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).
Reporting to the Senior Director of Government Affairs, the Director, Government Affairs is a senior member of Audubon’s federal Government Affairs team, and takes a lead in planning and executing a comprehensive strategy to advance a bipartisan policy agenda in the U.S. Congress and federal agencies. Audubon’s conservation policy priorities are guided by the vision and goals laid out in its current strategic plan and developed in collaboration with the leaders of its Climate, Coasts, Water, Working Lands and Bird-Friendly Communities conservation teams.
The Director is a critical leader on the Washington, DC-based team that drives the organization’s efforts to implement transformative bipartisan policy solutions, and mobilizes the most effective conservation network in American to turn policy ideas into real protections for birds and the places they need.
Working with the Senior Director, the Director will build and maintain bipartisan working relationships with congressional offices and federal agencies and remain informed of policy and legislative developments related to Audubon’s agenda. S/he will identify opportunities to leverage Audubon’s best assets – an engaged grassroots membership in all 50 states, a desire to build broad coalitions, and an organization-wide commitment to pragmatic science-based solutions – in pursuit of sustainable policy accomplishments.
The Director must be skilled at implementing a focused approach to engaging and educating key decision-makers by managing and prioritizing multiple conservation policy interests and needs and understanding broader internal and external policy and political implications. S/he will ensure Audubon is a highly-visible, trusted and influential resource in the halls of Congress and the executive branch.
The Director arrives at Audubon during an exciting time of organizational growth driven by its leadership and advanced everyday by dedicated, highly-collaborative Audubon team members in Washington, DC and across the country.