• Program Director, Delaware River Watershed

    Job Locations
    US-PA-Philadelphia | US-PA-Audubon | US-PA
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Program/Project Management
    Additional Location : City
    Additional Location : State/Province
  • 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 National Audubon Society has identified the Delaware River basin as a national conservation priority and a centerpiece of Audubon’s hemispheric water strategy. The Delaware River watershed spans four states—Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York—and is home to nearly 7 million people. It also supports the second largest population of migrating shorebirds in North America and in the fall, thousands of migrating songbirds and raptors pass through the watershed on their southbound migration.


    Audubon is seeking its first Delaware River Program Director to organize and expand our work across the watershed, and leverage our partnerships and assets to advance a comprehensive restoration and protection plan for the entire basin. Reporting to the Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon Pennsylvania and closely collaborating with our Vice President for Water Conservation, the Program Director is charged with overseeing and strengthening existing programs within the four watershed states, leveraging them for maximum mission impact, creating innovative strategic partnerships that diversifies funding sources, and executing a comprehensive strategy.


    S/he is seen as an experienced and credible conservation leader, one who is an ambassador of the organization and frequently serves as Audubon’s voice on avian and environmental issues across the Watershed. The Program Director will serve in a leadership role for National Audubon Society and Audubon Pennsylvania, working with national science, policy and network staff.


    He/she will manage staff and programs within the watershed, be spokesperson with the media, represent Audubon at regional conferences, and share responsibility for managing major grants, identifying new funding opportunities, and building strategic partnerships that advances our mission. This position will coordinate with nature centers, but will not be directly responsible for managing them.

    Essential Functions

    • Working with Audubon leadership and partners, build a Delaware River Watershed Initiative conservation strategy that assesses threats to birds and other wildlife in the region and defines a plan to address those threats using our advocacy network, on the ground restoration activities, communications and educational programs.
    • Shape and lead a Delaware River Watershed policy agenda, including critical water policy and engagement campaigns around the Watershed that advance the strategy’s goals and builds our advocacy network.
    • Strengthen and expand our partnerships with non-governmental partners, businesses and governments to best deliver on our conservation goals and leverage limited resources. Work collaboratively with Audubon staff at local educational centers to promote conservation efforts that align with the Program in a seamless, integrated approach to present a clear, consistent public face for Audubon in the area and region.
    • Aligned with Audubon’s overall conservation goals and strategies, oversee the continued strategic and measurable implementation of the Program that results in the organization’s increased capacity to achieve the conservation of priority birds and their habitats.
    • Engage a variety of stakeholders by shaping outreach and communication strategies.
    • Serve as spokesperson on Watershed issues and work with Audubon colleagues, subject matter experts and others to develop and implement marketing and communications plans.
    • Represent Audubon as an ambassador and raise Audubon’s profile and visibility with donors, partners, policymakers, and the public.
    • Along with Executive Director of APA and Development staff, raise gifts from major donors, foundations, corporations, government funding and other potential funding sources.
    • Collaborate with and advise key staff across Audubon’s network to share best practices, exchange information and leverage resources to meet our goals.
    • Remain abreast of important issues, policies and regulations affecting birds and other wildlife in the region; exhibit a proactive approach to creating change and leverage Audubon’s grassroots resources to implement strategies.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • 7-10 years’ professional experience managing conservation programs, staff and partnerships with a proven track record of success.
    • A deep knowledge of water resource and wildlife management in the Delaware basin and an advanced degree (at least a M.S.) in natural resource management, public policy, environmental science or related field.
    • Demonstrated success with fundraising, in particular with major donors, foundations, corporations, and government funders.
    • Experience with public policy development and advocacy, campaigns, lobbying, and/or involvement in state legislatures and in working with members of Congress.
    • Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
    • Demonstrated experience overseeing complex or multiple projects through to success, including meeting financial goals, project deadlines, and coordinating the work of key staff and partners.
    • Ability to exercise a high level of diplomacy, balance and flexibility when dealing with various personalities and sensitive situations to develop cohesive solutions and negotiate successful outcomes.
    • Excellent and persuasive communication skills, both written and verbal, including substantial public speaking experience, and the ability to effectively represent Audubon to members, state and federal elected officials, donors, and chapter leaders, as well as in traditional and social media.
    • Willingness and ability to travel for key meetings with staff, funders and other important stakeholders to help advance the project.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and web-based applications required. Comfort with donor management systems such as Salesforce is ideal, but not required.
    • Experience developing diversified approach to engage and influence the broader public to champion an issue or cause.
    • Passion for Audubon’s vision and solidly grounded in conservation issues in order to effectively handle challenges, identify important issues, and covey conservation priorities to a wide audience.


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