Executive Director Job at NYC Audubon
The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with NYC Audubon in the search for an Executive Director.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for the day-to-day management of NYC Audubon and its staff, including leading science and advocacy professionals. The Executive Director will work with the organization’s diverse, active and experienced board of directors and pave the way for the execution of NYC Audubon’s bold strategic plan, with ambitious goals that include doubling the number of members and social media, as well as the expansion of elementary school after-school programs from the Bronx to the five boroughs. Working closely with the Director of Development and the Controller, the CEO will be responsible for fundraising and financial management of the organization.
This is an opportunity for a visionary, entrepreneurial and determined nonprofit executive to join the environmental leadership of the largest and most exhilarating city, and one of the most diverse in the country. As the head of one of New York City’s most respected environmental conservation groups, the Executive Director will interact with other leaders in the environmental community, city and state officials and media in this media capital of the world.
NYC Audubon is a dynamic and innovative environmental organization that champions birds and nature in New York City’s 30,000 acres of wetlands, shorelines, forests and grasslands. His cutting-edge scientific research and advocacy campaigns led to landmark legislation saving hundreds of thousands of migratory birds from collisions with buildings in the country’s densest cityscape. His exciting educational initiatives with urban schoolchildren and his passionate focus on equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility create a constituency for conservation as large and diverse as the city itself.
For more than 40 years, NYC Audubon conservation programs have studied and defended the city’s wild birds. Working with a network of volunteers and scientists through programs such as Project Safe Flight and Waterbirds of New York Harbor, it protects birds and preserves their habitat, from marshes and nesting islands for herons and egrets to areas of woodlands so important for migration and breeding species. Since its founding, NYC Audubon has engaged in advocacy work in all five boroughs to defend birds and their habitats. In 1978, a group of regular Central Park bird watchers successfully opposed a plan by the Central Park Conservancy to “restore” the Ramble through changes such as the removal of trees. These young activists quickly founded the NYC Audubon Society and launched 40 years of advocacy dedicated to the preservation and protection of bird habitat.
NYC Audubon believes the best way to create the next generation of environmentalists is to instill in them a love of birding. It does this by running over 200 education programs a year, including field trips to local out-of-state hotspots and birding destinations, a lecture series, Feathered Friends After School Birding Club, classes, a seasonal nature center on Governors Island, community science opportunities, seasonal bird surveys and volunteer events. The expertise, values and perspectives of a diverse and inclusive organization are fundamental to extending the reach and impact of NYC Audubon’s conservation, advocacy and education efforts. Its adherence to the values of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility and its ongoing work to put them in place will strengthen the reach of its awareness and education programs and enable it to foster a love of nature. among more New Yorkers.
A bachelor’s degree is required for this position, as is seven years of experience in a nonprofit leadership role that includes fundraising, budget management, and staff oversight. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Cover letters should be tailored to NYC Audubon’s mission and values as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.