• Coastal Resilience Director

    Job Locations
    US-DC-Washington
    Type
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Advocacy/Public Policy/Government Relations
    ID
    2019-4128
    City
    Washington
    State/Province
    DC
  • 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 Coastal Resilience will shape, lead, manage and implement strategies and actions to advance Audubon’s mission and conservation objectives. Reporting to the Vice President for Coastal Conservation, the (Senior) Director is a key member of the conservation and policy team, in Washington D.C. and will be responsible for leading policy strategies and supporting implementation of on the ground conservation efforts with an emphasis on issues related to coastal resilience and natural infrastructure.

    Essential Functions

    • Lead in developing and implementing Audubon’s policy goals and objectives for coastal resilience in both the short- and long-term, including identifying potential legislative and administrative priorities, opportunities and risks;
    • Set policy goals for and work with inter-departmental campaign teams to develop advocacy strategies and accomplish policy priorities;
    • Advocate to and develop strong working relationships with members of the U.S. Congress and their senior staff, congressional committees, and federal agencies in order to communicate Audubon priorities as well as negotiate and influence policy outcomes that advance our coastal resilience and natural infrastructure goals;
    • Raise the profile and visibility of Audubon as a leader in coastal resilience policy and represent Audubon with national issue-based coalitions and partner organizations, monitoring their developments and contributing to coalition-based legislative and administrative efforts;
    • Provide leadership, direction, and support to Audubon conservation program staff, assisting them to identify policy opportunities, funding sources and partnerships that advance the organization’s conservation priorities;
    • Promote an organizational culture and structure that fosters cooperation, communication, collaboration, teamwork, and trust;
    • Serve as an articulate, enthusiastic, and visible spokesperson for Audubon and senior leader of the organization;
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in policy, political science, biology or related field (graduate degree strongly preferred);
    • 7-10 years’ policy experience on Capitol Hill, with a policy-oriented nonprofit organization, or with a relevant federal agency working on coastal resilience and natural infrastructure policy is required;
    • Keen understanding of current policy trends in climate change and adaptation, coastal resilience, and natural infrastructure;
    • Excellent communications skills with ability to write clearly and command of public speaking; must be comfortable representing Audubon’s interests with a variety of stakeholders, including congressional, government, and NGO partners;
    • Exceptional judgment, with the demonstrated ability to think creatively, make strategic decisions and make policy recommendations to key leaders within an organization; 
    • A self-starter, one with experience working in decentralized organizations and collaborating with cross-departmental teams;
    • Strong interpersonal skills and desire to be part of and contribute to a team effort; a collaborative and optimistic leadership style also important;
    • Willingness to aid in fundraising efforts as needed; experience with political campaigns a plus;
    • Demonstrated interest in conservation and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society and political insight of the nexus between Congress and environmental issues needed; 
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, social media, advocacy tools, and other web-based applications required;
    • Willingness and ability to travel regularly, some weekends and evenings required.

     

     

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