Manager, Public Programs

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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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Position Summary

The Manager, Public Programs will be the primary connection between Aullwood Audubon and its constituents, members, visitors, customers, learners, and teachers. It will also play a lead role in planning, developing, managing and executing the education programs, exhibits, and social media outreach that drive attendance and expand the reach of Aullwood in the greater Miami Valley region, the State of Ohio, and beyond.  The primary goals of this position will be to diversify and grow Aullwood’s audience and community science initiatives.

Essential Functions

  • Research and develop programs that forge closer connections to the local community, increasing access to, awareness of, interest in, and appreciation for Aullwood and the goals of the National Audubon Society.
  • Serve as the Center’s primary professional for education and community engagement, leading the growth and development of educational and public programs.
  • Cultivate sustainable partnerships with communities and organizations that have been excluded from our environmental and conservation work, specifically Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC), or people who identify as LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, etc.
  • Develop and implement conservation focused programs that advance the understanding and conservation of birds, other wildlife and their habitats, as well as sustainable farming practices and engage people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Develop and track metrics to measure effectiveness of programs as they relate to science and other educational standards.
  • Identify trends and needs in education, specifically the use of new technologies in education, and design programmatic responses to those needs including preparation of program descriptions and narratives for grant applications.
  • Develop appropriate engagement strategies, and partner with marketing staff to ensure effective promotion of programs using both print and electronic media.
  • Seek grant funding for educational and outreach programming in coordination with relevant staff, participate in the planning, preparation, tracking and compliance with reporting requirements of grants.
  • Experience and understanding of the exhibit process, particularly as it relates to live animal exhibitions.
  • Cultivate existing collaborations and forge new programmatic partnerships with cultural organizations and community groups.
  • Assess the need for volunteers to enhance program/service, deliver, develop and implement goals and objectives for the volunteer program which reflect the mission of the Center.
  • Establish and oversee operational budget that drives revenue and manages cost ratios for programs;
  • Work with management team on implementation of strategic plan and goals.
  • Procure, negotiate, contract and manage relationships with outside program facilitators, exhibitors and contractors that supply essential services and equipment.
  • Represent Aullwood Audubon in the education community, particularly with local schools and educational institutions.
  • Cultivate a cohesive team of professionals with a passion for growth excellence, and diversity.
  • Develop meaningful community partnerships to leverage institutional resources.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, or education related field, Master’s degree preferred; an equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered.
  • 5+ year’s experience creating and executing environmental education programs, preferably in an informal education setting and a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a management position.
  • Knowledge of current trends in nature centers, education, museum, or cultural attraction programming.
  • Experience managing budgets, including profit and loss and measuring program metrics.
  • Proven competence managing program logistics, staff, and volunteers.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to oversee and mentor professional staff while working effectively in a team-based environment.
  • Clear track record of success in operational roles a must – demonstrated experience taking ideas from concept to design to execution, and linking objectives and outcomes to strategic goals.
  • Proven experience networking, engaging, and successfully cultivating diverse community partners and partnership projects.
  • Demonstrated experience with grant writing and grant compliance and management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability build consensus among a wide range of individuals. Comfort presenting and engaging others in public-speaking events is also necessary.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing complex or multiple projects through to success, including meeting financial goals, project deadlines, and coordinating the work of key staff and partners.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions.
  • Technically savvy, to include proficiency with Microsoft Office suite applications and comfort using web-based engagement systems.
  • Willingness to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends as job responsibilities demand.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.


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