National Campaigns Manager

Washington D.C.
Jul 27, 2018
Aug 26, 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
High School
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Reporting to the National Campaigns Director, the National Campaigns Manager is responsible for building political power and advancing the National Audubon Society’s conservation priorities. As part of the National Policy division, they will spearhead the coordination of a multidisciplinary team to plan and execute Audubon’s state and federal policy campaigns. The Manager will also work closely with state office staff to carry out statewide grassroots and grasstops campaigns.

This is an exciting opportunity for a strategic, innovative professional to contribute to a critical priority area for Audubon and advise on campaigns both nationwide and within Washington, DC. The Manager will be part of a collaborative, solutions-oriented team that is focused on shaping and advancing grassroots and grasstops climate campaigns at the local, state and federal levels.

Essential Functions

  • Working with the NAS policy leaders, conservation leadership and our grassroots network of chapters and members to define specific campaigns that help Audubon achieve its conservation and capacity-building goals.
  • Working closely with in-state campaign staff and/or serving as campaign lead on federal issues. Building strategic grassroots campaign plans that reflect Audubon’s approach and articulate both the overall strategy, as well as the tactics and timeline needed to win.
  • Overseeing and coordinating campaigns across the country and across the organization to effectively leverage Audubon resources. Campaign managers will be responsible for coordinating appropriate teams at Audubon, including communications and marketing, network and other offices as needed.
  • Helping manage consultants such as lobbyists, issue experts, or communications professionals.
  • Providing and/or identifying best grassroots organizing practices to implement across the network.
  • Tracking and monitoring campaigns. Providing regular updates to leadership on campaign progress and outputs, such as letters to the editor, outreach activities, in-district meetings, etc.
  • Supporting fundraising. Campaign staff will work with the fundraising, policy and conservation leadership to identify and help support campaign fundraising efforts.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 5-7 years of related professional experience in campaigns, grassroots advocacy, policy, public service or related field, including at least 3 years managing staff and teams. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Established background in clean energy and other climate-related issues highly desired.
  • Experience running grassroots issue campaigns at the local, state, or federal level—including signature gathering, running phone banks, training volunteers and creating campaign plans.
  • Must have exceptional leadership skills with the proven ability to oversee and mentor staff while working effectively in a team-based environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to build consensus among a wide range of individuals. Must be comfortable with public speaking.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing multiple complex or multifaceted projects through to success, including meeting financial goals and project deadlines.
  • A self-starter who is motivated and able to work in a decentralized work environment with minimal supervision.
  • Thorough understanding of advocacy, communications and grassroots engagement.
  • A strategic thinker, one with outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions.
  • Tech-savvy, with proficiency in MS Office applications, campaign/advocacy tools and other online software.
  • Willingness to travel out-of-state, and the ability and enthusiasm to work evenings and weekends as job responsibilities demand.
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation and commitment to the mission of the National Audubon Society.

Personal Attributes:   

  • Prefers creating and implementing grassroots advocacy campaigns over analyzing policy.
  • Strategizes about ways to build power at the local level.
  • Enjoys mentoring and training staff and volunteers.
  • Enjoys regular travel to work with our dedicated field and state staff.
  • Has a great sense of humor and works well on a team.
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced, growing and changing environment.
  • Comprehends the big picture of social change, as well as understands the incremental steps to achieve it.
  • Constantly strives to improve, learn, explore and innovate.

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