American Bird Conservancy
Director of Pesticides and Birds Campaign
Title: Director, Pesticides and Birds
Supervisor: Vice President of Policy
Location: Washington, D.C. area
The Director of the Pesticides and Birds Campaign will be
responsible for a suite of activities that limit the use of
pesticides that are toxic to birds – activities that often provide
health benefits for people and the planet overall. The
Director will advance campaign goals including halting the
pre-emptive use of neonicotinoid pesticides, protecting National
Wildlife Refuges from pesticides, and completing the pending ban on
chlorpyrifos. American Bird Conservancy (ABC) also seeks to
re-establish an effective monitoring and early-warning system for
harmful pesticides, support state and local advances to restrict
use of neonicotinoids in seed treatments and consumer products, and
support a report by the EPA to Congress on the connection between
bird and insect declines and neonic pesticide use.
The Director will need to be creative, persuasive, and think
strategically and practically. Because ABC carries out its work
through partnerships, the Director must be able to manage, mentor,
and empower others and to build strong and lasting alliances, with
experience in respectfully engaging a diversity of partners. We
seek someone who is passionate about conserving birds and
protecting their habitats; understands the overlap between bird
conservation and human well-being; and exhibits an entrepreneurial
spirit in implementing conservation.
- Organizing. Organizing a diversity of
activists and partner organizations in support of the campaign
goals is another key aspect of the Director’s role. Initial
activities will include a major organizational sign-on effort for
ABC’s birds and pesticides policy goals; virtual and eventually
in-person Capitol Hill fly-ins; and educational webinars and
science forums on bird impacts from pesticides.
- Collaboration. The Director will work closely
with existing and new national partners to develop statements for
the National Pesticide Reform Coalition and to advocate our views
to Congressional and administration leaders.
- Communications. ABC has always been the voice
for birds in the pesticides debate. We seek a strong communicator
to work closely with our Communications team on news statements,
opinion editorials, citizen alerts, and social media content in
support of campaign goals
- The position requires an understanding of pesticides
regulations and legislation, particularly the Federal Insecticide,
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Duties will include developing
whitepapers, rulemaking comments, and policy recommendations.
- Annual & Financial Planning: The Director
will set goals and objectives for the Pesticides and Birds Campaign
for the ABC annual plan and translate these into more detailed
workplans for team members, as well as into annual budgets.
- Fundraising: The position involves
communication with donors and potential donors to explain our
strategies. The Director will work with ABC’s Development team to
cultivate donors (individuals, foundations, government agencies),
identify potential donors and grant opportunities for unfunded
activities, and apply for funding to maintain and expand the
- At least five years of responsibility and experience in
pesticides policy, communications, and direct advocacy.
- Excellent background and understanding of relevant pesticides
regulations and scientific studies.
- Experience in working with diverse partnerships, networks, and
- Demonstrated success in working with and advocating for the
needs of a wide variety of people and partner institutions, and in
- Excellent oral and written communications skills.
- Able to meet deadlines and exceed expectations.
- Highly committed to conservation and to ABC’s conservation
mission (see org).
- Passion for birds preferred.
- Background screening required.
- Authorized to work in the U.S.
- Benefits include medical, dental, and 403(b) plan.
- Paid vacation days, holidays (10+), and sick leave.
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At American Bird Conservancy, we believe that a diversity of
backgrounds, perspectives, and skills makes us more effective. We
are committed to creating a respectful and inclusive work
environment for all of our employees.
As an equal opportunity employer, ABC is committed to
ensuring that employees and applicants for employment have equal
opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry,
sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical
condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other
factor unrelated to the requirements of the position.