Senior Director, Communications

Job Locations
US-NY-New York | US
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
New York


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. 



Position Summary

The Senior Director, Communications is responsible for leading both external and internal communications for the National Audubon Society. They will be responsible for organizational messaging, media relations, crisis communications, executive visibility and communications, and internal communications to the Audubon network, including its various boards, states, centers, and chapters.


As a strategic thought leader at Audubon, the Senior Director, Communications will partner with the Conservation and Field teams to lead the development and delivery of a comprehensive communications and messaging plan and associated strategies that advance Audubon’s priority conservation initiatives.


This person will report to the Interim Chief Communications and Network Officer and will help supervise and lead a growing communications team.


Please submit a cover letter in order to be considered for this position.

Essential Functions

Messaging & Media Relations:

  • Work closely with the Interim Chief Communications and Network Officer to develop Audubon’s organizational messaging and spearhead the implementation of it across Audubon’s national and state offices.
  • Supervise and create communications strategies and plans for Audubon’s priority initiatives, partnering with the conservation, science, field, marketing, digital, content/magazine, and development teams.
  • Co-Lead the communications team and the creation of communications strategy.
  • Manage crisis communications and assist with overall crisis management.
  • Cultivate strategic relationships and work closely with key media influencers, reporters, journalists, producers, and editors to ensure Audubon has a prominent voice in the conservation landscape.
  • Strategically partner with communications staff in their respective geographic portfolios.
  • Continue the expansion of Audubon’s presence in Spanish language media outlets.


  • Manage and coach experienced internal and external communicators and story-tellers.
  • Assist with budget oversight.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 10+ years of related experience, including at least 4-5 years working as a director of communications with strong team management skills.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Strategic thought leader with proven experience developing and executing comprehensive communications plans (for both internal and external audiences).
  • Experience working on conservation issues, advocacy communication, including working with government agencies, political leaders and other non-profit organizations is preferred.
  • Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to and experience in advancing equity diversity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (particularly for op-eds and executive presentations and emails).
  • Experience with crisis communications and crisis management.
  • Demonstrated ability to shape a story, connect the dots across a matrixed organization, and manage the message.
  • Experience using research tools to develop communications and messaging plans that are tailored to the target audiences.
  • Strong collaboration skills; an ability to work cross - departmentally and cross - functionally on integrated initiatives.
  • Leads by example - sets the strategy and also digs into the work.
  • Team player who motivates and coaches their team.
  • An interest in birds is not required but strongly preferred.
  • Spanish-language proficiency a plus.

EEO Statement

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 identity, 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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COVID Policy

Beginning September 15, 2021: Audubon requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask while working indoors, including in all Audubon facilities and offsite, and while working outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing. In addition, at this time and until CDC recommendations change, all staff in counties the CDC identifies as having “substantial” and “high” COVID transmission ratesmust wear masks indoors (unless alone in a closed office) and outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing regardless of vaccination status. 


This policy covers national and state offices, centers, and sanctuaries, as well as Audubon employees working offsite. Should you be selected for this position, you will be asked to acknowledge you have read the above policy and provide your vaccination status.


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