On behalf of our client, the National Audubon Society, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for its Vice President and Executive Director, Minnesota & Upper Mississippi River
Audubon Minnesota was established in 1979 as a field office of the National Audubon Society. Through conservation, advocacy, community involvement, and with the partnership of the 13 Minnesota chapters with 26,000 members, Audubon Minnesota has had a major impact on conservation and is regarded as a leader in conservation throughout the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Over the past decade, Audubon Minnesota has established 300 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) across 12 million acres of public and private lands throughout the state that are vital to birds and other biodiversity. The VP for AMN & UMR also executes Audubon’s priorities in Iowa, which includes 88 Important Bird Areas covering 1.7 million acres and over 4,000 Audubon members in 9 chapters. The program has an annual budget of $1.6 million and a staff of seven.
Audubon is developing an Upper Mississippi River initiative as part of its national strategy to protect clean water for the benefit of birds and people. Audubon Minnesota is the lead office in the development and implementation of this initiative, which spans the breadth of the Upper Mississippi River watershed. Coordinating closely with Audubon’s national policy, science, and conservation teams, Audubon Great Lakes, and the Audubon Center at Riverlands, Audubon Minnesota stewards collaborative on the ground conservation activities, policy and network objectives, and partnership for this work in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. In addition to this initiative, Audubon Minnesota plays an important role in policy and conservation actions in the Great Lakes, Upper Mississippi Flyway, and national landscapes.
Audubon is seeking a dynamic and proven leader to serve as the Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon Minnesota and Upper Mississippi River. With considerable potential for growth as Audubon prioritizes the Upper Mississippi River in its national strategic plan, this is an exciting opportunity to lead the organization to its next level of conservation and fiscal success locally and also have a voice in decision making at a national level. The leader will build on the rich history of conservation and expand Audubon Minnesota’s contributions to conservation across Minnesota and throughout the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi Flyway.
The Vice President and Executive Director will exercise broad leadership and management responsibility in developing statewide conservation strategies, initiatives, and public programming. This will include working closely with the Audubon regional Advisory Boards of Directors and staff, and Audubon’s key national conservation leaders to continue to develop the state program in tandem with strategic regional and national priorities, including Audubon Minnesota’s evolving role with the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River. It is anticipated that in the first year, this new VP & ED will focus 60% of their time on internal Executive Director tasks and 40% of their time externally, including working with the National Audubon network.