• Chief Operating Officer

    Job Locations
    US-NY-New York
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Executive/Senior Management
    New York
  • Overview

    Founded in 1905, the National Audubon Society (NAS) protects birds and the places they need, for today and tomorrow. Throughout the Americas, Audubon uses science, advocacy, education, technology and on-the-ground conservation to achieve its vision -- to maintain a world in which both people and wildlife thrive.


    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.  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.


    Led by President & CEO, David Yarnold, the National Audubon Society intends to be the most effective conservation network in the United States. Yarnold, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist by background, joined the NAS in 2010 after a successful career at the San Jose Mercury News and the Environmental Defense Fund. Under David’s leadership, Audubon has grown revenue from $73M to $105M, member base from 350k to 1M+ and social audience from 35k to 1.5M+ with a vast millennial base.


    Recent articles:

    Audubon in 2017: The Turnaround



    Position Summary

    Audubon is seeking a visionary and growth-focused Chief Operating Officer to join the team. Reporting to President & CEO, David Yarnold, the COO will be passionate about operating efficiency and deploying at scale, with a focus on building our Audubon’s strategic plan  and accelerating the changes of the business and integration. In addition,  s/he will also have direct oversight of finance, IT and legal functions including running the daily operations.

    Essential Functions

    • Run Audubon’s business with an operational mindset, focused on improving the quality and efficiency of services that the NAS provides - while increasing their ability to develop and deliver scalable programs
    • Oversee financial integrity of Audubon’s operations through budgeting and other mechanisms, while anticipating business opportunities and threats
    • Lead the evolution of Audubon’s technology to support the growth of the business and the network
      • Create and execute Audubon’s internal and external technology strategy and roadmap
      • Drive integration of internal local and national technology to support a more aligned network
      • Utilize technology to ignite Audubon’s conservation efforts and grow the network and audience
    • Leverage the emerging movement moment and facilitate the full integration of NAS’ mission - conservation work,  network and development
      • Integrate conservation, network and development with the core support functions including marketing, communications, content and operations
      • Support the culture of integration and collaboration at Audubon
      • Provide strategic input and leadership on the expansion and integration of Audubon’s network expanding the chapter network
    • Serve as an advocate and thought-leader for Audubon at board, chapter, fundraising and networking activities as a representative of Audubon management

    Qualifications and Experience

    The successful candidate will be a visionary leader with a proven track record inside of high growth organizations. S/he will understand how to operate at a national scale as well as at  local markets. Internally, this individual will serve as an enabling force to constantly raise the bar and keep the team focused on growing the business. S/he will have an eye toward innovation and creativity, with an ability to position Audubon for significant growth in the coming years.


    The ideal candidate will have:

    • 15+ years of operating experience - managing through significant growth and scaling
    • Proven expertise and ability to bridge long-term strategy with short-term goals, ensuring that the team has the necessary direction, information, resources and support
    • Deep knowledge and understanding of operations (IT, finance, legal) and the complexities of a geographically dispersed organization
    • Familiarity with marketing and membership functions within legacy brands and how to build new audiences within a digital environment
    • Strong experience building, motivating and retaining high performing teams
    • A ‘lead by example’ mentality, setting the tone for the culture of the organization and building relationships based on trust, honesty and integrity

    Application Instructions:


    Audubon is partnering with Rich Talent Group.  To be formerly considered, please submit your resume and a cover letter to Ally Baker, Associate at ally@richtalentgroup.com.


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