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 nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
Based in New York City and reporting to the Chief Development Officer at the National Audubon Society, the Director of National Initiatives will be charged with increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of fundraising across the network including the 23 state offices and 41 nature centers of the National Audubon Society.
The Director will work closely with the newly created Development Operations team to build upon the successful launch of Salesforce for fundraisers. The Director will be responsible for helping the CDO develop the campaign plan for Audubon’s strategic plan. As a senior leader on the Audubon Development team, s/he will work across development management teams and will partner with state, regional, and national executives to maximize Audubon’s impact with existing and potential donors.
The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial, results-driven, senior development professional with success in leading development teams to success. The Director will have experience in planning fundraising campaigns for complex institutions. This is a new and exciting opportunity to help influence and create value for an organization-wide fundraising initiative and act as an internal consultant to one of the nation’s oldest and well-known leaders in the conservation arena. The Director will need to have a flexible approach to work, a willingness to travel regionally and nationally occasionally.
Work with Development Operations team to strengthen Salesforce integration and usability across the network.
Oversee and launch the Audubon Fundraising Strengthening Initiative designed to understand fundraising needs and requirements at the local level.
Manage Campaign planning process with internal leadership and Board leadership
Launch and mange Audubon Fundraising Academy for network fundraisers
Partner with leaders across the organization in order to deliver effective strategies for donors, leveraging Audubon’s state/regional and national Development staff.
Partner effectively with colleagues to ensure that every donor has an optimal level of interaction with Audubon volunteers, leadership and program staff.
Communicate and collaborate effectively with the National Development team, peer Flyway VPs, State Executive Directors and key state and center board members in the region and other key staff across the Audubon network.
Develop a strong knowledge of Audubon’s Strategic Plan, and local, regional, national and international conservation initiatives.
Participate in opportunities to engage with leaders and development colleagues across Audubon via in-person and virtual team meetings and training opportunities.
Analyze reports on donor interactions to make strategic decisions for the program to maximize giving opportunities. Prepare and present information and progress to Audubon’s senior management team and other stakeholders.
Adhere to the highest ethical standards and fund raising best practices, reflect optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to the needs of donors.
Qualifications and Experience
Senior-level development professional with 6-8+ years of experience in organizations that have a reputation for strategic thinking, organizational excellence and aggressive action. Ideal background will include some consulting experience developing and executing a fundraising strategy, as well as experience working in a decentralized setting or matrixed organization. Bachelor’s degree also required.
A self-starter with a positive attitude and demonstrated capability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities.
Keen attention to detail, with the ability to synthesize and carefully analyze information; follow best practices, trends, and make decisions for Audubon’s major gift program.
Skilled at working cross functionally with leaders, as well as high-level volunteers and boards.
Ability to drive, manage and delegate project work. Establish and monitor priorities, and maintain flexibility while meeting deadlines.
Exceptionally strong communicator; superior interpersonal skills also a must.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, as well as navigating, analyzing and reporting data from fundraising databases and other web-based tools. Knowledge of Salesforce a plus.
Interest, understanding, and commitment to the conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitat is critical, as is the ability to communicate Audubon’s mission, goals, and programs effectively and with the highest professional standards.