World Wildlife Fund Job Vacancy: Wildlife Communications & Strategy Senior Director - Washington DC, United States

World Wildlife Fund Job Vacancies 2021

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Wildlife Communications & Strategy Director. The Director will lead the development and execution of short- and long-term external communications strategies that advance WWF-US Wildlife priority projects, landscapes and goals, support resource mobilization, and link to the broader communications and outreach strategy of the organization. This position serves as the point of contact on internal and external communications engagement related to the WWF-US Wildlife team and is a key contributor to strategy development and implementation.

Rooted in communications expertise and quickly building a deep understanding of WWF-US Wildlife and other program priorities, the position bridges conservation, communications, and fundraising needs. Provides the vision, thought leadership, and co-creates and articulates communications deliverables that advance conservation strategies and programs. Develops and leads on communications strategies that deliver conservation outcomes and raise brand awareness among key stakeholders and the general public. Identifies content opportunities that can be leveraged to reach diverse audiences (e.g., general public, policy, corporate, donors, etc.). In addition, they have the following responsibilities:
  • Lead strategic and creative communications for the Wildlife Team
  • Develop, set, and adapt communications priorities for WWF’s Wildlife Conservation portfolio, coordinating with and convening other WWF-US and Network teams to carry out priority communication strategies.
  • Partner with Wildlife senior leadership, other goal leads and subject matter experts to develop, refine, package, and represent Wildlife conservation programs and strategies.
  • Coordinate and collaborate closely with WWF-US Marketing and Communications, Development, and Private Sector Engagement teams for fundraising communication needs. 
  • Translate conservation programs and map out milestones/key moments for donor, corporate, public, advocacy, and other stakeholder communications
  • Act in an advisory role to develop communications capacity at field offices globally to ensure success of WWF-US Wildlife Conservation and related priorities.
  • Ensure consistent messaging on programmatic issues and reactive communications for key audiences (external and internal)
  • Serve as primary Wildlife team liaison to WWF-US media and social media teams and help identify proactive media opportunities for Wildlife and related WWF priorities
  • Manage expectations and resources to maximize communications outputs/return on investment
  • Provide strategic expertise and share knowledge of industry outlets to support media outreach and other external communications
  • Create, edit and review compelling storytelling efforts, press releases and programmatic communications channels (e.g., podcasts, websites, social media channels, etc), including advising on communications strategies related to internal and external alliances, partnerships, and coalitions
  • Adapt and translate research produced by scientists on the Wildlife team for internal and external audiences to ensure that conservation impact is maximized
  • Track, share, and make recommendations regarding activities and priorities across WWF-US and Network communications teams and other internal and external communities
  • Collaborate with WWF-US Media & External Affairs team to monitor news, primarily around crisis communications related to the Wildlife Conservation program at WWF-US.
  • Supervise Wildlife communications staff and interns
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in communications, environmental issues, wildlife or conservation science, or international relations required. Post-graduate degree preferred.
  • At least ten years of professional communications experience related to conservation
  • Experience with mission-oriented strategic communications, diverse audiences and geographies, and translating scientific or technical information to a lay audience preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in conceptualizing, developing, implementing, and managing communications strategies that support an entity’s strategic goals across a wide range of diverse stakeholders and audiences.
  • Experience working in an international environment and understanding of cultural differences and can communicate and operate with nuance and diplomacy on complicated and controversial issues.
  • Creative and innovative thinker who has experience utilizing diverse channels, outlets, and opportunities to craft and deliver messages to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to position wildlife and habitat conservation issues in such a way as to influence and leverage change well beyond WWF.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Anticipates communications conflicts, reputation, and brand risks, and works to mitigate them.
  • Strong commitment to mission, goals, and values.
  • Attention to detail, discrete, and ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Experience and exceptional ability to manage teams and staff preferred
  • Strong commitment to supporting WWF’s efforts at diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration