Editorial Director, National Wildlife Magazine

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Reston, VA


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Oct 28, 2022

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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/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 National Wildlife Federation believes that in order to save wildlife and ourselves, we need to ensure that everyone living in America has access to clean air and water, safe communities, easy and equitable access to 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.


To advance our mission, we are seeking an Editorial Director for National Wildlife magazine. Launched in 1962, National Wildlife magazine is a benefit of membership in the National Wildlife Federation. Published quarterly, it reaches more than 450,000 households in print and online and covers issues related to wildlife and habitat conservation, connecting people with nature, environmental justice, wildlife gardening and environmental challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and habitat fragmentation. Our goal is to take an inclusive approach to storytelling and inspire people to care about nature and act on its behalf, recognizing that each individual can make a positive difference.


The Editorial Director is responsible for overseeing the editorial content of quarterly print and online editions of National Wildlife magazine and maintaining its high journalistic and photographic standards. The position requires strong equity competencies that foster collaboration, inclusion and respect. The Editorial Director also collaborates with people and programs across NWF to develop lineups of articles that will appeal to the membership, attract new supporters and reflect the goals of the Federation’s strategic plan. The Editorial Director also manages the magazine’s staff and contractors, oversees the annual budget and strategizes about new online and digital technologies that can increase engagement with existing and new audiences.


Principle Duties:


The Editorial Director’s role is comprised of these major areas of responsibility and focus:


  • Oversees operations of National Wildlife magazine to ensure the highest quality of visual presentation, journalistic excellence and engaging content while remaining on schedule and on budget.
  • Works with staff to develop article lineups for four high-quality print and online issues of the magazine, ensuring a diverse mix of articles that reflect the National Wildlife Federation’s mission and commitment to equity and justice.
  • Oversees the assigning, editing, fact-checking, photo selection, design and production of all articles and other content in print and online.
  • Helps develop the magazine’s annual operating budget, long-range business plan and financial forecast; administers the budget, presents monthly reports to Finance and reprojects as necessary throughout the fiscal year.
  • Hosts periodic meetings with the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board to solicit feedback and share news about upcoming issues.
  • Collaborates with colleagues in running the magazine’s annual photo contest and participates in judging submissions and selecting winners.
  • Develops a network of freelance contributors to include new voices skilled in equitable storytelling.
  • Manages and evaluates magazine staff and contractors, providing regular, constructive feedback. Focuses on team-building, group cohesion, inclusion, mindfulness and respect.
  • Collaborates with colleagues in Philanthropy, Education & Engagement, Innovation & Growth and other NWF divisions to ensure that the magazine meets the needs of the Federation and its membership.
  • Generates ideas to increase engagement through new technologies, social media, video, story mapping and other digital media.


Required Competencies and Desired Skills and Qualifications:


  • Excellent writing, editing and communication skills, paired with strong management acumen.
  • Well-developed equity competencies, and a commitment to continuous learning and professional growth.
  • Ability to foster an awareness of multiple group identities and their attendant dynamics, while seeking to deepen an understanding of the impacts of racism, anti-LGBTQ equality, sexism, and structural oppressions and their intersectionality.
  • Ability to exhibit a high level of self-awareness, empathy and approachability, coupled with well-honed interpersonal skills and relationship building savvy aimed at further developing a strong and inclusive team.
  • 5+ years’ experience in print or digital storytelling, preferably in magazine journalism. A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree is a plus.
  • Experience reporting, writing and editing articles, preferably related to wildlife conservation, natural sciences, conservation or connecting people to nature, paired with the ability to translate scientific and other complex information into content for a lay audience.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technologies for digital storytelling and social media.
  • A passion for nature and wildlife conservation will serve this role well.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools and Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign.


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.


Location and Work Mode:


This position will be based in our headquarters office in Reston, VA. 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 fully remote, to be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process.


Compensation and Benefits:


The salary for this position is $125,000, 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 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, 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.


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.