National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Federation is a voice for wildlife, dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat and inspiring the future generation of conservationists.

National Wildlife Federation Austin, TX, USA
Sep 12, 2019
Full time
Description Founded in 1936, The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and its 51 state and territorial affiliate partners are working to ensure that wildlife are able to thrive in a rapidly changing world. NWF is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected conservation organizations; through their seven regional offices across the country and the National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC, NWF aims to protect, restore, and connect wildlife habitat, to support 21st-centruy wildlife management, to educate the next generation of conservation stewards, and to connect both children and adults with the natural world.  The National Wildlife Federation’s South Central Region covers 12 states (IO, KS, OK, MO, TX, AR, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, SC) and two territories (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands). The regional office is headquartered in Austin, TX, with additional offices in New Orleans and Atlanta. The conservation work of the South Central Region is largely focused on water.  This is an exciting time of growth and expansion for NWF’s work in Texas. Launched in 2001, the   Texas Living Waters Project   is advancing environmentally sound management of fresh water resources in Texas; the Mississippi River Delta Restoration project focuses on the restoration and rebuilding of Louisiana’s deteriorating coastal wetland ecosystem; and the Gulf Restoration Program actively promotes the investment of funds from the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill in the restoration and protection of coastal resources. The Director of Texas Water Programs role is a full-time position based in Austin, Texas. To learn more about the work of the National Wildlife Federation, please visit   www.nwf.org . The Opportunity The South Central Regional Center of the National Wildlife Federation is currently seeking a dynamic Director of Texas Water Programs to lead NWF’s water-related policy and program work in Texas, with a primary focus on NWF’s signature Texas program, the   Texas Living Waters Project . The Texas Living Waters Project is an NWF-led coalition effort to improve the state’s management and use of water to ensure that sufficient freshwater is available to support abundant fish and wildlife along with thriving communities and a robust economy.  Reporting directly to the Regional Executive Director, South Central Region, the Director of Texas Water Programs is responsible for the overall direction and management of the program, overseeing a staff of three-to-five people, managing relationships with project partners, and securing the funds necessary to sustain and expand program work. The Director will also serve as the primary external face of NWF’s Texas water work with state and local decision-makers, the media, business and community stakeholders, donors and supporters, and partners and allies in the conservation community.   Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: Program Direction : Oversee the development and execution of strategies for water-related policy and program work in Texas, including but not limited to the Texas Living Waters Project. External Communications : Represent NWF in a variety of forums and venues, including legislative hearings and state agency proceedings, media events, conferences and workshops, and meetings with business, community, or conservation allies. Partnership Development and Management : Oversee the development and successful execution of both formal and informal partnerships with conservation allies in Texas. Staff Management:   Manage water program staff to optimize their effectiveness, professional development, and contributions to NWF conservation work in Texas. Fundraising : Sustain existing funding for NWF water work in Texas by maintaining positive working relationships with current funders, developing compelling proposals, and effectively communicating program accomplishments. Work with Regional Executive Director and Philanthropy staff to cultivate and secure support from new funders in support of water programs in Texas.  Financial Management : In collaboration with Deputy Director for the NWF South Central Region, ensure effective, sound, and strategic use of the Texas water program’s financial resources. Support NWF Conservation Mission : Advise the Regional Executive Director on pertinent water issues in the NWF South Central Region or the country, as needed. Candidate Profile The Director of Texas Water Programs will be a knowledgeable, collaborative, and action-oriented leader with a compelling presence and exceptional relationship-building skills. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in Texas water law and policy to advance the cause of water for wildlife in a state where water is limited, the population is expanding, and abundant fish and wildlife are a vital part of the state’s identity and natural heritage.      While   no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position , the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes: Authentic passion for National Wildlife Federation’s mission and commitment to protecting natural resources. Strategic leader, with a minimum of 5 years senior management experience leading water program work at the local, state, regional or national level. Significant knowledge and experience with Texas water law/policy or and/or Western water law/policy Demonstrated success in fundraising, including proposal development, particularly with foundations and other institutional sources. Successful track record in team leadership and inspiring a mission-driven team to achieve results; collegial and team-building approach. Strong interpersonal, presentation and communication skills; ability to represent NWF in a professional, engaging and dynamic manner. Demonstrated track record in developing, cultivating, and maintaining effective partnerships with allies both within the conservation field and with non-conservation stakeholders and allies. Willingness to travel within the community and nationally as needed to meet the organizations goals. Undergraduate degree required; advanced degree in in natural-resource, policy-related field, or relevant field preferred (education does not take the place of robust/relevant work experience). Contact Kara Teising and Shavon Bell of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit materials   here .  Materials should include a thorough resume and compelling letter of interest. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. The National Wildlife Federation  is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
National Wildlife Federation Washington, DC, USA
Sep 12, 2019
Full time
Description Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into 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, etc.  The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world.  The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. We are seeking a Senior Coordinator to join the Tropical Forests and Agriculture Program at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in Washington, DC to provide administrative and operational support for projects focused on advancing more sustainable business practices among major international companies involved in the production, sourcing and financing of agricultural products. You will work alongside leading programmatic experts and liaise with partner organizations, coalitions and multi-stakeholder groups to help ensure effective and efficient execution of projects. Background For the past thirty years, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has worked internationally to protect wildlife habitat in key regions of the tropics. The goal of our international work is to eliminate tropical deforestation and human rights abuses driven by the production of globally traded agricultural commodities (soy, beef, leather, palm oil, pulp and paper) - the leading drivers of forest loss and habitat conversion in Latin America and Southeast Asia. NWF works with other leading conservation organizations through coalitions and multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance support for deforestation-free agriculture production, sourcing and financing. The Senior Coordinator will report directly to the Senior Program Manager, and work in conjunction with the rest of the team based in Washington, DC, Europe, and Brazil to develop and implement administrative and operational processes to support our programmatic efforts. In this role you will : Work alongside NWF staff in fostering support for multi-stakeholder efforts aimed at eliminating deforestation and habitat loss from beef, leather, palm oil, soy cacao, and pulp and paper supply chains. Work closely with the Senior Program Manager, Program Director and other team members to manage relationships with partner organizations, consultants and contractors, and ensure effective and efficient execution of project deliverables. Represent NWF in coalition working groups, collaborating directly with your counterparts at partner organizations. Provide coordination and support for cross-cutting work streams, including monitoring and evaluation of project deliverables. Track project workflows, maintain effective organizational processes and systems, and help ensure all project deliverables are met. Serve as the point person for the preparation, submission, review, and execution of sub-grant agreements and contracts, liaising with internal NWF departments and external groups. Provide budgetary support for projects, tracking contract disbursements, preparing progress reports, and helping ensure project spend-down rates stay on track. Review and process invoices from partners and contractors, prepare wire transfer forms, and archive all documentation. Organize, coordinate logistics, and carry out tasks to ensure effective meetings, calls, conferences, webinars, and other events (e.g. creating calendar appointments, save the date announcements, event flyers, managing participant lists, coordinating catering services). Take notes during calls and meetings, identify and prioritize action items, discuss follow-up points with team members, and disseminate notes and deliverable timelines. Help review and prepare documents and materials. Conduct general administrative tasks related to implementing NWF's international program, supporting effective execution of grant deliverables, and supporting office functions, including maintaining files and online subscriptions, correspondence and contact databases, phone/communications, and making travel arrangements. Qualifications : Fluency in English and professional proficiency in Spanish. At least three years of professional experience. Experience managing simultaneous work streams and tracking deliverables. Experience organizing and coordinating calls, meetings, workshops, conferences and/or events. Experience managing relationships with partner organizations and/or external clients. Experience reviewing and overseeing contract development and financial disbursements. Experience developing and maintaining effective organizational systems and workflow processes. Experience taking notes on calls, identifying action items and following-up with responsible parties. Ability to juggle multiple tasks and coordinate different workpieces simultaneously. Extremely well organized with acute attention to detail. Strong interpersonal and networking skills. High level of computer proficiency with Windows OS and Microsoft Office. Self-starter, with a high degree of initiative. Outstanding written and oral communication skills. Ability to work with people of different cultural and professional backgrounds. Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. Additional preferred qualifications :     Additional language skills in Brazilian Portuguese. Experience working in South America (or internationally). Experience translating correspondences and documents between English and/or Spanish and/or Portuguese. Experience using web conferencing tools, such as Zoom and Webex. Experience with donor/grant reporting. Travel requirements : Occasional travel will be required, including internationally (sometimes to remote locations). Salary : $56,000 – $63,000 (commensurate with experience and skill set) The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, including 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com