Bird-Smart Wind Campaign Director

Washington D.C.
May 02, 2019
Jun 06, 2019
Full Time

American Bird Conservancy

 Bird-Smart Wind Campaign Director


Position Summary:

Title:                     Bird-Smart Wind Campaign Director

Supervisor:         Vice President for Advocacy 

Location:             Washington, DC

Application Submission Deadline – May 6, 2019

The Director, Bird-Smart Wind Energy Campaign leads ABC's work to avoid and minimize the impact to birds caused by the development of wind power and associated electrical transmission lines and towers. The Director works in close collaboration with other ABC program staff and with supervision from the Vice President for Advocacy.

Using advocacy, organizing, communications and (if necessary) legal tools, the work will focus on establishing mitigation requirements and regulations to protect birds at wind energy facilities; addressing the most poorly sited wind projects; educating key decision makers and the public; and engaging industry representatives to protect threatened and endangered species, eagles, and other federally-protected birds.


The position requires excellent advocacy, organizing and communication experience, strong writing skills, and a broad knowledge of renewable energy development and bird collisions. 

Primary Duties:  

  1. Develop and implement communication and policy initiatives: Work with ABC staff, NGO partners, and other leaders to identify, develop, and implement a high-profile national campaign to minimize the impact of wind turbines on birds. Develop strategies, partnerships, and agency liaisons to address the issue. 
  2. Develop necessary advocacy and messaging materials for bird smart wind policies, influence federal legislation and regulations, advance mitigation policies, find solutions to the threat of collisions, and organize partners to advance all of these goals.
  3. Identify and stop the most damaging wind projects to birds using communications, advocacy, legal, and other tools that are available.
  4. Partnerships and Coalition Building: Represent ABC's work with other institutions, government, and conservation organizations to advance the campaign. Work with, mentor, and assist partners in support of the campaign. Maintain excellent communication with ABC staff about activities and finances, and produce articles for publicity and website.



Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, in communications or political science, or a related field with knowledge of conservation and management needs of birds, or equivalent experience. Graduate degree or higher preferred. Creativity and demonstrated leadership skills required.
  • Advocacy and organizing experience.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, produce effective results. Entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines. Ability to find solutions and demonstrate tenacity for difficult or long-term projects.
  • Previous experience building partnerships and working collaboratively with other organizations.
  • An outgoing, positive, persuasive manner and predisposition for collaboration, but with ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of birds preferred.
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and organizational skills.
  • Willing and able to travel frequently.


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