A Legacy of Conservation Success
The National Audubon Society is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential conservation organizations in the United States. Since 1905, passion for birds and nature has been the driving force behind Audubon’s conservation legacy. It inspired our important role in some of the most significant victories for birds and the environment, including the establishment of the first National Wildlife Refuges, the banning of DDT in 1972, landmark legislation like the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, and the establishment of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
The most effective network in conservation
Audubon’s legacy of success is built upon the strength of our national network of more than one million members, 463 chapters, 23 state offices, 41 nature centers, 23 wildlife sanctuaries, and the four million people we reach each year, both on the ground and online. Dozens of international partnerships extend our reach and impact throughout the Western Hemisphere, supporting protection of migratory birds both in the U.S. and on their wintering grounds in the Caribbean and Latin America.
21st Century Results
Audubon’s blend of science, education, and policy expertise has enabled us to play a leading role in many of the last decade’s most important victories for birds and conservation, from Congressional passage of the RESTORE Act that delivers $20 billion to restore the Gulf coast, to new protections for Greater-Sage Grouse on 67 million acres in the American West.
The Turnaround Story: Leadership at Audubon
The National Audubon Society is a $120M+, 700+ employee, 1.4M member organization that works seamlessly across large geographical areas to protect birds and people and the places they need to thrive. But it wasn’t always this way. Only under the leadership of David Yarnold, who joined Audubon in 2010 as its 10th President and CEO, has Audubon been able to make good on its claim of having the most effective network in conservation. When launching a new case study about Audubon in the fall of 2017, the Harvard Business School remarked, “It was the most impressive turnaround of a legacy organization we’ve ever seen.”
It is an exciting time to join Audubon’s development team of 65. At the midpoint in our five-year strategic plan, Audubon is now embarking on the most ambitious multi-year fundraising effort in our 100+ year history—a nine-figure campaign that generates the resources needed to achieve the goals laid out in our strategic plan, substantially increases annual operating revenue, recruits new volunteer leadership and major donors, and raises Audubon’s profile in the conservation sector (and nonprofit space more broadly).
Led by Chief Development Officer Sean O’Connor, Audubon is tackling this campaign amid a complete reinvention of its development operation. Less than a year ago, Audubon made the pivotal decision to reorganize development staff across the country—shifting the reporting lines of all state- and center-based development staff, who had historically reported through our state office infrastructure, to create one national development team.
This fundamental shift in culture was driven by a relatively simple and straightforward idea—how do we create the conditions that will enable all Audubon donors to make their biggest gift to their greatest passion?
Through its Advocacy Center, the National Audubon Society identifies transformative conservation policy solutions and mobilizes the most effective conservation network in America to secure real protections for birds and the places they need now and into the future. The Center houses four key functions:
The Advocacy Center knits together and drives Audubon’s policy agenda by leveraging Audubon’s best assets: we are local everywhere, we innovate pragmatic and science-based conservation solutions, birds allow us to make conservation policy tangible and personal, and we have a membership and agenda that builds broad coalitions and catalyzes bipartisan accomplishments.
Reporting to the Vice President of Strategic Giving, the Senior Director of Development, Advocacy is a critical member of Audubon’s Development Leadership. This newly created position will be responsible for building an advocacy-focused funding stream and raising Audubon’s profile within the political landscape and among its organizational peers. The Senior Director will partner with colleagues across the organization—particularly the Policy team—as well as with Executive leadership.
Just as biodiversity strengthens natural systems, the diversity of human experience strengthens our conservation efforts for the benefit of nature and all human beings. Audubon must represent and reflect that human diversity, embracing it in all the communities where we work, in order to achieve our conservation goals. To that end, we are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff, board, volunteers, members, and supporters, and to fostering an inclusive network of Audubon Centers and Chapters in all kinds of communities, from rural to urban.
Equity, diversity and inclusion is not only a best practice for business, it’s a strategic imperative. Our business and conservation strategies are enriched and made stronger by the contribution of the experiences, perspectives, and values of diverse individuals and communities. Protecting and conserving nature and the environment transcends political, cultural and social boundaries, and so must Audubon in order to expand our network’s reach and engage more people in protecting birds and habitat.
We are dedicated to providing a work environment that prioritizes fairness and respect. At Audubon, all employees are treated equally and are encouraged to achieve their fullest potential. We respect the individuality of each member of our community, and we are committed to a workplace free of any kind of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, national or ethnic origin, politics, or veteran status.
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