Engagement Manager

Job Locations
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Community Relations/Outreach


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 Grange Insurance Audubon Center is a sanctuary for birds and nature lovers, set in parkland created from a former industrial site in the heart of downtown Columbus, along the Scioto River. The LEED-Certified 18,000 sq. ft. building is surrounded by an 120-acre metro park , which bring visitors from the community and beyond for onsite education programs, as well as for special public and private events.


The Engagement Manager will play a lead role in planning, developing, managing and executing events and programs that drive attendance and expands the guest experience at Grange Insurance Audubon Center. The main goals of this position will be to develop audience growth and diversity as well as work with the Center Director to build a platform for welcoming first-time visitors to create loyal donors. The candidate must be a strategic thinker who is skilled at building internal and extern partnerships and is an effective communicator.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as the institution’s operational lead for all audience driven events and public formal and informal programs that appeals to a diverse audience and helps expand our audience and donor base.
  • Lead the growth and development of events and public programs, increasing annual visitation and operating revenues through guest-centric and mission-aligned events and programs.
  • Work with Center Director to drive paid special events, Arts and Audubon, special exhibitions.
  • Develop and track metrics to measure effectiveness of public engagement offers.
  • Manage and provide leadership to engagement staff, interns, and seasonal staff. Coach and develop staff to full potential.
  • Works in close coordination with GIAC staff, mange the planning, writing and execution of content for website, targeted emails, and monthly newsletters.
  • Manage social media strategy for Center, write articles and social media posts for all online platforms.
  • Assist in seeking additional funding sources including researching and writing grants to fund GIAC public programming.
  • Establish and oversee operational budget that drives revenue and manages cost ratios for programs; coordinator staff to fulfill needs for program facilitator/lead and implement strategic plan and goals.
  • Work with GIAC Operations Manager to procure, negotiate, contract and manager relationships with outside program facilitators, exhibitors and contractors that supply essential services and equipment.
  • Represent Grange Insurance Audubon Center in the community events, local mission driven board opportunities and speaking engagements.
  • Develop community connections to leverage institutional resources toward meaningful collaborations to maximize shared resources and become mutually beneficial over time.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 5+ years experience working with education or engagement programs for diverse audiences and at least 2 years managing staff.
  • Experience in event and program creation, training, and management.
  • Knowledge of current trends in nature centers, education, museum, or cultural attraction programming
  • Knowledge of Grange’s current programming strongly preferred.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bachelor’s degree in event planning, hospitality markerin or related field strongly 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.

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COVID 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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