• Executive Director, Birmingham Audubon Society (Chapter Opportunity)

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  • Overview

    Founded in 1946, Birmingham Audubon is Alabama’s leading non-profit organization engaging people in the enjoyment and conservation of birds, their habitats, and the natural world. A certified chapter of the National Audubon Society serving central Alabama (Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, St. Clair, and Walker Counties), we incorporated as a state non-profit corporation on November 22, 1974, and were granted 501(c)3 status as a charitable non-profit organization in 1976.


    It is the policy of BIRMINGHAM AUDUBON that all persons are entitled to equality of opportunity in all areas of employment regardless of race, sex, disability, age, national origin, religion, veteran status, genetic information or other legally protected status.

    Position Summary

    The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the Birmingham Audubon Society. The Executive Director reports to the President of the Board of Directors, and is responsible for overseeing the organization’s daily operations and the fulfillment of its mission and goals. The Executive Director is a twelve-month position and supervises all Birmingham Audubon Society staff.


    Organizational goals include providing nature-based experiences, building connections between people and nature, and leading participants to take action to preserve birds, wildlife and habitat. Birmingham Audubon also conducts citizen science programs, monitors bird populations, works to restore native habitat, and offers ongoing programming at multiple venues for diverse audiences.


    As a staffed chapter, Birmingham Audubon serves a statewide leadership role with our programs, activities and initiatives. More information can be found on our website, www.birminghamaudubon.org.

    Essential Functions

    • Develop and implement organizational goals and objectives consistent with the mission and goals of the Birmingham Audubon Society.
    • Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the Board.
    • Maintain official documents and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulatory requirements.
    • Actively promote the activities, programs and goals of the Birmingham Audubon Society.
    • Establish sound working relationships and cooperative agreements with National Audubon Staff, State Agencies, conservation partners, community groups and organizations.
    • Recruit, encourage, and work with volunteers consistent with realizing the mission and goals of Birmingham Audubon Society.
    • Work with the staff and Board to develop an annual budget.
    • Oversee the operation of the organization within budgetary guidelines and restrictions.
    • Approve budgeted operational expenses incurred.
    • Conduct official correspondence of the organization and execute contracts approved by the Board.
    • Seek external funds by cultivating executive relationships and preparing and submitting grant applications as appropriate to local, state and federal agencies.
    • Actively encourage and solicit philanthropic donations.
    • Be responsible for the recruitment, employment and termination of staff.
    • Administer Board-approved personnel policies.
    • Assure adequate supervision and evaluation of staff.
    • Encourage staff development and education, and maintain a climate which attracts, keeps and motivates a diverse staff of dedicated and talented people.

    Internal Relationships:

    • Report to the President of the Board of Directors.
    • Work with the Board, various Board committees and volunteers to carry out the mission and goals of the organization. Supervise, direct and evaluate all staff.
    • Encourage, promote and attend, when possible, activities of the organization.

    External Relationships:

    • Develop working relationships with local, community, state and federal groups or agencies and their executives as appropriate to the goals and mission of the Birmingham Audubon Society.


    • The Executive Director will use a computer, printer, scanner, calculator, telephone, copy machine, and audio visual and basic equipment used in professional presentations.
    • Must be proficient in Microsoft operating system and Office suite of software, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and others, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets.
    • Experience with NEON software is a bonus.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Understanding of and passion for the mission of the Birmingham Audubon Society.
    • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university or a combination of equivalent work and education-related experience. Interpersonal skills and the ability to select and motivate staff, volunteers and board members are paramount.
    • Significant and proven leadership skills developed through several years in senior management positions.
    • Success at fund development, including knowledge of and success in attracting foundation and corporate partners as well as the ability to identify, steward and solicit individual donors.
    • Experience working with legislative issues, campaigns or related areas, preferably in environmental / conservation arena.
    • Experience cultivating, soliciting and securing major gifts from individuals, private foundations, and corporations.
    • Experience executing a marketing strategy intended to enhance an organization’s appeal to various constituencies and the public.
    • Must have strong knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures involved in nonprofit management and fundraising.
    • Ability to work in a partnership setting with a range of personality types.
    • Demonstrated success in working with and managing people.
    • Excellent organizational, time management, written and verbal communication skills.
    • Self-motivated with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
    • Must have flexible schedule with ability to work evening and weekends as required.
    • Experience developing and working with an effective Board of Directors.
    • Ability to travel including some overnight travel.
    • Must pass a background check.

    Physical requirements include:

    • Lifting, reaching, bending, pushing, pulling, sitting, typing, driving, speaking, holding and supporting field equipment.
    • Must be able to speak for extended periods of time.
    • Must be able to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and on uneven terrain.



    Interested individuals should not apply on this website. Rather, to be considered, please submit a resume and cover letter directly to apply@birminghamaudubon.org, attention Joe Watts, President. Applications will be accepted until May 15, 2018.


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