Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 53 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The National Wildlife Federation believes that in order to save wildlife and ourselves, we need to ensure that all Americans have access to clean air and water, safe communities, easy and equitable access to nature, and protection from the ravages of climate change. These basic needs, equally necessary and urgent for all people, are foundational to bringing the conservation movement and ethos into the 21st century.
The Vice President for Conservation Policy and Advocacy is the executive staff person responsible for advancing policy, and developing and implementing cross-organizational plans that coordinate advocacy efforts, field and campaign activities, and strengthening the voice and visibility of leaders across America, especially those with underrepresented perspectives. The Vice President will be an important representative of the National Wildlife Federation’s interests with external partners and networks, elected officials and policy makers, and the public at large. In partnership with staff, the Vice President for Conservation Policy and Advocacy will provide coordination and collaboration across matrixed teams.
The Vice President for Conservation Policy and Advocacy’s team includes key subject matter leaders in wildlife, public lands, working lands, and water as well as the Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund, the Associate Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs, and the Senior Director of Organizing and Campaigns. The position collaborates closely with the other program Vice Presidents, Regional Executive Directors, and key staff around the country.
The Vice President for Conservation Policy and Advocacy reports to the Chief Program Officer and works as a thought partner with the Chief Executive Officer and other leaders to advance the strategic direction of the organization.
Your Principal Duties:
Experience and Competencies:
Candidates will bring deep experience in conservation and a commitment to and the overall mission of the National Wildlife Federation, including the role of the State and Territorial Affiliate organizations and the nonpartisan, science-based, and collaborative approach of the Federation to achieve its mission and strategic plan outcomes.
A successful candidate will bring strong leadership and management experience which could include:
These proficiencies are typically consistent with ten to fifteen years or more of professional experience.
Self-Awareness & Learning
Authentic Relationships & Community Partnerships
Supervision & Power Sharing
Equity Analysis & Action:
Location and Travel Requirements:
This position is located in Washington DC at the National Wildlife Federation’s National Advocacy Center. All employees are currently working remotely while we make return to office decisions, expected to be in early 2022. Regular travel will be required to regional offices, senior staff retreats, the National Wildlife Federation board meetings, and to speak at conferences and with media. We anticipate 3-4 days every month, 20-40 nights per year.
Compensation and Benefits:
The starting salary for this position is $160,000.
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 https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit both 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.
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.
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 53 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including…