Chippewa Watershed Conservancy, headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, is seeking a full time Executive Director. The CWC began in 1985 and in 2017 we were accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission and were re-accredited in 2017. We protect important habitat in the counties of Central Michigan (a 3,000 sq. mi. service area). The CWC has over 5,300 acres permanently protected consisting of 23 preserves (600 acres) and 39 easements in 5 county service area. The CWC is a volunteer driven organization with an active calendar of events and programs. We are looking for an Executive Director who demonstrates a passion for, and experience in protecting habitat, who can demonstrate the ability to energetically engage the community, foster strategic partnerships, manage land stewardship and broaden support for our diverse conservation efforts. Responsibilities include supporting and implementing the CWC strategic plan, land conservation and stewardship, community relations and outreach, fundraising, financial management, and team/staff leadership.
The Executive Directors General Statement of Duties:
This position is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy (“CWC”). The Executive Director’s primary function is to continue the mission of the CWC and work toward achieving the vision of the CWC. The incumbent will work closely with, and report to, the board President and the board. The incumbent will energetically engage the community, foster strategic partnerships, manage land stewardship and broaden support for the CWC’s diverse conservation efforts. Responsibilities include supporting and implementing the CWC’s strategic plan and associated management plans, implementing land conservation and stewardship policies and practices of the CWC, be the official representative of the CWC to develop and maintain community relations and outreach, be responsible to build endowed and designated funds by active fundraising, financially manage the CWC, and provide staff and volunteer management and leadership.
The Executive Directors Supervisory Expectations:
Demonstrated administrative ability to oversee, manage and be responsible for the performance of staff.
- Demonstrated experience in administration, preferably under the oversight of a non-profit board.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple assignments with competing priorities while maintaining attention to details.
- Ability to perform the essential functions and requirements of the job.
- Demonstrated quality writing and editing skills.
- Be willing to learn, and work with a group of volunteers.
- Experience in habitat conservation, or related field.
- Experience in leading a land conservation organization accredited by the Land Trust Alliance.
- Knowledge of, or experience in, land protection and/or land stewardship.
- Knowledge of, or experience in, the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.
- Knowledge of, or experience in, fundraising.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and lead the operations of a non-profit organization.
- Ability to maintain positive relationships with the CWC board, local, state and national organizations.
Executive Directors Responsibilities:
- Work closely with the CWC Board and Board President and be the official representative of the CWC.
- Responsible for the day to day operation and management of the CWC staff and office.
- Responsible for the legal organizational requirements and obligations of the CWC, Inc.
- Responsible for the financial management of the CWC.
- Manage the land stewardship of the lands under the CWC responsibility.
- Manage the preserves under the CWC responsibility.
- Managing and implement the CWC strategic plan with associated other plans and work toward yearly goals.
- Implement land conservation and stewardship policies and practices of the CWC.
- Responsible to build endowed and designated funds by actively fundraising.
- Provide volunteer management and leadership.
- Energetically engage the communities served by the CWC.
- Foster strategic partnerships to broaden support for the CWC’s diverse conservation efforts.
- Other projects as assigned.
- Travel is required.
This positon is full time and is to begin in September, or earlier. This posting will remain open until the position is filled. Salary range is $35,000 – $50,000 based on experience, with limited benefits.
Please send resume, a cover letter speaking to your passion for habitat protection and your administrative experiences, and 3 relevant professional references to .
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