Golden Gate Audubon Society’s (GGAS) mission is to engage people to experience the wonder of birds and to translate that wonder into actions that protect native bird populations and their habitats. Having recently celebrated its Centennial year and adopted a 3-year Strategic Plan (2020-2023), GGAS is poised to have an even greater impact in the years and decades ahead. GGAS operates with a small staff, an active Board of Directors, a large community of committed volunteers and is committed to the principles of equity and inclusion. GGAS is an independent chapter of the National Audubon Society. To learn more about us, please visit https://goldengateaudubon.org/.
About the Role
to work in collaboration with the Board, its small, talented staff, and volunteers to manage, nurture, and grow its programs designed to support a community of Bay Area conservationists and bird enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. The Executive Director will report to the Board. With the overall task of leading the organization into its next chapter of operational success, the specific areas of responsibility include:
Leading Programs and Operations
● Oversee GGAS's conservation, education, and volunteer programs.
● Lead strategic planning and execution, conduct regular reviews of progress toward organizational goals, and communicate progress to staff, board members, and the public.
Supporting the Board of Directors in Organizational Governance
● Work closely with the Board to implement our strategic and financial plans.
● Facilitate Board activities, including Board meetings, recruitment, and training.
Leading Fundraising Efforts and Providing Fiscal Oversight
● In collaboration with the Development Director, create then lead a strategy to sustain a diverse funding base that will grow GGAS’s revenue from its current $600,000+ level.
● Prepare, present, and manage a balanced budget.
● Lead program staff in fundraising activities, including donor relationships, grant applications and reporting, appeals, and major events.
Managing Staff and Volunteers
● Promote an organizational culture that fosters strong teamwork, effective communication, and commitment to our mission.
● Support the success of five full- and part-time staff members and a broad network of dedicated and energetic volunteers.
Serving as Primary Organizational Spokesperson
● With the Communications Director, develop and then execute a communications strategy to maximize GGAS’s impact in pursuit of its goals.
● Serve as chief spokesperson to the media and the public.
● Clearly communicate with members and funders.
● Establish ongoing relationships with public and private partners, decision-makers, and stakeholders.
Engaging the Community and Supporting Conservation Advocacy
● In partnership with our active East Bay and San Francisco conservation volunteer committees, identify GGAS’s advocacy priorities and support volunteers’ efforts to achieve them via public testimony, written comments, outreach to decision-makers, and legal action.
● Promote engagement by all community sectors in the full range of GGAS activities.