Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator
New Orleans, LA
Type of Job
$50,000 - $55,000
Mar 8, 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, we are seeking a Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator based in New Orleans, LA (due to COVID-19 all NWF employees are working remotely until further notice). The Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator is responsible for leading sportsmen education and engagement on the Restore the Mississippi River Delta (MRD) campaign. Through strategic communication and outreach efforts, the Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator develops relationships and increases engagement with individual hunters, anglers, sportsmen's groups, businesses, and other conservation organizations to support restoration in the Mississippi River Delta.
Reporting to the Director of the Gulf Program, this position is part of a highly engaged team that comprises NWF’s Gulf Program, which advocates for large-scale, high-impact coastal restoration and resilience projects throughout the Gulf. The Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator will be an integral team member of Vanishing Paradise, part of the NWF Gulf Program that works with the sporting community.
Principal Duties (major areas of responsibility):
- Strategic Engagement: Collaborate closely with other NWF teams – primarily Vanishing Paradise, the NWF Gulf team and NWF Outdoors – as well as our partners with the Restore the Mississippi River Delta coalition (MRD) to provide outreach and engagement leadership for sportsmen advocacy in the Mississippi River Delta to increase the climate resilience of both ecosystems and communities. Serve on the Vanishing Paradise team and MRD Outreach Committee, actively participating in relevant MRD events (presenting, organizing, tabling as needed), tracking engagements, working with partners in the field and reporting out to larger coalition and program teams to inform advocacy strategies.
- Communications: Work with NWF Gulf and MRD coalition communications staff to advance messaging on Mississippi River Delta restoration needs, with a particular emphasis on outdoor media. Ensure consistency of national hunter/angler message with Gulf Program goals. The Coordinator will be responsible for written communications through social media and online advocacy efforts, including writing for our blogs, newsletters and other channels, as well as direct writing for industry and outdoor publications and newspapers. Draft materials for publication as LTEs and Op Eds for constituents. Work with Communications staff to develop and maintain an outdoor media contact database. Serve as a spokesperson for Vanishing Paradise and work to identify and cultivate grasstop spokespeople.
- Fundraising: Assist the Gulf Program Director, as needed, in activities to report to major funders and secure additional funding through sponsorships, grant writing, and relevant potential donor cultivation.
- College degree in a natural resource, environmental, social science, or related field (or additional relevant experience as listed below).
- Minimum of three years of relevant work experience with demonstrated success in organizing, natural resource management, communications, or related Must be familiar with conservation issues related to coastal Louisiana restoration, particularly as they relate to the interests of hunters and anglers. Strong background in hunting and fishing is preferred.
- Successful track record with coalition building and cultivation and deployment of grasstop leaders.
- Experience working with volunteer leaders, conservation advocacy and conservation issues
- Self-starter with demonstrated ability to work strategically, both independently and as a team player.
- Excellent judgment to make decisions and respond rapidly to changing conditions and to questions posed by decisionmakers, opinion leaders, and key constituents.
- Good people skills and ability to develop trusting relationships with varied constituencies
and communities; experience working successfully with diverse constituencies.
- Strong written and oral communication skills are a must; social media and earned media experience preferred.
The Sportsmen Outreach Coordinator is expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. They are also expected to cultivate and exhibit the following equity competencies:
Equity Analysis & Action
- Demonstrated experience and expertise in environmental and climate justice policy advocacy and the intersections between public health and the economy
- Committed to deepening an equity and justice lens in policy priorities, program development, strategic planning and partner engagement
- Motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized, in both internally-facing work and externally-facing work
- Demonstrates awareness of the attributes associated with a white dominant culture, especially as it manifests within the National Wildlife Federation and across the conservation movement, and takes actions to dismantle hierarchies of oppression within that culture
- Dedicated to advancing the National Wildlife Federation’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their external work and internal culture
Self-Awareness & Learning
- Exhibits a commitment to continuous learning and growth, especially related to the development of strong equity competencies and managing large and diverse teams, and models this approach with others
- Dedicated to deepening understanding of cultural and systemic racism and the intersectionality of multiple forms of social inequality and how this impacts our work on environmental issues
- Demonstrates awareness of positional power and privilege (both personally and professionally) and its attendant impacts on colleagues, team, and on oneself
- Consistently brings a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions
Authentic Relationships & Community Partnerships
- Maintains a sophisticated understanding of how group dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work
- Demonstrates capacity to maintain relationships across difference and create greater psychological safety in the workplace
- Acknowledges when mistakes are made and harm is done; works to repair breaches in relationships
- Openly holds space, and invites others into conversations during sensitive engagements, exhibiting a responsible and respectful demeanor with colleagues and partners
- Models and encourages commitment to community care and selfcare in order to bring best self to relationships and interactions
- Ability to translate complex legislation and policies to a wide array of stakeholders, including a public audience, and Congressional and agency offices
- Exhibits strong interpersonal skills rooted in teamwork, diplomacy, respect and an awareness of how diverse identity and communication styles intersect
- Provides clear and direct communication with and feedback to colleagues, with an understanding of communicating respectfully across different identities
- Strives to match intent and impact in all interactions
- Works proactively to resolve conflicts and misunderstandings toward restorative solutions; attends to conflicts as opportunities for learning and growth
- Ability to facilitate discussions and learning sessions with staff and partners around developing team equity competencies
Supervision & Power Sharing
- Supports the leadership, success, and professional development of staff members, with a commitment to utilizing power to ensure equitable access and opportunities for staff of color and with other marginalized identities
- Consistently provides positive and developmental feedback to support growth of team members
- Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and works to integrate and lead with this guidance in mind
- Strives for transparency and timeliness, keeping staff informed of decisions that impact them
- Intentionally shares power through decision-making, clear definition of roles and responsibilities, effective delegation, and equitable access to resources
- Actively seeks new solutions to persistent problems by engaging a diversity of perspectives and experiences
- Practices both/and thinking and the ability to accept ambiguity
- Demonstrates willingness to take risks, pilot new approaches, bring in new partners, learn from failure, and continually improve efforts
- Provides expertise, leadership, and new thinking in environmental and conservation policy
Travel has been limited during the COVID-19 pandemic, but once it is deemed safe, travel for program-related purposes can be as much as 25 trips, including overnights, per year.
Compensation and Benefits:
This position pays between $50,000 - $55,000 annually, dependent upon qualifications and 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.
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, but will transition to onsite work when our offices re-open, expected to be in 2022. Proof of vaccination will be required as a condition to join the National Wildlife Federation.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates must 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 email@example.com or 703-438-6244.
If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.