The National Audubon Society is one of the oldest and most influential conservation organizations in the United States. Since 1905, a passion for birds and nature has been the driving force behind Audubon’s legacy. The organization has played a critical role in some of the most significant victories for birds and the environment, including the establishment of the first National Wildlife Refuges; the banning of DDT in 1972; landmark legislation like the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts and the establishment of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Audubon advocates broadly for conservation through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.
Today's Audubon is tackling the most pressing conservation challenges of our time.
Audubon is a powerful distributed network with an unparalleled reach that includes over 1.8 million members, over 500 local and campus chapters, 22 field offices, and 34 nature centers. In addition, Audubon works with dozens of international partnerships throughout the Western Hemisphere to support the protection of migratory birds and the habitats they need to thrive today, and in the future.
The National Audubon Society is a $135M and 700+ employees’ organization. Since becoming Audubon’s CEO in 2010, David Yarnold, has led the organization with the singular focus of creating the most effective conservation network in the United States. A 2017 Harvard Business School case study for nonprofit excellence described the transformation of Audubon under Yarnold’s vision as, “The most impressive turnaround of a legacy organization we’ve ever seen.” In the past decade the organization has pivoted from its early emphasis on community-based nature education to pursue bird-focused conservation with robust policy and conservation strategies with greater alignment across its distributed network. To achieve lasting change at scale, it has reestablished national programming and policy influence, strengthened and invested in state-level leadership, invigorated relationships with and service to its expansive chapter network, pursued efficiencies, and significantly strengthened communications, fundraising, marketing, and technology capabilities. Over this period, Audubon’s budget has doubled.”
As a result of its reinvention, Audubon has become a sought-after partner for its bipartisan, grassroots network, the quality of its science, and solution-oriented approach to conservation. The Audubon team is focused on the causes of climate change, ensuring resilient lands and waters, and advancing bedrock protections of birds and the places they, and we all need, to thrive.
An active pursuit of racial equity is a moral and strategic imperative for Audubon. We are committed to becoming a workplace in which every employee feels valued, seen, and heard, and in which everyone has the opportunity to grow, thrive, and live their values. We know that a more diverse Audubon allows us to be more equitable and inclusive in how and where we work.
Audubon in the Region:
A regional office of the National Audubon Society, the teams in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi work to protect birds and the places they need and to build a strong, strategic presence across the region.
This is a new regional office structure —combining the teams across the Audubon Arkansas, Audubon Louisiana and Audubon Mississippi state offices— and it will build on a history of strong conservation work. The Audubon regional office spans geographies from the Mississippi River Delta and Atchafalaya watersheds, to the Ozarks of Northern Arkansas, and the Eastern forests of Mississippi. The region includes three Audubon centers and one Audubon sanctuary which serve as the hubs of our conservation education, advocacy, and community engagement programs. The region encompasses 16 chapters and a bipartisan membership base of 42,000. The new regional structure will provide opportunities to engage new audiences and deepen partnerships across state borders in the region, as well as broaden our policy influence at the local, state, and federal level. A team of 35+ staff members put more than $4.2 million to work for conservation each year.
Within the network of connections that make up healthy ecosystems, birds are uniquely positioned to act as an environmental indicator of the health of the landscape. We know that what is good for birds is good for entire ecosystems – including people. To this end, we build and engage a diverse network of volunteers, advocates, and communities. Our strategies are driven by cutting-edge science that informs where and how we work to protect birds and guides our policy objectives to address the biggest threats faced by birds and people in the region.
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.
The National Audubon Society (NAS) seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and strategic Executive Director to build and lead our new regional office across the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The Executive Director will lead a talented team to advance overall conservation objectives, strengthen and mobilize our bipartisan network, and deliver durable policy solutions across the region. The Executive Director will also serve as a Vice President of the National Audubon Society and work with their peers across the country to shape and deliver national objectives, initiatives, and processes.
The incoming Vice President and Executive Director must have demonstrated success in implementing innovative conservation, policy, engagement, and development strategies. Building on the success of the region’s well-respected conservation program, they must inspire collaboration among our conservation, legislative, and philanthropic partners to deepen our conservation impact and leadership across the delta and gulf region and inspire the region’s decision-makers, conservation partners, and philanthropic community to invest in Audubon’s conservation vision and strategic plan. Additionally, the chief executive for the delta region will oversee the Pascagoula River Audubon Center and Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Mississippi, the Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Sanctuary in Louisiana and the Little Rock Audubon Center in Arkansas.
This is a high-profile position with the potential to grow National Audubon Society’s reach and effect change at the local, regional, and national levels. The Vice President and Executive Director will report to Audubon’s Vice President for the Mississippi Flyway.
Victory Search Group (VSG) has the privilege of leading the recruitment for the Vice President & Executive Director for Audubon Regional Southeast (Arkansas/Louisiana/Mississippi). VSG is a senior level retained executive search firm serving a select group of clients, including nonprofit organizations. **Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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