Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.
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Audubon Texas, field office of the National Audubon Society, manages Audubon’s conservation, policy, science, and network priorities in the state. This geography includes three Audubon nature centers, two sanctuaries and 177 coastal islands and 78,000 passionate Audubon members, many of whom belong to one of Audubon’s 20 local chapters and emerging campus chapters. Ranging the political spectrum, characterized by political moderates as well as similarly sized conservative and progressive membership.
Reporting to Audubon Texas’s Vice President and Executive Director, the Engagement Director, Audubon Texas is responsible for statewide efforts to engage, activate, and grow Audubon’s traditional and college chapters as well as our grassroots membership, with the goal of deepening the sphere of influence of the Audubon network in Texas. The Engagement Director, Audubon Texas will be responsible for developing partnerships and providing training and capacity-building opportunities, tools, and mechanisms to enhance the connectedness, capacity, diversity, and size of the Audubon network in the state. They will collaborate closely with the Director of Policy and Communications Manager for Texas to successfully engage our bipartisan network and conservation partners for successful policy campaigns and conservation leadership. They will also work closely with national and state campaigns teams, national policy and network teams, and other Audubon departments as needed. They will participate on a team that ensures high-quality communications that raise the profile of Audubon Texas, move our strategic priorities forward, and set us up for fundraising success.
The ideal candidate will be a skilled, experienced leader and a strategic thinker, with a background working with communities, campaigns, and collaborative partnerships. Proven experience in growing bipartisan, representative, and inclusive networks and building diverse grassroots movements is required.
An active pursuit of racial equity is a moral and strategic imperative for Audubon. We are committed to becoming a workplace in which every employee feels valued, seen, and heard, and in which everyone has the opportunity to grow, thrive, and live their values. We know that a more diverse Audubon allows us to be more equitable and inclusive in how and where we work.
**To be considered for this opportunity, please provide a cover letter with your application.
**This position can be based in our state office in Austin or based remotely in Texas.
**To apply, please visit audubon.org/careers and search job #2021-4624
- Lead the development and implementation of capacity building and partnership development with the Audubon chapter network, including (but not limited to) the following: developing programs, creating unique partnerships with high-capacity chapters, and overseeing channels of communication between Audubon and its Texas chapters.
- Build the collaborative capacity of Audubon’s chapters to engage with Audubon’s advocacy priorities, conservation programs, and community science efforts.
- Grow Audubon Texas’s engagement efforts to support new grassroots leaders in a diversity of contexts, geographies, and generations.
- Partner with Audubon’s conservation and public policy leaders at national and state levels to recruit, equip, and engage advocates and volunteers for on-the-ground conservation work, conservation advocacy, issue campaigns, outreach, and influence building.
- Develop and activate schedule of gatherings and other networking opportunities that deliver Audubon’s capacity-building program and foster peer-to-peer learning.
- With the Director of Policy for Texas, develop and implement campaign strategy to maximize grassroots engagement and growth.
- Contribute to communications efforts, ensuring high-quality communications consistent with Audubon’s voice and a strong and increasingly positive public perception of Audubon and Audubon’s positions and key strategic initiatives.
- Orchestrate training on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for chapter leaders and staff; work with TX staff to include equity, diversity, and inclusion considerations in plans for all programs.
- Support program and center staff in applying network-building strategies and organizing tactics to grow volunteer capacity and engagement.
- Provide periodic updates and recommendations to state board and staff to facilitate more productive integration at all levels of the organization.
- In partnership with Executive Director and development team, secure funds from individuals, foundations, and government agencies. Develop partnerships and relationships with funders, donors, and strategic partners to support and grow Audubon’s capacity for a diverse set of programs. Develop and manage program and grant budgets.
Qualifications and Experience
- 8+ years’ relevant experience in grassroots network building, grassroots advocacy, wildlife conservation, public service or related field, including at least 3 years managing staff and teams, required. A combination of education and experience will also be considered.
- Exceptional leadership skills with the proven ability to oversee and mentor professional staff while working effectively in a team-based environment.
- In-depth experience with community organizing, engagement, and activism in diverse communities.
- Clear track record of success in operational roles a must – demonstrated experience taking ideas from concept to design to execution, and linking objectives and outcomes to strategic goals.
- Proven experience in networking, engaging, and successfully sustaining diverse community partnership projects.
- Proven experience building the capacity of networks to successfully engage in advocacy and creating programmatic and organizational structures that prioritize equity and the inclusion of diverse perspectives.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to 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.
- Demonstrated and thorough understanding of how advocacy, communications, and grassroots engagement components effectively work together.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions.
- Familiarity with conservation, climate, and environmental issues with enough fluency to represent Audubon throughout the state of Texas.
- Technically savvy, to include proficiency with Microsoft Office suite applications and comfort using web-based engagement systems. Experience with EveryAction or similar voter/volunteer database desired.
- Willingness to travel, including some occasional out-of-state travel, and comfort working evenings and weekends as job responsibilities demand.
- Demonstrated interest in conservation and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society.
- Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish is preferred.