Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

Location: Headquarters, Washington, DC
Department: Conservation Programs
Supervisor: Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs


This position has lead responsibility for the strategic growth and expansion of Defenders’ relationships with a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals interested in wildlife conservation, outdoor recreation, and protection of environmental quality in North America. In close coordination with the Director of National Outreach and the team of National & Regional Outreach Representatives, he/she will develop relationships and alliances in support of Defenders of Wildlife’s national priorities and regional issues as appropriate and approved. The Organizer will be responsible for the development of a diversity and inclusion outreach strategy that expands the support for Defenders’ strategic plan’s priority issues. Upon adoption of the strategy, the individual will be responsible for implementing the outreach components of the strategy. Through constituency building and public education the strategy will strengthen Defenders’ advocacy of national issue priorities and increase long-term regional support for wildlife conservation and recovery. General responsibilities include: expansion of Defenders’ outreach to diverse constituencies; coordinating with other Organizers to mobilize and enlist Defenders’ existing supporters; expanding support by the general public; and advocating internally to make Defenders’ approach and strategy more inclusive. 


  • Work with the Sr. Vice President for Conservation Programs, Vice President for Government Relations and other senior leadership, Director of National Outreach and Outreach staff to develop and implement a national diversity and inclusion outreach strategy, including metrics to measure the effectiveness of the effort.

  • Nationally organize and expand Defenders’ relations with a broad coalition of constituencies, including but not limited to national, regional and community-based organizations whose interests in the conservation of wildlife and wild places support Defenders’ strategic plan.

  • Work with the Sr. Vice President for Conservation Programs and Vice President for Government Relations to help integrate new coalitions into campaign plans for priority issues; carry out and oversee the outreach components of the campaigns where appropriate

  • Collaborate with relevant internal departments, including Field Conservation, Marketing, and Communications, to develop strategies for employing regional media to advance Defenders’ issue priorities and strengthen regional support for wildlife conservation

  • Adapt grassroots campaign materials such as talking points, factsheets, and multi-media presentations for new constituents

  • Maintain and develop volunteers and key supporters for campaigns as needed in targeted areas, including the development of outreach materials and research

  • Represent Defenders in coalitions, public meetings, and conferences to build relationships

  • Coordinate regional outreach strategies with Defenders’ offices and field staff who are working on other projects and programs

  • Develop and recommend budget requirements. Work with the Sr. Vice President for Conservation Programs and Vice President of Philanthropy to develop and implement a funding strategy for the effort to include foundations and major donors.  

  • Consistent with strategic planning priorities and available funding, develop short- and long-range operating objectives, organizational structure, and staffing requirements

  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


  • Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent in related discipline

  • Experience: 4+ years of progressively responsible relevant experience drawn from coalition development and movement building.

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

  • Fluency in Spanish preferred

  • Other:

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to broaden coalitions and partnerships, preferably ones relating to the environment

  • Ability to develop a strong working knowledge of endangered species and other wildlife policy issues

  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations

  • Strong writing and verbal communications skills

  • Experience working with development departments to fundraise from foundations and/or individual donors

  • High energy with ability to coordinate, train, and motivate field staff, volunteers, donors and supporters

  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

  • Sound political instincts and strategic planning skills


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so

  • Must be able to participate in frequent domestic travel involving extended overnight stays


  • General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


  • This position requires regular domestic travel. 


Interested applicants please reference Diversity and Inclusion Specialist 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, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

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.