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North Fork John Day Watershed Council

Long Creek, OR, US

Executive Director – North Fork John Day Watershed Council

Summary: Executive Director Duty Site: Long Creek, OR – the Heart of the Rural West

Oversee 5 full-time and 50 seasonal staff Salary Range $45,000 to $65,000

Position Summary:

We are seeking new executive leadership to take over the helm of a progressive, eastern Oregon Watershed Council. Are you creative, professional, results-oriented, and flexible? At the NFJDWC, we love helping Eastern Oregon to shine and we’re seeking a leader who loves the rural west to guide us forward. Are you excited by diverse communities of people? The E.D. supervises a busy staff and interacts with ranchers, agency professionals, funders, and communities. Are you a leader? The Executive Director is the heart of the NFJDWC, inspiring sustainability and change in an exciting mixture of responsibilities with deeply satisfying outcomes.


This is an Organization that flourishes in a frontier community. We inspire rural lifestyles and enrich natural resources. In this quiet landscape, a group of ranchers and business people came together in 2003, to found the North Fork John Day Watershed Council. Their mission was, and remains today, to plan, fund and implement projects that enhance and sustain a healthy upper John Day Basin, strengthen the long term economic stability of those who rely on the Watershed’s natural resources, and support Tribal cultures. The Council employs 6 year round staff and hires up to 60 seasonal employees as well as contracting and partnering with numerous businesses and organizations. We are centered amidst three iconic National Forests, one National Monument, and many miles of scenic rivers. Our work is intimately tied with a grand landscape of steppe, forest, and high desert. We seek someone who will thrive in this grand, quiet scenery!

For more information, please visit:[[http:nfjdwc.org|nfjdwc.org]]


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for North Fork John Day Watershed Council’s staff, programs, development, relationships and mission. S/he will have and develop deep knowledge of field procedures, core programs, business operations, and business plans.

Responsibility: Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure excellence in rigorous programs and consistent quality of finance, administration, fundraising, communications, and operating systems
  • Oversee complex funds with diligence
  • Actively engage partners and funders
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors;
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain North Fork John Day Watershed Council’s staff team
  • Maintain an entrepreneurial spirit and always present a professional Organization
  • Support a vigorous safety program

Responsibility: Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand revenue generation and fundraising
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications
  • Create external relationships to garner new opportunities

Responsibility: Planning & New Business:

  • Design new program directions
  • Establish new relationships with funders and political and community leaders

Essential Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or experience in Natural Resources

Passion for rural cultures and resources

Outstanding Communication Skills, both verbal and written

Professional presence and talent to: Make Others Shine

Creative solution seeking and an eye for Opportunity

Strategic thinking as a way of life

Demonstrated Leadership and Management

Knowledge of rural issues, politics, restoration strategies

Willingness to work hard and long for Outstanding Results and Personal Satisfaction

To Apply:

Send the following materials no later than January 27th, 2017 to Elaine Eisenbraun at: [email protected]

  • Cover Letter explaining how you will serve and advance the NFJDWC
  • Resume
  • Two recent and relevant writing selection excerpts (No more than 2 pages, each)
  • Contact and relationship information for three references

For Additional Information, please visit:[[http:nfjdwc.org|nfjdwc.org]].

Best of luck with your application!