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Senior Coordinator, State Policy, Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed

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New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, or New York


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Aug 9, 2023

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Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) 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. The Federation'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.


The Senior Coordinator, State Policy of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed (Coalition) ( facilitates outreach and civic engagement efforts to support the Coalition’s policy priorities throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York. The Senior Coordinator, State Policy will be responsible for coordinating the state-based activities of the Coalition, including overseeing the State Lead initiative, supporting state advocacy activities, and engaging and mobilizing Coalition members. The Senior Coordinator, State Policy will coordinate closely with the Director of the Coalition to develop and implement the Coalition’s policy and outreach strategy, build and maintain relationships with members, stakeholders, and funders, and contribute to the overall operations of the Coalition.


Principal Duties (major areas of responsibility):


  • Organize the Coalition’s biennial policy priority setting process. Identifies gaps and opportunities to strengthen our collective impact through work plan development and policy setting in the basin region.
  • Coordinate the Coalition’s State Lead program by partnering with four state lead organizations on developing outreach and policy agendas for each state. Conducts State Lead recruitment and re-grant process.
  • Builds awareness of local, state, and regional policy issues to accelerate Delaware River restoration and capacity for Coalition members to carry out successful campaigns. Provides status reports and engagement opportunities on internal and external communication channels.
  • Execute member engagement by coordinating with workgroup leads to facilitate calls, webinars and meetings as necessary (in-person and virtual). Implement all logistical work of running these respective calls, including scheduling meetings, preparing agendas, and relevant documents.
  • In coordination with State Leads and the Coalition’s Communication Manager, develop a wide range of written materials to support Coalition and advocacy efforts. Assist with developing content on the Coalition’s state-based work through writing blogs, website pages, and social media posts.
  • Recruit and cultivate new organizations, businesses, and government representatives to engage within the Coalition’s priorities. Update list-serves and contact information, assist with new member orientation and approval, and managing the Coalition’s membership database.
  • Support the Coalition’s regional initiatives to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ). In conjunction with the Coalition’s DEIJ workgroup, oversee the implementation of the Coalition’s DEIJ Roadmap.
  • With Coalition staff, helps to ensure successful planning, coordination, and execution of the Coalition’s annual event on Capitol Hill and the Annual Conference.


Minimum Experience


  • A combination of relevant work experience and education to successfully perform the responsibilities outlined in this description; this is generally consistent with at least two years of professional experience.
  • Exposure working in a collaborative work setting required.
  • Experience in policy and/or other environmental issued preferred.
  • Familiarity with the Delaware River Watershed region is a plus.
  • Competency in managing re-grants and program budgets is desired.
  • Expertise with managing multiple projects, with stakeholder engagement and coordination preferred.


Minimum Skills:


  • Demonstrated cultural humility and awareness of power differences; practiced in working with persons of various social, cultural, economic, political and educational backgrounds.
  • Attributes reflective of professional work experience including reliable, thorough, deliberate, flexible, responsive, nimble, and patient.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required.
  • Excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Motivated self-starter able to work independently in the execution of their responsibilities while collaborating with other organizations in various coalitions; demonstrates initiative and a positive attitude.


NWF Values:


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.
  • 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


Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s required equity competencies at


Location and Work Mode:


This position is based remotely in a state of the Delaware River watershed (DE, PA, NJ, NY). The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. The position is a part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Center based in Annapolis, MD. For more information on Work Modes, please review the benefits section of our careers page:


Compensation and Benefits:



The salary range for this position is as $55,000 - $60,000 annually, commensurate with experience.

We are proud of our designation by Mogul as a Top 100 Workplace with the Best Benefits, and by Forbes as one of America’s best small employers! 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




Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.


For more information on our recruiting process, please review our Careers page:


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


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 or 703-438-6244.


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


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