Executive Director

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Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Durham, NC, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Apply By: 
28 May 2019
2 days remaining

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Overview

The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) seeks a new Executive Director to lead the organization in its mission to protect Ellerbe Creek and its tributaries in Durham, NC. ECWA is both a land trust and a watershed protection non-profit. We envision a clean and healthy creek supporting both people and wildlife. We protect, restore, engage, and advocate so that Ellerbe Creek is an asset for all citizens of Durham. The Executive Director will lead ECWA’s dedicated staff to create its programs and partnerships through engagement with watershed stakeholders to protect and manage ECWA-owned conservation lands, address Durham’s stormwater issues through innovative projects, and engage the community in the effort.  

Desired Start Date: July 15, 2019

Organization

ECWA is the primary watershed organization in Durham NC. Its community-based approach to healing urban waters is unique in the Triangle area and is becoming recognized nationally, as interest in urban watersheds has quickly expanded and intensified. The position will lead a team of five staff members who work with dozens of partners and hundreds of volunteers to protect and steward creekside lands; clean up Durham’s water through innovative, nature-based approaches; and engage the community in these efforts.  

As a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, ECWA is both a land stewardship and an urban watershed management organization. Established in 1999, the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association has organically and steadily grown from a few volunteers in one local neighborhood to become a key player in ensuring that Ellerbe Creek is an important asset to the watershed, to its surrounding neighborhoods, and to the City of Durham at large. ECWA envisions a living creek connecting human and natural communities in Durham.

Our assets include dedicated board members and volunteers; 420 acres of protected land throughout the watershed, including five publicly accessible preserves, with hiking trails and educational signage, and an equivalent set of non-public (or not-yet-public) preserves; community events that raise both money and awareness; stormwater management projects; and professional staff and consultants, who develop and share these assets in a sincere, inviting way. We challenge ourselves not only to identify the historical exclusion of people who are important parts of the demographic and economic reality of our service area, but also to change the way we operate by building capacity through partnerships in all parts of the watershed. These activities and more are described at our website at www.ellerbecreek.org.

Position Responsibilities

The position of Executive Director has existed at ECWA for eight years as a full-time position, filled by a single incumbent who will stay at ECWA in a part-time position as a staff member responsible for land and water programs.

The specific responsibilities of the position are detailed in the full position description online at http://www.ellerbecreek.org/ed-job-description.html. These responsibilities include the following general duties for the organization;

  1. Organizational leadership and communication
  2. Planning and budgeting
  3. Fundraising and development
  4. Board and committee relations
  5. Staff oversight
  6. Operations management.

Experience, Skills, and Qualifications

The following characteristics are expected for this position:

  • Three or more years of experience supervising technical and administrative staff, preferably in a nonprofit or government environment, with a proven history of effective staff development of diverse team members
  • Successful budgetary management of at least $200,000 annually
  • Exemplary fundraising experience that regularly meets or exceeds goals
  • Experience crafting fundraising strategies and soliciting gifts from individuals, businesses, and foundations
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent administrative, leadership, and managerial skills
  • Ability to lead a dynamic nonprofit while engaging a diverse community
  • Desire to work collaboratively, and ability to delegate responsibility appropriately
  • Ability to create and implement strategic plans designed to improve the waters of and public appreciation of Ellerbe Creek
  • Watershed management experience in an urban environment
  • Sincerity and an outgoing personality that results in successful networking and partnership building
  • Self-starting: little need for supervision; capability for working based on general Board direction.

 The following characteristics would also be beneficial in applicants for this position:

  • Bilingual in English/Spanish
  • Environmental degree or similar life experience in an urban watershed environment
  • Ability to travel to represent ECWA at professional conferences
  • Ability to traverse various terrain to work with donors, land owners, and volunteers
  • Existing knowledge of the NC Triangle area and Durham in particular.

Salary for this full-time position will be a minimum of $60,000. A higher level is possible, based on experience (especially fundraising experience), education, and qualifications. Benefits at this point are a $3,000 annual stipend, paid monthly, for all staff members.

Application Process: Please submit your cover letter, professional resume, and any salary expectations, preferably via email, to Rachel Cohn at with “Executive Director” in the subject line; or by mail to her attention at Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, P.O. Box 2679, Durham, NC 27715 by May 28, 2019.

The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong, growing emphasis on diversity of all kinds in its workforce. ECWA prohibits any discrimination in carrying out its mission on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. This includes all programs, projects, events, and all other activities sponsored by ECWA. People including but not limited to people of color, women, LGBTQ-identified people, and formerly incarcerated individuals are especially encouraged to apply.

Benefits

Benefits at this point are a $3,000 annual stipend, paid monthly, for all staff members.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish is preferred but not required

How To Apply


http://www.ellerbecreek.org

Application Process: Please submit your cover letter, professional resume, and any salary expectations, preferably via email, to Rachel Cohn at with “Executive Director” in the subject line; or by mail to her attention at Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, P.O. Box 2679, Durham, NC 27715 by May 28, 2019.