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Director, Office of the President

Job Location

Reston, VA; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MD; Harrisonburg, VA; Annapolis, MD


Type of Job



$85,000 - $115,000

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Published Date

Feb 14, 2023

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Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state and territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all people to ensure that wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The National Wildlife Federation believes that in order to save wildlife and ourselves, we need to ensure that all people have access to clean air and water, safe communities, easy and equitable access to nature, and protection from the ravages of climate change.


The Director of the Office of the President is a key partner to the President and CEO, focusing time on the highest priority strategic initiatives to advance of the Federation’s mission. This position provides executive support and manages the day-to-day operations of the Office of the President (OP). The Director is welcoming and equitable in access to the President and CEO, collaborating with staff across the organization, and engages regularly with Board members, affiliates, donors, external partners, government and administration officials, and the general public.


The Director reports to the President and CEO and supervises an Executive Assistant who assists with scheduling, meeting preparations, correspondence, and expense reports.


Principal Duties:


Lead Operations: Responsible for the day-to-day operations, work flow and quality control of the Office of the President, including supervision of and close coordination with the Executive Assistant. Oversees the President and CEO’s calendar and travel planning, the preparation of meeting materials and briefings, the timely completion and submission of expense reports and relationship management inputs, and the completion of various signature requests. Supports the organization’s leadership team. Convenes standing check-ins with key staff to operationalize the President and CEO’s calendar, harmonize workflows, clarify deliverables, and address urgent priorities.


Support Scheduling: Ensures adequate time is given to strategic priorities of the President and CEO. Prioritizes internal and external equity and justice efforts and anti-racism meetings, events and trainings. Assists in prioritizing speaking and travel requests and interacts with internal and external colleagues at all levels to finalize logistics. Partners with colleagues in Philanthropy in managing the President and CEO’s portfolio of donors and prospects, dedicating sufficient time for relationship building and implementing engagement strategies.


Budget Management: Administers the budget for the Office of the President with input from the Executive Assistant. Responsible for monitoring and adhering to the budget, iBudget (NWF's internal budgeting system) entries, and financial reporting and reprojections.


OP Communications: Responsible for communications from the President and CEO. Works collaboratively with staff across the organization to finalize various collaterals sent on behalf of or under the signature of the President and CEO, including funding proposals and reports, fundraising appeals, invitations, etc. Entails light writing of correspondence from the President’s Office and editing of material produced by others. Consistently takes special care to correct white supremacy culture language in correspondence going out over the President and CEO’s signature. Coordinates with the Executive Assistant to finalize correspondence. Maintains and monitors the public ‘President’ email account, responding to emails to this account as appropriate and redirecting emails to others for action and response as necessary.


Execute Various Workflows: Approves expense reports and timecards on behalf of the President and CEO for direct reports to the President and CEO. Oversees expense report preparation for the President and CEO and submits timecards for the President and CEO. Monitors and accurately reports lobbying time for the President and CEO. Approves expense reports and timecards for the Executive Assistant.


Fundraising and Relationship Management: Assists the President and CEO in effectively managing a portfolio of major funders, prospective supporters, and key partners. Works closely with the Philanthropy and Program staff on a range of fundraising and prospect cultivation activities. Also partners with Governance staff in building and managing relationships with volunteer leaders comprising the Federation’s governance structures. Ensures the President and CEO’s activities are well documented in CRM.


Minimum Qualifications & Experience:


The Director possesses unimpeachable integrity and character, as well as an abiding commitment to both people and planet and to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. This individual brings experience in organizational management and operations, as well as leadership, to advance the values and mission of the National Wildlife Federation.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum 5, but preferably 7-10, years of professional experience, including at least 2 years of management experience or experience directly supporting a chief executive or other high-level principal
  • Experience working in fast-paced, advocacy-based settings, such as nonprofit organizations or political offices or campaigns
  • Experience working in large, complex organizations with nationally distributed workforce
  • Some familiarity with nonprofit governance, operations, and trends
  • Mission-driven, proactive, and dedicated to team success
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice
  • Outstanding interpersonal abilities; experience interacting with both internal and external stakeholders, as well as high-level officials or dignitaries
  • Strong writing and oral communication
  • Good judgment and discretion; experience working on sensitive or confidential matters
  • Problem-solving personality
  • Resilience; able to perform tasks and maintain composure under pressure, amid interruptions, or against competing demands, including during periodic episodes of long or irregular work hours
  • Superior organizational skills, with exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to complete work and assignments independently, sometimes with little day-to-day supervision
  • Strong technological competence required, with proficiency in digital tools and platforms


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


Location and Travel Requirements:


This position must be based in Eastern time zone, with preference for the greater Washington, DC area and ability to work at least periodically from the National Wildlife Federation’s headquarters in Reston, VA and its National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC.

Travel will be required to quarterly board meetings and staff retreats, and other signature events, estimated to be about 3-4 overnight trips per year, which may entail occasional evening or weekend assignments.


Work Mode:


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 the office, in a hybrid manner, or fully remote, to be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process.


Compensation and Benefits:


The estimated salary range for candidates at or near the minimum requirements for this position—as detailed above—is $85,000-$105,000 annually, likely falling around the midpoint of that range, depending on the candidate’s experience.

The estimated salary range for candidates above and beyond the minimum requirements for this position—e.g., with 10-15 years of postgraduate professional experience, including managerial experience in large, complex, nonprofit advocacy organizations—is $105,000-$115,000 annually, depending on the candidate’s experience.


We are proud of our designation by Mogul as a Top 100 Workplace with the Best Benefits! 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), and 10 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


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. Proof of vaccination will be required for employment at the National Wildlife Federation.




Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit a one- to two-page resume; a cover letter that summarizes your interest in the National Wildlife Federation as an organization, the posted position specifically, and the life and professional experiences that qualify you for the role; and a list of at least three references.


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


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 or 703-438-6244.


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

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