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Coastal Resilience Director

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Washington, D.C., USA

The Director of Coastal Resilience will shape, lead, manage and implement strategies and actions to advance Audubon’s mission and conservation objectives. Reporting to the Vice President for Coastal Conservation, the (Senior) Director is a key member of the conservation and policy team, in Washington D.C. and will be responsible for leading policy strategies and supporting implementation of on the ground conservation efforts with an emphasis on issues related to coastal resilience and natural infrastructure.

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Lead in developing and implementing Audubon’s policy goals and objectives for coastal resilience in both the short- and long-term, including identifying potential legislative and administrative priorities, opportunities and risks;
  • Set policy goals for and work with inter-departmental campaign teams to develop advocacy strategies and accomplish policy priorities;
  • Advocate to and develop strong working relationships with members of the U.S. Congress and their senior staff, congressional committees, and federal agencies in order to communicate Audubon priorities as well as negotiate and influence policy outcomes that advance our coastal resilience and natural infrastructure goals;
  • Raise the profile and visibility of Audubon as a leader in coastal resilience policy and represent Audubon with national issue-based coalitions and partner organizations, monitoring their developments and contributing to coalition-based legislative and administrative efforts;
  • Provide leadership, direction, and support to Audubon conservation program staff, assisting them to identify policy opportunities, funding sources and partnerships that advance the organization’s conservation priorities;
  • Promote an organizational culture and structure that fosters cooperation, communication, collaboration, teamwork, and trust;
  • Serve as an articulate, enthusiastic, and visible spokesperson for Audubon and senior leader of the organization;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Educational Background: 
Bachelor’s degree in policy, political science, biology or related field (graduate degree strongly preferred);
  • 7-10 years’ policy experience on Capitol Hill, with a policy-oriented nonprofit organization, or with a relevant federal agency working on coastal resilience and natural infrastructure policy is required;
  • Keen understanding of current policy trends in climate change and adaptation, coastal resilience, and natural infrastructure;
  • Excellent communications skills with ability to write clearly and command of public speaking; must be comfortable representing Audubon’s interests with a variety of stakeholders, including congressional, government, and NGO partners;
  • Exceptional judgment, with the demonstrated ability to think creatively, make strategic decisions and make policy recommendations to key leaders within an organization; 
  • A self-starter, one with experience working in decentralized organizations and collaborating with cross-departmental teams;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and desire to be part of and contribute to a team effort; a collaborative and optimistic leadership style also important;
  • Willingness to aid in fundraising efforts as needed; experience with political campaigns a plus;
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society and political insight of the nexus between Congress and environmental issues needed; 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, social media, advocacy tools, and other web-based applications required;
  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly, some weekends and evenings required.
Job Function: 

Organization Info

National Audubon Society

New York, NY, United States
Annual Budget : 
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

Audubon saves birds and their habitats throughout the America using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation.

Audubon operates an extensive network of National conservation programs, 23 state and regional offices, 41 centers, 23 sanctuaries and 463 independent chapters. Our work is a powerful combination of science, on the ground conservation, policy and engagement expertise that strives to protect and restore habitat, and to build the durable public will to implement policies that safeguard birds, other wildlife and the resources that sustain us all-in the U.S. and across the Americas.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Aug 14 2019
Active Until: 
Sep 14 2019
Hiring Organization: 
National Audubon Society