The position is primarily responsible for overseeing the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) for Golf. The Director directly engages with a wide range of stakeholders (golf course superintendents, club managers, property managers, etc.), and reports directly to the Executive Director.
This is a full-time exempt position, located in Troy, NY.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Program Member Service
• Assist ACSP for Golf members in the development of management plans and other technical documents required as a component of the organization's education and certification process.
• Serve members via requests for information through timely in-person, written, telephone, and email communication.
• Conduct periodic site visits to assist members with ongoing environmental planning and management activities.
• Cooperate with AI’s network of partners to ensure that program materials are up-to-date and disseminated to appropriate audiences.
Outreach & Education
• In conjunction with other staff members, the Director plays a leading role in marketing and promoting membership in ACSP-Golf as well as all of AI's education and certification programs through direct sales and special events.
• Develop and conduct seminars, presentations, and informational briefings to help educate AI members (active and prospective) about the benefits of sustainable natural resource management and the efficacy of the organization's approach to environmental stewardship.
• Promote all AI programs via stakeholder meetings, media interviews, newsletters, and participation in various industry and environmental working groups.
• Play a leading role in the retention of program membership through the development of relationships with other public and private sector organizations interested in partnering with AI in the delivery of the its education and certification programs.
• Work with AI staff to develop and implement yearly goals, objectives, strategies, and budget proposals for ACSP Golf programs in conjunction with other programs being implemented by the organization.
• Participate in organization- and program-level strategic planning efforts.
• Coordinate with appropriate AI staff to ensure that information maintained in the organization's web-based member database is up-to-date and accurate.
• Manage staff, including but not limited to, Program Specialist.
• A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study (i.e., recreational turf management, horticulture, landscape architecture, natural resource management) with relevant and related professional experience, OR a master's / certificate degree in an appropriate field of study with relevant professional experience
• Must be dedicated to educating and encouraging golf course superintendents and other types of land managers become actively involved in environmental stewardship projects
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse constituencies and membership demographics
• Ability to excel both by working independently and as part of a collaborative team.
• Strong technical and persuasive writing skills
• Computer proficiency (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, database management, internet-based research, professional applications of social media.
• Knowledge and/or professional experience in golf course management is highly desirable
• Experience developing and delivering informational and educational programs in person and/or via virtual tools is desirable.
• Pre-existing professional connections in the golf industry is highly desirable
• Familiarity with wildlife and ecosystem science (particularly of North America)
The person in this position must be able to:
• Remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.
• Occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
• Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
• Regularly ascends/descends stairs to access office equipment.
• Frequently communicate with members and interested parties who have inquiries, and exchange accurate information in these situations.
How to Apply:
Submitted applications will be reviewed upon receipt and must include the following:
• Cover letter summarizing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including salary requirements and a description of how prior educational training, experience and skills prepare the candidate to fulfill the job responsibilities detailed above.
• Curriculum vitae or resume.
• Contact information (name, job title, phone and email) for three professional references
• A writing sample of choice.
• Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com with the job title and your name in the subject line (i.e., Program Specialist – Jane Smith).
Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Audubon International is an equal opportunity employer committed to practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.