Senior Outreach Coordinator
New Orleans, LA
Type of Job
$55,000 - $60,000
May 24, 2022
About the job
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.
To support our mission, the NWF is seeking an outgoing, organized, dynamic, and energetic individual to help lead outreach and engagement efforts with the aim of building awareness and support around the importance of restoring Louisiana’s coast. This full-time position will focus efforts in the southeastern Louisiana, including Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and Jefferson Parish, with the possibility of work in the additional nearby parishes. The Senior Outreach Coordinator will develop relationships and increase engagement with residents, community leaders, elected and government officials, community organizations, and businesses to support restoration in the Mississippi River Delta. This person will also serve on NWF’s Mississippi River team, developing and implementing an outreach strategy to address Mississippi River management by reducing flood risks, nutrient loading, and increasing community resilience along the mainstem of the river.
The Senior Outreach Coordinator will work out of our New Orleans office, under NWF’s Outreach Manager on the Restore the Mississippi Delta campaign and will be part of a highly engaged team of partner groups working to advance large-scale coastal protection projects, particularly sediment diversions, to address Louisiana’s devastating land loss crisis. This is a great opportunity to work with a diverse group of stakeholders, including coastal communities, coastal scientists, policy makers and a network of environmental NGOs to help Louisiana’s people, wildlife and economy adapt and thrive in face of climate change.
Principal Duties (major areas of responsibility):
- Plan, develop, and execute outreach campaigns in Plaquemines Parish, St. Bernard Parish, Jefferson Parish and along the mainstem of the Mississippi River, leveraging the resources and skills of NWF’s partners and affiliates
- Cultivate and maintain an increasingly diverse network of supporters that will speak publicly in favor of coastal restoration and the campaign’s priority projects, including sediment diversions, in and around the Mississippi River Delta; and for natural infrastructure projects and clean water initiatives along the Mississippi River mainstem
- Serve on NWF’s Mississippi River outreach team, facilitating meetings, reporting and other needs as necessary
- Organize and lead learning opportunities including presentations, tabling, field trips, workshops, community events and one-on-one meetings with local leaders and community organizations
- Attend, and recruit partners to attend, public meetings regarding restoration priorities and work with partners to give public comment when appropriate
- Engage community members in earned media opportunities such as letters to the editor, opinion editorials, and other platforms such as blog posts, radio shows and social media
- Coordinate with the Outreach Manager and other committee/campaign leaders to engage community leaders in meetings with local, state, and federal decision makers
- Engage supporters in other advocacy efforts such as sign-on letters, fly-ins and action alerts
- Regularly update information in deliverable tracking and contact management systems
- College degree in natural resources, political science, environmental studies, social science or related field OR four years of additional relevant experience as listed below
- Five years of successful job experience in political or nonprofit advocacy campaigns
- Demonstrated success engaging citizens and community leaders in advocacy efforts
- Demonstrated ability to develop relationships with a board range of constituencies
- Coalition and partnerships experience preferred
- Experience and knowledge of Louisiana’s coastal issues preferred
- Self-starter with demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a team player
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop trusting relationships with diverse constituencies and communities
- Ability to successfully plan, organize and execute outreach events and other engagement tactics
- Strong prioritization skills and ability to work strategically in a past paced environment with many partners
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Facility with all aspects of Microsoft Office, Outlook, Zoom, and Google Docs, familiarity with Canva and Slack preferred
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;
- Being committed to deepening an environmental justice approach in policy priorities, program development and partner engagement;
- 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
There will be significant local, regional, statewide and national travel in this role, and up to 15 overnight trips in a year. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license and a reliable form of transportation for such travel.
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with experience, in the range of $55,000 - $60,000.
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.
The National Wildlife Federation closely follows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease and has implemented processes that promote the safety of our employees, 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, and are continuing to explore what our future of work will be moving forward. Proof of vaccination will be required to join the National Wildlife Federation.
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.
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If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.