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Director of Conservation Partnerships, Northern Rockies, Prairies, and Pacific Region

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Oregon, Idaho, or Washington


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Dec 23, 2022

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The Director of Conservation Partnerships (DCP) for the NRPP fosters enduring collaborations with the National Wildlife Federation and partners in service of our state and territorial affiliate organizations to create a more inclusive and impactful conservation movement. The Director also develops and implements conservation and education programs and advocacy campaigns in the Northern Rockies, Prairies, and Pacific with affiliates in furtherance of the National Wildlife Federation's strategic plan (A Common Agenda for Wildlife) and our Equity and Justice Strategic Plan.


The Director of Conservation Partnerships reports to the Regional Executive Director and works closely with the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and regional DCP's across the country. Other team members include NRPP regional staff, the National Advocacy Staff, and colleagues in other teams/departments in our highly matrixed organization.


Preferred candidates will be able to demonstrate how they can build strong relationships and often be physically present throughout the NRPP region (and OR, ID, or WA specifically) to advance this work. The NRPP has office locations in Seattle (WA), Sandy (OR), and Missoula (MT). The NRPP is seeking a candidate that lives within the NRPP Region, with a preference for a candidate that resides in Oregon, Idaho, or Washington.


About the National Wildlife Federation:


Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has grown into America's largest and most trusted environmental conservation organization with more than six million members and supporters and 52 state and territorial affiliates (autonomous, non profit organizations that take the lead in state and local conservation efforts and collaborate with NWF to conduct advocacy activities on national issues). The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. To save wildlife and ourselves, the National Wildlife Federation believes that we need to ensure that everyone in the United States of America has clean air and water, safe communities, easy, safe, and equitable access to the daily benefits of nature, and protection from the ravages of climate change. These basic needs, equally necessary and urgent for all people, are foundational to bringing the conservation movement and ethos into the 21st century.


About NWF's NRPP Region:


National Wildlife Federation's Northern Rockies, Prairies, and Pacific Region includes the states of Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Our Region is also intermatrixed with the Rocky Mountain and California regions and specifically offers support to our affiliate in California. The NRPP is an ecologically diverse region that traverses remote forests, densely populated cities, and coastal communities of people and wildlife. Our Regional office is committed to catalyzing conservation through our partnerships and strategic program implementation.


Principal Duties:


In this role, you will serve as the primary liaison with the National Wildlife Federation's state affiliates, contribute to national efforts to advance Federation conservation and organizational strategies, including NWF’s Tribes and Indigenous Partnerships Enhancement Strategy (TIPES), regional environmental justice plans, and build authentic partnerships with a diversity of individuals and organizations in furtherance of shared goals defined in partnership with our affiliates. Responsibilities include:


Affiliate Support 60%


  • Lead strategic growth with NWF's affiliates through organizational capacity building, partnership expansion, and program development in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Other DCPs currently serve Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, and Hawaii. State assignments could change over time.
  • Work with the Regional Executive Director and regional program leads to strategically implement existing programs and to develop funding and program collaborations.
  • Ensure consistent engagement of affiliates with NWF governance and leadership process, such as our annual governance meeting and affiliate leaders conferences.
  • Develop relationships with regional board member(s) and cultivate a diverse board recruitment pipeline.
  • Work with the national Partnerships team to continue the development of a cohesive and aligned Federation that supports the further development and evolution of higher-capacity affiliates to create a force-multiplier effect at the state, regional and national levels.
  • Provide guidance to refine and re-invent norms at NWF for cross-organizational collaboration to advance programmatic work, transparent communication, equity and justice priorities, and authentic relationships.
  • Support NWF Annual Meeting design and implementation.
  • Plan regional affiliate leadership meetings.
  • Facilitate skills-building training for affiliates.


20% Partnership Enhancement


  • Lead in implementation of NWF’s Tribal Indigenous Partnerships Strategy within the states assigned.
  • Lead in cultivating partnerships between other organizations and entities with affiliates and the Federation to broaden our impact and further define NWF’s unique role as a conservation catalyst.
  • Assist in NWF collaborative fundraising initiatives as needed. Collaborative fundraising initiatives may include NWF collaborations with affiliates, Tribes, Indigenous peoples, conservation, and community partners. Work with national philanthropy staff and regional program staff to identify opportunities and develop relationships with potential funders, assist in preparing grant proposals and stewardship updates to maintain trusted relationships.


20% Contribute to Policy & Campaign Work in service to Affiliates and Partners


  • Connect affiliate and partner conservation priorities with the Federation.
  • Steward affiliate priorities through the process for Federation prioritization.
  • Facilitate connections between partners and affiliates with NWF teams as appropriate. This may include, but is not limited to NWF’s Climate Team, Communications, Government Affairs, Public Lands, and Tribal Partnerships Program.
  • Serve additional campaign and policy initiative needs as appropriate. The Director of Conservation Partnerships will be supporting NWF and our affiliates’ campaign to return salmon, steelhead, and sockeye runs to the Lower Snake River.


Required Qualifications:


Strong candidates for this position will have demonstrated proficiency in building and maintaining authentic partnerships with a diversity of individuals and organizations. Additionally, candidates are required to have:


  • A strong foundation in environmental, sustainability, environmental justice, and/or conservation principles and practices through their educational background and/or professional experience in conservation, science, public policy or a related field
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations and depth of understanding of nonprofit governance, operations, and fundraising principles
  • Well-developed strategic thinking and prioritization skills and ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously and autonomously
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills


These proficiencies are typically consistent with at least five years of professional experience.


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 seeking feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeping 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.




Once safe travel resumes, periodic travel throughout the region and to national HQ and/or meetings may occur. Anticipate 5-8 days every month, 30-60 nights per year.


Location and Work Mode:


This position will be based in our Northern Rockies, Prairies, and Pacific Region in Oregon, Idaho, or Washington. 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, in a hybrid manner, or remotely, to be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process.


Compensation and Benefits:


The starting salary for this position is $80,000, commensurate with 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


COVID Consideration:


he 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.




Candidates must submit a cover letter and resume. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted through January 20th.


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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