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
- 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].