HECHO New Mexico Senior Field Coordinator
Northern New Mexico
Type of Job
Jul 2, 2021
About the job
Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO) was created in 2013 to help fulfill our duty to conserve and protect our public lands for future generations. In 2017, HECHO became a program of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) through a unique and mutually beneficial partnership built upon values of inclusion and equity and a commitment to elevating underrepresented perspectives as part of our collective conservation missions.
HECHO provides a platform for Hispanics to contribute knowledge and perspectives about public lands conservation issues, enhance the leadership capacity of Hispanic leaders, and promote Hispanic cultural heritage and connections to nature. While our focus is on the conservation of public lands in the American Southwest, our work has a national policy scope and impact. To achieve our mission of empowering Hispanic leaders to engage their communities in the conservation of our nation’s public lands, we are seeking a New Mexico Sr. Field Coordinator to lead efforts to build and expand HECHO’s visibility, influence, and outreach and advocacy activities in New Mexico.
Reporting to the HECHO Executive Director, the Sr. Field Coordinator will be responsible for deepening and cultivating authentic partnerships, and developing targeted outreach strategies, tactics, tools, and trainings that advance HECHO’s policy and strategic priorities in New Mexico. This position will require a willingness travel by vehicle throughout New Mexico to meet with leaders individually, organize meetings and events, and to build relationships on behalf of HECHO. This is a full-time, remote position for candidates based in Northern New Mexico.
- Represent HECHO and build working relationships with members of the HECHO Advisory Board, HECHO’s Hispanic Conservation Leadership Council (HCLC), partner non-profits, the media, the donor community, and governmental entities at the local, state, and federal levels to increase HECHO’s conservation impact, level of support, and visibility throughout New Mexico.
- Cultivate authentic, mutually beneficial relationships with Hispanic local and state elected and community leaders to build and nurture the HCLC and Digital Advocacy Network.
- Mobilize Hispanic leader support for federal, state, and local conservation policies, including combating climate change, protecting public lands and water resources, restoring wildlife habitat connectivity, and advancing environmental justice goals.
- Communicate effectively with the Advisory Board and HCLC leaders – providing all information necessary to function properly and to inspire their active engagement and support of local and national activities.
- Develop field workplans and organizing tactics (i.e. cafecitos, roundtables, field trips, days of action) that are aligned with HECHO priorities.
- Work with HECHO staff to create targeted outreach materials (i.e. press releases, LTES, blogs, factsheets, petitions, digital content) to help generate local media, mobilize grasstops leaders and grassroots activists, and engage with and influence elected and appointed officials on our policy priorities.
- Identify emerging issues and seek opportunities for additional funding and capacity-building for HECHO.
- Demonstrated commitment to community-building and movement-building for social change
- A working knowledge of New Mexico’s land and water issues, traditional land/water use and Hispano communities, conservation community, government, and regulatory agencies.
- Success implementing core tactics of organizing, including: grasstops mobilization, policy-maker engagement, earned/opinion media generation, phone banking, and coalition-building.
- Excels working in diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic professional environments.
- Strong interpersonal skills and an effective communication style.
- Proven ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners.
- Flexible, innovative, and self-motivated to identify priorities and complete work independently and as an integral member of the team.
- Familiarity of and demonstrated commitment to Hispanic cultural heritage.
- Excellent communication skills including writing and public speaking.
- An ability and willingness to travel as required and to work flexible hours outside a 9-5 schedule.
- Conversational Spanish language skills preferred.
- Relevant/related professional experience, including grasstops leader mobilization, issue or policy advocacy, strategic campaign planning and management, virtual organizing, digital advocacy, public speaking, and media relations.
- Demonstrated experience working with rural, under-served communities, or environmental justice communities.
- Experience with interfacing with and effectively engaging diverse groups (staff, volunteers, stakeholders, politicians, agency partners, etc.)
- Relevant experience incorporating the perspectives of frontline communities or communities of color in the impact and outcomes of decision-making.
- Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to establish priorities and manage activities independently.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Hispanic heritage, in particular cultural and historical connections to the land, air, and water, and ability to share knowledge in a culturally responsive way.
Compensation and Benefits:
The salary for this position is $55,000.
HECHO is a partner and program of the National Wildlife Federation. 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 https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
We strive to increase equity and justice 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 equity and justice at nwf.org/equity.
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 at https://recruiting.ultipro.com/NAT1047NWF/JobBoard/1ca8346a-33cc-401d-90d9-d7f752fdfd7d/Opportunity/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=4197a461-b5dc-42ea-aabc-9ec10be61ac1&sourceId=b8e04415-ab26-4ddb-a910-e8687f4c07ed.
If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.