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 approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 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). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion, and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
The Senior Program Manager is responsible for delivering Audubon’s coastal stewardship program across the central Gulf Coast region (Louisiana and Mississippi). The program includes monitoring and stewardship of coastal birds during the breeding and non-breeding seasons, engagement of volunteers and community leaders, and delivery of education and outreach activities and frameworks. The Program Manager is responsible for building a cohesive and sustainable team that is representative of the region, resourcing and managing the program’s budgets and associated grants, and collaborating across national and regional departments to ensure that the coastal stewardship program is fully integrated into Audubon’s local and national strategies and assets. This includes collaborating closely with the region’s centers and sanctuaries, finance and operations, and conservation and policy teams.
The Senior Program Manager will report to the Senior Director of Conservation in the region. The position will be located in Moss Point, MS or in New Orleans, LA. They will be responsible for managing a team of full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff.
Leadership and Staff Management
- In collaboration with regional leadership, establish clear program objectives and goals that include bird conservation, volunteer engagement, public outreach, policy, and financial outcomes for the region
- Develop new strategies and programmatic elements to deepen the impact and raise the visibility of Audubon’s coastal stewardship program, including identifying opportunities for geographic expansion
- Build and manage a representative staff that bring a variety of strengths, perspectives, and experiences to the program
- In partnership with the development and regional conservation teams, raise funds from individuals, foundations, and government agencies, and manage budgets, reporting schedules, and donor/funder relationships to ensure a sustainable program model
- Oversee all operational aspects of the program’s activities, budget, grant management, and reporting
- Establish and deepen relationships and intentionally cultivate diverse partnerships with key stakeholders, including local and state agencies and decision makers and partner conservation and community organizations.
Financial Planning and Management
- Manage budgets and associated grants, including timely submission of reports and solicitations of new funds
- Develop strong relationships with the funder and donor community to inspire continued and growing investment in Audubon’s work on the coast and beyond
- Work with finance and grant management staff to create and maintain accurate and complete grant records.
Program Development and Implementation
- In partnership with the regional conservation team, expand and deploy coordinated monitoring and stewardship protocols for protection of coastal birds, with aligned and accurate data collection and analysis
- Work with stewardship team to implement strong stewardship practices, including the recruitment of a representative network of volunteers, and provide them with training, management, and recognition
- Ensure deliverables in all supporting grants are being met and reported on time
- Provide strategic oversight and manage coordination efforts for all aspects of the program across the region, from Audubon staff and leadership to partner organization
- Cultivate and maintain productive working relationships with all partnering organizations, agencies, groups and individuals participating in the program, particularly landowners and land managers where the work is being performed
- Integrate coastal stewardship programming and coastal bird conservation priorities into habitat restoration planning and delivery.
Outreach and Communications
- Serve as the public face of the coastal stewardship program with media, community events, and donors/funders, building trust and raising visibility of Audubon’s work along the Gulf Coast
- Collaborate with regional communications and conservation teams to develop and implement an effective communication campaign that includes presentations, volunteer engagement materials, and management of media requests
- Define clear objectives and deliver strong engagement and support of volunteer stewards and monitors, with a particular emphasis on the engagement of Audubon members, chapters, college chapters, and BIPOC communities.
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Education, Non‐profit Management, Environmental Studies, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred.
- Minimum of 5 years of leadership experience in project management, including managing personnel, overseeing budgets, maintaining grant records, completing reports, and initiating and managing contracts.
- Demonstrated ability to partner with diverse community partners and key stakeholders.
- Ability to think strategically and creatively, while managing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines and operating in a dynamic, fast‐paced environment.
- Well established time management skills.
- Strong organizational and relationship building skills, excellent attention to detail.
- Excellent interpersonal, written and communication skills, and ability to work as part of a team.
- Self‐motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non‐structured environment.
- Willing to work evenings and weekends as the job demands.
- Must be available for overnight travel and have valid Driver’s License.