• Student Outreach Associate

    Job Locations
    US-NY-New York
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Community Relations/Outreach
    New York
  • 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

    The Student Outreach Associate is responsible for the launch, implementation, and support of NAS’ campus chapter program to help build the diversity and size of the Audubon network.  In collaboration with the Chief Network Officer and the VP, Grassroots Capacity Building, s/he will develop and implement specific goals for the program that lead to positive results for the students, the campus communities, and birds.  One area of focus will be developing and maintaining key partnerships and mentoring relationships to ensure success.  Working with regional and state Audubon leaders to connect students to conservation and advocacy goals will enable these campus clubs to get involved in program work. As the program launches and continues to grow, s/he will ensure student leaders, mentors, and partners have the training, materials, and support needed and our NAS campus chapter program operates as a network across the country.

    Essential Functions

    • Establish and implement national college chapter program that connects existing chapter and state programs with colleges/universities in priority areas that resonate with this new and diverse audience.
    • In collaboration with the Chief Network Officer, the VP, Grassroots Capacity Building, and other key stakeholders build a support a strong community of student ambassadors through these new campus chapters that play a critical role in Audubon’s conservation, policy, and network priorities.
    • Assist the VP, Grassroots in partnerships with MBA students in developing a 3-year launch plan for the program that will include the development of priority partnerships, target schools, and needed resources.
    • Monitor program goals, deliverable, and timelines to ensure success.
    • Manage interns and contract staff as necessary.
    • Lead recruitment and facilitation of mentors within schools and chapters in priority areas.  
    • Assist in developing and maintaining partnerships across the country to support campus chapters.
    • Collaborate with school administration and local chapters to garner support for campus chapters.
    • Provide ongoing support to faculty mentors, local chapter mentors, and student leaders.
    • Support mentors and student leaders with the materials, training, and support needed to run an effective campus
    • Ensure the annual reporting and audits of all campus chapter programs in partnership with Director of Network Strategy.
    • Coordinate the start-up and closure of campus chapter programs.
    • Assist in the planning and implementation of specific sessions and experiences for campus chapter participants during the Audubon Convention
    • Assist in the planning and implementation of other training and recognition programs specific to campus chapter student leaders

    Qualifications and Experience

    • 3-5 years’ experience in conservation, environmental education or related field required.
    • Familiarity with college school systems and mentoring initiatives required.  Previous involvement and/or experience launching campus chapters/clubs strongly preferred.
    • Passion for youth, education, and community.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with leaders in chapters, schools, and partners.
    • Experience with grassroots organizing a plus.
    • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and networking skills, excellent written and verbal communication
    • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences: must be comfortable presenting to a variety of groups and different age levels
    • Highly organized; excellent attention to detail; able to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
    • Strong initiative and self-motivation.
    • Experience working recruiting and maintaining volunteers, experience building volunteer leadership.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other web-based tools.
    • Passion for conservation a must. interest and knowledge of birds helpful.
    • Must be able and willing to travel throughout the country to administer the start-up and support of these college chapters.
    • Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required.


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