Policy Analyst – Public Lands and Climate Justice


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What's cool about this job
REI is committed to becoming a fully inclusive, antiracist, multicultural organization. To fulfill our brand promise of enabling a life well-lived outside for everyone, we are seeking candidates who demonstrate shared values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism. 

The Policy Analyst, Public Lands and Climate Justice, will play a pivotal role in shaping REI Co-op’s policy advocacy programs. The successful candidate will serve as a key public policy analyst and central point of contact for the co-op, providing teammates and external partners with REI’s perspective on a wide range of policy topics that affect the co-op, its members and the outdoor recreation sector. The Policy Analyst will serve on the co-op’s Community Advocacy & Impact (CAI) team, whose broader job is to help REI, the nation’s largest consumer co-op, shape the future of the outdoors. The CAI team pursues impact-driven work that benefits both the business and the communities the co-op serves through national and local advocacy, community investment/philanthropy, and employee and member engagement programs. 

The Policy Analyst helps the CAI team define for the co-op what public policy topics to engage in and what positions to take. With those positions in hand, the Policy Analyst will collaborate with diverse internal and external partners to help the co-op and its wide-ranging partner network deliver policy successes at the national, state and local levels. The array of issues facing the co-op and the outdoor community is broad and dynamic. The Policy Analyst will support REI’s and the broader recreation community’s advocacy to sustain outdoor recreation places, to combat climate change, to increase access to the outdoors for all and, in the process, continue to grow the community’s influence on key economic and social issues. As is expected of every team member, you will model and act in accordance with REI’s guiding values and purpose.

REI’s fleet of stores span 41 states, and outdoor issues inherently emerge at the national, state and local levels. The Policy Analyst collaborates with the co-op’s local store and regional teams – as well as with outposts of national and multistate partners – to create opportunities to advance our policy objectives wherever we have local presence. 

Your Planning & Navigating Requirements (the plans the job is responsible for creating and executing, and how the job ensures they are implemented)

  • Serve as the key policy analyst and central point of contact on the Community Advocacy & Impact team, developing and articulating the co-op’s perspective on the wide range of policy topics that affect the future of outdoor recreation. Work with CAI and co-op leadership to set and define strategic policy priorities and positions.
  • Develop high-quality issue briefs, memos, position statements, formal comments, fact sheets, and other policy-related content that help advance REI’s policy agenda and issue campaigns.
  • Work with CAI and cross-divisional partners to develop and deliver policy-centered curriculum for an emerging, internal network of colleagues and part-time advocates so that they can effectively engage in policy advocacy efforts at state and local levels.  
  • As needed, coordinate with existing nonprofit partners, industry coalitions, and vendors to support issues analysis and advocacy campaigns at federal, state, and local levels.
  • Work with the Cooperative Action Network team, local marketing team, internal communications and earned media teams on content, talking points, event coordination, press statements and other local activations. Partner with colleagues across the co-op who are working to advance its impact agenda on communications assets that further the cross-co-op impact agenda. 
  • Create and update policy-centered SharePoint (or other content hub) for use by cross-divisional partners.

Bring your passion and expertise

Required Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in government engagement, political campaigns, community-organizing, grassroots advocacy, or other related fields.   
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects, timelines and budgets simultaneously. 
  • Demonstrated success in establishing and leveraging partnerships.  Must be able to develop and maintain good working relationships with internal departments and external contacts.  Must be able to lead via soft skills. 
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills; strong instincts for building and conveying simple narratives from multiple data points; strategic thinker but not above taking on smallest of tasks.   
  • Highly collaborative work style.  Win-win attitude, empathetic, big-picture, while at the same time flexible, pragmatic and results oriented. 
  • College degree
  • Familiarity with public lands and racial justice issues and in working with government stakeholders. 
  • Experience in leveraging multiple communications channels for raising awareness among stakeholder groups. 
  • Actively participates and collaborates with others on one's own team and across REI for the achievement of business goals.
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities. 
  • Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions. 
  • Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers. 
  • Works smart by setting effective work goals, establishing priorities, and planning well in order to produce quality work. 
  • Executes effectively by using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals. 
  • Clearly conveys and accurately receives information by a variety of methods and in various situations. 
  • Builds rapport with all kinds of people inside and outside the organization. 
  • Acts upon opportunities and involves and influences others in the accomplishment of worthwhile organizational goals. 
  • Challenges the status quo, champions change and influences others to change.
  • Ability to travel when needed.
  • Willing and able to work primarily Pacific time zone hours.

Preferred Experience

  • Outdoor industry and/or conservation experience

REI hires, trains, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.  We remain deeply committed to making the Co-op a place where everyone can feel safe and be themselves. Join us. 


As required by applicable Pay Transparency laws, REI provides a range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in locations under these requirements. Factors that may be used to determine your actual salary may include a wide array of factors, including: your specific skills and experience, geographic location or other relevant factors. The salary range for this position may be lower or higher in different markets.

The pay for this role is: $65,000 to $127,500 per year  
At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posting Range
$65,000 to $127,500 per year
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