Great Lakes Equity and Justice Partnerships Senior Coordinator

National Wildlife Federation
Chicago, IL, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
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Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters. The mission of the Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. We believe that in order to save wildlife and ourselves, we need to ensure that all Americans have access to clean air and water, safe communities, easy and equitable access to nature, and protection from the ravages of climate change. These basic needs, equally necessary and urgent for all people, are foundational to bringing the conservation movement and ethos into the 21st century.  We invite you to visit our website on equity and justice, where you can learn about NWF’s focus on addressing racial inequities and justice.

The Great Lakes Equity and Justice Partnerships Senior Coordinator supports NWF’s Great Lakes Regional Center (GLRC) as well as the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition (HOW) and NWF’s Great Lakes Urban Initiative in advancing equity and justice in our work. In this role you will lead the equity and justice work that cuts across program areas at the GLRC as well as the lead the equity and justice work for the HOW Coalition. You will be the catalyst in formulating and implementing a strategic equity and justice plan for the GLRC, Great Lakes Urban Initiative and HOW, including leading initiatives to grow equity and justice competencies holistically. Your work includes building collaborative partnerships with communities of color and low-income communities in the region. You will report directly to the Great Lakes Regional Executive Director, with additional significant reporting responsibilities to the Director of the HOW Coalition and NWF’s Director of National Urban Initiatives.

Your areas of responsibility:

Partnerships and Outreach: You will foster connections with communities of color, tribal communities and low-income communities to inform and transform our on-going work. You will coordinate and manage convenings around drinking water and water equity as part of NWF’s Urban Initiatives. You will also coordinate the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition’s equity and justice initiatives.

Programmatic Infusion of Equity and Justice: You will serve as a key resource and catalyst for deep integration of equity and justice into GLRC program areas, with special emphasis on advancing the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition’s strategic and annual campaign plans. You will work with the Regional Executive Director to determine the programmatic support needed and resources available for other programs. Areas of work include equity analyses, justice and equity-related communications, new program development through an equity and justice lens, and other internal consulting needs as appropriate.

Regional Equity and Justice Leadership and Learning: You will lead in implementing office-wide and HOW Coalition initiatives around equitable policies, procedures, and learning with support from the national NWF equity and justice team. Through various communications channels, a forum will be provided where staff can raise questions, continue learning, and participate in important justice work.

Formal Education and/or Special Training Required:

Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred experience working on issues of racial diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

Required Competencies:

Communication and Feedback:

  • Ability and willingness to take and receive feedback, direction and guidance from others and to lead efforts with this guidance in mind
  • Excellent direct communication skills
  • Ability to provide clear and effective feedback
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate to achieve ambitious and transformative results
  • Experience communicating, teaching, and motivating others to engage in equity and justice work


  • Demonstrates an awareness of social group identities and attendant power dynamics; knowledge and interest in issues of equity and inclusion, cultural and systemic racism, social justice, and cultural competence; ability to understand the intersectionality of multiple forms of social inequality
  • Awareness of privilege (both personally and externally) and a commitment to self-transformation and improvement

Authentic Relationships:

  • Maintains a sophisticated understanding of how group dynamics impact relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work, and can demonstrate a history of successfully intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening an environmental justice approach within an organization, team, or campaign
  • Successfully works to address grievances, mediate conflict, and work towards restorative not punitive solutions
  • Uses tact and diplomacy in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters, to exhibit responsible and respectful demeanor when dealing directly with colleagues and partners
  • Ability to invite others into conversations during sensitive engagements


  • Demonstrated ability to find new solutions to persistent problems by building a diverse network of internal and external colleagues to imagine new solutions, taking risks by trying new approaches, learning from failure, and continually improving efforts.

Equity Analysis

  • Motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized
  • Experience successfully working in a white dominant culture with awareness and action to dismantle hierarchies of oppression within that culture
  • Experience pushing movement partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work

Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.


Our preference is for this position to be based in Chicago, IL.  We are open to other locations in urban areas in the Great Lakes region.  Note: Due to COVID19 all NWF staff are working remotely through at least the end of 2020.

Travel Requirements:

You should expect to travel approximately 12-15 times per year as time and budget allows, once NWF determines that travel is safe.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The salary range for this position is currently $50,000 to 55,000 annually. 

The National Wildlife Federation values work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere. Our paid time-off includes 3 weeks of vacation leave, 10 days of wellbeing leave, 10 paid holidays, 3 floating holidays, a week-long winter break, and additional leave options, per year. In addition, our benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, company paid life insurance, AD&D, short- and long-term disability, 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, 403b retirement plan with employer matching and annual contribution, adoption benefits, and flexible work options including telecommuting, non-traditional work hours, and compressed work weeks. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at

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 or transsexual 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

If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.

If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.