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Director (Juneau, Alaska) Job Locations US-AK-Anchorage Type
Regular, Full-Time Job Category Advocacy/Public Policy/Government
Relations ID 2020-4448 City Anchorage State/Province AK Overview
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. The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor
and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to a
policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion, and equal opportunity and
actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
Position Summary The Director of Policy will lead and define
policy efforts and overall governmental affairs functions to
advance Audubon’s mission and bird conservation objectives in
Alaska. Reporting to the Vice President and Executive Director of
Audubon Alaska, they will serve as a part of Alaska’s senior
leadership team and work closely with all staff to design strategic
The Director of Policy will lead the development and execution
of a state policy agenda to advance both state and federal
priorities, focusing on public lands, climate conservation
priorities, and protection for Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and
at-risk species. The Director is responsible for coordinating and
implementing policy efforts with staff across National Audubon and
Alaska programs. This includes engaging chapters, grassroots
networks, partners, proactively communicating issues and positions,
and helping attract contributions to execute successful policy
campaigns and conservation outcomes.
The Director of Policy will also be tasked with extending our
digital reach to more effectively and efficiently organize our
membership in Alaska and across the U.S. to take action on issues
that impact birds and communities in the state.
The ideal candidate is a skilled, experienced manager and
strategic thinker with a working background knowledge of Alaska
wildlife conservation, environmental, energy and/or climate
Remote from Juneau Only - Applicants from other locations will
also be considered.
Please note: Applicants that have submitted a cover letter are
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 Alaska Executive
Director and the VP of Conservation Policy, including the effective
engagement of internal and external stakeholders.
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
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.
Coordinate the efforts of state staff working on federal, state,
regional and local policy initiatives.
Raise the profile and visibility of Audubon Alaska as a leader
in conservation policy efforts; build creative and enduring
alliances and partnerships to support Audubon’s policy efforts and
serve as an effective, enthusiastic, and visible spokesperson for
Advance policy priorities through issue campaigns that engage
and expand Audubon’s network of individual volunteer advocates,
chapters and allies in Alaska with support from Audubon state and
Work with communications and policy staff to plan and implement
a communications and digital organizing program in support of
Audubon Alaska’s conservation priorities and issue campaigns to
include writing public policy position documents, fact sheets,
articles, newsletters, and press releases and social media
Engage board members to assist in achieving Audubon Alaska’s
Promote an organizational culture and structure that fosters
cooperation, communication, collaboration, teamwork, equity and
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
Qualifications and Experience Cover Letter Required
Bachelor's degree in political science, economics, or related
field and 10+ 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.
Successful track record working in federal, state, and local
governmental processes especially with Governors’ offices, state
and federal agencies, and legislative committees.
Keen understanding of current policy trends in Alaska related to
wildlife management, climate change, land and water conservation,
Indigenous law and experience applying this knowledge to policy
advocacy and implementation strongly preferred.
Exceptional leadership skills with the proven ability to oversee
and mentor professional staff while working effectively in a
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. Salesforce experience a plus.
Familiarity with planning, regulatory, and political processes
with respect to environmental issues in Alaska, particularly with
respect to Arctic oil development and Tongass National Forest.
Willingness to travel, including regular visits to Washington
DC, and comfort working evenings and weekends as job
Demonstrated interest in conservation and commitment to the
mission of the National Audubon Society.
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