Sr. Communications Coordinator, Environmental Justice

16 Nov, 2021


Sr. Communications Coordinator, Environmental Justice

National Wildlife Federation
Washington, DC

Job Details


Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has grown into America’s largest conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters nationwide. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. In an effort to achieve our mission, we are committed to the integration of equity and justice in our programs and policies.

The Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization Program is committed to unraveling systems of oppression to achieve healthy, sustainable, and just communities by addressing environmental injustices that have overburdened lower wealth, communities of color, and Indigenous people by using our resources, cultivating strong partnerships, and prioritizing on-the-ground solutions that communities find value in. As we continue to ramp up our communication efforts to showcase the innovative work that the program is leading and collaborating with partners on, we seek to hire an Environmental Justice Sr. Communications Coordinator to join our team in Washington, D.C. In addition to supporting communications to amplify environmental justice issues and frontline stories via a multi-year communications plan, this creative individual will also serve a vital role in maintaining the Federation up-to-date with ongoing initiatives through innovative communication platforms.

Your major areas of responsibility:

  • Lead Strategic Communications: In collaboration with the Sr. Environmental Justice Program Manager and the Director of Communications, develop and maintain a multi-year communications plan to elevate environmental and climate justice-related priorities via our communication platforms. Collect data analytics and metrics to assess the impact and reach of our communication efforts. Periodically draft and update environmental justice content (e.g., blogs, reports, factsheets, digital) to facilitate information distribution among internal and external partners.
  • Apply an Environmental Justice Lens on Communication Materials: Distill information collected from convenings (e.g., meetings, roundtables, national town halls) with frontline leaders, policymakers, funders, and organizations in summary documents, reports, and other forms of publications. In collaboration with the Sr. Environmental Justice Program Manager, consult with staff that are interested in elevating environmental justice-related content in their communications (e.g., newsletters, blogs, concept memos).
  • Work with Stakeholders to Elevate Issues and Priorities: Lead and support innovative ways of communicating about environmental justice in collaboration with key staff members (e.g., video production, audiograms) to reach broader set of constituents. Utilize our existing media platforms to amplify environmental justice leaders and initiatives to educate our membership and the public. Develop and maintain a digital database for compiled resources (e.g., reports, tools, papers) to support frontline leaders in collaboration with our web team.
  • Collaborate with Colleagues to Advance Environmental Justice-Related Communications: Periodically draft and review written content to ensure environmental justice-related language is accurately reflected. Work closely with the Sr. Environmental Justice Program Manager, Environmental Justice Coordinator, and digital team to develop social media toolkits and talking points to support projects and initiatives. Collaborate with communications team to coordinate communication and engagement strategies for targeted audiences in the form of press releases, media advisories, talking points, etc. Develop relationships with key media partners.


  • College degree and/or a minimum of 2 years with relevant work experience in communications, journalism, marketing, publications, or related field
  • Experience drafting communication and outreach materials for general audiences (e.g., blogs, reports, digital content)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Strong writing and analytical skills
  • Environmental justice subject-matter expertise through educational or lived experience
  • Committed to deepening an environmental justice approach in policy priorities, program development, and partner engagement
  • Creative and innovative with a strong attention to detail
  • Motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized
  • Dedicated to deepening understanding of cultural and systemic racism and the intersectionality of multiple forms of social inequality
  • Demonstrates awareness of positional power and privilege (both personally and professionally) and its attendant impacts
  • Consistently brings a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions
  • Acknowledges when mistakes are made and harm is done; works to repair breaches in relationships
  • Openly holds space, and invites others into conversations during sensitive engagements, exhibiting a responsible and respectful demeanor with colleagues and partners
  • Strong communication skills and welcoming of constructive feedback
  • Demonstrates awareness of the attributes associated with a white dominant culture and takes actions to dismantle hierarchies of oppression within that culture
  • Dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work
  • Commitment to growth and professional development
  • Must be a strategic thinker, self-starter, well organized, and relationship builder
  • Must have a passion for and commitment to NWF’s mission
  • Experience communicating on the record with media outlets is a plus, but not required.

There may be travel required when offices reopen—approximately 3-4 times per year.

Compensation and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $55,000 – $60,000 annually, dependent on qualifications and experience.

We are proud of our designation by Mogul as a Top 100 Workplace with the Best Benefits in 2021!  We value work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere with flexible scheduling.  We want you to be able to integrate work and personal life with attention to your self-care, so that your work schedule is not depleting.  We offer benefits so you feel restored and fueled through the day and week.

We offer these supports to help manage your mental, emotional, and physical health:

  • Paid time off: Vacation that starts off at three weeks accrual, unlimited wellbeing (this time can be used for physical, spiritual, emotional, cultural, religious or financial wellbeing for yourself, a partner, or family member – including pets), 10 holidays, and 3 floating holidays
  • We close down for a paid winter break between December 25 to January 1 to recognize end of-year stress, and time for reflection, rejuvenation, and spending time with family.
  • Up to 16 weeks of fully paid Family and Medical Leave
  • Low cost health, dental, and vision insurance options – all outpatient mental health is covered at in-network rates
  • Therapist available at no cost
  • Pet insurance and discount perk program
  • Annual wellbeing allowance

In addition to your salary, we offer the following supports to your personal finances:

  • Retirement plan with immediate match and vesting
  • Annual year end retirement contribution
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Adoption and Surrogacy assistance
  • Pet adoption stipend
  • Student Loan management

Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample.

We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at

We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules.  Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings.  Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence.  Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

Please let us know if you require accommodations during the application or interview process by reaching us at or 703-438-6244.

If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.

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Job posted: 2021-11-16