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 Alaska (AK) is the Alaska program of the National Audubon Society. Our working geography includes 207 Important Bird Areas covering 50% of the total U.S. coastline, 65% of the total U.S. wetlands, the traditional lands of 226 Federally-Recognized Tribes, and the largest federal and state public land base in the country.
The Director of Conservation will lead the development of landscape level conservation objectives for the implementation of Audubon’s priority conservation strategies in Alaska for the benefit of birds and the places they need to thrive. Conservation strategies focus on climate and public lands, coasts and water, and regenerative economies. A successful candidate will work closely with Audubon’s Alaska team and national conservation, policy and science teams. They will collaborate with natural resource agencies (federal, state, county, and municipal), Tribal governments and organizations, conservation organizations, universities, and Audubon chapters for successful implementation of their work across large landscapes. The Director of Conservation will work closely with national, flyway, and state fundraising, science, engagement, and policy teams to build sustainable income streams, engagement efforts, conservation science strategies, and policy objectives to further Audubon’s conservation objectives in the region.
Reporting to the Executive Director & Vice President of Audubon Alaska, the Director of Conservation will manage the conservation and science staff throughout the state, including tracking conservation activity and defining measures of success. They will develop funding proposals to foundations, corporations, agencies, and individuals. They will also be responsible for identifying funding opportunities and managing the funding relationships with natural resource agencies at multiple levels of governance along with some funder and donor relationships as assigned.