• Vice President and Executive Director, Audubon Alaska

    Job Locations
    US-AK-Anchorage
    Type
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Executive/Senior Management
    ID
    2018-3656
    City
    Anchorage
    State/Province
    AK
  • Overview

    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.

    Position Summary

    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.

    Essential Functions

    Conservation Strategy Development

    • Develop and implement Alaska goals and initiatives and align them with those of the National Audubon Society, resulting in increased state and national capacity to advance conservation of priority birds, other species, and associated habitats. Current priorities include:
      • Public lands protection including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Western Arctic/National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, and the Tongass National Forest;
      • Marine ecosystem protection including the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas;
      • Science and state-of-the-art mapping to drive conservation priorities;  
      • Mapping and protection of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) throughout Alaska;
      • Community-based science, conservation, ecotourism, and other engagement activities;
      • Policy and grassroots advocacy to raise awareness and promote solutions that advance durable protection of Alaska’s lands and waters; and,
      • Shared development of Pacific Flyway conservation priorities from Alaska to Chile;

    Organizational Leadership

    • Provide leadership, management, and mentoring to approximately 10 staff while ensuring open communication and recognizing the value of the Alaska management team.
    • Manage day-to-day operations of the state office; set financial and program goals; analyze outcomes; modify tactics as needed, in close collaboration with Alaska staff; and ensure that all Audubon financial standards, operating policies, program commitments, and legal requirements are met.
    • Focus resources on the most critical, high-leverage projects and strategies, including policy development and public or community engagement.
    • Leverage the impact of Audubon Alaska’s pragmatic approach and history of conservation leadership to advance and achieve state, flyway, and national conservation goals.

    Fundraising and External Relations

    • Represent Audubon Alaska and raise its profile and visibility to funders, colleagues, policymakers, and the public.
    • Play a lead role in fundraising, in partnership with the Audubon’s Pacific Flyway development vice president, to cultivate and attract major donors, foundations, corporations and government agencies to sustain and increase contributions.
    • Play an active role in helping to develop ideas and secure new funds for regional priority projects across the Pacific Flyway, working with other state directors, strategy leads and program managers, and the vice president for development for the Pacific Flyway.
    • Collaborate with other Audubon state offices and national development staff on donor strategies under the “One Audubon” approach to members and donors.

    Stakeholder Relations

    • Work closely with the Audubon Alaska advisory board to further develop a strong statewide organization through fundraising, program development, and conservation implementation.
    • Work closely with, support and provide guidance to Audubon chapters and partners in Alaska to expand Audubon’s capacity for on-the-ground conservation and advocacy. Work to strengthen the statewide presence and impact of Audubon, and support these organizations in their local efforts.
    • Prioritize engagement and activation of Alaska’s diverse communities in the Audubon movement, engaging chapter leaders, state board members, staff, volunteers, scientists, and diverse allies and  programmatic partners including the private sector and Alaska Native communities and organizations.
    • Work with public agencies and businesses to promote and prioritize bird science and conservation.

     

    Qualifications and Experience

    Experience

    • Substantial and progressively more responsible professional experience, including 3+ years as an organizational or team leader with accountability over multiple programs and/or regions.
    • Experience in the field of conservation and ideally familiarity with the nuances of how conservation is accomplished in Alaska, including knowledge of key conservation leaders and broader networks.
    • Experience in public policy development, advocacy, campaigns, lobbying, or involvement in governance at the Indigenous, municipal, legislative or Congressional levels.
    • Demonstrated success overseeing complex or multiple projects, including meeting budget goals, project deadlines, and coordinating the work of staff and partners, in organizations of similar or greater size as Audubon Alaska.
    • Demonstrated success in fundraising; experience with major donors, foundations, corporations, and/or government funders.
    • Demonstrated commitment to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment; ability to build and lead a diverse team of staff, board members, partners, and supporters.

    Skills

    • Strong leadership skills, with an entrepreneurial spirit, and solid business and management skills; demonstrated ability to inspire and motivate staff, volunteers, donors, and current and potential partners is a must.
    • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a highly matrixed, complex organization—strong ability to influence and persuade others required.
    • Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals and organizations at the local, regional, and national levels.
    • Tech-savvy, including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, budgeting systems and donor databases. Comfort with and interest in leveraging technology to maximize conservation impact and network engagement.
    • Excellent and persuasive written and oral communication skills, including substantial public speaking experience, and ability to effectively represent Audubon Alaska in a variety of settings and audiences.

    Knowledge

    • Knowledge of Alaska’s history, policy context and shifting demographics, and evidence of appreciation for its unique cultures, politics, economy, and habitats is strongly desired.
    • Broad connections to Alaska, national, or international conservation partners are strongly desired.
    • Understanding of rural communities’ roles in advancing conservation strategies is strongly preferred.
    • Knowledge of funders and donors engaged in conservation philanthropy in Alaska preferred.
    • Knowledge of birds is a plus.
    • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for the role of science in conservation is strongly desired.

    Personal Characteristics

    • Willingness and ability to travel routinely throughout the state and nationally, as required.
    • A strong commitment to the mission, values, and programs of the National Audubon Society and Audubon Alaska.
    • Diplomatic skills, personal integrity, broad curiosity, team spirit, and a sense of humor.

    Education

    • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business, natural or social sciences, conservation or a related field is required; an advanced degree is strongly preferred.


    Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



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