About the Organization
For more than a century, Audubon has championed the protection of birds and their habitat. Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the Earth’s biological diversity. With nearly 700 staff, 23 state programs, 465 local chapters, 43 centers and sanctuaries, and close to half a million members throughout the United States, Audubon achieves its mission by engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education, and on-the-ground conservation action.
In the fall of 2011, Audubon adopted a new strategic plan to renew the organization’s focus on the biggest and most important opportunities for addressing critical threats to birds and their habitat. At the core of this plan is a focus on flyways: Each year, more than 10 billion birds use major flyways to travel up and down the continent and to points beyond. Underneath these flyways are migratory rest stops and the homes for non-migratory birds that are critical to birds’ survival. These places form a web that represents the richest veins of biodiversity across the Americas. They are the places that connect people to birds and ecosystems—and where birds thrive, people prosper. By mobilizing and aligning Audubon’s unparalleled network of chapters, centers, state programs, and Important Bird Area (IBA) programs to focus on the four major migratory flyways in the Americas (Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and Pacific), 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. Within each flyway, Audubon will sharpen its focus on the most critical species and places, working only where there is a theory of victory for delivering measurable conservation impact at scale. As part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in more than 100 countries working to protect a network of IBAs around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. Critical to Audubon’s conservation success will be engaging a growing and more diverse audience to take conservation action.
Richardson Bay Center & Sanctuary
The San Francisco Bay Estuary is among the most significant shorebird and water bird sites in North America. It is an Important Bird Area (IBA) of global significance, providing critical breeding, wintering, and stopping grounds for over 70 percent of the migratory birds of the Pacific Flyway. Audubon California has a significant presence on San Francisco Bay through its long-term lease of 900 acres of sub-tidal lands in Richardson Bay.
The mission of Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary (the Center) is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems by inspiring and educating our community, with a focus on youth, and emphasizing conservation initiatives related to our Sanctuary on Richardson Bay. The Center connects people with nature and creates a powerful voice and work force for the Bay deeply rooted in, and broadly drawn from, all parts of our community.
Supported by the community and volunteers, the Center is a place of learning, interaction, and stewardship, engaging people in the natural world, instilling in them an understanding of and respect for natural systems (particularly Richardson and San Francisco Bays), and inspiring them to take action to protect what they value.
Center Director, Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
Audubon California is seeking an experienced and entrepreneurial manager and conservation leader to carry out the mission of The Center. In partnership with the Executive Director, Managing Director, and other Audubon California staff, the Center Director will be responsible for all aspects of operating, managing, and fundraising for the Center, and for executing on the mission of the National Audubon Society in San Francisco Bay.
The ideal candidate will have excellent leadership and management capabilities, be a strategic thinker, experienced fundraiser, passionate conservationist, and charismatic facilitator able to work with staff, volunteers, families, and community leaders. This is an excellent opportunity for a self-motivated, entrepreneurial, confident, and accomplished leader excited to manage this dynamic conservation hub. The Center Director will manage a staff of five and report directly to the Managing Director of Audubon California.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Center Director will perform the following and other duties as assigned:
* Leadership & Staff Management: Provide dynamic, collaborative leadership for the Center’s mission, strategy, core program areas, and operating departments consistent with Audubon’s new strategic plan; revise and implement strategic plan for the Center in alignment with the National strategic plan, which will include program, operations, and development plans; oversee all operational aspects of the Center facilities, budgets and programs; hire and effectively manage staff; preserve the culture of mutual respect, individual initiative, collegiality, and diversity; maintain excellent working relationships with the Stewardship Board on all Center issues.
* Financial Planning & Management: Work with The Center’s Stewardship Board and Audubon California’s Managing Director to develop and implement an annual budget; report performance results quarterly; work with Audubon California’s Development Director to create a financially sustainable development plan for the Center which cultivates and maintains relationships with the Center’s current donors and also identifies and expands new funding sources; manage existing government contracts; effectively and enthusiastically communicate the case for supporting The Center’s programs at community events.
* Direction of Core Programs: Oversee the development and implementation of educational and restoration programs that contribute to an understanding and conservation of our environment with a focus on Richardson Bay; collaborate with staff to identify and implement best practices and evaluate outcomes; investigate and analyze opportunities to make programs available to new constituencies, particularly minority constituents.
* Conservation Plan for San Francisco Bay: Manage the development and implementation of an integrated, long-range conservation and management plan for the Richardson Bay Sanctuary, one of the six Important Bird Areas of the San Francisco Bay; identify key partners who will collaborate on the execution of the management strategies.
* Partnership Development: Develop a working relationship with the leadership and membership of Marin Audubon Society, other Bay Area Audubon chapters, and the National Audubon Society staff to develop and implement conservation and restoration activities for the Richardson Bay Sanctuary and associated ecosystem; grow and oversee an active volunteer program.
The successful applicant will have the following qualifications:
* 8+ years of leadership and management experience in nature centers, science museums, or field studies programs
* Proven ability to effectively manage a diverse staff
* Excellent writing and public speaking skills
* Demonstrated operational skills and the ability to manage time and resources, including budget management, organizational planning, and infrastructure development
* Demonstrated success in fundraising and working with diverse funding sources
* Record of successfully hiring, managing, and mentoring staff
* Proven success with both providing vision for an organization and managing the day-to-day programmatic activities and operational details
* Strong facilitation and negotiation skills with experience creating collaboration and consensus among internal and external stakeholders
* Proven financial management abilities
* Proven ability to collaborate with diverse organizational partners, stakeholders, and personalities
* Familiarity administering and managing large government contracts a plus
* Bachelor of arts/science degree in education, nonprofit management, environmental studies, or related field required—graduate degree preferred
* Strong appreciation of and commitment to conservation and the natural resources of California
* Proficiency in Microsoft Office
The following personal attributes are desired:
* Comfort with working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and locations
* A personable, flexible, tenacious, diplomatic, and respectful demeanor
* High energy level, impeccable integrity, entrepreneurial spirit, and a sense of humor
* Familiarity with Richardson Bay and adjacent communities
* Knowledge of wildlife conservation issues and ability to articulate them and inspire participation
* Love of the outdoors, patience, flexibility, and the ability to inspire and motivate others
Compensation and Benefits
Audubon offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This position will be located in Tiburon, California.
To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.
Audubon promotes a diverse workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the National Audubon Society to employ the person best qualified for the job regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability (handicap), or marital status.
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