Executive Director Search


The Executive Director of the Illinois Audubon Society is responsible for the overall leadership, operation, planning, and management of all programs and activities of the organization. The successful candidate will have a substantial combination of education and experience, and demonstrable success in the day-to-day administration of the personnel, finances, and programmatic oversight of a non-profit organization. The Executive Director will work with the Board of Directors, engage current and potential stakeholders and partners, prepare an operating budget, oversee grants, coordinate land acquisition and stewardship activities, serve as a conservation advocate, oversee and contribute to the Illinois Audubon magazine and other communication materials.

Open communication must be a priority for the Executive Director. We want an articulate and seasoned leader, with a passion for conservation, the drive to rise to the challenge of making a significant difference at a time of environmental uncertainty; who inspires Illinois Audubon Society staff, its chapters, its members, and affiliates to strengthen their commitment to the organization and conservation; fosters partnerships with other like-purposed organizations and government entities; secure support from philanthropic organizations; and be a compelling advocate for protecting and preserving nature.


  • Ideally 10+ years of significant experience in fields relevant to non-profit management, staff leadership, advocacy, and fundraising.
  • An advanced degree in a field related to the organization’s interests or a bachelor’s degree with commensurate experience.
  • Conservation experience with a passion for preserving and restoring nature.
  • Substantial experience and success leading a not-for-profit operation including:
    • Building an engaged and effective Board of Directors.
    • Building a workplace and organizational culture that is fair and inclusive.
    • Managing, coaching, inspiring, and hiring staff.
    • Fiscal management of a large organization.
    • External relations.
    • Grant application and administration.
    • Conservation advocacy.
    • Private and public fundraising.
    • Strategic planning and plan administration.
    • Real estate transactions.
  • A willingness to listen and learn.
  • The ability to effectively articulate messages, information, and ideas to a diversity of people, leading to shared understanding.
  • A commitment to promote Illinois Audubon Society and conservation.
  • Strong relationships with funding bodies: individual and corporate donors and relationships with philanthropic organizations.
  • Prioritize resources between new crucial projects with ongoing efforts.
  • Desire to build a workplace and organizational culture that is fair and inclusive, with the expectation that Illinois Audubon will attract, develop, and retain diverse staff, Board members, volunteers, members, and donors.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills, with experience with MS Office Suite or similar platforms.
  • A personality that is welcoming and facilitates engagement with Illinois Audubon Society.


This is a full-time position. The salary range for this position is $125,000+ with benefits, commensurate with experience. The position is based in Springfield, Illinois, and because Illinois Audubon Society chapters and sanctuaries are located throughout Illinois, some travel around the state will be required. Some weekend and evening work will be required. Illinois Audubon Society is an equal opportunity is available to all individuals regardless of race, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion or other non-merit factors.


Please send cover letter and resume to: directorsearch@illinoisaudubon.org. No phone calls please. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

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