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).
The National Audubon Society and the Audubon Action Fund are seeking a strategic, collaborative and innovative leader to lead Audubon’s political affairs and manage the Action Fund. The Vice President is responsible for developing and driving a comprehensive political strategy that will help achieve Audubon’s conservation goals working with the government affairs and campaigns teams to advance a bipartisan policy agenda at the federal and state level. As Executive Director, s/he will be responsible for developing and driving the Action Fund’s political strategy, successful execution of its annual operating plan as well as fundraising and financial objectives.
This person will be a critical leader on the Washington, D.C.-based team that drives the organizations’ efforts to implement transformative policy solutions and mobilizes the most effective conservation network in America to turn policy ideas into real protections for birds and the places they need. S/he will work with Audubon’s Climate, Coasts, Water, Working Lands and Bird-Friendly Communities conservation leaders to identify and secure conservation policy priorities that achieve the vision and goals laid out in Audubon’s current strategic plan.
As Vice President, they will ensure Audubon builds and maintains bipartisan working relationships with congressional offices and federal agencies and remain informed of policy, legislative, and political developments related to Audubon’s agenda. S/he will identify opportunities to leverage Audubon’s best assets – an engaged grassroots membership in all 50 states, a desire to build broad and politically-diverse coalitions, and an organization-wide commitment to pragmatic science-based solutions – in pursuit of sustainable policy accomplishments.
As Executive Director of the Action Fund, s/he will work as a strategic partner to the National Audubon Society, bringing additional tools and capacity to turn policymakers into champions that advance policies that protect birds and the places they need. This work requires creating durable public will that changes political decision making around climate, energy and conservation policy. S/he will be a public advocate for conservation and the Action Fund agenda with funders, decision makers, media and other stakeholders.
The ideal candidate must have enthusiasm for Audubon’s conservation mission and drive to build bi-partisan conservation champions even in a highly partisan environment. S/he must have a proven record of success advancing a legislative agenda as well as a sophisticated understanding legislative process and decision making. S/he will also have leadership experience within political campaigns and/or within a 501(c)(4) or similar organization. S/he will have experience managing a budget and staff as well as building new programs. S/he will be a strategic partner and exceptional communicator capable of managing and integrating high-performing teams across departments and navigating organizational processes and procedures to meet goals and deadlines.
The person arrives during an exciting time of organizational growth and innovation driven by its leadership and advanced everyday by dedicated, highly-collaborative Audubon team members in Washington, DC and across the country.
The VP/ED will report to the Senior Vice President, Conservation Policy, who also serves as senior advisor for the Action Fund. The VP/ED will develop and maintain key working relationships with the Conservation, Campaigns, Network, Communications and Marketing teams, among others. The VP/ED will build strong working relationships with state-based leaders and teams that are critical to integration and execution of the advocacy work.
Vice President, Political Affairs, Audubon
Executive Director, Audubon Action Fund