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 Senior Director, Major Giving and Campaigns is an important member of Audubon’s National Development Leadership team, collaborates closely with Audubon California’s Senior leadership team, and represents Audubon’s fundraising interests as the senior fundraiser based on the West Coast.
This newly created positioned will be responsible for charting a path of ambitious growth in major and principal gifts to support Audubon California’s vision for conservation throughout the state as well as the national organization’s conservation priorities as defined in Audubon’s next strategic plan—currently in the development phase. They will also provide fundraising leadership for Audubon in the west, supporting locally and regionally based colleagues in their own fundraising work to help maximize Audubon’s philanthropic potential across the Pacific Flyway.
The right candidate will have lived experience working with people and communities of color—and demonstrated competence in doing so.
The Senior Director will manage a portfolio of major and principal gift donors and prospects, they’ll supervise frontline fundraisers, they’ll partner closely with Audubon California’s Executive Director on Board Development, and they’ll have the opportunity to lead a new, multi-year fundraising initiative.
This role will also work closely with Board Members—from both Audubon California and the National Audubon Society—to engage them the identification, cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation of major and principal gifts. The successful candidate will be entrepreneurial, have demonstrated experience closing six- and seven-figure gifts, and must have a high EQ for managing up, down, and laterally.
This position reports to the Vice President for Development, Coastal Flyways and National Events and Engagement Programs.
Audubon has retained Advancement Incite to assist with recruitment for this position. Candidates must provide a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to:
Mary Gene Clavin, Advancement Incite