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.
Specific responsibilities include:
The successful candidate will build a workplace that: represents a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences; enacts fair policies, processes, and practices; and fosters a climate of belonging and psychological safety. This leader will both meet the organization and people where they are and not be afraid to question the status quo where important.
The Head of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion must be not only passionate and forward-looking about diversity and inclusion, but also able to galvanize others into action around building more diverse, inclusive and equitable communities. This person will have a track record of institutional change, demonstrating skills in developing vision and strategies that inspire others, and applying effective techniques to achieve meaningful impact. The successful candidate will possess the clear ability to be forward thinking, tenacious, and persistent in working toward shared goals, and continually see around the corners to anticipate opportunities. This individual should have a history of driving innovation, finding new solutions that lead to tangible results, and have demonstrated great agility in responding to both opportunities and challenges along the way. This person will be comfortable with the many dimensions of identity, with a fundamental inclination to listen with compassion to all perspectives and experiences.
The ideal candidate will have a wealth of experience and track record of impact in advancing both diversity and inclusion in complex communities and/or organizations. This individual should have demonstrated success in facilitating effective partnerships with and between constituencies. This individual must be a convener and community builder, with the ability to achieve results through influence, intellect, and dynamism of personality. This person will have exceptional communication skills, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will be known for partnering well in complex environments and should understand that an essential component of this leadership role includes productive collaboration with a wide variety of constituencies.
The Head of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will have demonstrated an ability to utilize data and analytics as important tools in measuring success. This individual must be able to approach challenges with systems-level thinking to work toward institutional change rather than individual remedies. This individual must bring a strong understanding of budget issues and be able to think creatively about resource allocation. The successful candidate must be a truly flexible leader who can serve in many different capacities as part of a diverse team.
In terms of the experience and personal competencies required for the position, we would highlight the following:
Executing for Results
Relationships and Influence
Location: New York or DC preferred, open to SF or Chicago