Audubon: Climate Campaigns Director

Position Summary:

The Climate Campaigns Director will be responsible for the development and execution of Audubon’s public engagement campaigns around climate change. Working in a highly matrixed organization and with a team of dedicated professionals the Climate Campaign Director will bring successful campaign experience and skills to help Audubon deliver on its ambitious goal of engaging one million new people around the issue of global warming to create a greater demand for change.

The Climate Campaigns Director will manage the development and implementation of various public engagement campaigns focused on strategies and tactics that will engage bird‐loving conservationists concerned about climate change throughout the network with an emphasis on Audubon’s key states.

Reporting to the Vice President, Climate, s/he will work closely with the Director for Climate Communications and Strategy and will manage the Climate Field Program Manager and Climate Field Communications Manager. S/he will be an instrumental member of the Climate Initiative’s leadership team. The Campaigns Director will support the Vice President, Climate with fundraising efforts as required.

Essential Functions:

  • Plan, support implementation and ensure delivery of Audubon’s climate campaigns (Climate Watch, Clean Energy for a Healthy Climate, Plants for Birds, and Because Birds Can’t Vote) to build a greater demand for solutions on climate change
  • Develop strategies and campaign plans for climate, adaptation, and policy efforts within Audubon’s key states and to support similar efforts throughout the network as appropriate
  • Work with Audubon’s VP for Climate and Director of Communications and Strategy to shape, refine, and adapt the strategies for executing Audubon’s climate initiative
  • Coordinate between Audubon’s Climate Initiative and the national policy office and state offices
  • Effectively communicate essential tactical and field goals to key internal and external audiences
  • Develop and deliver training on advocacy, organizing, and mobilization tactics as needed
  • Represent Audubon and the Climate Initiative with key stakeholders, within Audubon, and throughout the Audubon network
  • Work closely with Climate team to track and analyze performance of campaigns and implement plans to maximize results.
  • Manage and develop key program staff including the Field Communications Manager and the Program Manager
  • Support the VP for Climate and Audubon’s development team with fundraising efforts as necessary

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in public policy, political science, or related field; equivalent experience may be considered in lieu of education.
  • 7+ years of campaigning or organizing experience; grassroots advocacy experience preferred; with at least 3‐5 years at the senior level directing work of others.
  • 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.
  • A well‐organized thinker with excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability build consensus amongst a wide range of individuals. Comfort with presenting and engaging in public speaking events also necessary.
  • Ability to exercise extreme diplomacy, balance and flexibility when dealing with various personalities and sensitive situations to develop cohesive solutions and negotiate successful outcomes.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to lead, motivate and inspire a team
  • Strong problem solving skills, including ability to respond quickly and effectively address challenges and capitalize on opportunities.
  • Proven legislative campaign or issue/non‐profit advocacy experience.
  • Relentless commitment to meeting goals and deadlines, and demonstrated ability to motivate others to do the same.
  • Comfort working with politically diverse constituents.
  • Thorough understanding of how lobbying, communications and grassroots advocacy components effectively work together.
  • Experience developing diversified approaches to engage and influence the broader public to champion an issue or cause.
  • Open to learning/trying new methods for organizing or advocacy.
  • Willing to complete mundane as well as exciting tasks with equal enthusiasm.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other key Microsoft Office and web‐based products.

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