The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), based in Tucson, AZ, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to “preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.” Founded in 1988, the IDA has made great strides in public education, outreach, and conservation efforts. People around the world are now aware of light pollution and its impact on the natural nighttime environment.
Public Policy Director
IDA is hiring a Public Policy Director who will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to influence policies, ordinances, and laws, which limit light pollution in the United States and abroad. The position plays a central role in developing IDA’s policy agenda and working with our grassroots and like-minded organizations to successfully implement these policies.
The Public Policy Director is a new staff position at IDA and requires an individual with extensive experience in environmental policy formulation at all levels of government, including the international community. The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding and working knowledge of the technical and scientific aspects of light pollution and its management that employs both voluntary and non-voluntary strategies. An ability to work with the continuum of stakeholders who represent diverse interests and perspectives is an essential quality for the position. The successful candidate will have experience influencing public policy through the use and strategic application of all tools to affect change – including the media, litigation, and education.
Director of Engagement
The IDA Director of Engagement plays an essential role in fostering strong alliances with IDA’s grassroots network – both domestic and abroad – and in collaboration with the broader community and in achieving measurable outcomes on IDA’s policies to reduce light pollution. Celebrating 30 years of dark sky advocacy, IDA now stands at a critical juncture in building a worldwide movement to transform humanity’s relationship to light. By providing inspired leadership, creating and supporting a network of cohesive and nimble activists, and strategically focusing the energy of this community, IDA will remain the leading authority on light pollution and protecting the nighttime environment.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Engagement manages development activities and initiatives for IDA’s grassroots network, with an emphasis on its Chapters, Delegates and Affiliates. In addition to strong community organizing skills, the successful candidate will also be grounded in the technical and policy issues of light pollution. The Director of Engagement must work constructively with diverse individuals and organizations and draw on their unique strengths, experiences and perspectives to build and strengthen our movement. This will include identifying and developing new leaders, facilitating coalition building and management, and creating light pollution awareness campaigns and resources. Finally, the position will identify and spearhead opportunities for engagement which support community development, further the IDA mission, and increase IDA’s visibility.