Manager, Public Programs

Job Locations
US-CA-Los Angeles
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Program/Project Management
Los Angeles


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 Manager, Public Programs will play a lead role in the development and execution of events and programs that drive attendance, expand the guest experience and grow and diversify the audience at the Audubon Center at Debs Park. Specifically, the Manager of Public Programs will be responsible for the development of innovative programs that support and align the Center’s educational and public programs with Audubon California and National strategies and initiatives.


Additionally, they will work with the Center Director to build the centers flagship programs around Youth Leadership Development.  The candidate must be a strategic thinker who is skilled at building internal and external partnerships and is an effective communicator.

Essential Functions

  • Research and develop programs that forge closer connections to the local community, increasing access to, awareness of, interest in, and appreciation for Debs Park and Audubon.
  • Serve as the Center’s lead for audience-driving events and public programs.
  • Lead the growth and development of events and public programs, increasing annual vistorship through guest-centric and mission-aligned events and programs.
  • Participate in fundraising, new initiatives, and overall growth of Audubon’s profile.
  • Work with Center Director to drive paid special events and programs.
  • Develop appropriate outreach strategies, and partner with Office and Communications staff to ensure effective promotion of programs using both print and electronic media.
  • Provide communications support by writing content for the E-newsletter, newsletter, social and other media.
  • In collaboration with the Center Director, develop and track metrics to measure effectiveness of public engagement offerings.
  • Cultivate existing collaborations and forge new programmatic partnerships with cultural organizations and community groups.
  • Assess the need for volunteers to enhance program/service, deliver, develop and implement goals and objectives for the volunteer program which reflect the mission of the Audubon Center.
  • In partnership with Center Director, establish and oversee program budget that drives revenue and manages cost ratios for programs; coordinate staff to fulfill needs for program facilitator/lead and implement strategic plan and goals.
  • Manage, book and cultivate community group tours and education opportunities.
  • Represent the Audubon Center at Debs Park in community events, local mission driven board opportunities and speaking engagements.
  • In partnership with Center Director, build partnerships with schools, other Community Based Organizations and city departments to support Debs’ mission.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 5+ years experience working with education or engagement programs which involve a wide variety of individuals.  Experience in event and program creation, training, and management.
  • Knowledge of current trends in nature centers, education, museum, or cultural attraction programming.
  • Experience managing budgets, including profit and loss and measuring program metrics.
  • Proven competence managing program logistics, staff, and volunteers.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to oversee and mentor professional staff while working effectively in a team-based environment.
  • Clear track record of success in program development roles a must – demonstrated experience taking ideas from concept to design to execution, and linking objectives and outcomes to strategic goals.
  • Proven experience in networking, engaging, and successfully cultivating diverse community partners and partnership projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability build consensus among a wide range of individuals. Comfort 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.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions.
  • Technically savvy, to include proficiency with Microsoft Office suite applications and comfort using web-based engagement systems.
  • Willingness to travel, including some occasional out-of-state travel, and comfort working evenings and weekends as job responsibilities demand.
  • Direct experience in Los Angeles is highly desirable, particularly with northeast Los Angeles
  • Bilingual a plus (English and Spanish).
  • BS or BA degree in environmental education, natural studies, nonprofit management or related field preferred. Relevant experience will be considered in lieu of degree.

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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