Environmental Job Board

Executive Director, The Land Connection


Champaign, Illinois


Salaried Exempt.  Salary Range Begins at $60,000 and is commensurate with experience, includes healthcare benefits, vacation/sick days, and possibility of bonuses

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Personal health depends largely on food choices we make, and of whose hands we trust for our food. In the hands of farmers, we leave the care of our food supply. It is also in the hands of farmers to nourish and protect the resources of the land for future generations. TLC is a 501(c)3 organization working to grow the local food economy, both on and off the farm, for a healthy, resilient future. Here at TLC, we support and guide sustainable, entrepreneurial farming practices, and work to expand community access to the nourishing and flavorful food produced by the hands of local farmers.


As Executive Director, you will be responsible for all aspects of managing our organization, including the office and employees, programming, and finances. You will raise revenue through grant writing and cultivating relationships with foundations, corporations, and individuals. Working closely with staff, you will develop, manage, and evaluate our programming: farmer training, farmer’s market, food access programming, and other education and outreach programs.  You will also develop and maintain the organizational budget, and track income and expenses.  You will partner with other staff members in developing and achieving our overall goals and strategic plan.


Grant Writing and Management (35-40% effort)

    • Research and write grants to support all TLC programming
    • Develop grant budgets based on work required
    • Gain access to new funding streams through collaborative grants with other NGO’s
    • Manage implementation of the statement of work in grants received
    • Maintain the grant files, grant tracking, and required grant reports
    • Ensure compliance with grant reporting deadlines

Community/Donor/Fundraising Development and Management (20% effort)

    • Build name recognition and support for TLC and our programs
    • Interface with farmers, market patrons, donors, and the media
    • Grow our donor base and fundraising capabilities by networking with local and regional foundations, organizations, and individuals
    • Establish and maintain relationships with partners/allied organizations and individuals
    • Ensure that our website is well-maintained, and updated regularly with fresh contnt

Fundraising Campaign Development (15-20% effort)

    • Diversify our income streams to reduce dependence on grant funds
    • Oversee, plan, direct, implement, and execute annual fundraising efforts such as events, direct mail, and electronic campaigns

Financial Analysis and Management (15% effort)

    • Create and manage organizational budget
    • Perform or assign all general accounting activities of income and expenses in accordance with standard practices, and within the guidelines of our fiscal policies
    • Oversee the annual audit process
    • Prepare monthly financial reports, ensuring the accuracy of all financial transactions
    • Manage all financial activity related to programming to ensure budget goals are met

Personnel and Program Management (10% effort):

    • Actively supervise and inspire staff to ensure smooth and efficient operation
    • Build and maintain a supportive environment conducive to high morale and strong productivity, to maximize staff retention
    • Work with staff to develop incentives to increase overall job satisfaction
    • Increase our capacity through staff development
    • Lead staff to develop farmer training, farmers’ market, and education and outreach programs.
    • Hire and manage staff as needed and as funds allow
    • Manage the hiring and administration of all outside contractors, ensuring all projects are completed as specified; record all payouts to contractors for timely 1099 production
    • Manage payroll and timesheet activities
    • Manage day-to-day operations

Strategic Planning (2.5% effort)

    • Collaborate with the board with input from staff to develop long-term strategic goals
    • Fulfill our vision, mission, and strategic goals
    • Work closely with Program Managers and Outreach/Marketing Coordinator to develop, implement, and evaluate a communications plan

Board Communication (2.5% effort)

    • Attend board meetings
    • Provide the board with monthly reports of finances, organizational activities, potential problems, and notable achievements
    • Maintain close communication with the Board of Directors between meetings
    • Assist board committees on tasks relating to programming and other relevant areas


    • Demonstrated successful grant writing experience
    • Demonstrated ability to network with new and existing donors and project collaborators
    • Professional experience in fundraising and donor stewardship
    • Experience leading a staff or team of at least 3 individuals
    • Experience with non-profit organizations
    • Experience working with diversified funding streams (grants, foundations, donations, sponsorships, etc.)
    • Experience with local food systems, including local agriculture, farming, and farmers’ markets
    • Deep understanding of issues facing small farmers
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Motivated self-starter with a proven ability to work independently
    • Excellent communication skills, including writing, inter-personal communication, and presentation
    • Proficient with MS Office Suite, and a working knowledge of database and financial software
    • Experience developing and maintaining electronic file structures
    • Proficient at online research


    • Master’s Degree
    • Experience overseeing/managing a non-profit organization (or similar)
    • Ability to partner with staff to achieve results within tight deadlines
    • Existing relationships with central-Illinois farmers and local food organizations
    • Existing relationships with local businesses and leaders
    • Familiarity with Salesforce


    Please email your resume, cover letter, and the names of three references to careers@thelandconnection.org

    Please use the following subject line: Executive Director Application

    Applications will be accepted through Sunday, March 11, 2018 (Interviews may occur prior to the deadline.  We will be reviewing applications as they are received).

American Conservation Experience/BLM Direct Hire Authority Internship

SUMMARY: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management is seeking candidates interested in dedicating at least 11 weeks in support of BLM through the Direct Hire Authority Program.

A Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) internship is perhaps the most effective tool currently available to agencies seeking to expedite the hiring of qualified people in positions that must be filled quickly. It is a competitive and rigorous project based internship. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and ACE EPIC are looking to engage the next generation of conservation stewards. The program will raise awareness of our public lands, their accessibility, and the need for the community’s involvement in their preservation.

START DATE: June 3rd, 2018
END DATE: August 18th, 2018
COMPENSATION: $400-$600/wk.
LOCATION(S): Various locations throughout the United States.


    • US Citizenship
    • At least 17 years of age
    • Intern must be a current student in pursuit of a 4-year degree or recent graduate (within two years of internship end date) in a relevant field**
    • A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and ability to provide such documentation; Driving Record check will be completed during on-boarding process. (Interns must be 21+ to drive agency vehicles);
    • Ability to undergo a federal criminal history check
    • Effective oral and written communication skills
    • Precise attention to detail
    • Ability to function independently and with a team
    • Strong work ethic
    • High level of professionalism
    • Passion for public lands
    • Understanding of BLM Multiple Use Policies

**Please note: Direct Hire Authority must be utilized within two years of graduation. I.e. If you graduated May 2018, then you must utilize your DHA before May 2020, even though the internship ends August 2018. If current student, DHA status eligibility begins once you graduate.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Applications will be reviewed and rated according to the following criteria relevant educational and work experience, oral and written communication skills, maturity, professionalism, technical knowledge and expertise, evidence of adaptability and adventurousness, and ability to work effectively with diverse audiences. Final candidates will undergo a background check before beginning their assignment. The intern must be willing to represent ACE and the BLM in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.


    • Well written, professional resume emphasizing your unique skills and experiences,
    • Cover letter addressing these questions:
      • What position/location are you applying for specifically?
      • Graduation Date (Actual or Anticipated)
      • Why are you applying for this position specifically?
      • What skill sets do you bring to the position(s) you are applying for?
      • What are your future career goals and interests?
    • An up to date copy of your transcripts (unofficial is acceptable),
    • One letter of recommendation from a professional or educational reference (please upload in resume/cover letter section of application).

Please use the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/

It is highly recommended that before beginning the application, you review the Tips for Applying.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: All BLM DHA applications will close on March 1, 2018

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. Positions can close at any time.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact the EPIC Division Director for BLM Programs, Kelly Barrett at 385-272-0472 or kbarrett@usaconservation.org

Please visit http://www.usaconservation.org/programs/epic-internship/dha-home/ for more information about the BLM Direct Hire Authority Internship Program.

CALSTART Midwest Regional Director

CALSTART ‘s mission is to support and grow the clean transportation industry, and by doing so make the air healthy to breathe, prevent climate change, strengthen the nation, and create jobs by growing the clean transportation technology industry. With more than 25 years of experience, CALSTART is recognized nationally and internationally as an effective industry catalyst organization. CALSTART’s member companies are diverse and include Eaton, Tesla Motors, UPS, Ford, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Kenworth, General Motors, Meritor and AxleTech.

CALSTART focuses its work in four major initiatives: cars, buses, trucks (and non-road vehicles), and fuels. CALSTART advances each of these sectors by supporting technology development, assessing and validating new technologies and products, accelerating market growth by supporting clean vehicle incentive programs, providing policy guidance and implementation, and giving valued-added services to its member organizations. CALSTART is a national organization with multiple offices in several states. We believe now is our time and we are planning for growth.  If you want a career where you are making a real impact and benefiting both society and the environment, you should consider coming to work for CALSTART.

In the Midwest region, CALSTART is currently managing programs to develop dual-use high-efficiency vehicle technologies of value to commercial and military users, working to advance connected and automated vehicle technologies and address cybersecurity concerns, providing clean vehicle purchase incentives to fleets, helping grow the supply chain for advanced vehicle components and working to demonstrate zero- and near-zero emission buses. The organization sees significant opportunities to work with its member companies and partners in the Midwest to expand the production and use of cleaner and lower carbon cars, trucks, buses, and fuels.

One of the main activities the successful candidate will undertake is managing specific technical and project activities related to the HTUF program.  This program is funded by the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) located at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Michigan.  Current HTUF activities are focused on vehicle electrification, connected and automated vehicle technology development and demonstration, and raising the awareness of vehicle cybersecurity issues.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The ideal candidate will have excellent written communication skills, and significant experience in technical analysis, research, grant writing, program management and coordination, client relations, and outreach. Knowledge of key policy and political leaders in the Midwest would be extremely valuable, as would strong familiarity with the automotive industry and advanced technologies for trucks, buses and cars. Successful candidates must have a positive “can do” attitude and think quickly on his or her feet. We want someone with a passion for CALSTART’s mission and for making a difference, who can anticipate and fulfill project partner needs, and supports an environment that promotes inclusiveness and team-building. We seek a Midwest Regional Director who can proactively lead company activities in the Midwest, manage existing projects, and create new ones.

He or she will have the necessary technical skills to play a direct and active role in supporting and ideally managing a variety of advanced transportation projects and should be able to perform the following tasks with strong competency:

    • Managing programs and establishing relationships
    • Investigating and pursuing new business opportunities in the Midwest area that leverage CALSTART experience and expertise
    • Conducting research and technical analysis
    • Producing high quality reports
    • Developing and writing proposals
    • Organizing and leading meetings that engage stakeholders
    • Making presentation before small and large groups

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree with ten (10) or more years of work experience, preferably with strong transportation and/or military vehicle technology industries. The candidate will have a strong technical, analytical or engineering background and can demonstrate a high competency level with technologies and technical issues. A high degree of proficiency in writing and communications are essential. Candidates must have the capability of presenting to and working with diverse stakeholder groups. The candidate must display personal initiative and be driven by a passion for the clean transportation industry. It is essential that the candidate be well organized and have impressive program management capabilities. The candidate should be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of applications, with a high degree of competence in using spreadsheets. The candidate will be able to work on their own for significant periods and potentially supervise staff as when new opportunities arise. The successful applicant would assist in establishing a new CALSTART office in the Southeastern Michigan area and will have a willingness and ability to travel in and around the Midwest area (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana) to manage, pursue, and develop projects.

The following skills and experience are highly preferred. They will be viewed favorably and will provide an advantage:
    • A strong network of relevant industry and government contacts in the Midwest.
    • Specific knowledge of and expertise with advanced transportation technologies and fuels.
    • Knowledge and experience working with commercial and/or military vehicle technology development and demonstration programs
    • Knowledge of Life-Cycle Cost Analysis, Financial Analysis, or Economic Modeling.
    • An advanced degree.
    • Experience managing government contracts and programs.
    • Certificate or training in program management.

SALARY: CALSTART offers a strong compensation package. In addition to a competitive salary, CALSTART currently offers employees a company-paid health plan including dental and vision care. The compensation plan also includes a retirement plan equivalent to 8 percent of the annual salary. CALSTART allows for flexible work hours as appropriate, and provides funding for transit. The organization also has a strong interest in employee growth and skills development.
The full-time position is in a new office Southeastern Michigan.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should send their responses in email form only and must include a cover letter explaining why they should be considered for this position and a resume. A salary history is also requested.

Applicants should send their information to Margaret DeGuzman: mdeguzman@calstart.org

CALSTART, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. As such, CALSTART offers equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. These opportunities include all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, job placement, training, compensation, benefits, discipline, advancement, and termination. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Friends of the Chicago River – Office Manager

Friends of the Chicago River
Title: Office Manager
Reports to: Executive Director
Revised: December 2017

Friends of the Chicago River seeks an Office Manager to oversee the day to day on-site operations of this award winning organization and ensure that all systems are running efficiently and effectively and all employees have the tools they need to do their jobs well. The Office Manager must be extremely organized, capable of multitasking at all times, and be trustworthy and able to handle sensitive and highly confidential information. The right candidate will be friendly, proactive, loyal, and have experience supporting an executive director or similar position.
As the only organization exclusively dedicated to improving the Chicago River, Friends seeks an individual who is committed to the environment and views the river as an important part of the history, culture, and future of the Chicago region.

Finance and Administration
 Serve as organizational bookkeeper, maintaining FundEZ financial software on a regular basis
 Manage accounts payable process including review of incoming financial documentation and distribution to cost center managers for review and approval; process all invoices and reimbursements for payment through bookkeeping system; printing, sending and filing of payment checks; ensure timely processing of payments
 Manage accounts receivable process including working with staff to create and send invoices for services and sponsorships
 Review incoming bills and other financial documentation; distribute invoices to appropriate cost center managers for review and/or redistribution to key staff daily
 Create and distribute monthly cost center reports from the accounting system for staff
 Create month end statements for electronic payment methods, including credit card, ACH and EFT, for the accountants to prepare the month end close
 Review cash deposits and daily income reports from the development assistant, deposit cash funds into the bank, and record deposits in accounting system
Office Management
 Ensure the office is running smoothly at all times and staff have the resources they need to achieve their goals
 Oversee the purchasing of office supplies
 Serve as main point of contact for office issues including office equipment, supplies, technology, and space
 Serve as ongoing liaison with the office of the building regarding ongoing space and building issues
 Serve as technology lead and work with consultants to proactively ensure that computers, servers and printers are properly functioning at all times
 Oversee the purchasing, leasing, support, maintenance of office equipment and vendor
 Oversee all vendors and contractors who service the organization including negotiating contracts in conjunction with the executive director and managing costs
 Ensure entire office is orderly and well managed
Human Resources
 Maintain and implement employee benefits programs. Inform employees of benefits by studying and assessing benefit needs; work with benefits broker to review benefits programs and create annual cash flow projections for employee and employer contributions; recommend benefit programs to executive director; manage enrollments and terminations of employees; educate the staff about benefits options and provide guidance throughout the year.
 Oversee the administration all personnel issues including orientation of new employees; ensure staff are adhering to office policies and procedures; oversee closure of benefits and compensation for exiting employees
 Manage monthly staff meetings which includes planning the agenda, soliciting program reports, providing meeting notices, and taking and circulating meeting minutes
 Oversee personnel month end activities including collection of timesheets and reimbursements
 Maintain and update master time off calendar for all staff; send quarterly updates to supervisors to ensure employees are taking their time
 By the direction of executive director, implement office policies that enhance and improve the work dynamic in the office
Assist executive director as requested.

The position requires a seasoned administrative professional who has the experience and vision to manage the office and ensure that everything operates smoothly. This includes five or more years of human resources, finance, and office management experience. Other requirements include:
 Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects concurrently while achieving deadlines and results in a fast paced environment
 Excellent oral and written communication skills
 Outstanding analytical skills and great attention to detail
 Strong computer skills, including accounting software (preferably Fund EZ), database fluency, and Microsoft Office suite
 Organized, flexible, and self-directed individual who is willing and able to pitch in with both high-level strategies and the fundamental details of operations-specific implementation
 Willingness and ability to serve occasional nights and weekends
 Intent to support Friends of the Chicago River in the long term
 The ability to serve with alacrity

Friends offer excellent benefits including medical insurance, generous paid leave, and a retirement match after two years of employments. Salary commensurate with experience.

Email resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and three professional references as PDF files to the attention of Margaret Frisbie, Executive Director at jobs@chicagoriver.org or Friends of the Chicago River, 411 S. Wells, #800, Chicago, IL 60607
Please NO calls, faxes or emails (other than emails presenting resume and cover letter).

Friends of the Chicago River – Communications Director

Friends of the Chicago River
TITLE: Communications Director
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
DATE: December 6, 2017

Friends of the Chicago River seeks an experienced marketing and public relations professional to serve as the first communications director for our award-winning environmental organization.
As a key member of the senior leadership team, the communications director will serve as the chief strategist for Friends’ communications efforts and develop and implement a creative and integrated communications plan in support of all Friends’ programs and strategic initiatives. Using Friends’ new strategic plan as a guide, the communications director will increase awareness of Friends and our public policy and planning, education and outreach, and on-the-ground efforts; build further support for our mission; and help strengthen Friends’ financially. Well rounded and with experience in a comparably sized organization, the communications director will be expected to drive efforts through the implementation of an annual communications plan while responding simultaneously to emerging issues and opportunities on a daily basis.
As the only organization exclusively dedicated to improving the Chicago River system, Friends seeks an individual who is committed to and knowledgeable about the environment; already views the Chicago River system as an essential part of the history, culture, and future of the Chicago region; and shows real enthusiasm for the work and the river.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES  Develop external communications strategies that drive policy change, maintain and increase Friends’ presence in the community, and build support for our efforts
 Develop and implement an annual communications plan that utilizes Friends’ existing platforms and capitalizes upon them
 Define messages that inspire and motivate members, funders, volunteers, partners and other stakeholders and tell stories that convey the distinctive contributions and value of Friends of the Chicago River
 Develop an active media relations program which includes relationship cultivation with traditional and nontraditional media, pitching stories, managing press conferences, and coordinating responses to media requests  Produce, edit, and oversee high quality written and visual content for social media, newsletters, annual reports, speeches, special events, public comments, articles and messaging for and with Friends’ executive director and other senior staff
 Maintain Friends’ web page with current information on all program areas
 Support all aspects of Friends’ upcoming 40th Anniversary
 Promote Friends’ programs and specials events
 Develop an understanding of river-related issues and stay well-versed in Friends’
 Track and report on campaign metrics  Create and implement organizational protocols for Friends’ photo files and archives
 Participate in Friends’ annual all-staff events  Develop a crisis communication plans and provides counsel to senior leaders
 Special projects as necessary

The right candidate will be highly motivated, expected to recognize and seize opportunities, and possess:  A bachelor’s degree with a minimum eight years in nonprofit communications including a minimum three years in a leadership position, preferably environmentally related  Experience in marketing and public relations  Evidence of success in media relations and knowledge of the Chicago media market  Superior writer with excellent interpersonal, verbal, and presentation skills
 Be highly organized with experience managing multiple tasks in a small organization  The ability to develop and execute communications strategy and annual plans to serve multiple audiences
 Demonstrable skill with traditional and social media
 Ability to work efficiently and prioritize tasks to meet program and organizational goals  A highly collaborative work style with a track record of working effectively across multiple departments and with a diverse group of people
 A commitment to results and solid quantitative skills to perform post-program analysis
 Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends for events and special projects as required
 An interest in and commitment to improving and protecting natural resources and the Chicago River
 Willingness to serve with alacrity and adhere to Friends’ stated values from our strategic plan

BENEFITS Friends offer excellent benefits including generous paid leave, medical and dental insurance, and a retirement match after two years of employment. Salary commensurate with experience. Friends of the Chicago River is an equal opportunity employer. TO APPLY Please send your resume and cover letter as PDFs files describing: 1) your interest in this position, 2) the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, 3) salary requirements, and 4) two writing/media/marketing samples to the attention of Margaret Frisbie, Executive Director via email to jobs@chicagoriver.org, subject line: Communications Director or mail to Friends of the Chicago River, 411 S. Wells, #800, Chicago, IL 60607. No applications will be considered without a personalized cover letter detailing the applicant’s specific interest in this position.


Audubon Great Lakes – Communications Manager

Audubon Great Lakes – Communications Manager


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 nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary

The Communications Manager holds primary responsibility for regional and state-level communications around policy and conservation priorities to Audubon members, the public, and key decision makers for Audubon Great Lakes. In that role, and in coordination with counterparts in the Audubon network such as communications staff in Minnesota and New York, the Manager develops regional communications strategies for Audubon’s priority issues, frames messages, develops content, develops earned and digital media strategies, and maximizes use of marketing tools including print and digital media. S/he will work closely with the news media and relevant news outlets to deliver Audubon’s conservation message and to engage constituencies and donors.

The Communications Manager is also responsible for developing print and online content and managing consultants, vendors, and staff to implement an aggressive communications program in the region. The Manager coaches program leaders to develop and deliver quality materials and generate social and digital media in support of strategies to publicize programs and conservation goals.

This position will report directly to the Vice President & Executive Director of Audubon Great Lakes, a regional office of National Audubon Society serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. S/he will work closely with communications and conservation staff across the Great Lakes basin, the Vice President of Communications in Audubon’s national headquarters, and other national and regional communications, conservation, and policy teams.

Essential Functions

  • Develop communications plans, messaging guidance, and media training for Audubon’s priority issue campaigns in the region, including but not limited to Audubon’s Great Lakes initiative, Audubon Great Lakes’ conservation agenda, and National Audubon Society’s federal priorities in the states served by the Chicago office.
  • Engage Audubon members across the Great Lakes on local, state and national conservation issues, focusing on Audubon’s Great Lakes initiative and Audubon’s other priority conservation campaigns.
  • Secure local and regional earned media for Audubon’s Great Lakes initiative and other regional conservation priorities. Coordinate with Media Relations team at National HQ to elevate Audubon in national media.
  • Manage digital communications for Audubon’s Great Lakes initiative and other regional conservation priorities.
  • Advise on communications strategy for Grange Insurance Audubon Center
  • Coordinate messaging and communications with Audubon Minnesota, Audubon New York, Audubon Pennsylvania and National Audubon Society as well as regional chapters. Develop budgets and manage vendors and contracts for communications services.
  • Along with program leaders, conduct strategic communications and outreach to influence policy makers.
  • Manage regional communications staff and interns, as needed.
  • Evaluate results of communications program.
  • Engage a variety of stakeholders, including recruiting and training volunteer leaders and staff on communications skills and strategies, as well as coaching Audubon State Directors, chapter leaders, and volunteers to become effective spokespeople for the organization.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, marketing or a closely related field required. Equivalent combination of education and experience also considered.
  • 5+ years in public relations, journalism or other communications fields and 3 years’ professional experience with campaign organizing, fundraising, project management and/or advocacy required.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills a must; ability to work with multiple stakeholder groups across a decentralized organization also necessary.
  • Strong leadership skills and experience managing and mentoring volunteer groups.
  • Excellent writing skills with a knack for online communications and messaging required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and obvious ability to easily learn how to use tools to manage online communications tools.
  • Experience using media databases such as Cision, Vocus or Meltwater strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • A flexible approach to work, with a willingness to travel, as needed, and participate in programs occurring after typical business hours.
  • Strong personal presence and demonstrated interest in wildlife conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society.
  • Spanish-language proficiency and experience working with diverse media outlets are strongly preferred.

Apply for this job online.

Audubon Great Lakes – Director of Policy

Audubon Great Lakes – Director of Policy


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 nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary

Audubon Great Lakes (AGL) is the regional arm of National Audubon Society, working across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin and the lead office for Audubon’s Great Lakes conservation strategy.  Audubon’s bipartisan membership base in the region spans more than 55 chapters and 112,000 people. Based in Chicago and reporting to AGL’s Executive Director, the Director of Policy is responsible for localizing national policy priorities, building state-based policy agendas, and collaborating with the Executive Director to elevate Audubon’s leadership in the region. This new position has been created to build political power to advance conservation policy to protect birds and the places they need across the region.

The Director of Policy is responsible for leading the policy efforts and overall governmental affairs functions for the five states managed by Audubon Great Lakes as well as leading conservation policy strategy across the Great Lakes Basin.  As part of AGL’s senior leadership team, s/he will collaborate with the Executive Director and senior conservation policy, fundraising, and engagement leads at AGL and across National Audubon to develop a regional policy agenda to advance both state and federal priorities. The Director of Policy will collaborate closely with the Director of Engagement to successfully engage our bipartisan network and conservation partners for successful policy campaigns and conservation leadership.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled, experienced manager and a strategic thinker, and have a background in Great Lakes and water conservation, renewable energy, and/or climate change policy.

Essential Functions

  • Lead the development and effective implementation of annual and longer-term state and federal policy advocacy and campaign goals as directed by the AGL Executive Director and the VP of Conservation Policy, including the effective engagement of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop and deliver on a policy agenda around issues impacting the ecological health of the Great Lakes in coordination with the National policy team and Audubon offices in Minnesota, New York, and Pennsylvania
  • Provide periodic updates and recommendations to state and national board and staff to facilitate more productive integration at all levels of the organization. This may include identifying important issues that need to be addressed across the range of priority conservation programs and highlighting successful case studies.
  • Develop productive relationships with key state-elected and agency officials/leaders, as well as the regional Congressional delegation and federal agencies critical to Audubon goals.
  • Research and guide framing of the Great Lakes region and related public policy positions, including development of briefing papers and talking points, and work to advance those positions externally.
  • Work closely and effectively with consultants that Audubon retains for policy work; act as a liaison on projects and report updates to the Executive Director following meetings.
  • Collaborate with Audubon’s development team to identify, cultivate, and make requests to donors and foundations.  Be an active partner in helping to brainstorm engagement strategies for current and new members interested in the state’s advocacy work.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, economics, or related field and 5-7 years’ professional experience in policy, grassroots advocacy, wildlife conservation, public service or related field, including at least 3 years managing staff and teams, required. Experience in conservation, renewable energy, and/or climate related issues is preferred.  Equivalent 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.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability build consensus amongst 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.
  • Desire and ability to advocate for complex, aggressive conservation positions in both small and large settings.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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