Program Manager (Colorado River)

Audubon Society
CO, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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).

Position Summary

Reporting to the Colorado River Program Director at the National Audubon Society, the Program Manager is responsible for assisting the Colorado River Program with policy and management efforts as well as stakeholder relations with a principal focus on water and habitat issues at the United States-Mexico border. As part of the team, s/he will work with a broad array of internal and external partners to improve coordination and collaboration, to contribute to Audubon’s efforts to use science, economics, law, fundraising and communications to improve the reliability of water supplies for people and birds across the Colorado River Basin, as well as produce timely work products throughout the year. Additionally, the Program Manager effectively oversees specific projects pertaining to Audubon’s Colorado River Program. S/he will work in partnership with other like-minded organizations in pursuit of Audubon’s objectives; and s/he will also advocate on behalf of Audubon to local, state, and federal government officials, including agency staff and appointed and elected officials.
**The Program Manager may be based out of Boulder, Colorado or an agreeable remote location within the region that uses Colorado River water.

Essential Functions

  • Under the guidance of the Program Director, track and coordinate progress on a variety of collaborative efforts in the Colorado River Delta.
  • Provide content and broadly support broad-ranging Audubon efforts to secure resources for restoration of the Colorado River Delta.
  • Support and manage select Audubon partnership efforts to promote Colorado River water conservation.
  • Support and manage select Audubon partnership efforts to promote the protection and restoration of Colorado River Basin riparian habitats.
  • Develop productive relationships with key stakeholders, including staff from local, state, and federal agencies, NGOs, and funders in the United States and Mexico.
  • Provide content in support of Audubon objectives for web and social media platforms; be active in the communication and dissemination of Audubon objectives and successes in the Colorado River Basin.
  • Research and guide framing of Colorado River and related policy positions, including development of briefing papers and talking points.
  • Provide occasional document translation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English.
  • Work closely and effectively with consultants that Audubon retains for science, economics, and policy work; act as a liaison on projects and report updates to the Program Director following meetings.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental policy or science or related field required; Master’s or Professional degree preferred.
  • 5+ years professional experience in environmental advocacy, to include demonstrated success at the federal, state and/or local level. Knowledge of Western Water or Colorado River issues required.
  • Outstanding writing, editing, presentation, and public speaking skills required, as well as superior communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working within or managing diverse coalitions.
  • Written and spoken Spanish fluency.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team-based environment.
  • A self-starter, with strong organizational and time/project management skills.
  • Fundraising or donor cultivation a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, as well as web-based and social media tools.
  • A flexible approach to work, and ability to occasionally travel for work when needed. 
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society.