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Advocacy and Outreach Manager (F/T) 40 hrs/wk


Please apply by COB, Monday, October 15, 2018


Reports to:

Executive Director

Job Summary:

The Advocacy and Outreach Manager is responsible for NYC Audubon’s environmental policy activism, government affairs, inter-agency advocacy, and community outreach and organizing to advance the legislative and policy initiatives of the organization and its partners, primary among them National Audubon Society and its Audubon New York state office. The Advocacy and Outreach Manager will: assist in the development and evolution of policy; meet face-to-face with federal, state, and local elected officials and their staffs on issues affecting New York City; recruit, train, and lead volunteers to engage in advocacy; and engage and mobilize a diverse stakeholder coalition including other environmental, environmental justice, parks and similar civic organizations.

The Position:

The Advocacy and Outreach Manager is a new position created in 2018 to develop a sustained capacity in the New York metropolitan area to effect change at the local level on priority NYC Audubon issues affecting migratory birds, their habitats, and New Yorkers’ opportunities to enjoy them, and assist with advocacy at the state and national levels through partnerships with Audubon New York and the National Audubon Society. Examples of conservation priorities that intersect in our region include:

• existential threats at the federal level to birds that migrate through the city, such as opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling and weakened enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act;
• urban hazards to birds such as artificial lights, glass-walled buildings, rodenticides, and feral cats;
• creation and advancement of bird-friendly building legislation and zoning regulations;
• advancement of bird-friendly green infrastructure such as ecosystem-serving green roofs;
• opposition to development in critical natural areas;
• protecting and improving coastal habitat, including curtailing plastic trash polluting waterways and beaches; and
• mitigating sea-level rise with climate resilience solutions that protect and enhance habitat.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Advocacy and Outreach Manager will work closely with and have direct access to NYC Audubon’s members, Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and staff, and work in partnership with Troy-based Audubon New York and Washington, DC-based National Audubon Society policy and advocacy teams on state and federal issues to develop strategy and coordinate advocacy on shared initiatives and plan advocacy events.

Goals for the position include tapping the huge, diverse, and influential New York City population to identify, train, and activate volunteer leaders across New York City’s communities and build a diverse and inclusive advocacy network. The network is necessary to build a grassroots base to take action, as well as to join and lead sustained campaigns that move the needle forward on bird conservation issues.

Professional development and career advancement are crafted by design into the career-progressive role of the Advocacy and Outreach Manager. The Advocacy and Outreach manager, as NYC Audubon’s public-facing policy representative, will build relationships in the environmental policy field. This includes cultivating relationships with and maintaining a robust contact list of elected representatives and appointed government agency officials and their staffs who are germane to conservation policy work. The Advocacy/Outreach Manager will also build partnerships with and collaborate on campaigns with colleagues at American Bird Conservancy and kindred New York environmental groups, such as Bronx River Alliance, Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Areas Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Riverkeeper, Save the Sound, WE ACT, and Wildlife Conservation Society.


Primary Responsibilities:

• Articulate NYC Audubon’s conservation priorities in the public policy and advocacy arena in the five boroughs of New York, and assist Audubon New York and the National Audubon Society with state and federal issues that affect New York City.
• Meet with and establish relationships with elected representatives and agency officials, which include:
• City: 51 councilmembers; 5 borough presidents; the mayor; 59 community boards; City agencies including the NYC Departments of Environmental Protection, City Planning and Parks and Recreation; and the Regional Plan Association.
• State: 26 senators and 64 assembly members (40% of NYS legislators represent NYC); the governor; and state agencies such as the NYS Departments of Environmental Conservation and Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.
• Federal: 2 U.S. senators, including the Senate minority leader, 13 members of Congress, and federal agencies including DOI, NPS, USFWS, and EPA.
• Develop relationships with and educate the NYC media, and provide them with the local angle on breaking national conservation issues.
• Using NYC Audubon’s existing connections in the New York City policy, environmental advocacy, and government affairs network, build partnerships to develop and pass legislation on priority issues and join forces to organize high-profile advocacy events.
• Take full advantage of our access as a grantee of Patagonia to its online activism forum with tools for networking with other grassroots grantees, petitions, and volunteer recruiting.
• Develop a cohort of volunteer advocacy leaders in each borough. With Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion objectives in mind, work with NYC Audubon board and staff to recruit these leaders from known volunteers and identify potential new leaders through participation in community meetings, environmental events, and NYC Audubon programs and events.
• Train volunteer leaders in community outreach and political advocacy, working with National Audubon Society and Audubon New York and work with volunteer leaders to bring in new volunteers through their own networks.
• Organize volunteer leaders to participate in lobby days, meet with elected officials, and attend hearings and community board meetings.
• Coordinate participation in marches and rallies for climate action and other relevant issues.
• Schedule volunteers to table at community gatherings and conduct outreach at NYCA programs and events, targeting communities that have traditionally been less involved in the environmental movement.
• Engage the larger New York City memberships of NYCA and NAS (both paid and email members) in advocacy on priority issues through regular issue emails, action alerts, and social media campaigns.
• Document NYC Audubon advocacy campaigns in stories and photos in our newsletter, The Urban Audubon, our Annual Report, website, blog, and social media pages.

Required Skills:

• Exceptional critical thinking with attention to detail; organizational, writing and follow-up skills, with the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

• Comfort in representing an organization in public forums and media.

• Demonstrated ability to prepare quarterly reports, presentations, and program assessments for public events and organizational board meetings.

• Willingness to perform all clerical and other duties required to support the position’s administration, including accurate record keeping and filing.

• Experience with and skilled in MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, plus Google Mail and Docs.

• Facility with spoken and written English language; Spanish and additional languages a plus.



Additional Skills Desired or to be Acquired:

• A love of birds and nature, and familiarity with the birds of New York City.

• Familiarity with the public parks, geography, and communities of New York City.

• Working knowledge of New York City government structure and New York City Council procedure.




• BS or BA and a minimum of 2 years work experience in environmental policy, grassroots advocacy, community organizing, or a related field.

• Demonstrated interest in environmental issues.

To Apply:

Send resumé, writing sample, and references with a cover letter of inquiry to Kathryn Heintz, Executive Director, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to New York City Audubon, 71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1523, New York, NY 10010.




Health, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, accidental death and dismemberment, and term life insurances, SEP retirement benefit plan, paid annual leave, sick leave, and public holidays.

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