Resilience in Schools Coordinator
Type of Job
$50,000 - $55,000
Jan 7, 2022
About the job
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has grown into America's largest and most trusted conservation, education and advocacy organization, with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters. Our mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. Our programs focus on conserving wildlife, connecting people with nature, advancing equity and environmental justice, restoring habitat and waterways, growing outdoor opportunities, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. To advance this work and further support our mission, we seek a Houston Resilience-in-Schools Coordinator to join our South Central Region (SCR) team. This position will report to the Director of Education and Outreach for the Region and will work in close collaboration with our SCR Education team, particularly the Texas Education and Outreach Manager. Although the SCR office is based in Austin, this position will be based in Houston, Texas.
The person in this role will support and grow NWF’s PreK-12 programs in Houston and the greater metro area. Areas of focus will include: 1) Engaging and empowering diverse communities to create and maintain pollinator/wildlife habitat, with a key aim of improving both wildlife and human health as well as climate resiliency; 2) Providing more equitable opportunities for kids to gain an appreciation and understanding of the natural world, through NWF’s Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitats programs, and 3) Providing Professional Development to teachers, school staff, and other community members about environment-based education, climate-resilience education, and sustainability, with a strong focus on Green STEM and Project-Based Learning.
The Resilience-in-Schools Coordinator will help organize and manage existing projects and develop and grow new projects. Central to this role is the ability to develop strategic partnerships, fundraise, and assess and analyze opportunities to increase the efficiency and accessibility of NWF’s education programs and local offerings in the area.
In this role you will:
- Organize all facets of advancing the NWF’s Education programs in the Houston Metro Area. This includes outreach, coordination with diverse stakeholders (students, teachers, and school administrative personnel, etc.), development of training and orientation programs for school audiences, youth engagement, event coordination, program documentation and tracking, fundraising, and database management, as applicable.
- Work closely with NWF’s Texas Education and Outreach Manager to develop strategic partnerships to help expand the growth of Eco-Schools USA, Schoolyard Habitats, and other NWF education programs as appropriate.
- Provide social media content to promote the NWF education work taking place in the greater Metro Houston area.
- Work with NWF’s Director of Education and Outreach for the SCR to expand NWF education programs, focusing on habitat creation and resilience education along the Texas and Louisiana Coast.
- Help inform and execute a fundraising plan to increase the capacity of NWF to deliver NWF PreK-12 education programs to the greater Houston Metro area. This will include:
- Identifying and meeting with funders
- Assisting the Regional Director of Education and the Regional Philanthropy Manager with drafting proposals and creating budgets
- Assisting the Regional Philanthropy Manager with drafting reports to funders.
Minimum Qualifications and Core Competencies
- A College Degree in Environmental Science, Education, Wildlife Biology, Communications, or related field
- 3 years of relevant work or volunteer experience in formal or informal education, outreach, providing trainings, and volunteer management
- Skilled public speaker and presenter
- Professional demeanor, with the ability to exercise cultural competency and foster inclusion
- Superior work ethic and attention to detail
- Excellent time management, organizational, and problem solving skills
- 2-3 years of fundraising (donor meetings, grant writing and reporting)
- Proficiency with word processing, databases and PowerPoint software preferred
- Ability to establish and cultivate relationships with potential partners and volunteers
- Ability to relate effectively to people from diverse backgrounds, ranging from public officials to neighborhood residents
- Ability to balance supervisor direction with being a self-starter
- Sincere and demonstrated interest in environmental sustainability and education
- Knowledge or experience with gardening, habitat restoration, and/or native plant species identification
- Knowledge or experience with climate resilience and climate resilience education
The Resilience-in-Schools Coordinator is expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. 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
- Exhibiting passion for and commitment to NWF's mission
Must have a valid driver’s license and personal vehicle.
Travel will be restricted to no more that 15%. Weekend work may be necessary.
The National Wildlife Federation closely follows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease and has implemented processes that promote the safety of our employees, job 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, but will transition to onsite work when our offices re-open, expected to be in 2022. Proof of vaccination will be required to join the National Wildlife Federation.
This position pays $50,000 - $55,000 depending on 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-438-6244.
If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.