Engagement Manager

Job Locations
US-MN-Roseville | US-MN | US-IA
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Program/Project Management
Additional Location : State/Province


The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.


Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.


Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

The Engagement Manager is responsible for regional efforts to engage and activate Audubon chapters and members while expanding the sphere of influence of the Audubon network within the region. Reporting to the Vice President / Executive Director of Audubon Upper Mississippi River (UMR), they will serve as a part of UMR’s senior leadership team and work closely with regional and national staff to support a strong chapter network, communicate with supporters across the region, engage members in Audubon’s advocacy initiatives, and create healthy community-based initiatives that support bird conservation.


Working with the Policy Director and UMR conservation team members, they will develop a strategy to engage Audubon chapters and members with an emerging Upper Mississippi River conservation initiative. The Engagement Manager will be responsible for developing partnerships and providing training and capacity-building opportunities, tools, and mechanisms to build the connectedness, capacity, diversity, and size of the Audubon network in the region. The Engagement Manager will collaborate closely with the Vice President / Executive Director to successfully engage our bipartisan network and conservation partners for successful policy campaigns and conservation leadership. They will oversee the development and delivery of UMR’s community engagement programs, with a specific focus on the Lights Out initiative.


The ideal candidate will be a skilled, experienced manager and a strategic thinker and have a background in working with communities, campaigns, and collaborative partnerships across the region and the Upper Mississippi River watershed.

Essential Functions

  • Lead the ongoing development and implementation of capacity creating and partnership development with the Audubon chapter network, including (but not limited to) the following: developing programs, creating unique partnerships with high-capacity chapters, and overseeing channels of communication between Audubon and its regional chapters.
  • Build the collective capacity of Audubon’s chapters to engage with Audubon’s conservation programs, community science efforts, and advocacy priorities.
  • Establish college and university chapters in key geographies throughout the region.
  • Grow Upper Mississippi River’s engagement efforts to support new grassroots leaders in a diversity of contexts, geographies, and generations.
  • Support and expand UMR’s Lights Out program in the Twin Cities and other communities in the region by engaging chapters to promote and shape local support.
  • Organize and host regular chapter leader meetings in the region and individual states.
  • Partner with Audubon’s conservation and public policy stakeholders at national and state levels to recruit, equip, and engage advocates and volunteers for on-the-ground conservation work, conservation advocacy, issue campaigns, outreach, and impact building.
  • Develop and activate schedule of gatherings and other networking opportunities that deliver Audubon’s capacity-building program and foster peer-to-peer learning.
  • Organize communications efforts to engage with chapters and members, as well as through social media, action alerts, and the field office website.
  • Support the implementation of campaign strategy to maximize grassroots engagement and growth
  • Provide periodic updates and recommendations to UMR board and staff to facilitate more productive integration at all levels of the organization.
  • Partner with national Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EDIB) team to orchestrate training for chapter leaders and staff; work with regional staff to include EDIB considerations in plans for all programs.
  • Raise the visibility of Audubon and its network throughout the region through strategic partnerships and communications
  • In partnership with Vice President / Executive Director and development team, secure funds from individuals, foundations, and government agencies. Develop partnerships and relationships with funders, donors, and strategic partners to support and grow Audubon’s capacity for a diverse set of programs. Develop and manage program and grant budgets.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and 5+ years’ relevant experience in grassroots network building, grassroots advocacy, wildlife conservation, public service, or related field. A combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills; ability to motivate volunteers and partners essential.
  • A clear track record of success in operational roles is a must – demonstrated experience taking ideas from concept to design to implementation and linking targets and outcomes to strategic goals.
  • Proven experience networking with, engaging, and successfully cultivating diverse community partners and partnership projects.
  • Demonstrated experience leading grassroots engagement on issues or advocacy campaigns and building the capacity of networks to engage in advocacy successfully.
  • Experience working across diverse constituencies, including bipartisan coalitions and communities of color.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability build consensus among a wide range of individuals. Comfortable with presenting and engaging others in public-speaking events is also necessary.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing complex or multiple projects through to success, including meeting financial goals, project deadlines, and coordinating the work of key staff and partners.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, including ability to respond quickly and effectively to unforeseen challenges.
  • Thorough understanding of how advocacy, communications, and grassroots engagement components effectively work together.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions.
  • Technically savvy, including proficiency with Microsoft Office suite applications and effective at using web-based engagement systems. Experience with EveryAction or similar voter/volunteer database desired.
  • Willingness to travel, including some occasional out-of-state travel, and with the ability to work some evenings and weekends as job responsibilities demand.
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society.


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

All staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than January 31, 2022, unless they are approved by Human Resources for a qualified exemption. Those unvaccinated after January 31st will be required to follow a weekly testing protocol.


All unvaccinated staff are required to wear masks or other approved facial coverings while working indoors at all times or outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Further, effective December 13th, any unvaccinated staff person entering an Audubon building must submit a negative Covid-19 test that has been taken within 72 hours. 


This policy is effective through February 27th and may be changed due to changes in the law and/or changes to Audubon policies such as the Return to Work/Hybrid Work policy.


All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.


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