Executive Director of Willow Bend Environmental Education Center
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Applications invited until: May 8th, 2015
Application procedure: Provide a resume and cover letter that includes name, contact information, employment history, educational background, community involvement and a minimum of three references. References will only be contacted if the candidate is one of the finalists. Applications should be emailed to email@example.com.
Willow Bend Environmental Education Center’s mission is to provide education outreach services that build environmental awareness and an ethic of responsible stewardship of our natural and cultural resources. Established in 1979 by the Coconino Natural Resource Conservation District, Willow Bend has grown into a leading environmental education program reaching nearly 20,000 people each year in northern Arizona.
The Executive Director position is full-time and salaried; reporting to the appointees of the Coconino Natural Resource Conservation District and the Willow Bend Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for all staff, fiduciary, and planning elements of the fulfilling the Center’s mission. The role requires vision and strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills. This position also requires scheduling flexibility, with some weekend and evening activities and occasional travel. Job offer is contingent upon applicant’s ability to pass state and federal background checks and obtain an Arizona Department of Public Safety fingerprint clearance card.
- Salary Range: $40,000-$50,000 per year, with opportunities for annual cost of living/merit raises depending on commensurate fundraising
- Generous vacation/sick leave
- Healthcare reimbursement
- Bachelor's degree in environmental science, education, non-profit administration, business, agriculture or related field
- Experience in managing a non-profit organization, including business development, strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, and entrepreneurship
- Experience leading staff and volunteers
- Proven skills for collaborating with governing boards
- Advanced degree in environmental science, education, non-profit administration, business, agriculture or related field
- Demonstrated experience in developing partnerships with other organizations and businesses
- Previous experience with Arizona non-profits and education system
- PR, public speaking, marketing, and social-media experience
- Experience with teaching and curriculum development
- Familiarity with non-profit accounting and related software
- Familiarity with fundraising and related software
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Entrepreneurship: business development, both through refinement of traditional lines and creation of related, strategic ventures.
- Grant management: monitor, target, submit, and fulfill on appropriate opportunities for grants.
- Fundraising: solicitation and cultivation of relationships with donors, from individuals to business partners.
- Fiscal management: budgeting, forecasting, bookkeeping, troubleshooting, and improving the drivers of the organization’s financial results, including reporting to governing boards of directors.
- Board collaboration: report to and interact with two boards of directors, a board of local volunteers and a governing board of regional appointees.
- Public outreach: network, develop, and extend partnerships with public, non-profit, commercial partner organizations; enhance the Center’s profile in the community. Effectively present to other organizations, at public events and to potential donors or program partners.
- Staff management: oversight of all staff and volunteer activities, including hiring, evaluation, and training and development.