially with groups that have strong and divergent opinions.
  • Ability to work evenings, as necessary.
  • Creative skills, can conceptualize new approaches to solving problems.
  • Must possess excellent negotiating skills.
  • Effective delegation skills.
  • Ability to be highly motivated and self-directed.
  • Possesses a thorough working knowledge of the political/regulatory process and have well developed interpersonal and communication skills to influence government actions to achieve Green Diamond’s goals in California.
  • Exhibits strong leadership skills. Works with integrity, trust and commitment, setting an example for others.
  • Effective and professional relationships with co-workers within immediate work group, outside the immediate department, and with key contacts outside the company.
  • Effective and productive communications skills; speaks well, communicates ideas clearly.  Writes well, clearly and concisely.  Is approachable and open to discussion.
  • Conducts self in a professional manner at all times.  Treats others with respect at all times.  Does not tolerate discrimination based on race, gender, religion, ethnic background, or national origin.  Shares knowledge with others and participates in mentoring.
  • Manages multiple priorities professionally with minimum disruption to others.  Organized and proactively manages environment.  Responds to unexpected challenges successfully without losing track of daily responsibilities.  Prioritizes workload in order of importance.  Reliably follows through with job assignments.
  • Learns, applies and retains new methods and information.  Creative in solving problems. Exhibits a “can do” attitude with a positive approach to challenges.  Views obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow.

Desired:

  • Knowledge of forest practice regulations, forest management and logging practices.
  • Masters degree in Public Policy or Business Administration.
  • Degree in Forestry.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • This position is located in Korbel, CA.
  • Normal office environment with moderate noise levels, occasional lifting of up to 25 lbs., regular walking, sitting, bending, twisting, standing and reaching. Occasional field work required for reviews, tours, etc. requiring the ability to orient, climb, and traverse steep rugged, densely vegetated terrain.
  • Mandatory travel to various locations within California.
  • Ability to tour logging operations, attend training and company functions.
  • Ability to perform consistent work on a PC.
  • Must maintain punctual and regular attendance and present appropriate professional appearance at all times.
  • Requires the use of standard safety equipment in regulation with GDRCo.
  • Works in conditions that may expose employee wildlife encounters, poison oak and/or insect bites.
  • This position is a Physical and Mental Requirement Classification 1.

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