National Wildlife Federation
  • National Advocacy Center
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

For the past thirty years, the National Wildlife Federation has worked to protect wildlife habitat in key regions across the tropics. The goal of the International Wildlife Conservation team at the National Wildlife Federation is to eliminate tropical deforestation resulting from the production of globally traded agricultural commodities (soy, beef, palm oil, pulp and paper) - the leading drivers of forest loss and habitat conversion in Latin America and Southeast Asia. We work with other leading conservation organizations through coalitions and multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance support for deforestation-free agriculture production and sourcing.

This new position with the International Wildlife Conservation team in Washington, DC will provide coordination and support for projects in Latin America focused on eliminating the loss and degradation of tropical and sub-tropical forest ecosystems that result from the production of key agricultural commodities, primarily beef and soy. The Senior Program Coordinator reports to the Tropical Forests and Agriculture Program Manager and is responsible for guiding the development and execution of activities under our cross cutting strategies, including communications and advocacy. The Senior Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating efforts with coalition partners, participating in coalition working groups, developing content and materials, and managing work flow and project deliverables.

In this role you will:

  • Work alongside our staff in fostering support for multi-stakeholder efforts aimed at developing, strengthening and expanding deforestation-free beef and soy supply chains.
  • Work closely with the Program Manager, Senior Program Manager, and Program Assistant to implement communications and advocacy strategies and work plans, outreach and education activities, as well as systems for information sharing among the coalition partners.
  • Work with the Program Manager, Senior Program Manager, and Program Assistant, serving as the point person between NWF and consultants and contractors to track communications and advocacy workflows and ensure effective execution of deliverables.
  • Provide administrative support and organizational coordination to the Program Manager and Senior Program Manager in coalition senior leadership groups, including rotating secretariat responsibilities in the coalition.
  • Coordinate Communications Working Group and Advocacy Working Group coalition calls and meetings with partners, representing NWF, to set clearly articulated plans to achieve project deliverables.
  • Track workflow progress in the coalition's Communications Working Group and the Advocacy Working Group and spearhead the execution of relevant action items for NWF.
  • Develop communications, education, and advocacy materials with support from content experts, including memos, joint press releases, reports, factsheets, and slide or video presentations.
  • Organize regular calls, meetings and check-ins with NWF's strategic partners to coordinate partner activities, align efforts, track work flow progress, identify delays and ensure effective execution of deliverables across all strategic partner organizations.
  • Provide administrative support to help manage contracts and sub-grant agreements.
  • Help develop new content and coordinate processes for updating websites.
  • Write blogs and produce content for social media.
  • Organize meetings, workshops and events, both in the US and internationally.
  • Prepare documents, reports, updates and other materials, as needed, for coalition calls and meetings, including leadership groups and working groups.
  • General administrative tasks related to implementing NWF's International Wildlife Conservation program, including assisting with non-communications/advocacy project activities, maintaining files, correspondence and contact databases, contracts and partner agreements, travel and other logistics, expense reporting, wire transfers/ payments, and internal coordination.


  • Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, public relations, environmental issues or related field. Advanced degree in the aforementioned (or related) fields is desirable.  At least three years of professional experience.
  • Experience managing coalition working groups, implementing work plans and executing deliverables.
  • Experience leading large conference calls and meetings with partners; (experience with international calls and meetings is preferred).
  • Experience organizing meetings, workshops conferences and/or events (international experience is preferred).
  • Experience managing consultants and contractors.
  • Experience developing targeted communications and/or education and/or advocacy materials for specific audiences, including factsheets and reports for general audiences and/or policy-makers.
  • Experience translating correspondence and documents between English and/or Spanish and/or Portuguese.
  • Experience in target geographies (Brazilian Amazon, Cerrado and/or the Gran Chaco in Argentina and Paraguay) is desirable.
  • Experience with donor/grant reporting is desirable.
  • Complete fluency in English and professional proficiency, including reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish and/or Portuguese is required (native speaker or fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese is highly desirable).
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and coordinate different work pieces simultaneously.
  • Extremely well organized with attention to detail.
  • Self-starter, with a high degree of initiative.
  • Good research and report writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills and ability to lead working groups to achieve results.
  • Ability to synthesize technical information and produce concise and compelling content for different audiences, including corporate executives, sustainability professionals, policy makers, environmental community and general audiences.
  • Ability to work with people of different cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of tropical forest conservation, deforestation and land use conversion and/or soy and cattle production systems in Latin America is desirable.
  • Knowledge of multi-stakeholder processes, such as roundtables related to major commodities (palm oil, soy, timber, cattle, and/or biofuels) is desirable.
  • High level of computer proficiency (Windows Operating System and Microsoft product suite) is essential, and knowledge of HTML, mail merge tools, website management and/or photo/video editing is desirable. 

Occasional travel may be required, including internationally (sometimes to remote locations).

A background check will be conducted on the selected candidate.

Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume. The National Wildlife Federation is an inclusive organization committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

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