Project Director, Office of the CEO

Job Locations
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Program/Project Management


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 Project Director plays a strategic role working in the Office of the CEO and closely with Audubon’s Executive Team to guide, manage, and implement a portfolio of key projects with organization-wide scope. Strong business acumen is required to manage multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining a high degree of integrity and confidentiality.


The Director will have broad exposure to and the ability to impact all parts of the organization. Specifically, the Director will provide expert project management, in close consultation with outside consultants and a Steering Committee comprised of board and staff, for Audubon’s next strategic plan. The Project Director will report to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the CEO.

Essential Functions

  • Lead and support, through expert project management, critical cross-functional initiatives, executive decision making, and internal operating processes.
  • Provide project management for the full life cycle of complex, cross-functional projects simultaneously, including working with stakeholders to define scope, goals, and key performance indicators; assembling and leading project teams; developing and managing budgets; developing and managing timelines; reporting results; problem solving and taking corrective actions when needed.
  • Build trusting relationships with senior leadership and the Chief of Staff to facilitate strategic decision making and ensuring quality execution.
  • Support the design, development, implementation, and continuous improvement of business processes related to project management and other areas for the Office of the CEO.
  • Create project status reports, executive reports, and dashboard updates on a regular basis.
  • Ensure that elements of equity, diversity, and inclusion principles and values are incorporated into projects and decision-making processes.
  • Implement and manage contracts in compliance with Audubon SOPs
  • Manage external contractors and/or partners as part of project teams.
  • Work collaboratively and build and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues at various levels of seniority.
  • Act independently to lead diverse activities, analyze situations, evaluate alternatives, develop complex processes, project outcomes, and initiate solutions to improve effectiveness.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and 10+ years of project management experience.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred.
  • Skilled in facilitation and team problem-solving.
  • Experience designing and supporting strategic planning processes.
  • Excellent judgement, tact, and ability to successful navigate complex interpersonal situations.
  • Proven track record of supporting successful projects and related best practices.
  • Direct hands-on experience and proven track record of supporting successful projects and deploying best in class methodologies, processes, and tools.
  • Excellent listener who can help connect dots between teams and across departments.
  • Experience working with Boards of Directors and senior leaders.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Self-motivation and strong work ethic.
  • Resourceful and creative mindset to address project related issues/risks.
  • Organizational savvy in soliciting cooperation from different levels - upper management, managers, staff and across the organization and departments.
  • Persuasive, encouraging, and motivating.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Effective time management skills and detail oriented multi-tasker and ability to manage multiple projects in parallel.
  • Comfortable working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Ability to work under conditions of uncertainty shifting priorities, demands and timelines.
  • Ability to effectively triage, prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Working knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio, MS Project, SmartSheet, etc.
  • Well-versed in industry best practices, and an ability to adapt them to Audubon’s organization and culture.
  • Background in the environmental/conservation industry preferred.

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

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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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