Policy Director, Climate Justice

26 Sep, 2020


Policy Director, Climate Justice

National Audubon Society
Washington, DC


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.


The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion, and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice President – Climate, the Policy Director, Climate Justice, is a key leader of the Audubon Climate Program in Washington, DC, and helps drive achievement of the Climate Program’s objectives at the federal level while ensuring those achievements are aligned with Audubon’s environmental justice outcomes. They will collaborate with Climate and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) leadership to ensure that environmental justice goals and principles for Audubon’s policy leadership are established and achieved.


The Policy Director, Climate Justice will be responsible for developing and advancing a climate justice agenda at Audubon including understanding, addressing, integrating and adding issues of environmental justice across Audubon’s climate state and federal policy portfolio. Supported by 23 state offices, 500 chapters, nearly 2 million members, an issue campaign infrastructure and a bi-partisan government affairs team, the Director will have a powerful platform to drive a top priority agenda for Audubon.  This position will collaborate with the DC-based Policy team; the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) division; Audubon state offices; and partner organizations and coalitions to advance environmental justice though climate policy and create inclusive strategies for promoting environmental justice across all policy priorities.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborate as part of a team of policy advocates and scientists to establish and support Audubon’s environmental justice goals, lead environmental justice coordination across the climate strategy, and drive climate policy outcomes at the federal level.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to forward-looking policies and provisions related to environmental justice that fit into Audubon’s Climate policy agenda and advance Audubon’s policy leadership.
  • Develop relationships with environmental justice partners and work with them to identify opportunities to partner or collaborate, and engage actively in existing coalitions and partnerships.
  • Analyze legislation, including conducting factual investigations and legal and policy research as well as develop new policy ideas.
  • Provide legal, policy, and/or scientific research and strategic advice around environmental justice issues.
  • Represent Audubon at hearings, conferences, coalition meetings, and venues with decision-makers.
  • Advocate for the adoption or passage of critical legislation and government regulations.
  • Work with the VP, Climate and development staff as needed to support fundraising.
  • Act as a spokesperson for Audubon on climate and environmental justice issues.
  • Promote an organizational culture and structure that fosters cooperation, communication, collaboration, teamwork, and trust.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, political science, government affairs, environmental justice or related field preferred.
  • 7-10 years of professional experience, to include 5+ years working on policy and government relations related to climate/energy policy and/or environmental/climate justice in business, government, or the non-profit arena. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Must have background in environmental justice, climate & clean energy policy and experience working with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience working directly with diverse populations and socioeconomic backgrounds.  incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcome of the decision-making process, and experience implementing racial equity/EDI frameworks is preferred.
  • Support for Audubon’s efforts to build durable bipartisan public will for comprehensive climate policy and associated justice issues, work with diverse stakeholders, and engage both Democrats and Republicans on Audubon’s policy interests.
  • Superior interpersonal skills – a leader that is an effective organizational ambassador in order to build coalitions and cultivate relationships with partners, government officials, donors, and the public.
  • Outstanding policy analysis and research skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and within collaborative team environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability synthesize and interpret technical information for various audiences.

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Job posted: 2020-09-26