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  • Sanctuary Director, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary

    Guest New Jersey Audubon
    • Employer: NJ Audubon
      Location: Bernardsville, NJ
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Reports to:    Vice President of Education (With Secondary Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer)

    Job Classification:  Fulltime regular (40 hours/week), salaried, exempt

    Job Description:  The sanctuary director is responsible for the overall success of NJ Audubon program activities, conservation priorities, donor cultivation/fundraising, and operations at the sanctuary.  The sanctuary encompasses 300 acres and several buildings.  The sanctuary director is actively involved in NJ Audubon’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ).  The sanctuary director is expected to maintain, grow, and promote center-based programming that reflects the NJ Audubon mission and meets the needs of our members, our community, and the region. The sanctuary director takes a leadership role in membership growth, donor cultivation, sanctuary stewardship and community outreach.  The sanctuary director encourages and maintains an active, cooperative interface between staff, volunteers, and interns involved in these programs as well as promoting NJ Audubon as a membership-based conservation organization.



    ·         Develop and implement long-range strategic goals in support of NJ Audubon’s Conservation Priorities and DEIJ efforts.

    ·         Oversee the operations of the center, all associated programs, and financial results.

    ·         Work with Chief Financial Officer to develop annual budget and conduct monthly monitoring of financial results for the sanctuary with a goal of aligning funding to priorities and maintaining financial sustainability.

    ·         Work with the Director of Human Resources to hire, train, and supervise staff so that the work and mission of NJ Audubon are fulfilled and comply with all organizational and legal requirements for hiring and employment practices.

    ·         Work with HR and center staff to manage an effective volunteer program according to NJ Audubon’s expectations.

    ·         Maintain ongoing coordination with NJ Audubon senior staff regarding programmatic, operational, and human resources and administrative policies and procedures.

    Community Outreach and Engagement

    ·         Serve as an engaged ambassador representing NJ Audubon in the local community, expanding the Organization’s presence to increase local awareness, support, and participation, and maintain routine contact with town officials and representatives.

    ·         Work with the Communications Department to coordinate marketing and promotions of all programs including media, social media, and community-outlets for Center programs. 

    ·         Actively promote the sanctuary’s programs by contacting new members of the public.  Foster good relationships with our educational base including schools, scouts, youth groups, and other student-oriented groups as well as senior citizens and other community-based organizations.


    ·         Strive to increase membership base in cooperation with Development Department and other departments as appropriate.

    ·         Work with VP of Development to create, implement and evaluate annual fundraising plan, conducting events, and engaging with major donors.

    ·         Work with the VP of Development to act as the lead fundraising representative at the center and participate in collaborative fundraising efforts.


    ·         Work with the Program Director to oversee, coordinate and/or provide natural history / environmental education to diverse audiences including summer camps, schools, and other interest groups, adult natural history/birding field trips and workshops.

    ·         Work with center education team and VP of Education to develop and assess programs including programs for underserved populations.

    ·         Work with senior staff to identify and develop grant-funded programs using a team approach to implementation.

    ·         Work with the Program Director to promote statewide education initiatives.

    Visitor Sevrices and Retail Operations

    ·         Maintain a welcoming space to effectively engage visitors.

    ·         Oversee a nature-focused retail operations that highlights visitor engagement and education

    ·         Work with Chief Financial Officer and finance team on retail operations efficiency, maintaining costs and appropriate inventory.

    Facilities / Property

    ·         Oversee grounds and facilities maintenance, inspections and improvements, including buildings and onsite equipment such as heating/cooling systems . 

    ·         Ensure the safety, maintenance, and security of sanctuary property.

    ·         Work with VP of Stewardship to develop, implement and evaluate property stewardship plan.


    ·         Prepare written reports, proposals and plans as required in cooperation with sanctuary administrative team.

    ·         Attend department and NJ Audubon meetings and serve on department and organizational committees as requested by supervisor.

    ·         Assume additional responsibilities as requested for the good order and operation of the sanctuary.


    ·         Degree in the sciences or education or relevant practical experience in a similar position.

    ·         Minimum three-years of experience in managing a nature center, supervising staff and coordinating volunteers.

    ·         Good natural history knowledge of NJ flora, fauna and habitats with a strong foundation in conservation science with the ability to inspire others to explore the natural world.

    ·         Demonstrated fundraising (including grant-writing and donor cultivation), budgeting and finance experience.

    ·         Strong computer (Microsoft Office 365) and Social Media Skills to fulfill the job requirements.

    ·         Excellent written and oral communication skills.

    ·         Punctual with excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.

    ·         Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and accept direction and constructive feedback.

    ·         Motivated self-starter able to work independently in the execution of their responsibilities while collaborating with other staff and organizations with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude

    ·         Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality

    ·         Flexibility to adjust hours to meet deadlines and needs of the organization, including availability to work occasional evenings and weekends and travel as needed.

    ·         Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a vehicle in NJ, have the physical capacity to walk throughout the land and buildings of the sanctuary, be able to move materials and to lift 50 lbs. [AI1] [DR2] and operate mechanical equipment as needed.

    ·         Have or obtain and maintain certification for self and staff for First Aid, CPR, and other public safety certification appropriate for the activities at the site including satisfactory background check.

    Start Date: Late Fall 2022

    Salary: $64,000 to $70,000 depending upon experience.

    Deadline: This position will remain open until filled.


    Qualified individuals may apply by emailing cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document to hr.shwsdirector@njaudubon.org

    Please indicate job title in the subject line so that your application is routed to the correct department.


    We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply. The New Jersey Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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