Campaign Organizer: Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN)
Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
Western Rivers Action Network (Audubon Arizona)
No issue defines Arizona’s past and its future more than water. Today’s colliding issues creating water challenges include a growing population, decreasing available water supplies, a changing climate, and at-risk freshwater habitats for birds and wildlife. Well-organized, effective, and non-traditional voices are needed in the water policy arena to support creative solutions to protect waterways and habitat while meeting the water needs of people.
Audubon’s Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN), nearly ten years old, has been successful in being that supportive voice with partners. However, WRAN is in need of a strategic upgrade in order to build awareness of the economic impact that maintaining water in rivers, lakes, and streams contributes to Arizona’s economy, and to advance Audubon’s priority water policy solutions for birds and people. The new Campaign Organizer will help to elevate and organize WRAN in order to leverage the political power necessary to drive real and sustainable water management change in Arizona. This position will support the Arizona Policy Manager in building the state’s political will to achieve short-term, mid-term and long-term water management solutions. In order to engage those outside the traditional water political establishment in the conversation around sustainable water management, we must increase the capacity, knowledge, and skills of the Western Rivers Action Network.
The Campaign Organizer will organize the outreach, education, and engagement efforts around the Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN) in Arizona in order to build political power and execute the Western Water priorities of National Audubon Society. WRAN in Arizona has roughly 10,000 members, including Audubon chapters within Arizona, hunters, anglers, outdoor recreationists, businesses, tourism and economic development organizations, rural and urban leaders, and others with interest in protecting rivers and the habitat they support for people, local economies, birds, fish, and other wildlife. This role reports to the Policy Manager, Audubon Arizona.
**This is grant-funded position and is anticipated to last two years, with the potential to continue pending funding and programmatic needs.
**Only candidates who provide a cover letter submission will be considered for this opportunity.
- Act as a liaison on behalf of Audubon to build new and leverage strong, strategic relationships with a diverse set of local and state organizations and constituencies needed to advance the policy agenda (protecting water resources and promoting water sustainability in Arizona).
- In consultation with the Policy Manager, manage aspects of WRAN as a campaign, setting and achieving specific goals, strategies, targets, tactics, establishing messaging and media needs, work plans and timelines.
- Work closely with the state and national campaigns team, as well as Policy Manager, to develop long-term strategic plans for building power and advancing Western Water priorities at the local, state and federal level.
- Integrate and coordinate campaign work across programmatic departments.
- Develop strong and effective working relationships with local Audubon chapters in Arizona.
- Organize trainings, webinars, and other education and outreach activities to strengthen the effectiveness and increase the knowledge of the collective network.
- Track and monitor network activities. Provide regular updates to leadership on progress and outputs, such as letters to the editor, actions taken, outreach activities, in-district meetings, etc.
- Organize speakers, and gather and disseminate information via various forms of electronic media (e.g. online webinars, social media, e-newsletters, call-to-action alert emails, surveys).
- Conduct outreach to underrepresented populations and groups by finding connections and building relationships to elevate and involve new voices in conservation.
- Attend public events and staff information tables, when appropriate.
- Coordinate and manage in-person events and trainings on various topics. Solicit topics of interest from the network, invite speakers, advertise events, organize registrants, and ensure events run smoothly.
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in public or environmental policy, communications, sustainability, or natural resources or related field preferred.
- 1-3 years’ experience in grassroots advocacy, policy or relevant relationship management required.
- Personable, positive attitude, and strong people skills – must relate well to people with a range of interests and differing perspectives.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to formulate and express ideas clearly; superior interpersonal skills also a must.
- Must be comfortable with public speaking.
- Demonstrated organizational and project management capabilities and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and goals.
- Understanding of advocacy, communications, and grassroots engagement.
- Demonstrated success working in coalitions and building nontraditional partnerships. Must be comfortable working with constituencies with a diversity of races, income levels, and political views.
- Experience with volunteer coordination and management, including recruiting and training preferred.
- Must be a self-starter, one who is highly motivated, able to work independently, as well as part of team, and juggle multiple projects simultaneously.
- Strong problem-solving skills, including ability to respond quickly and effectively to unforeseen challenges.
- Effective listening, probing, and assessment skills.
- Experience leveraging social media and digital mobilizing tools to advance policy priorities. Experience with or ability to learn quickly online platforms such as EveryAction, Survey Monkey, and Zoom.
- Passionate about environmental conservation, with a recognition that balanced solutions for water are important to ensure that birds, ecosystems, and people thrive.
- Proficiency with Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other key Microsoft Office applications.
- Willingness to travel and work occasional weekends and nights, as necessary.