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. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 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).
Audubon achieves its mission by engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education, and on-the-ground conservation action. Audubon is defined by its unique and powerful grassroots network of 463 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 States and 700 staff across the country. As part of BirdLife International, Audubon joins people in more than 100 countries working to protect a network of IBAs around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.
In the fall of 2011, Audubon adopted a new strategic plan to renew the organization’s focus on the biggest and most important opportunities for addressing critical threats to birds and their habitat. At the core of this plan is a focus on flyways: each year, more than 10 billion birds use major flyways to travel up and down the continent and to points beyond. Underneath these flyways are migratory rest stops and the homes for non-migratory birds that are critical to birds’ survival. By mobilizing and aligning Audubon’s unparalleled network of chapters, centers, state programs, and Important Bird Area (IBA) programs to focus on the four major migratory flyways in the Americas (Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and Pacific), 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.
Audubon’s 2016 strategic plan builds on the strong foundation established by the groundbreaking 2011 plan. It 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 our conservation work can match the complexity of 21st century demands; and to do so, Audubon needs to become the most effective conservation network in America. The organization is setting its sights on large-scale conservation goals and taking the needed steps to ensure that Audubon has the authority and capacity to achieve them. Audubon will focus on 5 cross-cutting conservation strategies including climate, seas and shores, working lands, water and bird friendly communities, and will build durable public will for conservation by broadening and deepening its support base – with a clear-eyed focus on diversity.
Based in New York City and reporting to the Chief Development Officer at the National Audubon Society, the Vice President , Atlantic Flyway – NYC/ Northeast Region will be charged with increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of fundraising in the northeast region of the Atlantic Flyway including Connecticut, New York, Vermont and Pennsylvania, with a focus on managing a team of fundraisers who are responsible for securing funds for state programs, regional flyway initiatives and national programs aligned with the strategic plan.. As a senior leader on the National Development team, s/he will carry a portfolio of qualified major gift donors and prospects in the region; will direct the strategy and fundraising staff within the Flyway; and will partner with state, regional, and national executives to maximize Audubon’s impact with existing and potential donors.
The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial, results-driven, senior development professional with success in leading development teams to success and closing six-figure+ gifts. This is a new and exciting opportunity to help influence and create value for an organization-wide fundraising initiative and act as a major contributor to one of the nation’s oldest and well-known leaders in the conservation arena. The Vice President will need to have a flexible approach to work, with some evenings and weekends being required, as well as a willingness to travel regionally and nationally up to 25% of the time.