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 lead and define policy efforts and overall governmental affairs functions to advance Audubon’s mission and bird conservation goals in Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri. Reporting to the Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon Minnesota and the Upper Mississippi River (AM/UMR), they will serve as a part of AM/UMR’s senior leadership team and work closely with regional and national staff to design strategic policy agendas, initiatives, and campaigns.
The Policy Director will lead the development and implementation of a regional policy agenda that advances Audubon’s priorities at the state, regional and federal levels. In the region, early priorities will focus on advancing Audubon’s agenda related to the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes, and climate solutions. The Policy Director is responsible for shaping and executing a policy agenda and implementation plan including engaging chapters, bolstering Audubon’s grassroots network, and building key partnerships and coalitions. This includes proactively communicating issues and positions and supporting fundraising efforts for successful policy campaigns and conservation outcomes. Additionally, they will be a key player in AM/UMR’s Mississippi River Initiative which aims to improve water quality, hydrological management, and community health that also supports the birds of the Mississippi Flyway.
The ideal candidate is a skilled, experienced manager and strategic thinker with a working background knowledge of the policy and political landscape of the Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri Region. Experience working on water, agriculture, and/or climate issues will be critical for success in this position.