Job posting: National Wildlife Federation, Communications and Development Coordinator

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The National Wildlife Federation, one of America’s largest wildlife conservation and education non-profit organizations, is seeking a Communications and Development Coordinator to work out of our Great Lakes Regional Center.  Reporting to the Policy Director and Regional Philanthropy Officer, the ideal candidate for this job is personable, proactive, and possesses strong communication skills. Applicants should be well-organized and experienced in communications, advocacy and/or fundraising. Applicants should be comfortable working independently, reaching out to colleagues across NWF and its state affiliates as well as engaging with media and donors alike. Strong alliance with NWF’s mission is required.

The Communications and Development Coordinator will drive a range of communications and fundraising activities in support of the National Wildlife Federation’s mission to protect wildlife and wild places, with a particular emphasis on our upcoming campaign on Asian carp and other invasive species. The Communications and Development Coordinator will collaborate closely with regional program staff; regional philanthropy staff; as well as national marketing, communications and philanthropy staff at NWF Headquarters in Reston, VA and across the organization. The position will support strategic communications and outreach (50%), reporting to the Policy Director, and philanthropy and development (50%), reporting to the Regional Philanthropy Officer.

The Communications and Development Coordinator will participate in fundraising and communications strategy planning and implementation for activities across the region; building relationships and forging collaborations; securing major gifts, grants, sponsorships, and other philanthropic revenue; identifying and qualifying prospective funders; crafting messaging and communications; managing social media accounts; and support special events.

This is an exciting time of growth and opportunity at NWF, and this role is ideal for an entrepreneurial self-starter seeking to contribute meaningfully toward the goal of protecting fish and wildlife in the Great Lakes, and achieving substantial increases in philanthropic support in the years ahead.

In this role you will:

  • Develop and assist in executing comprehensive, creative and goal-driven communications campaigns for programmatic and policy initiatives, with an initial focus on NWF’s campaign to stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.
  • Coordinate donor and media relations, including engagement and stewardship of existing relationships and reaching out to build new relationships with donors, partners, and media contacts.
  • Generate timely written content including press releases & media alerts, advisories, op-eds, fact sheets, donor briefings, donor support materials, newsletters, proposals and other collateral.
  • Track media and donor contact information and update records in NWF’s centralized database
  • Coordinate and collaborate with program staff to create website, blog and social media content for various programs and initiatives.
  • Assist in coalition management of NWF’s communications campaigns and other policy initiatives.
  • Assist with scheduling media, donor meetings, event logistics, and other detail oriented tasks to support senior staff.
  • Assist in the organization and staffing of donor events, press conferences, media tours and other special events.
  • Cultivate relationships with NWF supporters, the media and NWF staff, affiliates, and coalition partners
  • Work with senior staff to conduct ongoing campaign and fundraising analysis and reporting to increase effectiveness of NWF programs and revenue generating activities.


  • 2+ years of experience in nonprofit communications or fundraising
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Impeccable copywriting skills and attention to detail. Ability to convey conservation and donor cultivation messages across the political spectrum and to a range of audiences, from Congressional staff to sportsmen and women.
  • Professionalism, with superior interpersonal abilities, communications and political savvy, ability to manage high profile relationships, and excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Energetic, creative self-starter with a demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Excellent prioritization, multi-tasking abilities and time management skills/ability to meet deadlines.
  • Some experience in developing and executing creative advocacy communications or social media campaigns and willingness to pitch and secure media placements across various media platforms: TV, radio, print, online, etc.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Basic graphic design skills, database experience, or a willingness to learn and take advantage of technology and new media platforms to increase engagement and improve external communication.
  • A desire to learn and grow professionally
  • Passion for natural resource conservation and protection of wildlife and wild places.
  • Ability to travel domestically and work occasional evenings/weekends.
  • Ability to meet unanticipated needs, effective problem solving skills, and willing to roll-up his/her sleeves and do all levels of work as needed with a positive attitude.
  • A shared commitment to NWF’s ongoing efforts to create a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace.

There may be some late night or weekend work involved, along with occasional business travel (<10%) required.

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.

We aspire to be an inclusive multi-cultural 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.  In your cover letter, in addition to describing your qualifications and interest in the position, please respond to the following question: What does diversity mean to you?

The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife and wild places. We offer excellent benefits, competitive compensation, and a flexible work environment. NWF is committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourages all qualified professionals to apply.

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