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).
Audubon Minnesota (AMN) is the local arm of the National Audubon Society. AMN manages Audubon’s conservation and network priorities the states of Minnesota and Iowa. This geography includes 145 Important Bird Areas covering 14.2 million acres and over 30,000 Audubon members, many of whom belong to one of Audubon’s 22 local chapters.
Based in St. Paul and reporting to AMN’s Executive Director, the Director of Engagement is responsible for regional efforts to engage and activate existing Audubon chapters and members while expanding the sphere of influence of the Audubon network in Iowa and Minnesota. S/he will also coordinate the strategy to engage Audubon chapters and members with an emerging Upper Mississippi River conservation initiative, which a reach spanning six states. The Director of Engagement will be responsible for developing partnerships and providing training and capacity-building opportunities, tools, and mechanisms to build the connectedness, capacity, diversity, and size of the Audubon network in the region. The Director of Engagement will collaborate closely with the Director of Policy for the Upper Mississippi Flyway to successfully engage our bipartisan network and conservation partners for successful policy campaigns and conservation leadership. S/he oversees the development and delivery of AMN’s community engagement programs, with a specific focus in the next two years of building out a Bird City program across Minnesota.
The ideal candidate will be a skilled, experienced manager and a strategic thinker and have a background in working with communities, campaigns, and collaborative partnerships across Minnesota and the Upper Mississippi River watershed.