Executive Director via Idealist

Candlewood Lake Authority

Sherman, CT, US


The Candlewood Lake Authority (CLA) is looking for a highly motivated and experienced Executive Director.This highly visible role will lead one of the most respected environmental organizations in New England providing lake management, water quality oversight and public safety for Candlewood Lake. Responsibilities will include managing, scheduling and budgeting of programs and projects that further the mission of the Candlewood Lake Authority and the Candlewood Lake Authority Marine Patrol (CLAMP). Candlewood Lake is the largest lake in CT and a FERC licensed hydropower facility.

Job Duties include: Work with support staff and Board of Delegates to implement and continue the CLA’s lake science and lake management, community outreach and public policy initiatives. Ability to form collaborative partnerships, act as strategic planner for water quality, watershed and aquatic invasive management initiatives, public education and community outreach development, monitor shoreline/land use regulations, legislative and FERC issues and coordinate oversight of the CLA Marine Patrol and equipment and facilities operations; act as liaison with community leaders, local elected officials, and First Light Power Resources (the FERC licensee / owner of this Hydro power facility). Supervise and prioritize work tasks and provide scientific guidance and program review. Provide monthly reports of Directors previous months activities to BOD. Represent CLA and programs with State and local agencies. Attend CLA scheduled meetings as required, community meetings, seminars, conferences and review scientific literature.

Ability to function in both administrative and “hands-on” water quality initiatives. The seasonal nature of this position will require ability to coordinate work both on and off site between Sherman base, administrative offices, lab facilities and “on lake” data collection as needed requiring a flexibility of schedule and hours.

Minimum qualifications: A college graduate or commensurate experience. Bachelor’s degree or Master’s from an accredited college or university in biology, environmental studies, botany, public policy, chemistry, or related field, knowledge of Limnology a plus. 5 years experience in a related field preferred, one of which should be in a supervisory capacity, preferably in a public, governmental or educational organization a plus.

The candidate must be an independent self-starter who is able to excel without requiring day-to-day direction. Additional skills: excellent communicator (oral, written and people), strong researcher, experienced with computer technology with ability to apply knowledge to lake and watershed management a plus. Legislative and regulatory experience a plus. Responsibilities include budget development, financial management, fund-raising, and grant writing.

Physical Requirements: As this position requires on site field work on Candlewood Lake the successful candidate must be able to swim, knowledge of water testing equipment (training provided), and ability to take and pass CT Boater Safety Course and operate CLA vessels.

This is a full time position with Salary Commensurate with Experience.

EOE, No Phone Calls Please, Send or E-mail resume with cover letter and salary requirements/history to: [email protected] ; Human Resources, Candlewood Lake Authority, P.O. Box 37, Sherman, CT 06784