Executive Director

Western Watersheds Project

Hailey, ID, United States 🇺🇸

Western Watersheds Project is seeking a qualified and committed Executive Director. The ED will oversee a dozen staff and contract employees in multiple field offices; ensure financial health of the organization; review, commit to and be comfortable with litigation both strategically and procedurally; be the face of the organization in the media; and interact with agencies and policy-makers on a range of conservation issues. Salary commensurate with experience.

Organizational Leadership & Management

  • Manages and leads staff in a way that fosters effective approaches that fulfill WWP’s mission.
  • Identifies projects and issues for the organization to address, sets timelines, and helps ensure achievement of specific projects on deadline.
  • Seeks, acknowledges and respects contributions of others, and is skillful and thoughtful in giving and receiving feedback. Completes annual reviews of all staff.
  • Behaves ethically and is trusted by staff, board, and colleagues.
  • Prioritizes time and energy efficiently.
  • Effectively plans and manages the organization budget, approves non-budgeted expenditures, approves monthly expenses from staff, and identifies ways to keep organizational and administrative overhead costs low, subject to Board oversight and approval.

Fundraising & Member Relations

  • Maintains relationships with current donors and members
  • Cultivates new donors
  • Raises sufficient funds to support staff salaries and other expenses of WWP
  • Ensures timely and effective messaging and outreach materials are provided to members, including the biannual newsletter and Online Messengers, acknowledgement letters for donations, and invitations to WWP events.
  • Identifies grant opportunities, applies for new sources of funding, completes grant reports and maintains relationships with donor foundations.

Program/Litigation Management & Strategy

  • Understands and supports the use of litigation as a central tool in WWP’s strategy
  • Thinks strategically and creatively about approaches to accomplish WWP’s mission, subject to Board oversight and approval.
  • Makes timely programmatic decisions and coordinates tasks among staff members.
  • Reviews, edits and approves all legal filings.
  • Provides direct oversight to legal staff and sets internal deadlines for action.
  • Maintains confidentiality on non-public litigation matters.
  • Maintains good working relationships with co-plaintiffs and outside legal counsel
  • Attends or receives reports on all litigation-related meetings

Public Education & Strategic Partnerships

  • Communicates WWP’s message to the public, government officials, and others.
  • Oversees staff communications and ensures staff stay “on message” around controversial issues in order to promote effective media communications
  • Cultivates and develops beneficial working relationships with organizations that share common goals with WWP, subject to Board oversight and approval.
  • Communicates regularly with board members of the Sagebrush Habitat Conservation Fund.
  • Provides leadership in media, serving as the spokesperson for Op-Eds, LTEs, press releases, and in publications, or identifies appropriate staff person to represent organization on issues.
  • Reviews materials used in lobbying and legislative efforts.
  • Reviews and endorses materials provided by other organizations when appropriate.

Board Communication & Development

  • Regularly updates Board members, including hosting quarterly calls and annual meetings.
  • Provides timely information about ongoing internal and external legal cases.
  • Ensures financial information is accurate and provided as appropriate to the board.
  • Each spring, provides the Board President and Vice President with a self-evaluation of the previous year’s work.
  • Responds to Board requests for information and documents in a timely manner

Human Resources

  • Responsible for hiring, firing, and modifying staff positions to advance WWP’s mission
  • Reviews applications for and approves job descriptions as needed in the event of new hires
  • Requires staff members to identify priorities each spring and perform an annual self-evaluation for discussion with the Executive Director
  • Participates in and sets an agenda for an annual staff-only retreat.
  • Creates an atmosphere of accommodation for different working styles
  • Sets balanced expectations for job performance
  • Thoughtfully and fairly addresses personnel issues as they arise

Required Skills & Desired Characteristics

  • Significant nonprofit, staff and project management experience
  • Excellent communications skills, oral and written
  • Demonstrated leadership capacity
  • Financial management skills/experience
  • Proven track record with fundraising success
  • Flexibility and creativity in problem solving
  • Commitment to protecting public lands and restoring western watersheds and wildlife


The ED salary will be set commensurate with experience and competitive with other small non-profit environmental organizations. WWP provides health insurance benefits, a retirement contribution, four weeks paid vacation each year, sick leave, and eight paid holidays.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, professional writing sample (grant proposal or report, administration filing, newsletter, website, etc.) and contact information for three professional references as a single pdf document to the Western Watersheds Project Search Committee at [email protected].