Chief Conservation Officer

Location: Lincoln, MA

About This Position

About the Opportunity
The Action Agenda signals a dynamic new era for Mass Audubon and we are seeking a strategic, innovative, and experienced professional to lead our growing conservation team and to drive our conservation work—work rooted in rigorous science. The Action Agenda has spurred organizational innovation, a new level of collaboration, significant new investments, and a shared sense of urgency in tackling the great challenges of our time.

The Action Agenda sets ambitious, but achievable, goals that advance nature-based climate solutions across the Commonwealth, including committing to work with the state and partners to protect 30 percent of Massachusetts by 2026, restoring and managing 2,500 acres of coastal habitats, and managing and protecting significantly more acres of forests. We plan to invest more in the conservation of birds and their habitats and use birds as a lens to shape our conservation strategies.

We are activating and mobilizing our 160,000 members to advance nature-based climate policy solutions that complement and support our conservation priorities. And we will continue to publish important work that helps us understand the latest threats to nature and solutions to solve them.

Position Description
The Chief Conservation Officer (CCO), a new position at Mass Audubon, will lead the organization’s efforts to protect and restore resilient landscapes, conserve wildlife, and drive nature-based climate solutions across the Commonwealth. The CCO will be a proven leader responsible for driving innovative conservation strategies and overseeing programs throughout the Commonwealth. The leader will have a track-record of accomplishments in the conservation field, a commitment to building strong partnerships with government agencies and other non-governmental organizations, seasoned organizational skills, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

The CCO will oversee our land conservation, conservation science, and bird conservation departments. Over the past year, these accomplished departments have doubled in size and now include a new ecological restoration unit and a coastal resilience program established to meet our ambitious land conservation and restoration goals.

The CCO will be a thought partner with the President on conservation strategy, and serve on the Executive Staff Team. The position will work closely with colleagues on the Executive Team to continue to elevate the full body of work at Mass Audubon and serve as a key representative of the organization’s conservation priorities with decision-makers, external partners, the philanthropic community, our membership, and the general public.

Mass Audubon has a long history working in Central America and the CCO will work with our international partners to advance shared conservation objectives as opportunities and needs arise.

How To Apply

Recruitment for this position is being managed by Isaacson, Miller. Please apply at:

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