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 Managing Director of Audubon New York, the Center Manager acts as the primary point of contact at the Bent of the River Audubon Center (BOTR) and is responsible for all operations, staff management and sound financial oversight of the location. BOTR, located in Southbury, Connecticut, is a critical asset in Audubon Connecticut’s network. An important community hub, the Center is open to the public year-round and provides a variety of onsite education programs during the seasons. The property also includes 700 acres that are maintained and preserved as both a sanctuary and dedicated trail system for visitors.
The Center Manager is seen as an ambassador of the National Audubon Society, representing Audubon Connecticut locally and integrates well with 40+ Center or Sanctuary leaders across the country. S/he is a collaborative, visionary thinker who can bring new programming opportunities to increase attendance and the diversity of its participants, as well as evolve the sphere of influence at the local level. The Center Manager is also responsible for keeping local operations running smoothly so visitors have positive experiences, are well engaged, and understand how BOTR folds into Audubon’s wider conservation and engagement strategies that focus on Climate, Working Lands, Water, Coasts and Bird-Friendly Communities.
At present, the Managing Director resides at the property but the Center Manager may be required to live onsite in approximately two years' time; an in-residence warden is required as part of the housing and land endowment given to the National Audubon Society. S/he must also be willing to work a flexible schedule, with 5 days on and 2 days off, including some standard weekend and evening work as needed.
This is an excellent opportunity for a rising conservation leader to apply their proven operational, staff management and program leadership skills at one of Audubon Connecticut’s critical assets! Candidates should also include a cover letter when applying to this position.
Staff and Operational Management
Budget and Fundraising
Public Programs and Outreach