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

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 51 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.

The Vice President for the National Advocacy Center is the senior staff person responsible for managing and developing the talented staff of the National Wildlife Federation's Washington, D.C. office and ensuring the implementation of the federal components of the Federation's 2018-2021 Strategic Plan ("A Common Agenda for Wildlife") with a strong focus on federal advocacy to meet the outcomes of the plan. The Vice President has leadership responsibility for the more than 40 staff, including national conservation experts, campaign and lobby staff, and scientists, of the National Wildlife Federation's National Advocacy Center in Washington, D.C. In partnership with senior staff, the Vice President will provide leadership shaping the Federation's conservation programs and conservation advocacy priorities.

Additionally, the Vice President will:

  • Lead an office culture that advances the National Wildlife Federation's adopted values of collaboration, empowerment, inclusivity, mindfulness, and mission-focused;
  • Build productive and collaborative teams to advance key federal priorities, as defined through the strategic plan;
  • Allocate the National Wildlife Federation's financial and other resources consistent with national program prioritization in ways that build organizational strength and power;
  • Ensure communication of the National Wildlife Federation's federal priorities, strategies, and successes in ways that continually engage all staff, the Board of Directors, state/territorial affiliates, donors and members, volunteers/activists, partners and allies;
  • Provide leadership in building partnerships with other conservation organizations and key individuals in government, private sector, and non-profit sector;
  • Help achieve the organization's philanthropic fundraising goals by directly working with current and potential funders, as well as assisting senior leaders and staff as they secure funds from individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments to support National Wildlife Federation and its affiliates to accomplish regional and national priorities; and
  • Advise the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund (C4), assist with C4 fundraising, and support annual events, like the Federation's Conservation Awards and associated insider briefings.

The Vice President for the National Advocacy Center reports to the CEO and serves as a member of the Executive Team, working collaboratively with the CEO and other senior leaders to advance the strategic plan of the organization.


  • At least 10 years of experience in personnel management, and complex budgeting. M.S., M.A. or equivalent, is preferable.
  • A genuine and demonstrated commitment to the conservation legacy and overall mission of the National Wildlife Federation, especially the role of the State and Territorial Affiliate organizations and the bipartisan/nonpartisan, science-based, and collaborative approach of the Federation to achieve its mission and strategic plan outcomes.
  • Minimum of ten years of experience in conservation, grassroots organization leadership, engaging partners, and working with non-profit boards, government, and corporate entities.
  • The position requires a commitment to, and strong skills related to: collaboration, strategic thinking, interpersonal relational skills, teambuilding, technology, diplomacy, decision making and the mentoring of staff. Strong communication and leadership skills are required, as well as a demonstrated ability to supervise, collaborate, and coordinate effectively and efficiently across a large, geographically dispersed organization with individuals at a variety of organizational positions.

Travel will be required to regional offices, senior staff retreats, board meetings, and to speak at conferences, public events and with media. We anticipate 5-8 days every month, 30-60 nights per year.

The employee's 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 abilities, religious and political beliefs. 

The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment.  We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.  If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to submit an application.  A background check will be conducted on the selected candidate.

Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume.   

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