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Tennessee Wildlife Federation

Director of Communications

Tennessee Wildlife Federation


Job Summary

Director of Communications

Nashville, TN

Tennessee Wildlife Federation seeks a dynamic individual to lead its communications team and report to the Chief Development Officer.

Founded in 1946 and headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee Wildlife Federation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to leading the conservation, sound management, and wise use of Tennessee’s wildlife and great outdoors. For 75 years, it has been one of the leading voices for sportsmen, wildlife enthusiasts, and conservation.

Its work is diverse, spanning public policy to habitat conservation. The Federation’s Conservation Policy program engages in legislative and regulatory matters on the local, state, and federal levels that affect Tennessee’s natural resources and the interests of those who care about them. Hunters for the Hungry provides more than a half-million servings of venison annually to hungry Tennesseans. Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program promotes the shooting sports and an outdoor lifestyle to nearly 2,000 student-athletes across the state. Hunting and Fishing Academy provides hands-on outdoor experiences to our next generation of sportsmen and women. The Federation’s Habitat Conservation program is actively involved in habitat restoration and stewardship initiatives statewide.

Job Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and measure communication strategies, messages, and tactics to advance the organization’s strategic objectives and mission while attracting and retaining donors. This includes the development and implementation of short- and long-term plans and budgets.
  • Per those strategies and organizational obligations, direct and/or personally manage the creation and distribution of communications materials (e.g., articles, commentary, press releases, newsletters, targeted emails, website content, digital calls to action, videos, social media content, event collateral, special publications). Similarly, identify information gaps and ensure communication and fundraising messages are consistently integrated across all materials.
  • Manage and mentor the three dedicated communications staff.
  • Work with the development team to strategize and implement cohesive, multi-channel fundraising appeals.
  • Work with program staff to meet goals and help grow outreach.
  • Serve as the Federation’s media spokesperson or identify and support an appropriate representative.
  • Use analytics tools to measure communications and identify areas for improvement. Report progress to the CDO.
  • Take a leading role in the strategic use, growth, and maintenance of the Federation’s CRM (EveryAction).
  • Negotiate for services and supervise vendors.
  • In that communication needs can sometimes arise outside a typical workday, a willingness to work after hours and on weekends in certain circumstances.
  • Travel as needed or directed to cover events, document news, or other Federation business.


Key Qualifications: As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of Tennessee Wildlife Federation and be driven by the mission. The ideal candidate will have the following attributes and experience:

  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of communications, including a background in creating and implementing strategic plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team player, exhibiting maturity and leadership.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with tight, and sometimes competing, deadlines.
  • Attention to detail with strong editing skills. The ability to write for a range of media.
  • Sound judgment to make quick decisions and rapidly respond to questions posed by reporters, staff, or board members.
  • Familiarity with CRMs and how to strategically leverage them for effective communication and overall organizational success.
  • Familiarity with website management and relevant tools, such as Google Analytics.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Must have a passion for the Federation’s mission.
  • Professional and friendly, able to handle the day-to-day ups and downs effectively and with a positive attitude.
  • Strong work ethic with the ability to reject setbacks and enthusiastically persist until goals are achieved
  • Resultsoriented team player who is accountable for their performance and their team’s
  • Approaches work from the Federation’s point of view rather than personal


Additional Information


Tennessee Wildlife Federation offers a competitive benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

How to Apply

Application Instructions:

  • To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to
  • Candidates who auto-send LinkedIn or other automated replies using existing profiles or forms will not be considered for the position.
  • Phone calls regarding the position will not be accepted.


  • Date Posted: September 1, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Communications / Marketing / PR
  • Service Area: Environment
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk., M-F 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, some weekends.