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Environmental Justice Sr. Communications Coordinator

Job Location

Washington, DC


Type of Job



$55,000 - $60,000

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Published Date

Feb 25, 2021

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Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 53 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.


The Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization Program is committed to unraveling systems of oppression to achieve healthy, sustainable, and just communities by addressing environmental injustices that have overburdened lower wealth, communities of color, and Indigenous people by using our resources, cultivating strong partnerships, and prioritizing on-the-ground solutions that communities find value in. As we continue to ramp up our communication efforts to showcase the innovative work that the program is leading and collaborating with partners on, we seek to hire an Environmental Justice Sr. Communications Coordinator to join our team in Washington, D.C. (Due to COVID-19 all employees are working remotely until we make return to work decisions). In addition to supporting communications to amplify environmental justice issues and frontline stories via a multi-year communications plan, this creative individual will also serve a vital role in maintaining the Federation up-to-date with ongoing initiatives through innovative communication platforms.


In this role you will:

  • Develop and Implement Strategic Communications: Develop and maintain a multi-year communications plan to elevate environmental and climate justice-related priorities via digital media platforms, magazines, e-newsletters, etc. with the support of the Environmental Justice Program Manager and the Director of Communications. Collect data analytics and metrics to assess the impact and reach of our communication efforts. Periodically draft and update environmental justice communications (e.g., newsletters, reports, briefings, memos, factsheets, digital, web content) to facilitate information distribution among internal and external partners.
  • Elevate Shared Environmental Justice and Conservation Priorities: Distill information collected from convenings (e.g., meetings, roundtables, national townhalls) with frontline leaders, policymakers, funders, and organizations in summary documents, reports, and other forms of publications. Consult with staff that are interested in elevating environmental justice-related content in their communication platforms (e.g., newsletters, blogs, concept memos).
  • Work with Stakeholders to Elevate Issues and Priorities: Implement new and innovative ways of communicating about environmental justice through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), videos, storytelling, and/or other forms of media to reach a broader set of constituents. Utilize our existing media platforms to amplify environmental justice leaders and initiatives to educate our membership and the public. Develop and maintain a digital database for compiled resources (e.g., reports, tools, papers) to support frontline leaders in collaboration with our web team.
  • Collaborate with Colleagues to Advance Environmental Justice-Related Communications: Periodically draft and review written content to ensure environmental justice-related language is accurately reflected. Work closely with the Environmental Justice Program Manager, Environmental Justice Coordinator, and digital team to develop social media toolkits and talking points to support projects and initiatives. Collaborate with communications team to coordinate communication and engagement strategies for targeted audiences in the form of press releases, media advisories, talking points, etc.

Minimum Experience:

  • College degree and/or a minimum of 3 years with relevant work experience in communications, journalism, marketing, publications, or related field
  • Experience drafting communication and outreach materials for general audiences (e.g., blogs, reports, digital content)
  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Canva, or other graphic design platforms
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications

Preferred Qualifications:


Experience in copy editing, pitching stories to news media outlets, bilingual translation, and alternative forms of communication (i.e., GIS, story mapping, video production, website design, audiograms) is plus


Required Competencies:

  • Environmental justice subject-matter expertise through educational or lived experience
  • Committed to deepening an environmental justice approach in policy priorities, program development, and partner engagement
  • Creative and innovative with a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to engage a broad set of constituents by translating complex environmental issues to targeted audiences
  • Motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized
  • Dedicated to deepening understanding of cultural and systemic racism and the intersectionality of multiple forms of social inequality
  • Demonstrates awareness of positional power and privilege (both personally and professionally) and its attendant impacts
  • Consistently brings a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions
  • Acknowledges when mistakes are made and harm is done; works to repair breaches in relationships
  • Openly holds space, and invites others into conversations during sensitive engagements, exhibiting a responsible and respectful demeanor with colleagues and partners
  • Strong communication skills and welcoming of constructive feedback
  • Demonstrates awareness of the attributes associated with a white dominant culture and takes actions to dismantle hierarchies of oppression within that culture
  • Dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work
  • Commitment to growth and professional development
  • Must be a strategic thinker, self-starter, well organized, and relationship builder
  • Must have a passion for and commitment to NWF’s mission



There may be travel required when offices reopen—approximately 3-4 times per year.




Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Click HERE to apply.


The salary range for this position is currently $55,000 - $60,000 annually, dependent upon qualifications and experience.


The National Wildlife Federation values work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere. Our paid time-off includes 3 weeks of vacation leave, open wellbeing leave, 10 paid holidays, 3 floating holidays, a week-long winter break, and additional leave options, per year. In addition, our benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, company paid life insurance, AD&D, short and long-term disability, 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, 403b retirement plan with employer matching and annual contribution, adoption benefits, and flexible work options including telecommuting, non-traditional work hours, and compressed work weeks. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at


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


If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.


The requirements listed in our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules, and if you have 75% of the qualifications listed we encourage you to apply. Your experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, which helps build the competencies, knowledge, and skills that translates directly to our openings. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.


Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.


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

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