Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 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 Wildlife Federation (NWF) has a longstanding commitment to helping children, families, and communities to spend time in, receive the benefits of, and develop a lasting connection with nature. The vast majority of children in America spend most of their daily time in the built environment, including child care centers, schools, parks, libraries, or at home. Time in nature-based environments from birth through adolescence offers lifelong benefits to rapidly developing bodies and brains, along with a greater inclination to become nature lovers and supporters as adults. Therefore, it is critical to create, activate, and steward high-quality outdoor spaces that become places where children, their educators, caretakers, and families can engage with nature and the outdoors on a daily basis.
As the leader of NWF's flagship Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) program, this position will lead an effort to bring the benefits of nature into the daily lives of young children and families across America, while also serving as a thought leader for NWF's goal of improving built environments for children and communities who have historically faced institutional barriers to quality outdoor spaces.
This job is for you if you are: a Licensed Landscape Architect with successful organizational leadership experience; expertise in landscape design, community engagement, and/or urban planning, preferably with built environments used by children and families; and you are ready to be a national leader in the movement to connect children and families to nature.
The primary roles of NWF's Senior Director of Design and Engagement are: (1) to provide leadership and oversight of NWF's flagship Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) program that facilitates the creation and activation of nature-based outdoor play and learning settings for young children, and (2) to provide vision and leadership to enhance NWF's landscape design and engagement activities to elevate NWF's ability to equitably improve the built environment and create and activate places that reinforce children's connection to nature. The Senior Director collaborates internally with NWF's Education & Engagement Department, Regional Education staff, the Innovation Department, Garden for Wildlife, Environmental Justice team, Affiliate organizations, and others to identify and advance opportunities to support community engagement and apply evidence-based design solutions aimed at improving the health of people and the environment. With a commitment to utilizing best design and community engagement practices and centering equity and justice, the Senior Director guides the organization in developing innovative solutions and community partnerships to bring the benefits of nature into the daily lives of children and families across America.
The Senior Director of Design and Engagement reports to the Rocky Mountain Regional Executive Director while serving on the leadership teams of the Education & Engagement and Innovation Departments.
Principal Duties (major areas of responsibility):
The Senior Director develops and implements the structures, processes, and strategies needed to bring equitable and community-driven landscape design and engagement practices to NWF's work to advance NWF's mission and Strategic and Equity and Justice Plans. Specifically, the Senior Director of Design and Engagement is responsible for:
Qualifications and Experience:
Self-Awareness & Learning
Authentic Relationships & Community Partnerships
Supervision & Power Sharing
Equity Analysis & Action
Location and Travel Requirements:
This position may be based anywhere in the continental U.S., with an expectation to have regular in-person interaction with the Design & Engagement team based in Denver, CO and other NWF teams across the country (due to COVID-19 all NWF employees are working remotely until further notice). Regular travel will be required, anticipating 10-15 trips per year, 20-30 nights per year in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.
Compensation and Benefits:
The starting salary for this position is $110,000-$125,000, commensurate with 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:
In addition to your salary, we offer the following supports to your personal finances:
Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation's benefits package at .
The National Wildlife Federation closely follows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease and has implemented processes that promote the safety of our employees, candidates, and communities. Because the health of our employees and candidates is a top priority, we conduct our hiring process virtually via phone or video until further notice. We are currently starting our positions as remote, but will transition to onsite work when our offices re-open, expected to be in early 2022. Proof of vaccination will be required as a condition to join the National Wildlife Federation.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and pdf or link to portfolio that represents most applicable work.
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.
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If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.