Senior Manager, Biodiversity Campaign

Government Relations Washington, District Of Columbia





JOB TITLE: Senior Manager, Biodiversity Campaign

CLASSIFICATION: Professional 3

SALARY: $68,000 - $73,000 per year

FLSA:  Exempt

DEPARTMENT:  Government Relations and External Affairs

LOCATION:        Washington, DC

REPORTS TO:    Vice President of Government Relations & External Affairs




Defenders of Wildlife seeks a Campaign Manager to lead the development and implementation of a new national initiative to address the Biodiversity Crisis, which threatens one million species with extinction in the coming decades. Working closely with internal teams and external partners, the position offers the unique opportunity to advance bold and visionary solutions to address the Crisis. Superior communication, organizational, inter-personal and leadership skills and experience with multi-prog campaigns are required. The Campaign Manager will coordinate and lead a campaign with integrated legislative, communications, marketing, and grassroots strategies to advance national policy action on the primary threats to wildlife and ecosystem services.  These include: habitat destruction, overexploitation of wildlife, climate change, introduction of invasive species and pollution. Advocating for the initiation of a National Biodiversity Strategy is an important focus. 

The Campaign Manager will play a lead role in increasing awareness of the Crisis by partner groups, the public, and policymakers. He/she/they will lead efforts to achieve short-term policy success while building out a campaign structure to ensure continuing action on the drivers of extinction in the years ahead. The Campaign Manager with work closely with traditional conservation partners while identifying opportunities for allyship with non-traditional organizations to build a stronger, more inclusive and diverse constituency mobilized to address the Biodiversity Crisis. 


  • Lead the development and implementation of Defenders’ Biodiversity Crisis Campaign to elevate awareness of the Crisis nationally and encourage Congress and the Administration to implement a whole-of-government approach to address the challenge;
  • Work as part of a coordinated interdepartmental team to develop short and long-term strategies and tactics to meet campaign goals;
  • Coordinate with traditional conservation partners while identifying opportunities to build a stronger and more inclusive movement to address the drivers of biodiversity loss and species extinction through building allyship and authentic relationships with non-traditional groups and individuals;
  • Facilitate information sharing and coordination between coalition partners and provide opportunities for complimentary tactics, strategies and messaging to strengthen the movement for wildlife;
  • Oversee and ensure effective execution of campaign strategy, including rapid response tactics and long-term strategies;
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously with competing timeframes and politically driven deadlines;
  • Distill complex issues into campaign materials for a variety of audiences, including fact sheets, reports, presentations, blogs, social media posts, etc.;
  • Communicate verbally and in written format to diverse stakeholders;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent. 

Experience: Minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience.

Experience in political advocacy, organizing, campaigns, or communications; and   conservation knowledge and non-profit experience preferred.

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

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Professional 3


  1. Ability to accurately maintain electronic and physical records
  2. Anticipate and meet the needs of internal and/or external stakeholders delivering excellent service


  1. Ability to clearly and accurately communicate with internal and external stakeholders
  2. Ability to articulate complex ideas clearly, accurately and concisely
  3. Ability to convey effective messages to broad and diverse constituencies
  4. Ability and willingness to effectively represent Defenders’ interests in external environments
  5. Ability to exert influence and build consensus with internal and external stakeholders

Critical Thinking

  1. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion
  2. Strong research and data analysis skills, including ability to gather and synthesize information from multiple sources to produce high quality work products in a consistent, efficient, accurate, and timely manner
  3. Creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills with willingness to experiment and innovate new methods.
  4. Facilitate and promote the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies into Defenders’ work
  5. Ability to independently exercise appropriate judgment in response to complex and/or fluid environments
  6. Strategic thinker with the ability to take high-level strategy and translate into relatable points and action steps.

Project Management

  1. Ability to work well under pressure and tight deadlines while balancing competing assignments
  2. Ability to remain flexible and adaptable to shifting priorities while remaining responsive to urgent requests
  3. Ability to take ownership of a project or process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issues
  4. Ability to manage deadlines on multiple cross-functional projects in a dynamic environment
  5. Demonstrated ability in managing competing interests on complex issues
  6. Ability to independently initiate project and initiative ideas; managing projects and initiatives through to completion

Coalition and Community Engagement

  1. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituencies including federal/state agencies; elected officials and their staff; Defenders’ members and donors; private landowners; hunters and anglers; community leaders; religious, scientific, and academic communities; and /or the general public.
  2. Ability to lead diverse stakeholders in collaborative activities, to anticipate policy issues impacting wildlife and make recommendations within Defenders, other organizations, and coalitions.
  3. Networking skills to engage with leaders in the conservation community, federal and state agencies, NGOs, and other organizations.

Conservation Knowledge (if applicable)

  1. Expert-level knowledge of Defenders’ legal, scientific, and/or political issues
  2. Expert-level knowledge of national and regional social, political, and ecological landscapes

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for National Outreach Representative

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities specific to the position

  1. Ability to learn and effectively communicate substance of legally, scientifically and politically complex wildlife and wildland focused issue campaigns to Defenders’ constituency, the general public, and media
  2. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituencies
  3. Ability to work independently and maintain strategic issue focus
  4. Excellent writing skills and ability to convey effective messages to various constituencies
  1. Employee must have ability to organize and conduct frequent out of office events, presentations and staff booths at various fairs and other types of public events
  2. Employee must be able to conduct frequent out-of-town travel involving overnight stays.
  3. This position requires some evening and weekend work.
  4. This position requires regular domestic travel.

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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.

Defenders requires employees who engage in in-person work activities, including business travel or onsite work, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  An applicant (i) who is disabled or pregnant or who has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination or (ii) who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice may request an exemption from this vaccination policy. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with applicable law. Any medical information concerning an applicant's disability will be treated as a confidential medical record in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws.