Job Announcement: Executive Director

07/15/2016 11:07 AM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

Date: July 2016
Title: Executive Director
Work Location: Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy, NY


Audubon International is seeking an Executive Director for a not-for-profit environmental organization that works with private and public landowners to guide the protection, preservation, and sustainable use of our natural resources. Our mission is to inspire and empower individuals, businesses, and communities to improve environmental health within human landscapes.


Organizational Overview

Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering high-quality, science-based environmental education and incentivizing implementation of sustainable natural resource management in several sectors. We work with business and public sectors, including recreation facilities, the lodging industry, landscaped green spaces, and private communities, and public municipalities in 30 countries. Utilizing a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs, Audubon International is able to positively impact environmental health at multiple geographic scales, including individual properties, communities, and ecoregions.


Job Summary

The Executive Director is based at our Troy, NY office, reports to a Board of Directors, and is responsible for the overall management and day-to-day leadership of the organization. We are seeking a leader who will inspire and motivate a dedicated staff with a shared passion for the ideals of our organization. The Executive Director develops and implements initiatives that promote membership growth, enhance the international visibility and credibility of Audubon International, and ensure the continued financial strength of the organization. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Board Partnership: Reports to and works closely with the Board of Directors to implement Audubon International’s strategic plan. Assists with Board recruitment, governance, and advancement efforts as needed.
  • Executive Team Management: Provides the vision, direction, advice, inspiration, and motivation to the Audubon International team that oversees daily operations and delivery of high-quality environmental programs. Ensures that staff have the resources to be successful and that their professional development is nurtured and recognized.
  • Marketing and Community Involvement: Enhances the visibility of the organization worldwide through effective public relations and marketing efforts to promote membership growth. Is an active presence in the environmental and business communities through attendance at key conferences and speaking/networking at high profile events.
  • Managing External Partnerships: Strengthen and expand Audubon International’s working relationships with external partners in the environmental and conservation field, in the industries with which we work, and beyond.
  • Fundraising and Resource Development: Assists the Director of Advancement in fundraising efforts, including donor programs and potential corporate sponsorships, grants, and other initiatives which may represent new streams of revenue for the organization.
  • Fiscal Management: Works with Chief of Operations in the development of the annual budget and, once approved by the Board, takes over responsibility to ensure the continued financial strength of the organization.
  • Accountability: Works with the Board to measure the organization’s impact and effectiveness and establish accountability for results. 

Education, Experience, and Qualifications: 

  • 7+ years of general management experience with profit and loss responsibility for a budget in excess of $1 million. Leadership of a non-profit, environmental, and/or membership-based organization preferred. 
  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA, Masters, or other advanced degree strongly preferred. Degrees in environmental science, organizational/nonprofit management, planning, sustainable tourism, or related fields preferred. Commensurate experience may substitute for education.
  • Significant marketing, sales, and/or public relations experience with resulting membership/customer growth and engagement. 
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising for a non-profit organization.
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors to implement a vision and strategic plan.
  • Experience developing and managing partnerships with diverse organizations and stakeholders.
  • A collaborative management style that resonates with professional staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking, Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook.
  • Ability to travel 10-20 times per year, including attendance at national conferences, conventions and educational events, and walk/climb/ navigate in potentially rugged outdoor settings.
  • Ability to work in an office environment with or without reasonable accommodation, including operating office equipment, climbing stairs, sitting for extended periods of time, and communicating with staff in person, telephonically, and through computer equipment. 

How to Apply

Applications should include and be limited to the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Contact information (name, job title, phone and email) for three professional references
  • Salary history

Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to joanna (at) auduboninternational (dot) org with the job title and your name in the subject line (i.e., Executive Director – Jane Smith). Please do not submit paper copies.

Deadline for submitting applications is August 12, 2016.


Additional Comments: 
Audubon International offers a competitive salary and benefits package including health insurance and flexible work environment. This is a unique opportunity to lead a strong, well-respected organization to its next level of growth and acclaim.


Audubon International is not affiliated with National Audubon Society or other organizations using the Audubon name.

Audubon International provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Audubon International complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Audubon International expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Audubon International’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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