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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A regional office of the National Audubon Society, Audubon Delta combines the work and the talented staff from Audubon Arkansas, Audubon Louisiana and Audubon Mississippi to protect birds and the places they need and to build a strong, strategic presence across the region.
Specifically, Audubon Delta (formerly Audubon Arkansas) has significantly contributed to successful state legislative efforts providing access to clean energy across the state through the passage of the Solar Access Act. Audubon Arkansas led the formation of a diverse coalition of partners to achieve this passage and the implementing work necessary with the Public Service Commission, state legislature, and interested parties. Audubon has also been a consistent advocate within the state for birds and people through policy objectives and advocacy.
An active pursuit of equity, diversity, and inclusion is a moral and strategic imperative for Audubon. We are committed to becoming a workplace in which every employee feels valued, seen, and heard, and in which everyone has the opportunity to grow, thrive, and live their values. We know that a more diverse Audubon allows us to be more equitable and inclusive in how and where we work.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Policy for Audubon Delta, the Policy Manager will be responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive strategy to advance a bipartisan policy agenda at the local, state, and/or federal levels in Arkansas with a particular near-term focus on promoting climate mitigation, clean energy, and resiliency policy opportunities. This role will collaborate with Audubon Delta staff and national conservation strategy, policy, and Flyway leadership.
The Policy Manager will be a critical leader and will help drive the regional office's vision to implement transformative policy solutions and mobilize an effective conservation network of 14,000 plus members across Arkansas, and over 41,000 regionally. Audubon Southeast is committed to turning pragmatic policy ideas into fundamental protections for birds and the places they need.
The Policy Manager will build and maintain bipartisan working relationships with external partners and stakeholders, including the Governor's office, state and federal legislative offices, relevant local officials, and state and/or federal agencies, and appropriate NGOs to remain informed of the 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 in Arkansas and with the state's federal delegation.
This position is based within the state.