Senior Center Manager - PRAC

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The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas towards a future where birds thrive because Audubon is a powerful, diverse, and ever-growing force for conservation. Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the hemisphere and more than 1.5 million active supporters.

North America has lost three billion birds since 1970, and more than 500 bird species are at risk of extinction across Latin America and the Caribbean. Birds act as early warning systems about the health of our environment, and they tell us that birds – and our planet – are in crisis. Together as one Audubon, we are working to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss. We do this by implementing on-the-ground conservation, partnering with local communities, influencing public and corporate policy, and building community.

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Position Summary:
Reporting to the Director of Strategic Operations, the Senior Center Manager is an important leader representing The Pascagoula River Audubon Center (PRAC) as a premiere Conservation Impact Center for Audubon Delta and an integral part of National Audubon’s 32 centers nationwide. The ideal candidate will be a visionary thinker who can bring new programming opportunities to promote a healthy and sustainable world for birds and the places they live at the local, regional, and hemispheric levels. In partnership with the Audubon Delta senior leadership team and community stakeholders, the Senior Center Manager will incorporate core Audubon strategies into PRAC programming and conservation efforts. To this end, they will manage daily operations, exhibits and interpretation, expansion of educational programming, and engaging the community in methods to address these conservation issues for birds within their geography.

Staff supervision and expansion will also be a critical component of center management, along with implementation of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB) initiatives. In partnership with the Director of Strategic Operations, the Senior Center Manager is responsible for sound fiscal management of center operations. Under the guidance of the development staff, they will aid in cultivating and maintaining relationships with current donors while identifying and expanding new funding and revenue opportunities including, but not limited to grants and special fundraising events.

$70,000-$80,000 / year
Essential Functions:
  • Under the direct supervision of the Director of Strategic Operations, oversee all operational aspects of the center facilities and grounds, budgets, and programs.
  • Oversee existing and develop and implement new educational and outreach programs that align with and contribute to Audubon goals.
  • Lead the development and growth of an active volunteer and intern program.
  • Hire and effectively manage and support staff.
  • Develop measurable goals and action plans for the Center and staff.
  • Participate in Audubon’s commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) through staff trainings, hiring initiatives, and adhering to the organization’s EDIB principles.
  • Develop and deliver the annual center budget, regular updates through budget forecasting, and creation of financial reporting documents with guidance from the finance team and Director of Strategic Operations.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and financial sustainability of the center’s programs through measurable milestones and outcomes; enhance existing sources of earned income, including program revenue, camp and school program tuition, store sales, rental income, admissions, etc.
  • In partnership with the development staff and regional VP/ED, aid in cultivating and maintaining relationships with current donors while identifying and expanding new funding opportunities including, but not limited to identifying new individual donors, corporate sponsorships and partnerships, and special fundraising events.
  • Work with Director of Strategic Operations to ensure grant reporting and compliance.
  • Lead the design and delivery of a meaningful, impact-focused engagement strategy for PRAC that includes Audubon Delta staff, volunteers, and chapters.
  • Develop and enhance relationships with local city, community, and environmental leaders, organizations, and stakeholders identifying opportunities for partnership and collaboration that align with Audubon and stakeholder goals.
  • Create and contribute to high-quality communications efforts that support Audubon’s conservation mission and key strategic initiatives.
  • Develop and deliver effective oral and written presentations and serve as PRAC’s spokesperson with the media.
  • Actively engage the center advisory board to effectively advocate and take conservation action to grow PRAC’s impact and to help elevate local, state, and regional priorities aligned with Audubon’s organizational mission.
  • With regional and center staff, oversee habitat management projects that enhance habitat for birds and other wildlife on Audubon property, and other areas in the community identified in the conservation planning process.
  • Monitor and maintain facilities, track progress and additions to the deferred maintenance list, and prioritize safety needs for staff and visitors; Follow all National Audubon Society guidelines for facilities maintenance and capital budgeting.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Education, Non-profit Management, Environmental Studies, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • 8+ years progressive leadership experience, including 1-2 years’ staff management, in multi-function nature centers, science museums, research centers, or field studies programs.
  • Demonstrated success in grant writing, fundraising with individual or corporate donors, and working with diverse funding sources.
  • Demonstrated ability building and sustaining equitable and diverse community partnerships, strong relationship building skills.
  • Program management experience, including managing budgets, grants, completing reports, contracts, and other projects, required.
  • Familiarity with conservation efforts and trends and incorporating these into educational settings.
  • Supervision of habitat management and restoration a plus.
  • Experience managing an advisory board and leveraging their support to reach organizational goals.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, while managing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines, and operating in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Current working knowledge of social media and its place within advocacy or non-profit arenas. Online community management and network building experience a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software required, ability to operate still and video camera and basic field equipment preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and communication skills, and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Self-motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non-structured environment.
  • Ability to traverse, sometimes on uneven terrain, with or without accommodation.
  • Willing to work evenings and weekends as the job demands.
  • Must be available for overnight travel and have valid Driver’s License.
EEO Statement:
The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
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