• Senior Director, Federal Climate Strategy

    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

    Reporting to the Vice President – Climate, the Senior Director of Federal Climate Strategy is a key member of the Audubon Climate Program in Washington, DC, and helps drive achievement the Climate Program’s objectives to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the federal level.

    The Senior Director will be responsible for identifying, prioritizing, and negotiating federal legislative and regulatory opportunities to make progress on mitigating climate change, and mobilizing Audubon’s resources to achieve them. The Senior Director will represent Audubon with key partners and in the media.  They must have expertise in federal policy, including familiarity with Congress and executive branch agencies, climate and clean energy policy, and experience working with diverse stakeholders. This position will focus on executing Audubon’s national climate program priorities to make a strategic, highly leveraged contribution to the overall goal of mitigating climate change at a national level.

    Essential Functions

    • Lead the development and execution of Audubon’s strategic federal climate and clean energy priorities, working closely with Audubon leadership and staff.
    • Build partnerships with key internal and external, national and state level partners, and facilitate climate policy intervention strategies at the federal level.
    • Represent Audubon with federal decision-makers, in coalitions with other organizations, and in the media.
    • Work closely with Audubon’s climate campaigns team on planning, strategy, and execution of national climate campaigns.
    • Work closely with Audubon’s communications team to tell the story of Audubon’s federal climate policy work effectively communicating complex policy issues to non-technical audiences.
    • Research, write, and edit original reports and issue briefs on climate and energy policies.
    • Use both qualitative and quantitative analysis to make the case for policy interventions.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in policy, political science, or government affairs required; graduate degree preferred.
    • 10+ years of experience in climate and clean energy, advocacy, conservation, public service or related field, at least some of it focused on federal action.
    • Demonstrated leadership and professional network within the climate and clean energy community.
    • Outstanding policy development, analysis and research skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and within collaborative team environment.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


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