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HECHO Strategy and Partnerships Director

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$80,000 - $90,000

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Sep 3, 2021

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Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO) was created to help fulfill our duty to conserve and protect our public lands for future generations. We provide a platform for Hispanics to contribute knowledge and perspectives about public lands conservation issues, enhance leadership capacity of Hispanic leaders, and promote Hispanic cultural heritage and connections to nature. While our focus is on the protection of public lands in the American Southwest, our work has a national scope and impact. In 2017, HECHO joined forces with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) through a unique and mutually beneficial relationship built upon values of inclusion and equity and a commitment to elevating underrepresented perspectives as part of our conservation missions.

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 Strategy and Partnerships Director who speaks conversational English and Spanish to work remotely from a state in HECHO’s core region—Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, or Utah.


Reporting to the HECHO Executive Director, the HECHO Strategy and Partnerships Director is responsible for providing strategic input to HECHO’s staff at federal, state, and local levels that will help guide HECHO’s advocacy work. This role is responsible for identifying, analyzing, and proposing winning strategies that help HECHO’s advocacy staff and advocacy network succeed. This role is also responsible for helping HECHO forge new relationships with advocates, organizations, elected officials and community leaders, and new partnerships with philanthropic institutions and individuals. The ideal candidate will also support HECHO’s staff in leadership development and campaign and project guidance.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Operate as a thought partner to the Executive Director to implement the strategic roadmap.
  • Help HECHO meet its annual goals by providing strategic guidance on goals, project and mission-setting.
  • Identify key strategic growth opportunities for HECHO and expand HECHO’s network of philanthropic partners.
  • Work with the HECHO staff to identify leadership-building opportunities and provide guidance on how to move key campaigns forward.
  • Serve as an advisor and connector with HECHO’s Policy and Advocacy Manager to identify key strategies and opportunities to move HECHO’s policy goals forward and attend meetings with administrative officials and other key decision-makers.
  • Work with HECHO’s Communications Coordinator to support the development and delivery of effective communication strategies that help HECHO meet its goals.
  • Serve as an ambassador and champion for HECHO in public-facing settings.
  • Serve as an advisor to HECHO’s New Mexico Senior Field Coordinator to help fulfill HECHO’s goals in New Mexico.
  • Support the Executive Director’s leadership for the HECHO team to assure projects and campaigns are achieving the desired outcomes.
  • Provide support to help fulfill HECHO’s goals in New Mexico and Arizona.
  • Carry out additional duties, as assigned


  • At least ten years of professional experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with strategy-setting for conservation organizations
  • Familiarity of, experience with, and deep commitment to Hispanic cultural heritage
  • Strong knowledge on how Congress, the Executive Branch, state and local governments work
  • Familiarity with conservation issues, public land management agencies, and/or legislative and administrative processes
  • Experience supporting inclusive teams and multiple stakeholders to achieve shared goals
  • Understanding of non-profit management and operations
  • Conversational Spanish language skills preferred


  • Proven success in managing, overseeing, or guiding a conservation organization
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively achieve conservation goals
  • Experience working with people from different backgrounds and ability to bring people together to work toward common goals
  • Experience working with multi-disciplinary teams to achieve results
  • Ability to collaborate, coordinate, and communicate effectively and efficiently with both internal and external partners
  • Ability to forge meaningful and long-lasting partnerships
  • Competency in skills needed to secure and manage philanthropic relationships
  • 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

Travel Requirements:

  • Occasional travel across the state of New Mexico and to Washington, D.C.

Salary Range and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $80,000 to $90,000.


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 l eave, 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



Candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume to our career site.


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.


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

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