Applications accepted through March 19, 2017.
The National Wildlife Federation seeks a Rocky Mountain Regional Representative to join our staff and ensure the long-term effectiveness of NWF and its affiliates by building dynamic and enduring partnerships with our independent affiliate organizations and other key partners in multiple states across the region. The Rocky Mountain Regional Representative will also work with NWF board members and develop ongoing leadership for the organization. The states covered by this position will include four of the following: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. The states covered by this position are dependent on the location and expertise of the new hire.
The position will report to the National Wildlife Federation's Rocky Mountain Regional Center in CO, however there would be flexibility in location within Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah or Wyoming.
The Rocky Mountain state affiliates include some of the country's most effective and well-known conservation organizations, including Arizona Wildlife Federation, Colorado Wildlife Federation, Idaho Wildlife Federation, Nebraska Wildlife Federation, New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Nevada Wildlife Federation and Wyoming Wildlife Federation. The Rocky Mountain Regional Office partners with our affiliates and many other organizations on a range of wildlife, public lands, education, energy, tribal and other issues.
In this role you will:
Build dynamic and enduring "peer-to-peer" partnerships with our independent state affiliate organizations in the region to achieve national and regional conservation victories, including:
- Serve as a liaison between NWF and assigned state affiliates;
- Build stronger affiliates and more effective partnerships with NWF in assigned states;
- Serve as a resource for affiliates in the assigned states through professional skill, expertise, contacts and reputation in the states;
- Build and sustain volunteer leadership for affiliates and NWF that is diverse and effective;
- Establish and maintain productive working relationships between NWF and assigned affiliates;
- Lead the collaborative implementation of the NWF strategic plan and the One Federation vision with the assigned affiliates;
- Identify and recruit new affiliate partners in states where there currently is no NWF affiliate, as assigned;
- Working with NWF program staff, identify and implement affiliate-NWF partnership work that will advance both organizations while building affiliate organizational capacity and leadership;
- Working with affiliate leaders, identify areas where affiliate leadership and organizational growth are necessary and move the affiliate toward change through direct action and by connecting NWF resources to affiliate needs;
- Facilitate communication between state affiliates and appropriate NWF staff to enhance coordination and convey affiliate organizational capacity-building priorities;
- Identify and execute initiatives with affiliates including sharing best practices, organize regional meetings, webinars, and other ways to connect with our affiliates and partners;
- Work with fellow Regional Representatives and NWF program staff to develop and implement strategies to enhance affiliate capacity, build or strengthen regional coalitions and enhance the effectiveness of NWF's national affiliate network.
Board and Partnership Cultivation
- Develop, and strengthen working relationships with members of the NWF Board of Directors, including Regional Directors, the Western Vice-Chair and at-large directors, to maximize their contribution to NWF and the affiliates by engaging them in conservation and development goals;
- Engage people of financial, political, leadership or technical capacity to work toward shared NWF and affiliate goals;
- Identify, develop, and utilize a network of individuals that build power for NWF and our affiliates, including providing political access, financial support, and other leadership skills, knowledge, or capabilities;
- Identify and/or create opportunities for participation by new and future leaders on the local and regional level within the NWF affiliate ranks;
- Coordinate with relevant national and regional staff on strategy and deliverables for priority campaigns, including mobilizing activists, moving grasstops up the ladder of engagement, generating opinion and non-opinion earned media, engaging with decision-makers, and participating in coalition meetings.
Administration and Fundraising
- Ensure all periodic reports related to affiliation are submitted in a timely fashion;
- Responsibly prioritize and track associated budget for travel, affiliate development, etc.;
- Identify and assist in the cultivation of new sources of funding for NWF.
- College degree required;
- Must have at least five years of relevant experience and a proven track record in two or more of the following: conservation advocacy; volunteer and leadership development; public presentations; lobbying for state, local or federal legislation; nonprofit organizational development; grassroots organizing; board development; fundraising.
- Ability to take initiative and produce results.
- Proven collaboration and relationship-building skills and ability to effectively work with diverse stakeholders, funders and partners.
- Highly-developed oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively across disciplines.
- Must possess exceptional people skills to build and maintain high-level relationships. This includes an ability to understand and successfully handle sensitive situations and people, and be able to perceive and leverage group dynamics and political undercurrents.
- Must be a strategic thinker and relationship-builder with demonstrated ability to set goals and achieve significant outcomes.
- Proven ability to learn quickly and develop high-functioning expertise. In particular, must possess the ability to comprehend complex networks and relationships in order to develop a deep understanding of the NWF-affiliate relationship.
- Demonstrated ability to balance collaboration and firm leadership.
- High level of political intuition and relational skills.
- Strong work ethic and project management skills.
- The selected applicant's workplace actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.
This position requires frequent travel, including travel within the Rocky Mountain region and to national meetings. We anticipate travel at least 40% of the time, with 10-15 weekends a year and ~30 nights per year.
The National Wildlife Federation, America's largest conservation organization, is passionate about protecting wildlife and wild places. Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume. We offer excellent benefits, competitive compensation, and a flexible work environment. We are committed to further building a diverse team and strongly encourages all qualified professionals to apply.