Executive Director via Idealist

Tualatin Riverkeepers

Tualatin, OR, US

Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) www.tualatinriverkeepers.org is in search of a dynamic, capable and innovative leader to serve as our Executive Director. TRK is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tualatin River and its watershed, which is located primarily in Washington County, OR, and to the surrounding communities that depend on a healthy river.  TRK engages the public in this mission through four overarching programs: recreation, education, advocacy and habitat restoration.  Located in a bustling and growing part of the Portland Metropolitan area, TRK’s membership and volunteers partner with farmers, industry, community based organizations and the private sector to promote stewardship of Washington County’s natural assets and to connect rural and urban residents to the Tualatin River.

TRK is part of a broader global “Waterkeeper” movement www.waterkeeper.org that has a rich history of linking human health, justice, and livelihoods to clean water and environmental protection.

Currently, TRK has a passionate staff of five who work together as a mission driven team, but in a relaxed and easy going atmosphere.  An active board of up to thirteen members works closely with the Executive Director.  TRK is financially stable with a budget of approximately a half million dollars.

Recently in 2017, Washington County passed a tax base to support millions of dollars of investment into watershed health, habitat restoration, and conservation education.  This funding has not been fully defined, but presents an exciting opportunity to expand the organization’s role in the watershed.

Position Description
The Executive Director provides creative and intelligent leadership to fulfill Tualatin Riverkeepers’ long-term mission and successfully executes the organization’s vision for the future.  Duties include supervision of program staff, fund development, financial and contract management, and support of a board of directors.

Key Responsibilities
Board and Committee Development – Provide support, assistance and leadership development to strengthen the TRK Board and Committees.  The Executive Director is the principle liaison to the Board of Directors and Volunteer Committees.

Philanthropic Development and Implementation – Build an internal culture of philanthropy, develop and execute sound fundraising plans including major donor solicitation, grants, and contract management, and increase unrestricted operational dollars.

Organizational Development – Grow organizational capacity, guide strategic planning and implementation, and ensure equity, justice, and inclusivity are integrated throughout the organization and across all programs.

Staff management and supervision – Provide management and supervision of TRK program staff including development of job descriptions, work plans, and evaluations.

Financial management – In concert with staff and board, develop the annual budget and cash flow projections, operate within the approved annual budget, coordinate audit/compilation and timely submittal of tax and financial reports to IRS and State.

Public Relations and Collaborations – Serve as the key spokesperson for TRK’s mission and vision, build support among key stakeholders to advance TRK’s agenda, support collaborations with a myriad of organizations that may include policy, advocacy, litigation and environmental and social justice strategies.

Advocacy – Provide guidance and input regarding ongoing environmental issues in the Tualatin basin that affect the health and resilience of the river and watershed.

 Required Qualifications

  • Strong understanding, experience and passion for watershed issues, habitats and wildlife
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field or a minimum of 10 years Executive Leadership experience
  • Commitment to environmental, social justice and cross-cultural competency
  • 3-5 years in a senior leadership role with specific experience in financial management and staff supervision
  • Demonstrated abilities in donor relations and procuring individual gifts
  • Ability to develop and execute strategic plans
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to articulate TRK’s vision orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated social and emotional intelligence

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven cultural agility
  • Knowledge of Oregon policies, regulations and political climate
  • Established community relationships with key stakeholders

Upper $60’s to lower $70’s, plus comprehensive benefits. The Executive Director position is exempt and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors.

Application Procedure
Send resume and cover letter to [email protected] (No phone calls please.)
Please include answers to the following questions in your cover letter:

  1. What connects you to the River?
  2. What connects you to conservation?

Closing date:  ASAP

Tualatin Riverkeepers is an equal opportunity employer