Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
In the spring of 2016, the National Audubon Society adopted a new strategic plan to renew the organization’s focus on addressing critical threats to birds and their habitat throughout the Western Hemisphere. This plan reaffirms Audubon’s commitment to organizing its conservation work along fours migratory flyways – the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific. Each spring and fall, billions of migratory birds follow the flyways of the Americas from wintering to breeding grounds and back again. By protecting the web of life that represents the Americas’ richest veins of biodiversity, Audubon safeguards this natural heritage for future generations. To accomplish this, Audubon connects its powerful network—463 Chapters, 41 nature centers and sanctuaries, 22 state offices, more than 650 state and national staff members, 1 million members and volunteers, and U.S. and international partners—along each of the flyways, to weave a seamless web of conservation across the hemisphere.
Audubon’s 2016 strategic plan creates a roadmap for the next five years, guided by two ideas: by focusing on the needs of bird species, the scale and ambition of its conservation work can match the complexity of 21st century demands; and to do so, Audubon will become the most effective conservation network in America. It is setting its sights on large-scale conservation with a focus on five crosscutting conservation strategies--climate, coasts, working lands, water, and bird friendly communities. Audubon seeks to build a durable public will for conservation by broadening and deepening its support base, with a focus on increasing diversity and promoting inclusion.
Established in 1996, Audubon New York was a pioneer in launching the Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA) program. IBA has identified 136 IBAs, comprising more than 3.5 million acres of land and water habitat, which provides essential habitats for bird populations. The cornerstone of all Audubon New York’s conservation efforts is science. Bird surveying, species assessment, grassland bird research, forest biodiversity research, and public outreach and education programs are the key elements driving its conservation priorities within New York State. Audubon New York's science staff is headquartered at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, which allows them to work closely with leading ornithologists and conservationists.
Audubon New York works with partners across the state on sustainable development, clean energy, and other environmental issues that are important to the quality of life for all New Yorkers. Audubon New York continues to be a leader on Long Island Sound, actively working to ensure the protection of its coasts, enlisting a growing number of volunteers to help reduce disturbances to birds and steward nesting habitat and advocating for continued funding of the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act.
On private lands, Audubon is working to educate forest owners, foresters, loggers and builders about preferred stewardship practices favorable to birds and other wildlife. And we are partnering with landowners, public land managers, businesses, state and federal agencies, Audubon chapters, and local partners across the state to restore forest, grassland, and shrubland habitat.
Audubon Centers are facilities where people can become engaged in meaningful interactions with local environment. The New York Centers Network includes seven Centers and staffed sanctuaries operated by Audubon New York, and two Centers operated by Audubon Chapters. Audubon New York’s Centers stretch from Long Island to Buffalo. Education is an important component of Audubon’s effectiveness in creating lasting changes to protect the natural world and its Centers provide educational experiences to people of all ages and backgrounds. Additionally, the innovative For The Birds! program provides over 1,000 underserved schoolchildren in New York City Schools, and has now expanded to other parts of the state including Long Island.
Audubon seeks an Executive Director to build on Audubon New York’s rich history and expand its contributions to conservation in New York and the Atlantic Flyway, leading the organization to its next level of programmatic and financial success. This is a high profile, pivotal opportunity for a dynamic conservation professional. As one of Audubon’s largest state programs, with an annual budget of $3.25 million and a staff of 26, Audubon New York uses its statewide conservation initiatives, educational programming, network of seven Audubon Centers and Sanctuaries, 27 affiliated local Audubon Chapters, and 50,000 grassroots members to protect birds and their habitats.
Reporting to the Vice President, Atlantic Flyway, the successful candidate will have the passion and leadership skills necessary to articulate, develop, and implement Audubon’s conservation goals and strategies in the state. In addition to working closely with Audubon NY staff and the Vice President of the Atlantic Flyway to align the state program with strategic regional and national priorities, the Executive Director will also have the opportunity to work in close consultation with Audubon NY’s exceptional board on all aspects of Audubon NY management and strategy. The Executive Director will hold the title of Vice President within the national organization.
Our preference is that this position be located in New York City, the headquarters of National Audubon Society (NAS). For the right candidate we would consider other locations.
Strategy Development and Organizational Leadership
Fundraising and External Relations
Audubon is partnering with DRG, Inc. on this search. In order to be formally considered, please send a cover letter and resume directly to Audubon-NY@drgnyc.com, attention Carmel Napolitano, Senior Consultant.