Community Partnerships Coordinator

Job Location

Denver, CO

On-Site

Type of Job

Full-Time

Salary

$50,000

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Published Date

Mar 14, 2022

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Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is 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 stripes. The Federation's mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. The organization's work in the Denver area is in close partnership with False Ego, a small business founded and operating in the Five Points area of Denver that is leading an effort to advance ‘green infrastructure’ (such as trees, pollinator or vegetable gardens, less concrete, etc.) and access to greenery in Northeast Denver communities.

 

With other community partners such as The Heart of Five Points Neighborhood Association and Lincoln Hills Cares, NWF and False Ego are working to incorporate ‘nearby nature’ and the benefits of daily interactions with the outdoors into the lives of Northeast Denver residents and communities, while infusing the climate resilience, health, and economic benefits of green infrastructure. This coalition seeks a Community Partnerships Coordinator from Northeast Denver that will support this project in Five Points and Northeast Denver, while exploring broader community-driven conservation work in Denver and beyond. This position would join NWF’s Rocky Mountain Regional Center based in Denver, CO(Due to COVID-19, all NWF employees are working remotely until we make return to work decisions).

 

The Coordinator’s primary role will be to coordinate a growing coalition led by NWF and False Ego to support community leadership in advancing policies and practices that would lead to more greenery, less concrete, and improved health for people and wildlife in areas that are used by urban residents and youth every day. This position would work closely with NWF, False Ego, and other coalition members to foster work in Five Points and Northeast Denver along 4 parallel paths: community engagement, workforce development, small business leadership, and policy analysis and advocacy. The coordinator will also identify and enact opportunities to apply work more broadly in Denver communities, while seeking synergies with other NWF’s programs such as Tribal Partnerships, Design & Engagement, Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting and the Outdoors (HECHO), Environmental Justice, Sacred Grounds, or NWF’s Policy Advocacy Team.

 

This position is initially for the term of two (2) years, primarily supported through a Great Outdoors Colorado’s Fellowship grant, with potential for permanent employment.

 

Principal Duties (major areas of responsibility):

 

  • Coordinate coalition activities in Five Points and Northeast Denver, including: convening and co-facilitating coalition meetings with NWF and False Ego; building relationships with coalition and community leaders; and capturing learning from project successes and failures.
  • Analyze City policies and agency practices that either hinder or incentivize green infrastructure; work with NWF organizing and policy experts to develop and implement a community-centric plan to advocate for equity-focused administrative processes or agency policies that address barriers to equitable access to nature.
  • Coordinate authentic community engagement and visioning activities working with The Heart of Five Points Neighborhood Association, including: spending time with community members at events and supporting community priorities; attending and/or organizing community meetings, visioning sessions, or workshops; developing and administering surveys; supporting local community leaders to carry out on-the-ground greening projects; or other community engagement activities.
  • Work with NWF to identify and pursue funding sources for community-led projects.
  • Explore opportunities for broader partnerships and leveraging parallel efforts, including connections with Denver Parks and Recreation, The Nature Conservancy, The Parks People, Downtown Denver Partnership, and others.
  • Support the development of a workforce development and stewardship program that can invest in local youth while providing long-term sustainability for green infrastructure improvements, specifically working to inform and support the Lincoln Hills Cares Pathways program.
  • Assist False Ego in the building and mobilizing of a network of small business leaders to incorporate trees, native landscaping, and green infrastructure into business practices, including: engaging with small business leaders in the Five Points neighborhood and River North district; convening gatherings; connecting the project with the priorities of the Five Points and River North Business Improvement Districts; and developing a toolkit for businesses to implement their own green infrastructure solutions and to navigate city processes or policies.
  • Identify and implement opportunities to apply learning from the Five Points project as a model for other communities, in Denver and beyond.
  • Work with NWF programs to learn a breadth of conservation approaches and explore ways to apply to the Five Points coalition work.
  • Participate in quarterly Great Outdoors Colorado Fellowship cohort activities.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

 

Experience and Qualifications:

 

  • Demonstrated interest in community-led efforts for social change.
  • A working knowledge of and some direct experience with Five Points and/or Northeast Denver’s communities, and the ability to interact with communities in a culturally responsive way.
  • Relevant/related experience (professional, volunteer, or academic) with any of the following: conservation, environmental justice, policy analysis or advocacy, youth empowerment, community organizing, communications, or small business.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in working in diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic environments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an effective communication style.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners.
  • Flexible, innovative, and self-motivated to identify priorities and complete work independently and as an integral member of the team.
  • Good communication skills including writing and public speaking.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to establish priorities and manage activities independently.
  • Experience with interfacing with and effectively engaging diverse groups (staff, volunteers, stakeholders, politicians, agency partners, etc.)
  • An ability and willingness to work flexible hours outside a 9-5 schedule, as needed.
  • Capacity to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.
  • Love for wildlife and conservation of our natural spaces is a big plus.

 

NWF Values:

 

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

 

Travel Requirements:

 

You will travel approximately 2-3 times per year (once it is safe to do so), in the state of Colorado or to national conferences or events as part of professional development in support of your role as Coordinator.

 

Compensation and Benefits:

 

This position pays $50,000 per year, 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.

 

COVID Consideration:

 

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, but will transition to onsite work when our offices re-open, expected to be in 2022. Proof of vaccination will be required as a condition to join the National Wildlife Federation.

 

Application:

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates must 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.

 

Please let us know if you require accommodations during the application or interview process by reaching us at hrhelp@nwf.org or 703-438-6244.

 

If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted