Alaska Outreach Coordinator

Location: Anchorage, AK
Department: Alaska Outreach Coordinator
Supervisor: Alaska Program Director

BASIC SUMMARY:

This position works closely with Alaska staff and has lead responsibility for the design and implementation of a robust public outreach program in support of Defenders of Wildlife’s conservation priorities in Alaska. The position will also provide administrative support to the office and staff. While the focus is on Alaska’s lands, waters and wildlife the Alaska Outreach Coordinator will also interact with Defenders’ headquarters staff when Alaska outreach work aligns with and supports Defenders’ national conservation work.

This position also involves a wide variety of responsibilities supporting the program and operations of the Alaska Program field office. Programmatic and technical assistance will be provided to the Director and other staff members in the Alaska Program. The Alaska Outreach Coordinator must possess a general knowledge of all programs and projects within the Alaska Program to assist the Director with oversight, implementation of work plans, program budgets, grant reports and compliance with procedures and schedules. This position requires substantial discretion in determining how to meet assigned goals and competing deadlines.

Priority conservation areas include the Tongass and Chugach National Forests; Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Bering Strait, Cook Inlet, Gulf of Alaska, Izembek and Kenai National Wildlife Refuges and other federal lands. Species of special interest include polar bears, Pacific walrus, Cook Inlet beluga whales, Northern Sea Otters, Kenai brown bears, wolverines, caribou and wolves including the Alexander Archipelago wolf.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Mobilize and grow the number of Defenders’ members and on-line activists in Alaska to support actions to conserve Alaska’s fish and wildlife and protect the public land habitats that sustain them.

  • Engage additional constituencies to support Defenders’ priority wildlife conservation such as outdoor recreation businesses; fish and wildlife conservation enthusiasts; academics; local, state and federal officials and tribal representatives; religious, scientific and environmental organizations.

  • Collaborate and coordinate conservation actions and campaigns with other environmental community outreach partners engaged on similar issues.

  • Utilize Defenders’ online and social media networks, including managing our Alaska-specific platforms including the Alaska Facebook page, to help facilitate and grow Defenders’ Alaska grassroots mobilization.

  • Develop, distribute, and/or present necessary campaign materials such as talking points, factsheets, action alerts and multi-media presentations

  • Help secure letters to the editor and other earned media in local papers;

  • Inform and educate our members and supporters on significant wildlife and public land management proposals, facilitating the submission of comments on such proposals to the agencies;

  • Enhance the presence of public lands and wildlife supporters at state and federal hearings and public events affecting priority areas and species;

  • Represent Defenders in coalitions, public meetings, hearings, press events, conferences, and in general communications with public officials, the media, members, the donor community and the public;

  • Various administrative and office management duties such as: 

    Respond to information requests from members and other interested parties and distribute Defenders’ published reports; 

    Assist with development of the Alaska’s Program’s annual budget;

  • Copy and fax; schedule appointments; manage and distribute information; check requests, reimbursement requests, and submit in a timely manner; attend all relevant internal staff meetings; trouble-shoot problems with computers and technological and information systems and follow all other administrative procedures; Perform all other related duties as assigned by supervisor and be an energetic, enthusiastic and committed advocate for all Defenders’ programs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree preferred.

  • Experience: 2+ years of proven grassroots organizing success in political and/or issue campaigns in Alaska preferred.

  • Other:

  • Ability to learn and effectively communicate the substance of legally, scientifically and politically complex wildlife and wildland focused issue campaigns, to Defenders’ members and supporters, the general public, and media

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituencies including hunters, local political leaders, tribal communities, and religious and scientific communities

  • Excellent writing skills and ability to convey effective messages to various constituencies

  • Experience using and managing social media platforms such as Facebook

  • Ability to work independently and maintain strategic issue focus and meet all work deadlines

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.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Employee will be working in a work environment that is usually quiet.

  • Occasional field working conditions involving walking in various terrains.

  • This position requires travel on the southcentral road network, and potential travel to more remote areas of the state.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants please reference Alaska Outreach Coordinator position in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume and salary history to us via e-mail at: HR@defenders.org.

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

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. 

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.