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Houston Audubon seeks President and CEO

Houston Audubon is a leading regional nonprofit and accredited land trust focused on protecting the natural environment for birds and people in the Houston Gulf Coast area. Our commitment to excellence in land conservation, environmental education, community
engagement, and science is foundational to advancing the conservation of birds and their habitats and improving our community for people and other wildlife. We own and manage more than 4,100 acres of habitat, including 17 nature sanctuaries that serve as community assets, venues for quality education and recreation experiences, and collaborative research opportunities.

Position Overview
The President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is accountable for the achievement of the
organization’s mission, strategy and financial objectives and reports to the Board of Directors
(BOD). The CEO builds and leads the management team, overseeing the departments of Land
Conservation, Development, Education, Outreach and Engagement, and Operations, with 6
direct reports, and 24 staff members. The CEO provides strategic vision and ensures the affairs
of the organization are carried out effectively, in a manner consistent with the mission, values,
policies, and programs as adopted by the Board of Directors.

Annual Salary Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Hours per Week 40
Workplace HAS Headquarters:
440 Wilchester Blvd, Houston, TX 77079

  • Medical Insurance: 75% of premiums for medical and dental plans
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) up to 3.5% match
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave Position Reports To: Board of Directors

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Build, lead, inspire and develop a strong management team of directors and staff.
  • Execute the 2024-2034 Strategic Roadmap to Collaborative Conservation that Benefits
    Birds, Wildlife and People in the Houston Gulf Coast Region in collaboration with the
    staff and BOD.
  • Foster a community approach to conservation through strong relationships with other
    nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government, community and business
  • Advance Houston Audubon’s long-term conservation and outreach goals as well as our
    values of strategy, stewardship, inclusion, collaboration, and excellence.


  • Lead planning of the annual operating budget including budget development and
    monitoring, with the Controller, staff leadership, Finance Committee and BOD.
  • Ensure sound financial practices, reporting, audit support and monthly financial status
    reporting to the BOD.
  • Oversee grant proposal development and high-level fundraising activities, including
    cultivation and recognition of major individual, foundation, and corporate donors.


  • Manage the organization, including policies and practices to maintain land trust
    accreditation, risks management and insurance, personnel compensation and benefits,
    records management, and execution of legal documents.
  • Promote core pillars and programs, including land conservation, sanctuary
    management, bird-friendly communities, community outreach and engagement,
    environmental education, conservation advocacy, science and monitoring, facility
    operations, volunteers, communication, and fundraising.
  • Foster a culture of trust, mutual respect, collaboration, fairness and inclusion. Facilitate
    communication and collaboration across departments and within programs.
  • Guide development of biennial action/workplans and lead annual organizational review.


  • Inform the Chair of the Board of Directors regarding the state of the organization and
    operations, and together develop the agenda and materials for board meetings.
  • Ensure the programs and point of view of the organization are effectively articulated to
    agencies, organizations, and the general public and serve as the organization’s foremost
    brand ambassador. Give public presentations and represent the organization at events.
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships and collaborations with nonprofit leaders,
    public and private stakeholders, community groups and public agencies.
  • Contribute ideas and themes for strategic marketing and big-picture messaging for
    communications and write leading articles for organization publications and reports.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • B.S. or B.A. degree; advanced degree in a relevant field preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to the mission of conservation
  • Seasoned leader with strong record of successful experience in fields relevant to
    conservation, stakeholder involvement and management, and/or fundraising
  • Executive leadership skills to attract, develop and retain a top leadership team; prior
    experience in a senior leadership role with supervisory responsibilities
  • Ability to lead strategically while managing diverse teams in a complex organization
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing equity within the organization and in external
    program delivery, partnerships, and communications
  • Experience building and maintaining productive external collaborations or partnerships
  • Experience overseeing programs to advance land protection like conservation
    easements is a plus
  • Ability to implement a multi-year strategic plan
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to CEOsearch@houstonaudubon.org with “President &
CEO” in the subject line.

Houston Audubon will accept applications for this position until filled.
Houston Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to fostering and nurturing an organizational culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion within our workplace and sanctuaries, and in our work in the community. We believe that the rich blend of ideas, perspectives, and viewpoints that come with diversity are essential to our longterm success. Our values and actions reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion of all as reflected in our hiring practices, team interaction, and outreach and engagement at large.

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