NWTF Seeking Vice President of Communications
| August 11, 2017
The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) seeks to recruit a visionary and leader to serve as our Vice President of Communications.

About the NWTF
The NWTF ' a national nonprofit organization ' is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. No other organization in the world has committed more time and effort into the preservation of the American wild turkey and our hunting heritage.

Our History
On March 28, 1973, the Commonwealth of Virginia issued incorporation papers to a fledgling organization in Fredericksburg called the National Wild Turkey Federation. The NWTF is headquartered in Edgefield, South Carolina, and has local chapters in every state.

The NWTF has come a long way since its founding chief executive, Tom Rodgers, took $440 out of his own pocket to put this organization in motion.
And what it has turned into is nothing short of phenomenal.

Who Are We?
We are sportsmen, women and children who care deeply about our natural resources and the wild places we love to hunt.

We cherish the memory of the ridge top gobbler we hunted last spring and fondly remember the cornfield where we saw that big buck at sunset two years ago.

Collectively, we come from all walks of life to engage in conservation and preserve the hunting heritage we all hold dear.

We're hunters…
Some of us follow bird dogs through waving stands of grass from South Georgia to Montana in pursuit of bobwhite quail and pheasant.

And most of us would rather spend a bitterly cold winter morning knee deep in a flooded oak flat or beaver pond than waste that morning in a warm bed.

... champions of conservation.
According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America's wildlife history. When the NWTF was founded in 1973, there were about 1.5 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of dedicated work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys.

Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and our members have helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America, facilitating the investment of $488 million to conserve more than 17 million acres of habitat.

That area is larger than the state of West Virginia.

Wild turkeys and hundreds of other species of upland wildlife, including quail, deer, grouse, pheasant and songbirds, have benefited from this improved habitat.

Our dedicated volunteers bring new hunters and conservationists into the fold ' about 100,000 every year ' through outdoor education events and our Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen and JAKES youth outreach programs.

We are recognized as the undisputed leader in conservation habitat work, an unwavering advocate of hunters' rights and the visionary organization who has the solution for the future of hunting and conservation.

Protecting Our Hunting Heritage
Hunters and shooters fuel conservation by providing funds for federal and state wildlife agencies through license sales and voluntary excise taxes on firearms and ammunition. A loss in hunter numbers results in a drop in funding for conservation.

The NWTF has a long history of removing regulatory barriers to hunting and is invested in preserving hunters' rights. Few organizations do more to recruit and mentor new hunters than the NWTF.

A fierce commitment to preserving our hunting traditions is one of the key principles that guide the NWTF and its volunteers. It has helped make the NWTF a driving force in the protection of North America's richest and most treasured traditions.

The Federation strives each day to ensure wild turkeys and other wildlife are afforded the best opportunity to thrive. Our work on the ground is unparalleled because of our passion to conserve the nation's rich natural resources so that generations to come can enjoy them as we do today.

Our mission has inspired countless volunteers and partners to stand with us to promote upland habitat conservation and the outdoor traditions we hold dear. Hunters, anglers, birders, biologists, land managers, wildlife professionals, and foresters: These are a few who comprise the NWTF and fuel our efforts to keep wild turkeys and other wildlife flourishing and our ability to hunt them unchallenged.

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) seeks to recruit a visionary and leader to serve as our Vice President of Communications. Reporting the Chief Executive Officer, the VP of Communications will serve as a strategic leader and member of the NWTF Management Team. This position is responsible for all activities related to conceptualizing and implementing the organization's message and brand. Specific responsibilities include developing an overall communications strategy; serving as the main overseer of the NWTF brand and message; staffing and directing the day-to-day activities of the communications staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
•Serve as the chief communications representative of the organization, providing support in the areas of media, messaging and overall communications strategy.
•Develop the annual communications plan, budget, and the strategies, tactics and resources necessary to achieve marketing-specific, as well as organizational goals.
•Provide leadership for the various media/communications disciplines within the organization: publications; graphics; website; photography; television and video production; social media; convention and event planning; spokesperson program.
•Measure performance of all media and communications.
•Provide organizational support in its overall communications and marketing efforts.
•Provide input and support to the company's leadership in the development of joint ventures, affiliations and partnership agreements.
•Provide communications and marketing skills expertise to the organization by building, developing and managing a communications team capable of carrying out the necessary marketing strategies and tactics.
•Serve as part of the organization's executive team, participating in organizational strategic planning and decision-making, as well as provide support to the CEO.
•Provide leadership and long-term strategy for the NWTF Convention and Sport show.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
– Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, or similar discipline
– Minimum 10 years' experience in communications, involving all forms of media (publications, television, social, video, etc.)
– Strong communication skills (written, verbal, presentation)
– Minimum 10 years' experience in developing and managing budgets
– Minimum 10 years' experience in managing people, with proven leadership and teamwork abilities
– Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office and other applications

Visit www.nwtf.org/jobs to apply.

 

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