The National Audubon Society (Audubon), an influential and widely trusted $135 million nonprofit, seeks a Vice President for Climate. For more than a century, Audubon has protected birds and the places they need. Its legacy is built on science, education, advocacy, and on-the-ground conservation—all brought together through an unparalleled network of more than 450 local chapters, 22 state and regional offices, 34 nature centers, and more than 700 staff nationwide. With an ever growing and increasingly diverse membership (currently 1.7 million), Audubon is uniquely positioned to drive positive change locally, nationally, and throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Audubon’s work on climate was initiated in 2014 following the first of its two landmark scientific reports that demonstrate that climate change is the most pervasive threat to birds in North America and around the globe. In the organization’s 2016-2020 strategic plan, climate is identified as one of five top strategic priorities, cutting across all of its programmatic work. Audubon addresses the climate threat through both adaptation and mitigation solutions. Its advocacy work is highly pragmatic, focused on building bipartisan coalitions and serving as a trusted resource to decision-makers. It draws upon its large, passionate, centrist membership base to advocate for a suite of politically achievable solutions that dramatically reduce carbon emissions and build resilience into ecosystems. Audubon recognizes that its unique strength is this grassroots constituency, a critical and often missing piece of previous national climate policy efforts.
Reporting to the Chief Conservation Officer, the VP oversees a budget of $10M and leads a team of six direct reports. The position calls for a politically savvy leader and team builder who is already steeped in climate advocacy work and brings a well-established network of climate experts, campaigners, strategists, and climate advocates. In a highly matrixed and distributed organization, the VP, Climate must be an especially strong and flexible collaborator, able to draw upon and engage the talents of Audubon’s outstanding staff and inspire the passions of its vast bipartisan grassroots network. A deep understanding of and sophistication about climate politics and policy is essential. Skills in fundraising and public representation are also critical.
Although the VP, Climate is expected to be located in Audubon’s DC office, exceptional candidates from other locations will be considered. Audubon actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates in this search.