Education and Engagement Coordinator, ECHO
Remote; or Denver, CO
Type of Job
Jun 29, 2022
About the job
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) 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. NWF’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.
NWF has a longstanding commitment to helping children, families, and communities to spend time in, receive the benefits of, and develop a lasting connection with nature. To help meet our mission, we are seeking an Education and Engagement Coordinator for Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) to join the staff of the Rocky Mountain Regional Center in Denver, Colorado. The ECHO team facilitates the co-creation of nature-based outdoor play and learning settings; empowers caregivers, educators, and families to engage young children outdoors; and advocates for policies, rules, and regulations that help outdoor learning grow as a national movement. ECHO envisions a world where every young child experiences nature daily. Equity is at the core of this work, as the team intentionally focuses on children who may not otherwise have access to high-quality outdoor play and learning settings, families living with low-incomes, and marginalized communities who face multiple barriers to health and equity. ECHO provides support and services either through grant-driven support or fee-based consultancy. All of ECHO’s work uses a highly tailored, community-driven process designed to complement local efforts, bring the vision of all stakeholders to life, and ensure success and sustainability for the long-term.
The primary roles of the Education and Engagement Coordinator are to collaborate with and support ECHO’s multi-disciplinary design and engagement team to foster greater engagement of children in outdoor learning through education, training, support, and communications. The Coordinator works closely with the Senior Education and Engagement Coordinator to develop, support, and implement training and professional development, create content and communications, strengthen existing relationships and create new partnerships, build local and regional expertise and capacity, and provide general administrative support for events and programming. The Coordinator reports to ECHO’s Deputy of Partnership and Development. This is a full-time, 1-year term position, with potential to become a permanent position.
Principal Duties (major areas of responsibility):
Collaborating with the ECHO Senior Education and Engagement Coordinator, the Education and Engagement Coordinator is responsible for:
- Developing content for and delivering community presentations, trainings, and professional development offerings for early childhood educators, caregivers, educators, early childhood coaches or directors, and other stakeholders.
- Supporting existing relationships with ECHO outdoor learning sites and local and national partners.
- Coordinating engagement and building new relationships with early childhood organizations and intermediaries, educators and caregivers, schools and universities, museums, libraries, parks, and community-centered organizations that elevate marginalized (e.g., Black, Indigenous, other People of Color, and/or lower income) communities.
- Assisting in building capacity for outdoor play and learning through training and coordination of professional cohorts, technical assistance networks, and collaboration with local and national ECHO partners.
- Collaborating with ECHO’s Communications staff to support ECHO’s education and engagement communications strategy, including developing and implementing systems for reporting, storytelling, and social media.
- Coordinating ECHO events including volunteer work days, annual ECHO Summit, regional symposia, and national conferences.
- Helping develop and coordinate ECHO’s evaluation and impact strategy to share ECHO’s range of professional development and its impact: gather data, support evaluation and analysis, and assist in reporting.
- Conducting site visits as needed and conduct evaluation measures including surveys, site assessments, photographs, and interviews.
- Regularly communicating with ECHO audiences and stakeholders to provide technical assistance with event registration, invoicing, and general inquiries.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Experience in education and/or early childhood education, project coordination, and community engagement required.
- Experience in developing content, presentations, trainings, and an understanding of adult learning.
- Experience with evaluation tools, tracking data, analysis, and reporting.
- Strong organizational and time-management skills.
- Microsoft Office proficiency. Adobe Creative Suite proficiency or willingness to learn.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively across disciplines.
- Fluent and conversational English and Spanish language skills preferred. 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
Location and Travel Requirements:
This position may be based anywhere in the continental U.S., with an expectation to have regular virtual interaction with the Design & Engagement team based in Denver, CO and other NWF teams across the country (due to COVID-19 all NWF employees are working remotely until further notice). Some travel will be required in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.
Salary Range and Benefits:
The salary range for this position is posted at $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.