• Campaign Director, Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign

    Job Locations
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Advocacy/Public Policy/Government Relations
  • 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 Director of the Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign will lead a collaborative effort to defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from destructive oil and gas development. Working closely with leading conservation organizations, the Gwich’in Steering Committee, and other partners in the faith, environmental justice, outdoor recreation, climate change, wildlife, and Native American rights movements, the Director will oversee and coordinate a multi-prong campaign – consisting of communications, administrative, legislative, corporate, and grassroots strategies – to protect this cherished and iconic landscape.


    This is a unique and exciting job requiring someone with strong leadership, strategic thinking, collaboration, communication, and organizational skills, as well as a successful track record of issue and/or political campaign work. The Director must have a desire to authentically engage a diverse group of partners, including regional and national partners and Alaska Natives.

    Essential Functions

    • Lead the development and implementation of a creative, integrated advocacy strategy and national campaign to successfully defend the Arctic Refuge from oil and gas development.
    • Lead and coordinate inter-organizational coalition, comprised of staff teams covering field, communications, lobbying, and other teams as needed, as well as a senior level steering committee, ensuring appropriate information flow among team members.
    • Convene multi-organization Steering Committee and submit annual budget and campaign plan for its approval while regularly identifying strategic and other key issues for deliberation.
    • Oversee and ensure effective execution of campaign strategy, including rapid response, and maintain a culture of shared commitment and accountability for the coalition.
    • Regularly update campaign strategies, proactively identify gaps and needs and develop proposals to fill them. Provide strategic campaign advice to coalition partners and drive strong implementation of our shared plans.
    • Track and regularly report on progress towards campaign goals and accomplishment of key tactics through the Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign senior level steering committee.
    • Lead budget planning and management of shared coalition resources, ensuring consensus around budget decision making and deployment of resources. Engage or assist in raising additional financial support for coalition priorities.
    • Engage and build relationships with new partners to expand the reach, diversity, and effectiveness of the campaign.
    • Hire and supervise vendors, consultants, and other service providers, as needed.
    • Take a lead role in facilitating information sharing and coordination between the Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign and campaigns to protect other parts of America’s Arctic including proactively identifying opportunities for joint or complementary strategies, tactics and messaging.
    • Hire and manage central campaign staff, developing goals and work plans as necessary.
    • Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Minimum 7 years of experience in issue and/or electoral campaign work or a related field, ideally with experience covering strategic communications (earned media, paid advertising, and/or digital), field/grassroots organizing, and other advocacy campaign strategies and tactics.
    • Strong track record of collaborative team leadership among partners with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
    • Exceptional strategic thinking skills and demonstrated ability to adapt, innovate, and solve problems effectively.
    • Proven capacity to design, implement and adapt a national or regional campaign plan, including strong project management and organizational skills.
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including ability to connect with a general audience.
    • Motivated, self-starter with the ability to take initiative, develop ideas, and see them through to implementation.
    • Demonstrated ability to function at a high level under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment with many simultaneous moving pieces.
    • Knowledge of Capitol Hill and/or the Department of the Interior and experience working on Alaskan, public lands and/or wildlife issues a plus.
    • College degree or the equivalent
    • A commitment to social justice and/or natural resource conservation issues and capacity to develop strong, trust-based partnership


    To apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to Jobs@arcticrefugedefense.org. Position is open until filled; application review will begin on October 15, 2018.


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