• Network Organizer - Texas

    Job Locations
    US-TX | US-TX-Austin
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Advocacy/Public Policy/Government Relations
    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 Network Organizer acts as a key individual in building Audubon’s power and advancing the National Audubon Society’s conservation and policy priorities in Texas. S/he will be responsible for building volunteer leadership and mobilizing constituents in Audubon’s network (including chapter members, partners, and volunteers) to help further network engagement goals in the state. S/he is a highly energetic, adaptable, relationship-oriented, and a results-driven team player who effectively engages the Network in both action and advocacy using a variety of methods – from volunteer events to recruitment drives and phone banking. Additionally, the Network Organizer works closely with Audubon’s regional/state program leadership and staff to implement and facilitate best-in-class training for local supporters, thereby serving as the vital link in bringing Audubon’s ambitious conservation-focused strategic plan to life in communities from coast to coast and in making Audubon the most effective conservation network in America.

    The Network Organizer will ideally be based in Austin, Texas, in close proximity to an emerging Audubon office, although other locations will also be considered. Additionally, this role is grant-funded and anticipated to last three years, with the potential to continue pending funding and programmatic needs.

    Essential Functions

    • Build and deepen relationships with Audubon chapters, volunteer leaders, members, and other partners.
    • Focus on community-level implementation of local resolutions, proclamations, and/or campaigns as identified by the regional/state program leadership in partnership with the Network team.
    • Establish and build positive working relationships with Audubon’s state leadership and employees and leverage local knowledge, relationships and expertise to help meet objectives.
    • Develop deep understanding of Audubon’s Network and create positive, lasting relationships with Audubon chapters, volunteer leaders, and other partners in the state.
    • Continuously look for ways to expand the organization’s large community of supporters, volunteers, and partners through recruitment and partnership building as aligned with quarterly growth goals.
    • Provide best-in-class action and advocacy training to engaged individuals to empower volunteer leaders.
    • Coordinate and staff a variety of organizing activities, from volunteer days to phone banking events.
    • Work with volunteers and partners to raise the profile of Audubon’s work and mission in the community through presentations, earned media, and other outreach activities.
    • Deliver input from volunteers and partners to the Network Team and other Audubon leaders to help inform strategies.
    • Other responsibilities as appropriate and necessary to achieve objectives.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years’ field organizing experience, including volunteer management, leading community events and training, and/or canvassing. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to build consensus among a wide range of individuals.  Comfort with presenting and engaging in public speaking events necessary.
    • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills; ability to motivate volunteers and partners essential.
    • Experience working with diverse constituencies, including bipartisan coalitions and communities of color.
    • A self-starter, one who is motivated, able to work in a decentralized work environment with minimal supervision, and juggle multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
    • Strong problem solving skills, including ability to respond quickly and effectively to unforeseen challenges.
    • Effective listening, probing, and assessment skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and goals.
    • Strong commitment to conservation and climate solutions.
    • Tech-savvy, with proficiency in MS Office applications, campaign/advocacy tools (including CRM and voter files) and other online software. Experience with EveryAction desired.
    • Spanish-language proficiency a plus.
    • Willingness to travel across the assigned state, as well as throughout Audubon network, including the possibility of some regional or national travel. Must have a flexible approach to work, including comfort working evenings and weekends as the job responsibilities demand.
    • Demonstrated interest in conservation and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society.


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