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 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 cross-cutting 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 $100 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 Minnesota and Upper MS River
Audubon Minnesota was established in 1979 as a state office of the National Audubon Society. Through conservation, advocacy, community involvement, and with the partnership of the 13 Minnesota chapters with 26,000 members, Audubon Minnesota has had a major impact on conservation and is regarded as a leader in conservation throughout the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Over the past decade, Audubon Minnesota has established 300 Important Bird Areas (IBA’s) in 12 million acres of public and private lands throughout the state that are vital to birds and other biodiversity. The VP for AMN & UMR also executes Audubon’s priorities in Iowa, which includes 88 Important Bird Areas covering 1.7 million acres and over 4,000 Audubon members in 9 chapters. The program has an annual budget of $1.4 million and a staff of seven.
Audubon is developing an Upper Mississippi River initiative as part of its national strategy to protect and provide clean water for birds and people. Audubon Minnesota is the lead office in the development and implementation of this initiative, which spans the breadth of the Upper Mississippi River watershed. Coordinating closely with Audubon’s national policy, science, and conservation teams, Audubon Great Lakes, and the Audubon Center at Riverlands, Audubon Minnesota stewards collaborative on the ground conservation activities, policy and network objectives, and partnership for this work in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. In addition to this initiative, Audubon Minnesota plays an important role in policy and conservation actions in the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi Flyway, and national landscapes.
Audubon Minnesota played a key role in helping pass Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution for the protection, conservation, preservation and enhancement of the state’s air, water and land by increasing the state sales tax by three-eighths of one percent from July 1, 2009 to 2034. Audubon Minnesota continues to be a leader with other groups in advocating for conservation in Minnesota at the legislature and other avenues.
Audubon seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon Minnesota and Upper Mississippi River, leading the organization to its next level of conservation and fiscal success. The leader will build on the rich history of conservation and expand Audubon Minnesota’s contributions to conservation across Minnesota and throughout the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi Flyway.
The Vice President and Executive Director will exercise broad leadership and management responsibility in developing statewide conservation strategies, initiatives, and public programming. This will include working closely with the Audubon regional Advisory Boards of Directors and staff, and Audubon’s key national conservation leaders to continue to develop the state program in tandem with strategic regional and national priorities, including Audubon Minnesota’s evolving role with the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi Flyway.
The position will report directly to Rebeccah Sanders, Vice President, Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi Flyway and Senior Advisor to the Chief Conservation Officer.
Leadership Search Partners is conducting this search on an exclusive basis on behalf of the National Audubon Society. Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a letter outlining qualifications, brief bio and resume as PDF or Word documents to Stacey Konner at Stacey@leadershipsearch.com, with “Audubon – VP & ED” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 25th, 2018.
Inquiries may be made, in confidence, to Search Consultant Scott Staub at Scott@leadershipsearch.com.
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