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The National Audubon Society seeks a passionate Vice President and Executive Director to strengthen Audubon Texas’ rich history and expand its conservation contributions in Texas and throughout the entire Flyway, leading the organization to its next level of programmatic and financial success. The Vice President and Executive Director will exercise broad leadership and management responsibility in developing and executing statewide conservation policy, initiatives, and public programming. The Vice President and Executive Director will also work with senior management in exploring opportunities and the feasibility of expanding Audubon Texas’ leadership in Audubon’s Gulf Coast, as well as emerging opportunities addressing water issues in Texas. The Executive Director will lead a skilled and passionate team to advance overall conservation goals, strengthen and mobilize our bipartisan network, and deliver long-lasting policy solutions across the region.
The successful candidate will have the passion and leadership skills necessary to articulate, develop, and implement Audubon’s conservation goals and strategies across the state, all while working closely with the Audubon Texas Board of Directors and staff, and Audubon’s key national conservation leaders to continue to develop the state program in tandem with strategic regional and national priorities. The Executive Director will routinely collaborate with center and chapter Board leadership, including staffed chapters in Houston and Travis counties. The Executive Director will hold the title of Vice President within the national organization and will report directly to the Mississippi Flyway Vice President.
Key strategic initiatives for the Executive Director during their first 12-18 months include:
Victory Search Group (VSG) has the privilege of leading the recruitment for the Vice President & Executive Director for Audubon Texas. 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 email@example.com.
Strategy Development and Organizational Leadership
Fundraising and External Relations
The Executive Director will lead a team of roughly 21 employees. The senior leadership team for the region reports to the Executive Director. The team includes: Director of Conservation Strategies, Policy Director, 3 Audubon Center Directors, Communications Manager, e Director of Engagement and an Office Manager. There are eighteen state or regional Executive Directors across the national Audubon network that the ED may regularly turn to for peer and strategy support. Further, national development, marketing, conservation, equity and inclusion, and network teams are available for further counsel and support. It is preferred that this position be based in the State Headquarters in Austin.