District of Columbia
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has more than six million supporters and 51 state level affiliate organizations throughout the U.S. and its territories. NWF’s grassroots activists, hunters, anglers, and wildlife enthusiasts are dedicated to winning lasting victories for fish and wildlife, promoting conservation as a value and inspiring a new generation of conservationists.
As the primary contact for 10-12 state-based field organizers, contractors, and affiliate staff engaged in outreach, education, and advocacy, the Regional Field Director is responsible for strengthening and growing NWF’s grassroots reach, managing organizers and consultants, and delivering results for federal campaigns in targeted states, from Florida to Maine.
Additionally, the Regional Field Director actively monitors developments in the field, implements field tactics, leads advocacy trainings, provides fundraising support, and represents NWF in coalitions and other public forums. This position reports directly to the National Field Director based in Washington DC.
We are seeking candidates with a track record of proven success in organizing for social/policy change.
The Regional Field Director can be based at NWF’s National Advocacy Center in Washington, D.C., Mid-Atlantic regional office in Annapolis, MD, or Northeast regional office in Montpelier, VT – other locations in the east will be taken in to consideration on a case-by-case basis. The Regional Field Director will spend significant time in the field, expecting approximately 25 percent travel.
- Drive efforts to grow a powerful and diverse army of conservationists in priority states
- Support the implementation of NWF priority federal field campaigns of combating climate change, protecting public lands, defending clean water, and helping wildlife in 5-10 priority states
- Recruit, on-board, and orient field organizers, consultants, partners, and/or staff to work on campaigns in priority states, including contract administration
- Oversee each organizer, contractor or affiliate staff by setting clear goals, developing work plans, setting timelines, building state-specific strategy, providing tactical support, relevant intelligence and information, and offering feedback and recognition.
- Ensure that field organizers, consultants, and partners are engaging strategically and reporting on important campaign intelligence and activities in a timely manner using regular check-in calls and campaign tracking and reporting systems
- Administer contracts and partner agreements, track and approve invoices and expense reimbursements, and monitor budgets
- Engage in on-the-ground field organizing efforts in key states as needed, implementing campaign tactics, generating earned media, organizing town hall meetings, etc.
- Work with NWF’s Campaigns team to design national and regional field campaigns goals, strategies, tactics, materials, and timelines
- Represent NWF with national and regional coalitions, and at conferences, meetings, and other public events, as assigned
- Develop relationships with key political players, opinion leaders, allied organizations and coalitions to build the base of support within the region.
- Identify emerging issues and opportunities and seek opportunities for additional funding and capacity-building
Applicants for this position should bring the following knowledge, abilities, and attitude:
- Minimum of 3 – 5 years of experience with field organizing and management of organizers, canvassers, or volunteers
- Dedication to conservation issues
- Familiarity with working with chapter or affiliate organizational structure
- Proven ability to work successfully with internal and external partners
- Strong interpersonal skills and an effective communicator both face-to-face and in writing
- Flexible, innovative, and self-motivated to identify priorities and complete work independently
- Success implementing core tactics of organizing, including: grassroots mobilization, grasstops engagement, earned and opinion media generation, phone banking, one-on-one meetings, and coalition-building
- Has set goals and deadlines for other people, and helped them meet those goals or deadlines
- Comfortable with technology, and can learn new tools quickly
- Willing and able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends
- Experience using social media and digital advocacy tools to meet campaign goals
- Licensed driver with access to a vehicle
Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.
We aspire to be an inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical ability, and religious and political belief. Diversity at the National Wildlife Federation translates into understanding and valuing each other's perspectives.
The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment. We are committed to building a complementary team and strongly support candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.
If you are interested you should submit both a cover letter and resume.
Minimum Education Required