Chapters Conservation Manager-Florida

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 1 month ago(1/31/2024 1:52 PM)
Job Locations
US-FL
Type
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Community Relations/Outreach
ID
2024-5622
State/Province
FL

Overview

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 towards a future where birds thrive because Audubon is a powerful, diverse, and ever-growing force for conservation. Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the hemisphere and more than 1.5 million active supporters.

North America has lost three billion birds since 1970, and more than 500 bird species are at risk of extinction across Latin America and the Caribbean. Birds act as early warning systems about the health of our environment, and they tell us that birds – and our planet – are in crisis. Together as one Audubon, we are working to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss. We do this by implementing on-the-ground conservation, partnering with local communities, influencing public and corporate policy, and building community.

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 brings new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

Audubon Florida is home to 45 affiliated Audubon Chapters (separate 501(c)3 organizations) and 5 campus chapters. By mobilizing and collaborating with our network of Chapters, we are able to bring the full power of Audubon to bear on the issues facing the hemisphere’s birds and their habitat. Reporting to the Vice President (VP) of Florida, the Audubon Florida Chapters Conservation Manager regularly engages both remotely and in-person with all of Florida’s chapters to support their health, coordination, and effectiveness in conservation action. Florida’s chapters have a unique importance to Audubon Florida with prescribed representation on the state board, and an essential role in the establishment of our annual priorities. Chapters are organized regionally into regional conservation committees (RCC’s) that meet quarterly to share issues and opportunities, collaborate, and once a year, develop an annual conservation resolution for each region which is adopted alongside statewide conservation priorities at the annual statewide Audubon conference, the Audubon Assembly. Chapters are not just a tool for implementing state and national conservation plans but are an important source of on-the-ground information and creative problem-solving. We aspire for this collaborative structure to empower chapters to drive conservation in their own communities and influence the priorities and strategies of the organization at state and national levels.

 

Compensation:

$60,000-$70,000 / year

Essential Functions

  • Keep in regular touch with all chapters and support individual requests for assistance on chapter health and governance, conservation action, and other issues.
  • Assist the VP, Florida in recruitment of chapter-elected members of the state board of directors, representing the seven Audubon regions of Florida.
  • Staff the Chapters Committee of the state board including monthly virtual meetings to coordinate activity between the state program and chapters as well as address chapter programs and issues.
  • Coordinate the regular meetings of Florida’s RCC’s (in partnership with staff liaisons for each) as well as the RCC conservation agenda-setting process annually.
  • Staff RCCs that lack a relevant geographic staff partner.
  • Plan and moderate monthly chapter presidents’ calls to support communication and collaboration between chapters, showcase successes and provide continuing education on conservation or governance topics useful to chapters.
  • Recruit chapter leaders as mentor-participants in support of Audubon Florida’s Conservation Leadership Initiative program as needed.
  • Identify and implement opportunity to grow the sophistication and breadth of chapter engagement in equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB).
  • Assist National Audubon Society (NAS) during annual report process.
  • Help with chapter strategic planning per request of chapters.
  • Support the communications team with chapter-related Naturalist ideas/content (2 pages per issue) and relevant social media content.
  • Lead the Audubon Assembly planning process, including coordination of planning team, field trips, President’s Roundtable, Chapter Awards and Chapters Celebration.
  • Maintain the list of chapter leaders and serve as a liaison for the bulk of chapters communications in Florida.
  • Recruit and promote Florida chapter participation in opportunities to include Audubon Assembly, National Convention, collaborative grant program submittals, Callison and Dutcher award nominations, and more.
  • Assist VP-Florida in resolving chapter issues/conflicts that may emerge.
  • Assist NAS in improving services and processes for chapters.
  • Administer annual $25,000 AFL/FPL plants for birds grant program, associated problem solving, outcomes and final reports and recognition.
  • Help grow participation in Audubon Florida and chapter-led community science programs including but not limited to coastal stewardship, EagleWatch, Jay Watch, Purple Martin house monitoring, Burrowing Owl stewardship, Lights Out, Plants for Birds, and more.
  • Support policy team as a chapters relationships manager with specific, time-sensitive advocacy requests. Recruit chapters to relevant sign on letters and identify chapter speaking engagements to support AF and NAS issues.
  • Coordinate with policy team by elevating conservation issues, patterns and solutions identified by chapters to state policy and conservation leads.
  • Partner with development team to identify and cultivate prospects and funding opportunities.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or similar required. Minimum 5 years’ of related experience.
  • Basic familiarity with Audubon and knowledge of/experience with non-profit/volunteer lead organizations.
  • History of volunteer service in community organizations preferred.
  • Have good attention to detail, with excellent time-management and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills with a wide range of audiences, including excellent customer service skills.
  • Willingness to travel (roughly twice a month) and work occasional nights/weekends.
  • Excellent work ethic.
  • Ability to work well independently and with a team including staff and volunteers.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. and walk on flat, uneven surfaces for 1+ miles with or without accommodation.
  • Proficiency in use of MS Office applications.

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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