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 Policy Director, Alaska will lead and define policy efforts and overall governmental affairs functions to advance Audubon’s mission and bird conservation objectives in Alaska. Reporting to the Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon Alaska, they will serve as a part of Alaska’s senior leadership team and work closely with all staff to design strategic conservation campaigns.
The Policy Director will lead the development and execution of a state and federal policy agenda to advance both state and federal priorities, focusing on public lands, climate conservation priorities, and protection for Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and at-risk species. The Director is responsible for coordinating and implementing policy efforts with staff across National Audubon and Alaska programs. This includes engaging chapters, grassroots networks, partners, proactively communicating issues and positions, and helping attract contributions to execute successful policy campaigns and conservation outcomes. The Policy Director will also be tasked with government affairs activities in coordination with our national policy team leadership, and efficiently organize our membership in Alaska and across the U.S. to take action on issues that impact birds and communities in the state.
The ideal candidate is a skilled, experienced manager and strategic thinker with in-depth experience and knowledge of Alaska wildlife conservation, environmental, energy and/or climate policy. They will also have experience working across Alaska’s diverse social and ecological geographies.
Willingness to travel, including regular visits to Alaska (if based in Washington DC), and comfort working evenings and weekends as job responsibilities demand.
**Please submit a cover letter with your application for consideration.**
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