A regional office of the National Audubon Society, Audubon Great Lakes (AGL) works to protect the places and policies that birds need to thrive across five states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Within the network of connections that make up healthy ecosystems, birds are uniquely positioned to act as an environmental indicator of the health of the landscape. We know that what is good for birds is good for entire ecosystems –including people.
To this end, we build and engage a diverse network of volunteers, communities, and conservation professionals. Together we address the greatest threats to birds, such as climate change, habitat loss, and invasive species. Our strategies are driven by cutting-edge science that informs where and how we work to protect birds and guides our policy objectives. The outcome of this approach is a reinforcing strategy that addresses the biggest threats faced by birds and people in our region. Together we are saving birds and improving the quality of life for the people of the Great Lakes region.
The National Audubon Society (NAS) seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and strategic candidate to lead and grow our Audubon Great Lakes office. The successful person will lead a talented team to advance overall conservation objectives, strengthen and mobilize our bipartisan network, and deliver durable policy solutions across the five states managed by Audubon Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI). They also serve as a Vice President of the National Audubon Society and with their peers be responsible for shaping and delivering national objectives, initiatives, and processes.
Over the past five years, Audubon in the Great Lakes has been on a tremendous growth trajectory. Founded in 1998 as Audubon Chicago Region, AGL expanded from a small, local office to a significant regional office spanning five states and dramatically increasing our influence, impact, and revenue. Our region includes 387 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) covering 17.8 million acres and a bipartisan membership base of 160,000 organized into more than 50 chapters. This network provides an authentic voice that allows us to reach 15% of the Members of Congress. A team of 40 staff members annually puts more $4.2M to work for conservation.
The incoming Vice President and Executive Director must have demonstrated success in implementing innovative conservation, policy, engagement, and development strategies that inspire the region’s decision-makers, conservation partners, and philanthropic community to invest in Audubon’s conservation vision and strategic plan. Building on the success of the region’s well-respected conservation program, they must inspire collaboration among our conservation, legislative, and philanthropic partners to deepen our impact and influence across the Great Lakes region.
This is a high-profile position with the potential to grow National Audubon Society’s reach and effect change at the local, regional, and national levels. The Vice President and Executive Director will report to Audubon’s Vice President for the Mississippi Flyway. They will be jointly reviewed by the Flyway VP with input from the chair of the AGL Advisory Board.
Are you interested in catalyzing transformational change and growth in the conservation efforts for birds in the Great Lakes Region? Are you a market leader in running a rapidly growing organization? If the above describes your passion, awareness, and skills, and you are keen to be part of this growing movement, we strongly encourage you to apply for this opportunity.
Koya Leadership Partners has been engaged by Audubon Great Lakes Region to advise in this pivotal leadership hire. Leading this search is Kara Teising, Managing Director and Nicole Kamaleson, Managing Director of the Global Practice. If you are ready to submit your completed application, kindly submit both your compelling cover letter (addressing motivation and suitability per the above role specifications) and CV/resume here. Only completed applications, with both CV/resume and cover letter, will be presented to the client.