Manager Equity and Justice Learning

  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Jul 30, 2020
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) believes 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 also believe that to achieve this vision, we must become an organization that actively challenges systemic racism and oppression. We are embarking on this journey and deepening our anti-racism work. The Manager of Equity and Justice Learning will join our team and support NWF to become a truly inclusive and anti-racist conservation organization and continue to build, expand, and deepen our Equity and Justice work.

This position sits on the Equity and Justice Team in the Office of the President working out of our office in Reston, VA or one of our regional centers across the country; (Washington DC; Seattle, Washington; Denver, Colorado; Missoula, Montana; Austin, Texas; Annapolis, Maryland; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Montpelier, Vermont.)  (Due to COVID-19 all employees are working remotely until we make return to work decisions). 

In collaboration with the Equity and Justice team, the Manager of Equity and Justice Learning will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the Equity and Justice Strategic Plan, furthering activities that drive culture change, and designing and delivering learning modules. 

Principal Duties (major areas of responsibility):
  • Participates as a permanent member of NWF’s Equity and Justice Leadership Team to expand, advance, and embed equity and justice throughout the organization.
  • Works with senior managers and volunteer leaders to set a pace for cultural change that can be meaningfully supported. Partners with leaders to obtain buy-in and support their teams in actively advancing equity priorities.
  • Education and Learning: Collaborates with Director of Learning to assess learning needs related to equity and to design and deliver trainings to build staff knowledge, skills, and mindsets around equity and justice including anti-oppression, anti-racism, social justice, and working across difference. Leads affiliate learning strategy.
  • Metrics and Data: Identifies new and existing ways to measure and analyze cultural and behavioral changes in NWF. Manages systems and processes for collecting data related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Works with Strategic Business Operations Department to track specific metrics to ensure advancement of work; lead production of annual equity report.
  • Development and Philanthropy: Works with Equity and Justice team and Philanthropy team to identify funders and draft proposals and reports.
  • Maintains strong collaboration between Equity and Justice and Environmental Justice Program to create a vision for and connect to equity and environmental justice goals.

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 and ability to provide clear and effective constructive feedback demonstrating ability to motivate and manage superiors, peers, and direct reports to achieve ambitious and transformative results


  • 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 supervisory 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 openly hold space, and invite others into conversations during sensitive engagements


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

Learning and Development

  • Demonstrated ability to assess learning needs and design and deliver learning modules in virtual and in-person settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce learning resources.
  • Interest and capacity to learn how to coach to support learning and development of equity competencies.

Metrics and Assessment

  • Interest and capacity to measure organization progress on equity.
  • Ability to manage an equity metrics program and to produce equity reports.
  • Ability to provide recommendations on strategic opportunities/challenges based on monitoring progress.

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 and are crafting and leading NWF’s internal equity transformation effort

There will be travel in this role, approximately two to five days per month.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $65,000.

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, a background check will be conducted.


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