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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The Policy Director will oversee Audubon’s freshwater policy work in Wisconsin and will be a critical regional leader that will help drive Audubon Great Lakes’ vision to implement transformative policy solutions in the Midwest and mobilize an effective conservation network of members and volunteer chapters. Audubon is committed to turning pragmatic policy ideas into real protections for birds and the places they need.
Reporting to the Senior Director, Audubon Great Lakes; the Policy Director will be a key member of the Audubon Great Lakes (AGL) team. They are responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive strategy to advance a bipartisan policy agenda at the local, state, and/or federal levels in targeted AGL states with a particular near-term focus on developing and advancing a proactive freshwater policy agenda in Wisconsin. The Policy Director will work in collaboration with AGL and national policy staff and will ensure that Audubon’s Wisconsin and Great Lakes’ freshwater policy programs are just and equitable, benefiting the full diversity of people and communities who depend upon these freshwater systems, and enabling their voices to help shape the ongoing management and enjoyment of these natural resources.
The Policy Director will build and maintain bipartisan working relationships with external partners and stakeholders, the Wisconsin Governor’s office, state and federal legislative offices, relevant local officials, and state and/or federal agencies to remain informed of policy and legislative developments related to Audubon’s agenda. They will help advance opportunities to leverage Audubon’s best assets – an engaged and growing grassroots membership, a desire to build broad coalitions, and an organization-wide commitment to pragmatic science-based solutions – in pursuit of sustainable policy accomplishments with state and federal decision makers.
The strong preference is for this position to be based in Wisconsin with travel to Chicago, IL, Washington DC and other locations around the region, as needed.