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

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is 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, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation's mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.

The National Advocacy Center (NAC), located in DC, is searching for a Legislative Coordinator to join our staff.  The NAC serves as the epicenter of the National Wildlife Federation's national campaign work.  By bringing lobbying, policy and legal expertise together with grassroots, on-line outreach and communications specialists, the NAC is able to help mobilize NWF assets to address the most pressing wildlife conservation challenges. 

The Legislative Coordinator will primarily support the NWF Legislative Director, who is charged with leading the planning, oversight and execution of communications with Congress and the executive branch to educate, advise, and advocate for NWF's interests and policy priorities. Communication of NWF's interests is guided by goals and milestones laid out in the Strategic Plan, and the recommendations of NWF program, regional, and senior staff as to the key policy priorities associated with accomplishing those objectives.

In this role you will:

  • Manage congressional database (Congress Plus) and serve as lead on coordinating electronic communications through database to Capitol Hill
  • Assist the Legislative Director in covering cross-cutting policy issues, included but not limited to appropriations
  • Conduct research on key issues, including voting records of members of Congress
  • Prepare advocacy materials including fact sheets and official NWF letters
  • Develop content for web, action alerts, and legislative updates
  • Engage in direct advocacy including meeting with and calling congressional staff, including in preparation for floor votes, committee mark-ups and hearings
  • Represent the interests of NWF at key conservation community and other coalition meetings
  • Collaborate with and support legislative director and legislative team as needed
  • Provide direct and strategic support to NWF policy staff to further key legislative goals and priorities, as appropriate
  • Provide support for special lobby days such as fly-ins, and other special events
  • Set up meetings with Members of Congress and Administration officials for NWF's CEO, Board members and senior staff
  • Respond to requests from the Hill
  • Help manage "drops" to Hill as needed
  • Train staff on Congress Plus
  • Assist the Office of the General Counsel with quarterly LD-2 submission

Actions are at all times expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree is required, preferably in environmental policy, political science, or a related field.
  • A candidate should have at least 1-2 years professional experience (preferably working on a political/legislative campaign or in Congress). Experience advocating for conservation issues a plus.
  • The candidate must have an understanding of politics, Congressional procedure, and legislative and executive advocacy.
  • He or she will be a self-starter, able to read and review legislation and determine how it aligns with NWF priorities.
  • The candidate must possess superior organizational skills and be detail oriented, with strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • He or she should have excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills, as well the ability to multitask and work under pressure.

Travel Requirements:

Approximately once or twice a year, 2-5 nights per year.

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 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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