Policy Manager, Arkansas

Job Locations
US-AR-Little Rock | US-AR
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Advocacy/Public Policy/Government Relations
Little Rock
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

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. 

Essential Functions

  • Serve as a member of Audubon Delta's policy and engagement team, serve as lead adviser on Arkansas-based policy initiatives and legislative tracking.
  • Oversee aspects of the conservation policy program for Audubon Southeast, including support for strategic planning, priority and short and long-term goal and agenda-setting, policy advocacy, relevant staff, contractor management, and budget oversight.
  • Guide the day-to-day efforts to successfully move the conservation policy agenda in Arkansas, working closely with Audubon staff to align the program with the organization's strategic priorities, particularly on climate mitigation, clean energy policy, and resiliency.
  • Serve as the state point person for the Climate Campaign Team, helping design and implement policy campaigns that aim to secure climate mitigation and resiliency policy outcomes in Arkansas.
  • Ensure effective coalition coordination in the state and support Audubon Delta's development and oversight of a field plan to mobilize grassroots and grasstops support for key policy priorities.
  • Serve as an ambassador for Audubon Arkansas, engaging key stakeholders, including government officials, major funders, business leaders, and the media, to advance conservation efforts. Lobby Congress, federal and state administrative branches and agencies, and others to reach conservation objectives.
  • Stay abreast of local, state, and federal legislative and administrative affairs and decisions affecting Audubon's conservation agenda and its constituents.
  • Raise the profile and visibility of Audubon Delta's as a leader in conservation policy efforts; build creative and enduring alliances and partnerships to support Audubon's policy efforts within the state and across the region.
  • Identify new opportunities for policy and advocacy engagement opportunities and serve as an effective advocate for Audubon's legislative and regulatory priorities in state and national arenas in coordination with Audubon's conservation and policy leadership.
  • Collaborate with Audubon's national policy team on all Arkansas-related policy issues and develop strong and effective working relationships with staff across the Audubon network.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and other key development staff, support fundraising efforts.
  • Work with regional leadership, the state's program staff, and center leadership to identify and integrate policy and advocacy opportunities into their programs and volunteer efforts.
  • Collaborate with Senior Policy Director and Director of Communications on earned and paid media opportunities to elevate Audubon Delta's policy and conservation agenda throughout the state.
  • Advocate for Audubon priorities while building equitable policy and coalitions that are representative of a broad set of communities across Arkansas.
  • Serve as an articulate, enthusiastic, and visible spokesperson for Audubon Southeast.
  • Promote an organizational culture and structure that fosters cooperation, communication, collaboration, teamwork, and trust.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in public policy, political science, natural resources, or related field required. Master's Degree strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years' progressive policy experience working in the government or non-profit arena.
  • Keen understanding of current policy trends in Arkansas and the Southeastern United States related to climate change, coastal resiliency, wildlife management, and land management and conservation. Experience applying this knowledge to successful policy advocacy and implementation strongly preferred.
  • Personal desire to build durable, bipartisan public will for conservation issues, work with diverse stakeholders, and engage both Democrats and Republicans on Audubon's policy interests.
  • Experience in working in partnership with a network of invested grassroots and grass-tops leaders.
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in consideration of impacts and outcomes of the decision-making process.
  • Experience working in a decentralized organization that coordinates strategies for both local and national legislative issues.
  • Willingness to aid in fundraising efforts as needed; experience with political campaigns a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to synthesize and interpret technical information for various audiences.
  • Audubon's commitment to conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitat and the ability to communicate the mission, goals, and programs effectively to partners, government officials, donors, and the public.
  • Willingness and ability to travel across the state and elsewhere as needed, some weekends and evenings required.


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