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).
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 Pennsylvania, a state office of National Audubon Society, has focused on the restoration and protection of the Delaware River system for years by executing on a variety of on-the-ground conservation programs, and leading educational programs in local communities and through its two Audubon Nature Centers located in the basin. In partnership with the William Penn Foundation, Audubon also leads a major fellowship program that links 23 environmental centers throughout the river basin. Additionally, over the past two years, Audubon has made a concerted effort to build partnerships with other non-governmental organizations and government agencies, and to fully engage its diverse network of 21 chapters and 50,000 members in the basin to advocate on behalf of funding for the recovery of the river, on fisheries management and climate solutions. In all of this work, Audubon has dedicated itself to involving diverse communities and people, and promoting social justice and equity.
Audubon is now 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, 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 Audubon Pennsylvania and National Audubon Society team member 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.