Senior Regional Director

Location: Lincoln, MA
Sanctuary: Lincoln Headquarters

A key member of Mass Audubon’s senior leadership, the Senior Regional Director has overall responsibility to ensure that programs/sites within the region are well managed, fiscally responsible, and strategically positioned to carry out Mass Audubon’s mission. The Senior Regional Director represents the region’s needs and concerns within the organization as well as develops and guides Mass Audubon activity in the region to ensure that programmatic resources align with the organization’s conservation and programmatic goals. He/she provides leadership and assistance to Region/Hub Directors, fosters a strong sense of teamwork and collaboration within and across Regions and with the Statewide Director of Education and Engagement as well as other Department level Directors, reviews the performance of Hub Directors, as well as participates in the development and implementation of major Mass Audubon operating policy, budgets, and programs. The Senior Regional Director also exercises a leadership role in broad organizational initiatives. The Senior Regional Director demonstrates initiative, flexibility, and a willingness to adapt to and lead organizational change as well as an ability to promote, respect, and secure diversity of ethnic, cultural, economic, linguistic backgrounds, and physical and mental abilities. To accomplish many of these responsibilities, the Senior Regional Director will travel frequently throughout the region and occasionally throughout the state.


Region, Sanctuary and Program Offices Leadership 

1.   Ensure that organizational resources are strategically deployed within each region, that organizational policies and priorities are communicated to and carried out within the region, and that organizational decision-making is fully informed by the perspective of field-based staff within the regions. 

2.   Develop regions which oversee the wildlife sanctuaries and program offices capable of carrying out the goals of Mass Audubon and advancing its mission. Lead and assist regions, sanctuaries and program offices with the development and implementation of annual and long-term plans, determining organization and staffing structures, and carrying out a wide variety of activities to accomplish Mass Audubon goals.

3.   Work with each Regional/Hub Director to develop relationships with their key volunteers and supporters, sanctuary advisory committee members, and representatives of priority partner organizations.

4.   Serve as the principal communicator and promote exchange of information within the region and with the rest of the organization regarding priorities, programs, and policies of organization-wide importance. Actively transfer best practices and innovative approaches among Hubs, sanctuaries and program offices and among regions.

Fundraising and Membership

1.   In coordination with the Development Department, develop and help achieve fundraising goals and strategies and membership objectives for individual Regions/Hubs, sanctuaries and program offices in the region in cooperation with the Philanthropy Division.

Management and Administration 

1.   Recruit, train and manage Regional/Hub Directors (and other unit managers as assigned), and ensure that their staff teams are committed and effective. Coach and/or mentor direct and indirect reports to foster strong team performance. Ensure that goal setting and performance reviews are effectively implemented throughout the region.

2.   Allocate resources within the region based on sound planning and budgeting for hubs, sanctuaries and program offices. Measure and hold managers accountable for results.

3.   Make decisions on policy, project, program and administrative issues of regional significance. Seek input from others as appropriate; recognize, and take appropriate actions to communicate issues of organization-wide significance or implication.

4.   Plan and facilitate regular meetings of Mass Audubon’s regional/hub directors, and other regional staff.

Leadership and Program Development

1.   Serve on the leadership team within the Wildlife Sanctuaries and Programs Division by recommending and developing Mass Audubon policies and procedures and ensuring their effective implementation; and coordinating and integrating priority goals and actions with other Senior Regional Directors, divisions and departments.

2.   Effectively represent Mass Audubon in a variety of forums including speaking engagements and program leadership throughout the state.

3.   Manage high profile, complex projects for the organization. Play a leadership role in broad organizational initiatives, serving as members and leaders of interdisciplinary staff teams on issues which affect Mass Audubon’s field operations.

4.   Assume other related management duties and special projects as required.


Minimum Qualifications

 1.   Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 8 years’ management or related experience in conservation or related fields.

 2.   Experience in the recruitment, management, and development of staff, especially among under-represented groups, and the ability to organize, inspire, and support people with diverse skills and backgrounds to create a common program or shared result.

 3.   Proven ability to develop, and implement plans and budgets, and follow through on strategies necessary to meet objectives.  Ability to raise funds is preferred.

 4.   Excellent communications skills (written and oral) including representation of Mass Audubon in public meetings and ability to deal with a wide range of people.

 5.   Proven ability to develop and implement strategic and business decisions.

 6.   Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.

 7.   Experience in use of MS Office software

 8.   A valid driver’s license and the physical capacity to travel frequently throughout the region and occasionally throughout the state.

 9.   Requires successful completion of CORI, SORI, and driver record check.

Physical Demands

The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to talk, hear, sit, stand, and walk. Occasionally the employee is required to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach, push/pull, walk over uneven terrain, and lift up to 40 lbs. Employee is required to apply limited manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination, such as basic keyboarding, basic hand tools and instruments, filing, operating office equipment, and operating a motor vehicle. Employee must have good vision to read documents for general understanding and for analytical purposes. Occasionally the employee is required to review non-written materials for general observation purposes and for analytical, detailed purposes. Occasionally it is necessary for the employee to differentiate between colors.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Work is usually performed within a typical office setting. Work may require performing responsibilities on evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Tools and Equipment Used

The employee is required to operate a personal computer and general office equipment (e.g., telephone, calculator, copier, facsimile).


How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Criss Nickoloff, Operations Manager for Wildlife Sanctuaries and Programs
Job# 3408

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Mass Audubon is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Mass Audubon prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.