Type of Job
$45,000 - $50,000
Dec 2, 2022
About the job
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stripes. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. We advance this mission through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, advancing environmental justice, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.
The Rocky Mountain Regional Center (RMRC) of NWF is seeking a full-time Communications Coordinator. This team member will coordinate the development of an over-arching communications engagement strategy for the region, focused on storytelling and outreach related to two major initiatives: Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) and the Tribal Partnerships Program. By leveraging a variety of communications platforms, including social media and grassroots networks, the Communications Coordinator will be the primary implementer of that strategy to: garner greater recognition of the RMRC’s conservation, education, and environmental justice work; elevate stories and build support for communities and partners in the region; and ultimately foster conditions that lead to greater positive impact for our collective efforts.
An initiative of NWF, Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) envisions a world where every young child experiences nature daily. Launched in 2017, ECHO has been working with communities throughout the United States to transform children’s daily environments by enhancing opportunities to engage meaningfully in nature. By providing a combination of thoughtful landscape design and nature-play training for early childhood professionals, ECHO employs a health equity model that improves access to the benefits of nature for children and caregivers who face the greatest barriers.
About the Tribal Partnerships Program
Through our Tribal Partnerships Program, NWF partners with sovereign Tribal nations to solve today's conservation challenges for future generations. We work nationwide with Tribes to protect wildlife, advance land stewardship, safeguard water resources, and address climate change, while supporting environmental and socio-economic justice.
The Communications Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the development of and implementing a communications strategy for the RMRC, initially focused on ECHO and Tribal Partnerships. These strategies will raise awareness about RMRC’s work and foster broader and deeper collaborations with organizations and intermediaries, educators and caregivers, schools and universities, museums, libraries, parks professionals, and community-centered organizations that elevate marginalized (e.g., Black, Indigenous, other People of Color, and/or lower income) communities. The Communications Coordinator will also assist with attracting financial support for our initiatives, and developing and implementing systems for improving websites, storytelling, and social media with a particular focus on elevating the work of our local and national partners and collaborators.
The Communications Coordinator reports to the ECHO Deputy Director of Partnerships and Development.
- Work with RMRC program staff and/or consultants to coordinate the development of communication strategies that reflect how RMRC work takes place in the context of language, culture, and community. Initial focus will be on coordinating the development of an ECHO communications strategy in the first year.
- Lead the implementation of RMRC’s communication strategies working with staff and partners across the region and beyond.
- Work with RMRC program staff to identify and implement opportunities to utilize NWF’s platforms to elevate and build power with community partners through authentic engagement with community leaders.
- Assist in the formation and dissemination of an over-arching narrative that captures the work of the RMRC and primary partners, with storytelling as a core component.
- Collaborate with the ECHO and Tribal Partnerships teams to develop and implement communications strategies, including an editorial and social media calendar, to engage program stakeholders with timely and relevant outreach.
- Support ECHO’s outreach efforts to build a broad and deep network of programs and institutions embracing outdoor learning, which include child care programs, schools, parks, libraries, museums, and neighborhoods.
- Support ECHO’s growing community of practice with tools and resources for ongoing technical assistance and support.
- Support the Tribal Partnerships Program’s effort to support and uplift Tribal voices and increase public awareness of Tribal conservation perspectives and priorities.
- Curate program websites.
- Regularly create and design blog posts, fact sheets, event invitations, slide decks, issue briefs, letters, op-eds, and newsletters.
- Manage photos, photo releases, videos, and other communication media.
- Increase online followers, likes, shares, and maintain and grow email lists by developing and implementing robust digital communications.
- Build relationships with journalists and media influencers who may write about a range of program issues and serve as a trusted resource for reporters on background information and connection to story sources.
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
- High level of creativity to complement social media experience and skills, especially on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and/or Facebook.
- Knowledge and ability to use multimedia communications tools, including producing graphics and some experience in video creation.
- Familiarity with topics related to education, early childhood, and/or conservation, Tribes and Indigenous Peoples, and/or environmental justice.
- Proven experience in digital engagement, advocacy communications, and/or public relations.
- Experience developing and delivering content through digital media.
- Experience storytelling with a particular focus in honoring and elevating the diverse racial and cultural identities and voices of a full complement of communities.
- Experience in the development of communications plans and/or strategies and implementing outreach activities, including building email lists.
- Experience using a range of digital platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
- Ability to communicate effectively across disciplines and audiences.
- Preferred: Bilingual in Spanish and English.
- Capable of engaging and bolstering marginalized voices in your work.
- Ability to listen and respond with empathy to others’ lived experiences that may be very different than your own.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, both in-person and virtually.
- Shares the values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.
Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. Your competencies should include:
- Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized;
- Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions;
- Being committed to deepening an environmental justice approach in policy priorities, program development and partner engagement;
- Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them;
- Being dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work; and
- Passion for and commitment to NWF's mission
Some travel will be required in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.
Location and Work Mode:
This position is based in in our RMRC office in Denver, CO. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. In this position, the employee may work in in the office or in a hybrid manner, to be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process.
Compensation and Benefits:
The salary for this position is posted at $45,000-$50,000 annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
We are proud of our designation by Mogul as a Top 100 Workplace with the Best Benefits in 2021! We value work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere with flexible scheduling. We want you to be able to integrate work and personal life with attention to your self-care, so that your work schedule is not depleting. We offer benefits so you feel restored and fueled through the day and week.
We offer these supports to help manage your mental, emotional, and physical health:
- Paid time off: Vacation that starts off at three weeks accrual, unlimited wellbeing (this time can be used for physical, spiritual, emotional, cultural, religious or financial wellbeing for yourself, a partner, or family member – including pets), 10 holidays, and 3 floating holidays
- We close down for a paid winter break between December 25 to January 1 to recognize end of-year stress, and time for reflection, rejuvenation, and spending time with family.
- Up to 16 weeks of fully paid Family and Medical Leave
- Low-cost health, dental, and vision insurance options – all outpatient mental health is covered at in-network rates
- Therapist available at no cost
- Pet insurance and discount perk program
- Annual wellbeing allowance
In addition to your salary, we offer the following supports to your personal finances:
- Retirement plan with immediate match and vesting
- Annual year end retirement contribution
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Adoption and Surrogacy assistance
- Pet adoption stipend
- Student Loan management
Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.
The National Wildlife Federation closely follows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease and has implemented processes that promote the safety of our employees, candidates, and communities. Because the health of our employees and candidates is a top priority, we conduct our hiring process virtually via phone or video until further notice. We are currently starting our positions as remote, and are continuing to explore what our future of work will be moving forward. Proof of vaccination will be required to join the National Wildlife Federation.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.
We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at nwf.org/equity.
We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
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If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.