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).
Reporting to the Vice President and Executive Director, the Policy Manager is a key member of Audubon South Carolina's team. They are responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive strategy to advance a bipartisan policy agenda at the local, state, and/or federal levels in South Carolina with a particular near-term focus on advancing climate mitigation and resiliency policy opportunities. The Policy Manager works in collaboration with Audubon South Carolina staff and national conservation strategy, policy, and Flyway leadership.
The Policy Manager is a critical leader that supports driving the state office's vision to implement transformative policy solutions and mobilize an effective conservation network of 20,000 plus members across the state. Audubon South Carolina is committed to turning pragmatic policy ideas into real protections for birds and the places they need.
The Policy Manager will build and maintain bipartisan working relationships with external partners and stakeholders, the Governor's office, state and federal legislative offices, relevant local officials, and state and/or federal agencies to remain informed of policy and legislative developments related to Audubon's agenda. They will help advance opportunities to leverage Audubon's best assets an engaged and growing grassroots membership, a desire to build broad coalitions, and an organization-wide commitment to pragmatic science-based solutions in pursuit of sustainable policy accomplishments in South Carolina and with the state's federal delegation.
Audubon South Carolina is a leading advocacy organization within the state. In the last two years, the organization has significantly contributed to successful state legislative efforts to permanently reauthorize the state's Conservation Bank and pass meaningful solar reform by enacting the SC Energy Freedom Act. Audubon South Carolina was an integral partner in moving the federal delegation to support Audubon priorities like renewing the Land and Water Conservation Fund and expanding protections under the Coastal Barriers Resources Act System.
This position is based within the state with travel to Columbia, SC and other locations around the state, as needed.
Serve as a member of Audubon South Carolina's leadership team, to include advising on relevant organizational strategy and participation in advisory board meetings.
Oversee aspects of the conservation policy program for Audubon South Carolina, including support for strategic planning, priority and short and long-term goal and agenda setting, policy advocacy, relevant staff and contractor management, and budget oversight.
Guide the day-to-day efforts to successfully move the conservation policy agenda in South Carolina, working closely with Audubon staff to align the program with the organization's strategic priorities, particularly on climate mitigation and resiliency.
Serve as a state point person for the Climate Campaign Team helping design and execute policy campaigns that aim to secure climate mitigation and resiliency policy outcomes in South Carolina.
Oversee field staff in the state and support development and oversight of a field plan to mobilize grassroots and grasstops support for key policy priorities.
Serve as an ambassador for Audubon South Carolina, engaging key stakeholders including government officials, major funders, business leaders and the media to advance conservation efforts. Lobby Congress, federal and state administrative branches and agencies, and others to advance conservation objectives.
Stay abreast of local, state, and federal legislative and administrative affairs and decisions effecting Audubon's conservation agenda and its constituents.
Raise the profile and visibility of Audubon South Carolina as a leader in conservation policy efforts; build creative and enduring alliances and partnerships to support Audubon's policy efforts within the state.
Identify new opportunities for policy and advocacy engagement opportunities and serve as an effective advocate for Audubon's legislative and regulatory priorities in state and national arenas in coordination with Audubon's conservation and policy leadership.
Collaborate with Audubon's National Policy team on all South Carolina-related policy issues and develop strong and effective working relationships with staff across the Audubon network.
In collaboration with the Executive Director and other key Development staff, support fundraising efforts.
Work with the state's program staff and center leadership to identify and integrate policy and advocacy opportunities into their programs and volunteer efforts.
Collaborate with the Director of Communications on earned and paid media opportunities to elevate Audubon South Carolina's policy and conservation agenda throughout the state.
Serve as an articulate, enthusiastic, and visible spokesperson for Audubon South Carolina.
Promote an organizational culture and structure that fosters cooperation, communication, collaboration, teamwork, and trust.
Work closely with the Audubon Action Fund, 501 (c)(4) affiliate to the National Audubon Society, on developing and implementing a strategic and tactical plan to help advance priority organizational state and federal policy priorities in South Carolina.
Qualifications and Experience
Bachelor's Degree in public policy, natural resources or related field required. Master's Degree strongly preferred.
A minimum of 5 years' progressive policy experience working in the government or non-profit arena.
Keen understanding of current policy trends in South Carolina and Southeastern United States related to climate change, coastal resiliency, wildlife management, and land management and conservation. Experience applying this knowledge to successful policy advocacy and implementation strongly preferred.
Personal desire to build durable bipartisan public will for conservation issues, work with diverse stakeholders, and engage both Democrats and Republicans on Audubon's policy interests.
Experience in working in partnership with a network of invested grassroots and grasstops leaders.
Experience working in a decentralized organization that coordinates strategies for both local and national legislative issues.
Effective management skills, including the ability to direct and mentor staff.
Willingness to aid in fundraising efforts as needed; experience with political campaigns a plus.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability synthesize and interpret technical information for various audiences.
A commitment to Audubon's mission of conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitat and the ability to communicate the mission, goals, and programs effectively to partners, government officials, donors, and the public.
Willingness and ability to travel across the state and elsewhere as needed, some weekends and evenings required.