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National Audubon Society (Vice President & Executive Director, New York)

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Established in 1996, Audubon New York was a pioneer in launching the Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA) program. IBA has identified 136 IBAs, comprising more than 3.5 million acres of land and water habitat, which provides essential habitats for bird populations. The cornerstone of all Audubon New York’s conservation efforts is science. Bird surveying, species assessment, grassland bird research, forest biodiversity research, and public outreach and education programs are the key elements driving its conservation priorities within New York State. Audubon New York's science staff is headquartered at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, which allows them to work closely with leading ornithologists and conservationists.

Audubon New York works with partners across the state on sustainable development, clean energy, and other environmental issues that are important to the quality of life for all New Yorkers. Audubon New York continues to be a leader on Long Island Sound, actively working to ensure the protection of its coasts, enlisting a growing number of volunteers to help reduce disturbances to birds and steward nesting habitat and advocating for continued funding of the Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act.

On private lands, Audubon is working to educate forest owners, foresters, loggers and builders about preferred stewardship practices favorable to birds and other wildlife. And we are partnering with landowners, public land managers, businesses, state and federal agencies, Audubon chapters, and local partners across the state to restore forest, grassland, and shrubland habitat.

Audubon Centers are facilities where people can become engaged in meaningful interactions with local environment. The New York Centers Network includes seven Centers and staffed sanctuaries operated by Audubon New York, and two Centers operated by Audubon Chapters. Audubon New York’s Centers stretch from Long Island to Buffalo. Education is an important component of Audubon’s effectiveness in creating lasting changes to protect the natural world and its Centers provide educational experiences to people of all ages and backgrounds. Additionally, the innovative For The Birds! program provides over 1,000 underserved schoolchildren in New York City Schools, and has now expanded to other parts of the state including Long Island.

Audubon seeks an Executive Director to build on Audubon New York’s rich history and expand its contributions to conservation in New York and the Atlantic Flyway, leading the organization to its next level of programmatic and financial success. This is a high profile, pivotal opportunity for a dynamic conservation professional. As one of Audubon’s largest state programs, with an annual budget of $3.25 million and a staff of 26, Audubon New York uses its statewide conservation initiatives, educational programming, network of seven Audubon Centers and Sanctuaries, 27 affiliated local Audubon Chapters, and 50,000 grassroots members to protect birds and their habitats.

Reporting to the Vice President, Atlantic Flyway, the successful candidate will have the passion and leadership skills necessary to articulate, develop, and implement Audubon’s conservation goals and strategies in the state. In addition to working closely with Audubon NY staff and the Vice President of the Atlantic Flyway to align the state program with strategic regional and national priorities, the Executive Director with also have the opportunity to work in close consultation with Audubon NY’s exceptional board on all aspects of Audubon NY management and strategy. The Executive Director will hold the title of Vice President within the national organization.

This position will preferably be located in New York City or Troy, New York; however, alternate locations in New York State will be considered.