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 sizable, hemispheric reach to address some of the most important conservation issues facing us today. No other conservation organization matches the scope, 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, across the country and the hemisphere. It unites along migratory flyways to tackle big challenges facing birds throughout their lifecycles, as well as in state capitals and Washington, DC to defend and advance policies that affect birds, other wildlife and the important habitats on which they rely.
By connecting the work of the Audubon network — 463 Chapters, 41 nature centers and sanctuaries, 23 state offices, more than 650 staff members, 1.2 million members and volunteers, and U.S. and international partners — along each of the four major migratory flyways of the Americas — Audubon is weaving a seamless web of conservation for birds, other migratory and non-migratory species, and the people who rely on these natural resources. 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.
In order to protect birds throughout the Americas, 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 has committed itself to increasing diversity and promoting inclusion in order to achieve the goals of each of its conservation strategies, and to building a community of people who care about and are committed to stewarding nature now and into the future.
Audubon is putting more than $105 million annually to work on conservation (compared with $73 million just five years ago). This robust new Audubon is a strategic, pragmatic, responsive, integrated organization that can tap people’s passion for conservation and translate it into action.
About Audubon Alaska
From the icy, bountiful waters of the Arctic Ocean to the misty, salmon-rich rainforests of the Tongass National Forest, Audubon Alaska works to conserve Alaska's spectacular birds and wildlife — and their habitats— to ensure their place for future generations. The Alaska office of the National Audubon Society is critical to protecting these natural resources in Alaska and implementing the organization’s conservation strategies throughout the hemisphere. It employs science and state-of-the-art mapping technology to drive its conservation priorities, with an emphasis on public lands and waters, and uses in-state and national outreach, partnerships, and advocacy to raise public awareness and conserve the natural ecosystems of Alaska. Audubon Alaska has an annual budget of $1.45 million and a staff of nine.
Audubon Alaska is embarking on a new five-year plan and the new Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon Alaska will lead us through that effort. Audubon Alaska has several existing long-term conservation priorities, detailed below. A new leader will continue these important legacy projects while working with a strong team to identify possible new conservation opportunities and partnerships that advance Audubon’s Pacific Flyway and national priorities.
Long-term Alaska priorities include protecting sensitive, biologically defined ecological hotspots in the Arctic from oil and gas development. Such places include the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, special areas within the Western Arctic’s National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), and the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) waters of the Beaufort, Chukchi, and Bering Seas. Additionally, Audubon Alaska continues its work to conserve critical regions of the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska, by far the nation’s largest national forest at nearly 17 million acres. Audubon Alaska uses innovative science and policy analysis to promote a balanced approach to protecting the most important places in the forest, accelerating an end to old-growth logging, without compromising sustainable economic opportunities for communities.
To advance these place-based goals, Audubon Alaska works with five Audubon chapters in the state, other field offices along the Pacific Flyway, international partners, and the National Audubon Society’s science and policy teams. Audubon Alaska also partners with organizations in the broader conservation community to engage the public and decision-makers in activities that raise awareness and engagement with natural resources of Alaska, advocate for policy solutions, and implement conservation priorities.
Audubon seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Vice President & Executive Director of Audubon Alaska, leading the organization to its next level of conservation impact and sustained financial support. The leader will build on a rich four-decade history of conservation activities and achievements, and expand Audubon Alaska’s reputation and contributions to conservation in Alaska, the Pacific Flyway, and nationally.
The Vice President & Executive Director will exercise broad leadership and management responsibility in developing and executing statewide conservation strategies, initiatives, and public programming. These will include working closely with Audubon Alaska’s state advisory board, staff and chapters, and with Audubon’s national conservation team, to develop Alaska programs in tandem with strategic regional and national priorities, including Audubon Alaska’s evolving role within growing Pacific Flyway programming.
David Secord of Barnacle Strategies is conducting this search on an exclusive basis on behalf of the National Audubon Society. All inquiries and applications should be sent by email to AudubonAlaskaEDSearch@gmail.com. To apply, please submit a single PDF file, including a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications, a brief bio, and your resume/CV with “Audubon Alaska - VP & ED” in the subject line. Priority will be given to complete files received by August 20th, 2018. Although the search team will begin reviewing files after that date, the position will remain open until filled.
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