Vice President of Stewardship

New Jersey Audubon

Job Description

The Vice President of Stewardship is the chief administrator of NJ Audubon’s (NJA) Stewardship Department which functions on a statewide level as well as specific place-based initiatives, advancing habitat restoration, water quality protection, climate resilience and adaptation, and wildlife recovery. The Vice President of Stewardship works in collaboration with other mission areas in development and implementation of the Organization’s Conservation Priorities and is part of NJA’s senior leadership team, working with senior staff and the President to set policy and carry out the Organization’s strategic priorities.

Major Responsibilities

Senior Team Role

  • Participates as an active member of senior leadership team including participation in senior staff meetings, on teams working on CEO/organizational priorities, and on inter-departmental collaboration.
    Supports establishing and implementing organizational priorities including:
  • Conservation Priorities – plays a leadership role developing, tracking, and reporting priorities to staff, board and public.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) – plays a lead role in advancing the Organization’s DEIJ strategies.
  • Fundraising – plays a lead role in collaboration with the Development department in securing major gifts.
  • Board Engagement – provides support to Board meetings, activities, and Board committees (i.e., Conservation Committee, Facilities and Land Management Committee).

Department Leadership Role

  • Manages the Department’s programmatic delivery.
  • Works with the Vice President of Finance and Department to direct budgeting and finance for the Department with a goal of aligning funding to priorities and achieving sustainability.
  • Supervises Department staff so that the work and mission of the Organization and strategic priorities are fulfilled:
  • Makes routine employment decisions regarding staff duties and responsibilities, reviews performance, and mentors staff.
  • Assigns work, guide and advise staff.
  • Promotes staff growth and training including succession planning.


  • Directs development and implementation of vision for stewardship initiatives with an eye towards constant innovation.
  • Oversees development and implementation of stewardship initiatives with emphasis on the Forest and Farm landscape, including: Working Lands for Wildlife, Young Forest, Northern Bobwhite, Ruffed Grouse and Delaware River Watershed Initiatives. Support the advancement of Coast and Wetlands and Cities and Towns landscape priorities. Continue to advance the Corporate Stewardship Council.
    Evaluates programs to assure the highest standards, foster culture of learning and prioritize based on the Organization’s priorities and mission fit.
  • Oversees the network of unstaffed sanctuaries and collaboration with center staff at nature centers and staffed sanctuaries, supervising, and delegating responsibility where appropriate to individual sanctuary stewards.
  • Oversees department staff to assess properties offered to NJA and makes recommendations to the CEO as to their suitability for NJA including as potential sanctuaries and divestment.
  • Collaborates closely with Government Relations on stewardship related policy matters.
  • Works with the mission areas to implement NJA conservation priorities through cooperative projects and grants including environmental education policies and legislation.


  • Works with Vice President of Development to develop, implement and evaluate fundraising plan.
  • Works with Development staff to seek funding for the Department.
  • Participates in key NJA events such as World Series of Birding and donor cultivation gatherings.
  • Collaborates with other NJA staff to secure grants and funding for the Organization’s priorities.

Community Relations/Communications

  • Represents the Organization in public forums, boards, coalitions and government advisory councils, or delegates such representation to the Department Directors, or other staff where appropriate.
  • Oversees the development of stewardship related reports and positions for members, the public and media through the NJA web site, in the NJA magazine, media outlets and social media; delegates work to other staff where appropriate. Ensures the communications are timely and accurate.


  • Prepares written reports, proposals and plans as required.
  • Attends department and organizational meetings and serve on committees as requested by supervisor.
  • Participates with other mission area staff to adopt a “team” approach towards daily operations at the assigned office.
  • Assumes additional responsibilities as requested.

Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills

  • Degree in a related field (e.g., conservation biology, zoology, ornithology, natural resources, environmental policy) Master’s (preferred) or relevant experience.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with stewardship and land management.
  • Minimum five-years’ experience in management/supervisory positions.
  • Demonstrated fundraising, budgeting, and financial management skills.
  • Excellent Computer Skills (e.g. Microsoft 365, ArcGIS) and Social Media Skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, time and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, shifting priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to relate to and motivate a diverse range of people, exercise cultural competence and inclusion, and accept direction and constructive feedback.
  • Motivated self-starter able to work independently in the execution of his or her responsibilities while collaborating with other staff and other organizations with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.
  • Strong professionalism and work ethic with the ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Flexibility to adjust hours to meet deadlines and needs of the Organization, including availability to work occasional evenings and weekends and travel as needed.
  • Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and lift up to 50 needed for programs and events.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a motor vehicle in NJ.

Starting Date: Immediate.
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Housing: May be available.
Deadline: This position will remain open until filled

How to Apply

Applications including cover letter, resume, and the names of two references should be submitted to [email protected]