Senior Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Job Locations
US-NY-New York | US-DC | US
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Program/Project Management
New York
Additional Location : State/Province


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. 


The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.


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Position Summary

Reporting to the Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer (CEDIO) and working closely with the Vice President, Human Resources, the National Audubon Society seeks is first Senior Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI).  The Senior Director, EDI will be primarily responsible for implementing a multi-year cohesive Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EDIB) strategy for the staff and members of the National Audubon Society.


Building on the past work and investment of Audubon, this is a unique opportunity to play a key leadership role to support one of the nation’s premiere and oldest conservation organization to advance a culture of belonging as it marks its 115th year anniversary. Audubon’s mission is to protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter with their resume. This position can be remote across the US, or located in our New York or DC offices. 

Essential Functions

  • Support the CEDIO to ensure that data driven scalable multi-year EDIB solutions are applied across the organization.
  • Support the CEDIO with identifying and pitching foundations and high-capacity donors to invest in Audubon’s nationwide EDIB work.
  • Support Audubon to deeply listen to and learn from leaders of color in the Environmental Justice (EJ) space.
    • Resulting in the development of Audubon’s theory of change and a multi-year national initiative of what humble role Audubon could play in the EJ space specifically supporting the reversal of environmental injustice in communities of color.
  • Work in meaningful collaboration with the members of the HR team to integrate EDIB strategies into all aspect of Audubon’s organizational culture.
  • Contribute to the vision and strategy for the organization’s nationwide EDIB work in alignment with Audubon’s overall strategic direction.
  • Work with teams to develop and achieve highly ambitious EDIB OKRs.
  • Serve as entry point for internal EDIB conflict resolution and Restorative Inclusion Practices
  • At the direction of the (CEDIO), work with Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to develop goals and plans for their EDIB work.
    • Consult and advise ERGs on implementation of strategies, priorities, programming, budgeting, and timeframes.
  • Project manage multi-year training for national staff and members on anti-oppression, anti-subordination, unconscious bias, inclusive behaviors, and inclusive leadership.
  • Identify and develop strategies to correct for structural barriers to EDIB.
  • Launch EDIB communities of practice with national staff and Audubon’s membership that highlight success stories across the organization; facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and peer-to-peer learning.
  • Develop talent pipelines to support diverse leadership teams in concert with the Human Resources department
  • Help execute annual EDIB survey of national staff and Audubon’s membership, acquiring data to evaluate and monitor patterns and trends, producing and analyzing reports, in partnership with the Human Resources department
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a culture of belonging within the office that values all individuals and respects all differences.

Qualifications and Experience

Demonstrated Execution to Outcomes

  • Proven experience in the field of EDIB, including successfully developing and implementing multi-year strategic plans, establishing metrics quantitively tracking progress in matrixed organizations.
  • Keen understanding of how to lead and support organizational change; empower people, influence colleagues, and manage conflict; preferably at an organization with a complex matrixed structure.
  • Significant experience collaborating across departments and/or divisions at a large, complex organization.

Organizational Management and Acumen

  • Proven ability to quantitively track progress to goals to drive organizational change and reinforce accountability.
  • Exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, the ability to build trusting, productive relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.
  • Excellent critical listening, thinking skills, and implementation skills.

Strong Collaborator

  • Track record of challenging and influencing peers to approach all work with an equity lens.
  • Demonstrated passion for and expertise in EDIB strategies.
  • Openness to a multi-faceted range of viewpoints; ability to engage with tough questions in a thoughtful and respectful manner.
  • Ability to engender trust and respect.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.


  • Skilled at implementing data driven strategies to completion. 
  • An effective listener with a highly collaborative leadership style
  • Experience managing with a trauma-informed approach.
  • A strong background of managing change throughout a distributed system of entities and teams.
  • A Bachelor’s degree and/or advanced degree in a related field. However, education does not take the place of robust/relevant eight to ten years of work experience.
  • A demonstrated track record in achieving results in the EDIB arena.


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