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. The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion, and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
Audubon is seeking a strategic, collaborative and innovative leader to serve as Vice President of the Mississippi Flyway; to help develop and support its powerful grassroots network of state offices, local chapters, nature centers, volunteers and partners.
The Vice President will be an exceptional communicator who leads by example and brings deep experience and humility in managing high-performing teams to the role.
The Vice President will drive the organization’s strategic direction as a partner and manager to the state executive directors. The Vice President will lead through integration: making the field offices more effective and efficient by helping them solve problems and creating more informed strategies and processes with the national office. As a key member of the management team, the Vice President will deepen coordination and communication between the state offices and national office.
The Vice President will improve the integration, operations, and execution in the organization by playing a key role in advocacy, conservation, campaigns, fundraising, and budgeting in the states in their region. Working side-by-side with the state executive directors, the Vice President will help them implement and fine tune strategies, establish and meet goals and benchmarks, and navigate organizational processes and procedures.
The ideal candidate is a confident leader with a proven record of success as a manager of people and operations, a history of innovative work, a sophisticated understanding of the political process in key states and experience inside a matrix organization.
This is an incredible opportunity to serve in the leadership of an organization uniquely positioned to win conservation victories in the states and to transform communities and protect birds and their habitats.
The Vice President, Mississippi Flyway can be located anywhere in their portfolio of states with access to an airport for frequent travel, with a strong preference for candidates who can work out of the following state or local Audubon offices:
The Vice President, Mississippi Flyway will report to the Senior Vice President, States. The Vice President will develop and maintain key working relationships in the national office with the Chief Conservation Officer, the Chief Operating Officer and the Strategy Leads for each of the five strategic priorities. The Vice President will also serve as a liaison with the human resources, legal and finance departments. The Flyway Vice Presidents will work as a team, drawing on the strengths of each other to meet their goals.
State executive directors will report to and work in partnership with the Vice President. Development and other leadership staff in the states will also work closely with the Vice President.
The flyways traveled by birds each spring and fall inspire Audubon’s model for organizational alignment and the states that the Flyway Vice President will be responsible for in their portfolio. Regions can be found here: https://www.audubon.org/birds/flyways
The Vice President’s responsibilities are broken down into three major areas of work: integration, operations, and execution.
The Vice President, Mississippi Flyway is a unique role, suited for a thoughtful and mature leader with strong management skills and the ability to get things done in a matrix work environment. Candidates could come from a range of backgrounds, but some or all of these qualifications would be great to see in the ideal candidate’s background: