Policy Manager, Audubon Society

Troy, NY

Organization: Audubon Society

Duties: Reporting to the Executive Director of Audubon New York, the Policy Manager is responsible for leading the overall public policy functions for the state office focusing predominately at the state level, but also the federal and local levels (as needed). S/he will also advocate on behalf of A-NY to local, state, and federal government officials, including agency staff and appointed and elected officials. As part of the A-NY leadership team, s/he will collaborate with the Executive Director and colleagues to develop and implement a comprehensive policy strategy that helps advance the conservation priorities and objectives of A-NY. S/he will follow that strategy with focus and produce timely work products throughout the year. In addition, the Manager works with local Audubon chapters, Audubon partners throughout the Atlantic Flyway, and the National Policy Office on shared priorities. The Policy Manager oversees specific projects pertaining to A-NY’s policy objectives and interacts with the Conservation Committee of the State Board. S/he will work in partnership and in coalitions with other like-minded organizations in pursuit of A-NY objectives. A key role of the Policy Manager is to grow A-NY’s advocacy army that is critical to securing our policy goals.

Desired qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, environmental policy, sustainability, political science or related field and at least 3-5 years’ progressive, professional experience as a public policy advocate, including demonstrated success on the State or federal level. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Outstanding writing, editing, and presentation skills required, as well as superior communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A self-starter, one with strong organizational, time, and project management skills.
  • Ambition to grow the capacity of A-NY’s policy team and the skill-set to realize that goal.
  • Ability to work strategically and tactically (simultaneously), prioritize workloads, and collaborate across a highly matrixed organization.
  • Familiarity with the environmental conservation issues at the state and federal level; expertise preferred.
  • Experience in working in partnership with a network of local chapters and invested grassroots leaders.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team-based environment; experience leading teams or supervising others a strong plus. Must be comfortable working with diverse public audiences, and possess a keen interest in engaging new constituents.
  • External relations experience with fundraising or donor cultivation a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, as well as web-based and social media tools, required. Comfort with Salesforce not required, but preferred.
  • A flexible approach to work, and ability to occasionally travel for work when needed, sometimes on weekends. A valid driver’s license is necessary.
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society.

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