Founded in 1905, the National Audubon Society is one of the most venerable conservation organizations in the world. Audubon follows birds to ecosystems, conserving them for wildlife, for people, and for the earth’s biological diversity. Today, Audubon enjoys a widely respected centrist brand, a powerful legacy of conservation success, deep loyalty among its supporters, and the clarity that springs from working for the benefit of birds and the places they need to survive and thrive.
Audubon works to save birds through conservation and advocacy firmly grounded in science. As leaders in applied bird conservation science, Audubon engages in research and analysis to support the development of its programs, to build its authority as a science-led thought leader, and to inform and evaluate the work of Audubon and its partners.
Audubon’s powerful distributed network has an unparalleled reach. No other conservation organization matches the size, reach, scale, influence, diversity, and creative energy of its chapters, nature centers, staff, volunteer leaders, and US and international partners. At its best, the network has the knowledge and credibility to care for birds, and the places they need, in communities across the country - and it unites to tackle big challenges facing birds that cannot be solved by any single part of the network alone.
By connecting the work of the Audubon network - 463 Chapters, 41 nature centers and sanctuaries, 22 state offices, more than 650 staff members, 1 million members and volunteers, and U.S. and international partners - along each of the four major migratory flyways of the Americas, Audubon weaves a seamless web of conservation for birds and other migratory and non-migratory species. By working toward common flyway conservation goals, Audubon is having greater impact, and by coordinating resources, physical assets and expertise, it is dramatically increasing its efficiency across the network to address the most pressing conservation issues of our time.
Audubon is focused on five cross-cutting conservation strategies--climate, coasts, working lands, water, and bird friendly communities. The organization has built a scientific foundation for each of its strategies, established clear goals and is mobilizing its powerful network to achieve conservation wins at scale. Audubon also has a clear-eyed focus on increasing diversity and promoting inclusion. Audubon is putting more than $100 million annually to work on conservation (compared with $73 million just five years ago). This new robust Audubon is a strategic, pragmatic, responsive, integrated organization that can tap people’s passion for bird-centered conservation and translate it into action.
Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
The National Audubon Society has its roots in North Carolina and its history has always been linked to a passionate concern for birds, other wildlife and their habitats. It was this concern that led to the organization of the nation's first Audubon Society in 1886. In 1902, T. Gilbert Pearson organized the Audubon Society of North Carolina, which launched wildlife conservation in the state, and the official Audubon North Carolina state office was first incorporated in 1997. Today, the ANC state office is located in Chapel Hill, with additional field offices in Wilmington, Corolla and Boone to further Audubon’s conservation work across multiple regions. The current program, budgeted at approximately $1.4M, is run by a year-round staff of 10 professionals, seasonal conservation staff, and empowered volunteer leaders.
Today, the threats are far different from a century ago, but they are potentially greater in magnitude. Habitat loss and degradation because of human influences are the greatest threats to birds. Habitats for nesting, foraging, migration and wintering are essential, and the conservation of these areas is critical. Audubon North Carolina's 30,000 supporters and ten chapters comprise a growing force of grassroots power involved in conservation at every level. Audubon North Carolina’s opportunity to magnify its impact arises from the reach, scale, influence, and creative energy of its vast network of its staff, board, center, chapters, volunteer leaders, bird stewards, climate ambassadors, and partners, including BirdLife International partners.
Audubon seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Vice President & Executive Director of Audubon North Carolina, leading the organization to its next level of conservation and fiscal success. The leader will build on the rich history of conservation and expand Audubon North Carolina’s contributions to conservation across North Carolina and throughout the Atlantic Flyway.
The Vice President & Executive Director will exercise broad leadership and management responsibility in developing statewide conservation strategies, initiatives, and public programming. This will include working closely with the Audubon North Carolina’s Board of Directors and staff, and Audubon’s key national conservation leaders to continue to develop the state program in tandem with strategic regional and national priorities, including Audubon North Carolina’s evolving role with the Atlantic Flyway.
Candidates should submit a cover letter when applying to this position.
Conservation Strategy Development
Fundraising and External Relations