Campaign and Policy Manager

  • Location: Durham, NC
  • Close Date: April 1, 2019
  • Hiring Organization: Audubon North Carolina
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Job Description

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 Director of Strategy and Government Relations and working in close coordination with the National Campaigns team and NC Network Senior Manager, the Campaign & Policy Manager is charged with building bipartisan political power, developing and executing state and national strategic campaign priorities, and effectively leveraging the organization’s unique grassroots and grasstops assets. As part of the state office, they will lead the integration and coordination of a multidisciplinary team to plan and execute Audubon’s climate and clean energy policy campaign. Additionally, they will support lawmaker outreach and other state and federal policy priorities including increasing funding for habitat protection and protecting our coast from hardened structures. This individual is responsible for developing the overall vision for implementation of a multi-year climate and clean energy campaign in the state, to include: setting goals, strategy and tactics; establishing messaging and overseeing outreach and media needs; determining how to leverage and align staff resources when possible; managing oversight on tracking evaluation and accountability; and coordinating with coalition partners. In addition, the Manager will support engagement and government relations with key individuals in the NC General Assembly, Governor’s Office and state agencies.

The Manager will be based in Durham, NC, with frequent travel to Raleigh, NC and occasional travel to other parts of the state.


In consultation with state and national staff, manage priority policy campaigns including setting goals, developing strategic plans, targets, tactics, establishing messaging and media needs, developing work plans and timelines, and reporting on progress;
•Support engagement of members and staff of the NC General Assembly, Governor’s Office and state agencies, in order to clearly communicate Audubon’s conservation   priorities and influence pragmatic policy outcomes; Monitor fast-moving developments in state government and provide timely updates and strategic and tactical   recommendations related to this activity;
•In collaboration with the NC Network Senior Manager, help direct chapter and network engagement and communications as it pertains to the policy campaign to maximize the effectiveness of Audubon’s grassroots network in effecting successful policy outcomes;
•Review and ensure that campaign materials are aligned with campaign framing and strategy. Examples include the development of high-quality analysis, briefing documents,   fact sheets, position papers, testimony and other materials necessary to support Audubon’s policy priorities and the education of our grassroots membership. As needed,   manage consultants, fellows, and interns;
•Build new and leverage existing relationships with a diverse set of state organizations necessary to advance the policy campaign;
•Track and monitor campaign activities. Provide regular updates to leadership on campaign progress and outcomes.


•3-5 years of related professional experience in campaigns, grassroots advocacy, government relations, policy, public service or related field, including at least 2 years   managing or coordinating staff and teams;
•Demonstrated campaign experience managing teams and budgets; Proven record of building coalitions to successfully advance policy outcomes. Experience mobilizing and   activating grassroots or organization membership a plus;
•Thorough understanding of North Carolina’s political and legislative landscape. Experience in the NC General Assembly or Executive Branch a plus;
•Established competency and background in state appropriations, clean energy, climate, natural resource and/or coastal issues is highly desirable;
•Experience leveraging strategic communications, including traditional and social media to shape views on priority policy issues;

•Technically savvy including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, campaign/advocacy tools, and other online software;
•Outstanding political instincts and entrepreneurial in searching out information and identifying new opportunities;
•Demonstrated experience overseeing multiple complex projects through to success; a self-starter with an ability to multi-task, while meeting policy campaign goals and project deadlines;
•Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to build consensus among a wide range of individuals. Must be comfortable with public speaking;
•Exceptional leadership skills and ability to mentor staff and consultants, have a sense of humor, and possess a willingness to accept occasional setbacks with an eye on the next opportunity to drive success;
•Interest in conservation issues and passion for Audubon’s mission, programs, and policy agenda;

•Personal desire to build durable bipartisan public will for conservation issues.


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