Head of Government and Community Relations
San Francisco, CA
Hipcamp makes it easy to list, discover, and book campgrounds and accommodations on private and public land. Whether you’re looking for a scenic spot to pitch your tent or planning a nature-filled getaway, Hipcamp is your go-to guide to getting outside. One of our core beliefs is that people who are connected and aligned with nature are happier and healthier humans. Our mission is to get more people outside. We accomplish this by making nature more accessible, creating revenue to support the protection of land, and creating community across the urban-rural divide.
We are embarking on an exciting journey of new growth, coming off a fresh Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz (Benchmark led our Series A). In this role, you will have the opportunity to join a team that respects each other, values empathetic leadership, cross-collaboration, and is wildly passionate about what we’re doing.
You love policy, and believe that in partnership with government we can create a better world for people. You enjoy creating new ways to solve new problems. You enjoy building processes from the ground up. You thrive as an individual contributor and leading a team. You have spent years working with communities and government leaders on policy change. You are a mission-driven, experienced operator who can sort through the ambiguity and uncertainty of local politics to find solutions. You are a people person who empathizes easily with and inspires others.
About the role
In this role you will lead the development and strategy of Hipcamp's grassroots legislative and political strategy across the US, with an early focus on California. You will report directly to our Founder & CEO, Alyssa Ravasio.
Your day to day
- Monitor policy trends across all markets, and develop briefings and data that help the rest of the Hipcamp team make evidence-based decisions.
- Develop and implement a global host advocacy strategy, including the creation of online and offline host clubs, identification and support of host leaders.
- Communicate on a regular basis with hosts to understand their experiences, learn from their local knowledge, and determine how best to support local host communities.
- Identify and build partnerships with local stakeholders who support land conservation, outdoor recreation, camping, and tourism.
- Organize and lead meetings and events for hosts, and participate in events organized by relevant stakeholders in market.
- Occasionally hire and manage local political consultants and outside legal counsel
- Occasionally represent Hipcamp in interactions with government officials, including providing testimony in hearings
- Work closely cross-functionally with Hipcamp's Operations, Legal, Business, and Communications teams on developing market strategy
- Develop relations with complementary companies to collaborate on policy and advocacy strategies
- Build and manage a budget
What skills we ask for
- 6+ years of relevant experience with - and keen understanding of - state and local policymaking, particularly regarding land use.
- Experience in community organizing within political campaigns, charity, government sector, or grassroots campaigns
- Demonstrated ability to adapt quickly to changes in priorities and remain productive while handling multiple assignments under pressure and meeting rigid deadlines
- Demonstrated work experience with companies, consultancies, trade associations, governmental agencies, campaigns, or equivalent organization
- Experience with project management in a dynamic entrepreneurial environment.
- Ability to build strong relationships with a diverse range of people on an individual basis and in group settings.
- Ability to maintain the highest personal levels of ethical conduct, confidentiality, and integrity
- Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
- Competent in using technology and social media
- Willing to travel both domestically and internationally
- Ability to define a path forward and work with a substantial amount of ambiguity and changing, often short, timelines
- BA/BS degree (bonus points)!
- Law Degree or Master degree preferred but not required
- Experience working with rural county governments
- Experience working on zoning regulations
- Existing network with relevant community advocacy groups and associations
Working at Hipcamp
- We believe health is essential to happiness. That's why teammates receive a monthly fitness stipend, an annual camping credit to get outside, as well as 50% off all Hipcamp listings (if you used up all of your annual credit). :)
- We support and appreciate individual working styles and help each other’s productivity. Each Hipcamp team member completes a “how to work with me” document so we lay it all out from the get-go without having to guess.
- We're committed to striving toward and evolving our shared values in ourselves and in other team members.
- We take team camping trips together, have a stocked gear library and access to pro deals at various outdoor brands.
- Our sunny, plant-filled office is located at 965 Mission St. close to the Powell BART station.
- We hope you have a (well-behaved) dog to bring to our office.
- We love sunlight, plants, the enneagram test, avocados, smoked salmon, bitchin’ sauce and hope you do too.
Hipcamp is an equal opportunity employer and we greatly value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. In fact, we are confident that the most inclusive and diverse teams accomplish the most extraordinary results.