National Outreach Manager

29 Nov, 2019


National Outreach Manager

Defenders of Wildlife
Washington, DC

Basic Summary

Defenders of Wildlife is seeking a creative, forward-thinking and dynamic organizer to strengthen Defenders’ advocacy of national issue priorities and build support for wildlife conservation and recovery. This position will oversee the growth of Defenders college engagement program by engaging with students, faculty and coalition partners to sustain Defenders branded campus clubs while implementing strategies to expand the program. The manager will also work closely with the Director of National Outreach to achieve national outreach program goals, including building political support for Defenders’ national advocacy goals by engaging new and more diverse constituencies.

General responsibilities include: day-to-day management of Defenders’ Campus Club Initiative; outreach to new and more diverse constituencies; mobilizing and enlisting Defenders’ existing supporters; expanding support by the general public; implementing effective accountability efforts for members of Congress; and assisting in implementing Phone2Action campaigns and other platforms as needed.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

  • Oversee the success and growth of Defenders of Wildlife College Club Initiative
  • Serve as the direct conduit between Defenders of Wildlife and the student leaders of each club
  • Develop, distribute and/or present necessary campaign materials such as talking points, factsheets, and multi-media presentations to student volunteers
  • Develop student leadership training documents with direct consultation from current student leaders
  • Develop a student leadership incentives structure through opportunities such as internships, externships or other resume builders
  • Keep student leaders up to date on campaign advancements and advocacy opportunities
  • Identity and implement opportunities to expand the program
  • Work with the Director to identify and implement strategies to meaningfully engage new and diverse demographics in the fight to stop extinction and protect our public lands such as the faith community, indigenous voices, veterans, youth activists, and the LGTBQIA+ community
  • Educate and mobilize Defenders’ donors, members, and e-mail activists nation-wide with an emphasis on using various organizing tools like Phone2Action
  • Implement congressional issue accountability strategies
  • Work with coalition partners to advance federal campaigns
  • Work in close coordination with Defenders’ national outreach team and staff located in assigned region as needed
  • Stay current on legislative and administrative issues of priority interest to Defenders
  • Assist Director with administrative tasks as needed
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned



Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent in related discipline


3+ years of proven grassroots organizing success

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.



  • Experience organizing on college campuses and/or working with diverse stakeholders a plus
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus
  • Ability to learn and effectively communicate substance of legally, scientifically and politically complex wildlife and wildland focused issue campaigns to Defenders’ constituency, the general public, and media
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituencies including private landowners, hunters and anglers, local political leaders, and religious and scientific communities
  • Ability to work independently and maintain strategic issue focus
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to convey effective messages to various constituencies
  • Passion and commitment to Defenders’ mission

Work Environment

Work Expectations:

General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.

All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

How To Apply

Interested applicants please apply with a cover letter through our indeed jobs portal at

About Defenders

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures. We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places.

Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate.

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.


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Job posted: 2019-11-29