• National Campaign Manager

    Job Locations
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Public Policy/Government Relations
  • Overview

    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

    Reporting to the National Campaigns Director, the National Campaigns Manager is responsible for building political power and advancing the National Audubon Society’s conservation priorities. As part of the National Policy team, s/he will spearhead the coordination of a multidisciplinary team to plan, implement and win Audubon’s state and federal policy campaigns. The Manager will also work closely with state office staff to execute statewide grassroots/grasstops campaigns. To be successful, the candidate should be a skilled and experienced manager, a strategic thinker, and ideally have a background in clean energy and other climate-related issues.

    Essential Functions

    This role is focused on shaping and advancing conservation campaigns at the local, state and federal levels. The NAS campaign manager will support and advise on campaigns across the country and in Washington, D.C. responsibilities include:

    1. Work with the NAS policy leaders, conservation leadership, and the network, to define specific campaigns that help Audubon achieve its conservation and capacity-building goals.
    2. Work closely with in-state campaign manager/director and/or serve as campaign lead on federal issues. Build campaign plans that reflect Audubon’s approach and articulate both the overall strategy, as well as the specific steps needed to win. Plans will include budgets, which will be prepared in coordination with the finance department and shared with conservation strategy and fundraising leadership.
    3. Oversee and coordinate campaigns across the country and across the organization to effectively leverage Audubon resources. Campaign managers will be responsible for coordinating appropriate teams at Audubon, including communications and marketing, network, and other offices as needed.
    4. Help manage consultants such as lobbyists, issue experts, or communications professionals.
    5. Provide and/or identify best practices to implement across the network.
    6. Track and monitor campaigns. Provide regular updates to leadership on campaign progress and outputs, such as letters to the editor, outreach activities, in-district meetings, etc.
    7. Support fundraising. Campaign staff will work with the fundraising, policy, and conservation leadership to identify and help support campaign fundraising efforts.


    Qualifications and Experience

    • Minimum of 5 years of related professional experience in grassroots advocacy, policy, conservation, public service or related field, including at least 3 years managing staff and teams. Experience working with energy or climate-related issues is strongly preferred.
    • Experience running campaigns at the local, state, and federal level.
    • Must have exceptional leadership skills with the proven ability to oversee and mentor professional staff while working effectively in a team-based environment.
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to build consensus among a wide range of individuals. Must be comfortable with public speaking.
    • Demonstrated experience overseeing multiple complex or multifaceted projects through to success, including meeting financial goals, and project deadlines.
    • A self-starter who is motivated and able to work in a decentralized work environment with minimal supervision and coordinating with staff and partners .
    • Thorough understanding of advocacy, communications, and grassroots engagement.
    • Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions.
    • Willingness to travel out-of-state travel, and the ability and enthusiasm to work evenings and weekends as job responsibilities demand.
    • Demonstrated interest in conservation and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society.





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