• Deputy Director, Audubon Louisiana

    Job Locations
    US-LA-New Orleans
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Advocacy/Public Policy/Government Relations
    New Orleans
  • 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

    Reporting to the Executive Director of Audubon Louisiana, the Deputy Director will serve as second in command and a key member of the Audubon Louisiana team.  S/He will be responsible for implementation of the office’s strategic plan with a key focus on its role in the Restore the Mississippi River Delta (MRD) Coalition. Based in the MRD offices in New Orleans, they will make regular visits to the Audubon offices in Baton Rouge and as needed to other parts of the state. Under the guidance of the Executive Director, they will be responsible for Audubon Louisiana’s work on the MRD Coalition, specifically around science, policy, outreach, and communications, in collaboration with partner organizations. Additionally, this role will create and execute the office’s strategic policy agenda designed to support Audubon’s national and local objectives to increase the conservation impact in Louisiana.

    Essential Functions

    Audubon Louisiana Policy Leadership (50%)

    • Serve as the policy lead at all levels of government for Louisiana on issues affecting conservation, birds, and wildlife. Develop a policy agenda for Audubon Louisiana;
    • Serve as an active member of the state leadership team, actively participating in the planning and execution of a multi-year  strategic plan for Louisiana;
    • Assist with media, events, and outreach as needed;
    • Assist the Executive Director as needed including serving as the office lead in her absence.


    Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition (50%)

    • Serve as a contributing member of MRD science, policy, outreach, and communications committees;
    • Lead and coordinate Audubon Louisiana staff working in service to the MRD Coalition;
    • Collaborate with MRD partner organizations to achieve shared goals;
    • Build awareness and support for MRD priority projects throughout the Audubon organization, including staff, board members and chapters through close coordination and active participation with Audubon Louisiana staff;
    • Leverage Audubon leadership for key meetings, events, and engagement and Audubon assets in support of MRD Coalition goals;
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, environmental law, or related field required;
    • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working on behalf of Louisiana coastal issues and master plan. Knowledge of conservation issues, especially related to birds and their habitats, desirable;
    • 8+ years experience providing legislators and other government leadership information and education on coastal issues;
    • Demonstrated project or campaign management experience;
    • Ability to maintain strong and productive relationships with Audubon staff, partners, and other stakeholders individually and as part of a team;
    • Exceptional writing, reporting and editing skills. Must write well quickly and under pressure;
    • Ability to communicate complex and technical information clearly to various audiences, in writing, one‐on‐one, and formal presentations;
    • Exceptional time‐management skills and multi-tasking capabilities in order to juggle multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines;
    • Ability to operate Windows‐based computers (including Microsoft Office) and other required software;
    • Willingness and ability to travel and work some weekends and evenings, as needed;
    • Valid driver’s license required.


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