Outreach Associate

US-LA-Baton Rouge | US-LA-New Orleans
Type
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Community Relations/Outreach
ID
2017-3320
Baton Rouge
LA
Additional Location : City
New Orleans
Additional Location : State/Province
LA

Overview

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).

 

 

Position Summary

Since 2012, Audubon Louisiana’s state office, in partnership with other local and national organizations, has built a broad constituency of Louisiana citizens in support of large-scale strategies to restore Louisiana’s coast to a sustainable ecosystem. The Coastal Outreach Coordinator will continue to enhance and strengthen this effort by identifying and engaging Audubon members and supporters, along with other members of the conservation community, to work with state and federal officials to gain their support for restoration strategies. Such strategies include implementation of large river diversions and sediment distribution to rebuild wetlands and natural coastal barriers, and prudent application of standards to prevent land loss and sustain coastal communities. Emphasis will be on the habitat benefits of restoration to fish and wildlife, and people.

The Coastal Outreach Coordinator will report to the Communications Manager and be part of an integral team of organizations working to restore the Mississippi River Delta.  Those groups include but are not limited to the National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and implement advocacy outreach plans
  • Engage the Audubon Louisiana network in conservation, engagement, and advocacy activities including but not limited to:
    • organizing Audubon-led volunteer events;
    • developing an engagement plan and schedule of presentations to landowner and conservation-oriented groups;
    • speaking at conferences, public meetings, and other social and professional events where conservationists are in attendance; and
    • tabling at festivals, fundraising banquets and other outreach opportunities that benefit Audubon Louisiana’s mission.
  • Develop a strategy that strengthens and grows the relationship with volunteers and grassroots stakeholders through regular communications and other outreach efforts.
  • Coordinate outreach to landowners, community leaders, media contacts, and policy makers. This includes in-office meetings with agency representatives and/or educational trips or tours including but not limited to walking/birding tours and boat trips on the coast.
  • Work collaboratively with local, state and national organizations with an interest in coastal restoration, including specifically partnering with the organizations in the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Campaign (RMRDC).
  • Oversee aspects of social media, and assist the Communications Manager with generating earned media through print stories and radio and TV interviews from outlets throughout Louisiana.
  • Work with Executive Director, Communications Manager, and development staff to identify and integrate fundraising opportunities through outreach work.
  • Track progress of outreach goals and work with the Audubon Louisiana and RMRDC staff to prepare required performance reporting.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in environmental science, natural resource management, ecology, political science, communications or related field required.
  • 3+ years’ experience in relevant communications or communities and relationship management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the challenges of coastal land loss and coastal restoration in Louisiana required.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills; ability to motivate volunteers and partners essential.
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management capabilities and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and goals.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to build consensus amongst a wide range of individuals.  Comfort with presenting and engaging in public speaking events also necessary.
  • Experience in motivating, training, recruiting, and organizing people from broad and diverse backgrounds, including volunteers, media and decision makers.
  • Strong problem solving skills, including ability to respond quickly and effectively to unforeseen challenges.
  • Effective listening, probing, and assessment skills.
  • Experience and comfort using social media and adjusting to new communication tools and tactics.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and database management required.

  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including weekends, evenings, as the job demands.  
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel including occasional overnights.

 

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