Center Director

The Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Audubon Sanctuary and Center at Pine Island encompasses a 5,000-acre area complex in Currituck Sound along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It features more than 2,000 acres of marshes and 300 acres of upland and maritime forest habitats. Pine Island is one of the last of the region’s historic waterfowl hunt clubs, with a lodge dating from the early 1900s. While Audubon has owned the land and facilities for decades, after a series of generous donations, the Center Director will be responsible for inaugurating our full management of the sanctuary, to include all aspects of strategic planning, operating, managing and fundraising for the Sanctuary/Center, and for carrying out the mission of Audubon North Carolina and the National Audubon Society in the northeastern region of North Carolina. The program to be developed in conjunction with relevant stakeholders will include elements of all Audubon’s core approaches to conservation ; education, science, public policy, and direct habitat management.

Essential Functions:

Program Development and Implementation

– Oversee the development and implementation of an integrated program that will advance the understanding and conservation of birds, other wildlife and their habitats on the Outer Banks, Currituck Sound, and the Albemarle-Pamlico region of northeast North Carolina.

– Work closely with Audubon North Carolina’s science staff to develop and implement conservation activities to conserve and restore the Currituck Sound and associated ecosystem.

– Establish on-site educational and outreach programs that meet the needs of local communities while contributing to the mission of National Audubon Society.

– Implement Audubon’s methods of evaluating the success of Center programs.

Budget and Fundraising

– Manage and raise the funding necessary for the Center’s operating budget and programmatic growth, in conjunction with the Audubon North Carolina Director of Development.

– Work with Audubon North Carolina staff and local volunteers to plan and carry out a capital campaign to secure funding for new and/or renovated facilities and site restoration.

– Working with existing donors and regional conservation leaders to establish a progressive Stewardship Board to assist in meeting the programmatic and financial needs of the Center.

Land and Facilities Management

– Work with Audubon’s North Carolina’s Director of Coasts and Marshes to implement a long-range restoration and management plan for Pine Island and Currituck Sound.

– Identify key partners and develop partnerships that will result in the execution of the land and sound management strategies in the greater Currituck Sound region.

– Alongside the Executive Director, facilitate design and implementation of a master site plan, resulting in updated grounds, boardwalks, trails and other supporting features as necessary.

– Monitor and maintain trails and facilities, anticipating and remedying deterioration, and possible safety problems to provide for visitor needs.

– Undertake management for additional Important Bird Areas or other conservation lands in the northeast region of North Carolina for which Audubon may assume responsibility.

Marketing and Community Outreach

– Work with Audubon North Carolina staff, Board of Directors and chapters to develop and implement a marketing and promotions plan for the Center and its programs.

– Develop and deliver effective oral and written presentations, and serve as the Center’s spokesperson with the media.

– Work with Audubon North Carolina’s Communications Director to develop and implement a marketing and communications strategy for the Center and conservation programs across North Carolina including southeast Virginia.

– Oversee the creation and maintenance of the Center’s website, and maintain social media as well as other engagement media.


– Create strategic and business plans for the Center, which will include program, operations and development plans.

– Oversee all operational aspects of the Audubon Center facilities, budgets and programs.

– Hire and supervise staff; staff structure and hiring sequence will be developed in line with programmatic plan and fundraising capacity.

– Grow and oversee an active volunteer program.

– Involve staff, Stewardship Board, and key Center partners in developing measurable goals and action plans, as well as a process for monitoring and assessing progress.

– Develop and cultivate relationships with other organizations that share and further the Audubon mission.

Qualifications and Experience:

– Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Education, Non-profit Management, Environmental Studies, or related field required; graduate degree preferred.

– Five years’ progressive leadership experience in multi-function nature centers, science museums, research centers, or field studies programs, to include staff, budget, and program management.

– Demonstrated fundraising success and working knowledge of educational program design and assessment required.

– Strong business acumen, with the ability to think strategically and creatively, juggle multiple tasks, meet deadlines, work in a dynamic environment and effectively manage change.

– Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to prepare and deliver presentations to diverse audiences and age groups, and prepare proposals, reports, program summaries, newsletter articles, and other documents.

– A passion for conservation, the mission of the National Audubon Society and the natural resources of North Carolina; working knowledge of wildlife conservation issues and ability to articulate them and inspire participation.

– A can-do attitude and a tolerant, friendly personality with a great sense of humor are essential.

– Excellent organizational skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office Software required.

Please apply directly at:

Corolla, North Carolina
Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. Audubon Sanctuary and Center
Human Resources