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 approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.
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Audubon Minnesota (AMN) is a regional field office of the National Audubon Society. AMN manages Audubon’s conservation and network priorities in the states of Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri. This geography includes 190 Important Bird Areas covering more than 20 million acres and over 20,000 Audubon members and supporters, many of whom belong to one of Audubon’s 32 local chapters.
Reporting to the VP & Executive Director of Audubon Minnesota (Upper Mississippi River), the Director of Conservation will lead the development and execution of landscape level conservation objectives for the implementation of Audubon’s five priority conservation strategies in Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri for the benefit of birds, communities, and the places they need to thrive. Their portfolio includes driving the conservation objectives of Audubon’s nascent Upper Mississippi River initiative, which spans Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. The Director of Conservation will collaborate with natural resource agencies (federal, state, county, municipal, and tribal), private conservation organizations, Audubon Great Lakes, and Audubon chapters for successful implementation of their work across the landscape. The Director of Conservation will work closely with national, flyway, and state fundraising, science, engagement, and policy teams to build sustainable income streams, conservation science strategies, equity in conservation objectives, and policy/engagement strategies to further Audubon’s conservation objectives in the region.
The Director of Conservation will design and lead implementation of all conservation objectives in the region, manage the conservation and science staff, and track conservation outcomes and measures of success. They will develop funding proposals to foundations, corporations, agencies, and individuals. This role will also be responsible for identifying and securing 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.