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 bird 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 crosscutting 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 $105 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).
As one of National Audubon Society’s largest state programs, Audubon Florida plays a critical role in helping to meet the conservation priorities of the NAS Strategic Plan in the Atlantic Flyway. Working closely with the Florida Audubon Society (FAS), an independent state-based conservation organization, Audubon Florida uses birdlife science to measure ecosystem health and to guide strategic priorities, advocates for the protection of land, water, and wildlife, promotes the stewardship of public land, protects the Everglades and coastal bird habitats, and empowers individuals to care and advocate for their natural resources and the environment.
Audubon Florida is also a key collaborator with Audubon state programs in the Mississippi and Central Flyways that share the Gulf of Mexico, contributing to larger Coastal strategy goals for the organization and working hard to restore the Gulf. Audubon Florida’s network is one of its most important and unique strengths, with 68,000 members and supporters statewide, as well as strategic partnerships with 45 affiliated Florida chapters. The program has an annual budget of $7 million, a staff of 62 across the state, two major center-sanctuaries and over 58,000 acres under land management.
Audubon seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Vice President & Executive Director of Audubon Florida, leading the organization to its next level of conservation and fiscal success. The leader will build on Audubon’s rich history of conservation and expand Audubon Florida’s contributions to conservation across Florida 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 staff, Florida Audubon Society’s Board of Directors and Audubon’s key national conservation leaders to continue to develop the state program in tandem with strategic regional and national priorities, including Audubon Florida’s evolving role within the Atlantic Flyway. The Vice President and Executive Director will also work closely and collaboratively with the Florida Audubon Society to steward assets, resources, and projects and continue the great partnership and conservation legacy in place.
The Executive Director will report to a joint management committee comprised of representatives from both National Audubon Society and Florida Audubon Society and may be based in Miami, Tallahassee or another agreeable location in the state of Florida.
Conservation Strategy Development
Fundraising and External Relations