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Executive Director

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
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About Maine Audubon

Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in conservation, education, and action. The oldest wildlife conservation organization in the state, Maine Audubon has 10,000 members, eight chapters, eight wildlife sanctuaries, 28 employees, and a $2.5 million operating budget.

General Responsibilities

The Executive Director of Maine Audubon leads the organization in its important mission, providing leadership on developing conservation programs, policy positions, education programs, and events; fundraising and financial management; and associated communications. Applicants must have a working knowledge of conservation issues and be able to inspire others to join us in our work. The successful candidate must have excellent management, fundraising, and financial skills.

Key Attributes:

  1. Leadership: Provide strong leadership by inspiring staff, members, donors, and the public about the mission and vision of Maine Audubon. Regularly lead a process to update the Strategic Plan with short and long-term priorities for the organization. Promote the long-term viability of Maine Audubon through innovation and new ideas that will take the organization to the next level. Demonstrate management focus and entrepreneurial skills in executing plans with tangible results.
  2. Administration and Financial Management: Execute with excellence. Manage the organization efficiently and effectively to attract and retain high quality staff in all disciplines. Inspire staff to excel in fulfilling Maine Audubon’s mission and live its values. Work with staff to develop and execute a balanced budget each year as approved by the Board. Work closely with the Director of Finance and other staff to manage finances, including grants, and financial reporting.
  3. Communication: Foster positive and compelling communications at all levels, including donors, staff and trustees. Serve as Maine Audubon’s spokesperson as needed.
  4. Fundraising: Support the planning, execution, and achievement of annual fundraising goals and strategies. Steward and cultivate major donors and grow the endowment. Successful leadership experience with a capital campaign is a plus.
  5. Conservation: Oversee the development and execution of conservation programs, including citizen science initiatives, field work, and strategic partnerships and collaboration.
  6. Advocacy: Collaborate with staff and Board to determine policy positions on key issues. Advocate for Maine Audubon and the organization’s positions with key policymakers.
  7. Education: Oversee the development and execution of engaging and meaningful education programs and events for Maine Audubon’s target audiences. Work with staff to integrate conservation focus areas into education programs.

Desired Qualities

  • An inspiring leader who can articulate the vision of Maine Audubon and lead, support, and galvanize the organization’s stakeholders.
  • An effective leader who can make decisions at all levels.
  • An experienced manager who can support and mentor staff, prioritize responsibilities, and celebrate staff/organizational accomplishments.
  • Enjoys a collaborative working style.
  • Skilled in communicating with diverse and new audiences. Should have experience speaking publicly.
  • Humility and a sense of humor; a great storyteller.
  • Asks critical questions.
  • Ability to bring people together on complex and/or controversial issues as a skillful facilitator.
  • Stellar fundraising skills with demonstrated ability to grow unrestricted
  • and restricted revenues and a commitment to major donor cultivation.
  • Adept at understanding and overseeing complex finances and managing a balanced budget.
  • Familiarity with wildlife and habitat conservation, advocacy, and environmental education principles.
  • A strong environmental ethic.
  • Ability to build and sustain strategic relationships at all levels.
  • Ability to think creatively, strategically, and practically.

To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest and a resume to [email protected]Applications will be accepted for 30 days from the time of posting.