Vice President, Human Resources

Job Locations US-NY-New York
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Human Resources
New York


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

Audubon is poised for tremendous growth in the upcoming years.  The need for a centrist, environmental organization has never been greater. With strong support from our network, board and partners, we are embarking on a comprehensive campaign which will see us grow from our current $105 million to a $150 million non-profit in the upcoming years.


The VP, HR is the senior-most HR position at Audubon and will be a key player in this growth and expansion. S/he will report to the Chief of Staff and have frequent contact with the CEO and other top leaders. S/he will lead a team of 8 professionals (HR business partners and SMEs) that support Audubon’s leaders and its 700 + staff – a widely distributed, national network. 

Essential Functions

Key areas that the VP, HR will focus on:

  1. Advisor to Leadership
  • As a member of the senior leadership team, provide guidance and advice to members of the leadership team on talent strategy, people and culture issues, and HR compliance
  1. Talent Acquisition and Retention – Make Audubon an employer of choice by ensuring we are able to attract and retain the talent needed to sustain and grow the organization. This would include
  • Develop strategic staffing plans to support Audubon’s aggressive growth in the upcoming years
  • Continue to expand our talent sources, including partnering with the VP, Equity Diversity and Inclusion to further diversify our pool
  • Actively interviewing finalists for senior-level roles as part of the executive slate of interviewers
  • Reviewing and upgrading our recruiting and onboarding procedures
  • Developing retention strategies for high potentials
  1. Staff Development/Learning
  • Create a learning philosophy. Identify a comprehensive and coherent suite of career development activities that encompasses topics that are relevant and delivery that is accessible and cost-effective
  • Review and expand “Audubon University”              
  1. Rewards Portfolio
  • Review and improve our rewards portfolio in the face of the changing workforce demographics
  • Ensure that Audubon’s compensation model and benefits offerings remain cost-efficient but competitive and aligned with being an employer of choice
  1. Technology/HRIS
  • Evaluate our current external partnerships and internal systems to ensure that Audubon fully maximizes next generation technology
  • Ensure that Audubon optimizes technology to better deliver HR services to our matrixed and geographically dispersed workforce


Qualifications and Experience

  • 10+ years of HR experience, with 5+ years and a track record of results leading the HR function
  • A well-rounded leader in all HR disciplines – Recruiting/Talent Management, Learning and Development, Total Rewards (compensation and benefits), Employment Law, and HR Technology
  • Ability to work at the most senior levels of an organization and to serve as a trusted advisor to executives
  • A change advocate, able to guide an organization through growth and change, strong organizational design/development skills
  • A relating style that is partnering and supportive while remaining transparent and direct. Able to deliver competing points of view while encouraging collaboration. Audubon is a matrixed organization with national, regional, and local teams and interests
  • Strong communicator – writer, speaker, presenter – with strong influencing and diplomatic skills.
  • Innovative thinking, creativity, and a flexible approach
  • Commitment to actualizing ED&I ideas into a more diverse workforce
  • A cheerleader for the HR team, with the ability to lead, motivate and coach a team of 8 professionals
  • Advanced degree in HR or related disciplines desired
  • Passion for the environment and the mission of Audubon


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