Senior Director, Talent Acquisition

Job Locations
US-NY-New York | US-DC
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Human Resources
New York
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 Senior Director, Talent Acquisition (TA) is a critical part of our Human Resources team, responsible for catalyzing and owning all things Talent from delivery against hiring targets to identifying the strategic changes necessary to help Audubon achieve results at scale. Reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources, the Senior Director plays an integral role, guiding a critical team through a period of transformation. The ideal candidate will be able to combine great empathy for stakeholders and hiring managers, deep recruiting expertise, and creative and strategic thinking to drive our organization forward.


The Senior Director, Talent Acquisition is responsible for developing all facets of full-cycle recruiting, while managing an active requisition load and supervising the TA team. The Senior Director, Talent Acquisition will develop specific recruiting strategies for each client group and implement them by utilizing knowledge of candidate pools and sourcing strategies to generate an extensive pipeline of qualified candidates. The Senior Director will also implement key TA related initiatives throughout the Audubon network.

Essential Functions

  • Lead the TA function including: evaluating and drafting job descriptions, active and passive recruiting (traditional sourcing and social media), creating an excellent pipeline of candidates.
  • Manage team of TA professionals responsible for sourcing, screening, and guiding the selection process of premier candidates.
  • Develop meaningful, credible relationships with senior leaders and hiring managers as a trusted advisor and subject matter expert.
  • Navigate workforce planning, strategy, and resourcing conversations with ease, inspiring trust and buy-in from TA team as well as executives and other stakeholders and teammates across Audubon.
  • Proactively anticipate, lead and direct conversations around complex problems, goals, tradeoffs, and ideas; bring creative solutions to bear in addressing our most difficult TA challenges.
  • Leverage data to tell compelling stories, evaluate results and facilitate outcomes.
  • Maintain an internal recruitment process that incorporates fairness to managers and employees.
  • Perform reference checks, conduct internal equity analysis, extend offers, and complete all required forms and documentation; coordinate and attend job fairs.
  • Oversee all internal Talent Acquisition communications and partner with communications and IT teams to review and manage Careers page as needed.
  • Integrate Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (EDIB) across all programs & initiatives; be an active voice in shaping company-wide EDIB strategy; and partner with EDIB team to identify opportunities for increased effectiveness of diversity recruiting programs.
  • Oversee new hire onboarding and orientation process; partner with HR Employee Engagement and Organizational Design staff to enhance and determine effectiveness of onboarding/orientation program.
  • Recommend improvement to policies, programs, and procedures to improve TA operations.
  • Keep abreast of current EEO guidelines, human resources legislation and regulations, as well as changes in the human resources field.
  • Lead implementation of Recruiting and Onboarding modules within new HRIS system.
  • Use HRIS and applicant tracking system (i.e., iCIMS and HRIS systems ) to make recommendations for enhancements and process improvements.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in a talent acquisition role with demonstrated experience recruiting exempt and non-exempt employees.
  • Minimum of 5 years shaping and developing highly effective recruiting functions.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Experience managing TA managers and teams across locations as well as groups working remotely.
  • Demonstrated ability in forming meaningful, collaborative relationships with senior stakeholders and teammates across a matrixed organization.
  • Exceptional consulting, conflict management, coaching and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent business and technical acumen, along with experience working as a strategic thought partner to C-Suite executives and members of their senior leadership team.
  • Ability to set priorities and own outcomes independently. Demonstrated record of developing and implementing a talent strategy across various hiring markets.
  • Knowledgeable about how to develop and deliver key recruiting programs, new college grad pipelines, internship programs and other ongoing candidate support networks, talent communities etc.
  • Firm understanding of human resources policies and procedures.
  • Positive attitude and ability to remain flexible in an evolving environment.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral).
  • Good judgment to manage sensitive and confidential matters.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook; knowledge of HRIS and applicant tracking systems desired, iCIMS and HRIS experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of Federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

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.

Accessibility Statement

The National Audubon Society endeavors to keep our careers site accessible to any and all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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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