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Putah Creek Council Job Opening: Executive Director

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Putah Creek Council is a grassroots non-profit organization that protects and enhances Putah Creek and its watershed through advocacy, education and community-based stewardship. Founded in 1988, the Council is widely recognized as an authority on the ecology and conservation of the Lower Putah Creek watershed.

Governed by a 6-12 person Board of Directors, Putah Creek Council’s work is carried out by the Executive Director and a professional staff of three. The Council’s work is funded by grants and donations, and supported by hundreds of volunteers. Presently, the organization’s budget is approximately $300,000 and it is expected to increase as revenue increases. For more information: www.putahcreekcouncil.org.

POSITION SUMMARY 

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and leads the organization consistent with the mission, values, policies, and plans of the Council. Working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director manages the Council’s programs and projects, supervises staff, and oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations. The Executive Director of Putah Creek Council must be an energetic, experienced, and passionate leader who will continue to improve the Council’s community stewardship and environmental education programs and ensure the organization’s long-term viability and effectiveness.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Leadership

  • Collaborate with the Board to provide direction for short- and long-term goals.
  • Work with the Board and staff to maintain and improve existing programs and to develop new programs and services, which serve the mission and vision of the Council and achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Provide leadership and vision for the Council’s stewardship and education programs.
  • Take a leadership role in local and regional efforts that affect Putah Creek.

Management and Operations

  • Maintain the organization’s nonprofit status.
  • Manage grant-funded contracts and agreements, including reporting and invoicing.
  • Oversee and manage the Council’s day-to-day operations and programs to stay within the board-approved annual budget. Authorize and monitor expenditures.
  • Work with the Board to develop the annual budget and work plan.
  • Ensure appropriate staff levels to carry out the Council’s programs.
  • Recruit and train highly qualified and effective staff members.
  • Collaborate with staff and provide leadership, direction, support and resources necessary to maintain excellent stewardship and education programs to ensure appropriate staff levels to carry out the council’s programs.
  • Assess staff performance and conduct annual staff reviews. 

Outreach and Communications

  • Serve as the Council’s spokesperson, representative, and advocate at local and regional meetings, conferences, hearings, and other events.
  • Deliver professional presentations, as appropriate.
  • Manage the content of the Council’s website.
  • Produce a high-quality printed annual newsletter and monthly electronic newsletters. 
  • Increase the Council’s visibility throughout the region through print media, outreach at events, and social media.

Partnerships

  • Support the Council’s position on the Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee and work collaboratively with the Putah Creek Streamkeeper.
  • Maintain and develop partnerships and working relationships with organizations and individuals throughout the watershed to support the Council’s mission and programs.

Fund Development

  • Work with the Board to develop and carry out a comprehensive and diverse fund development plan, including memberships, donations, corporate sponsorships, agency funding, foundation grants, major gifts, and planned giving/legacy donations.
  • Manage the organization’s membership and donor database.

Board Relations

  • Participate in Board meetings.
  • Provide open, clear, and effective communication to maintain a strong collaborative relationship with the Board.
  • Provide timely, accurate and complete financial and management reports to the Board.
  • Implement the Board’s policies, strategic planning, and decisions.          
  • Provide information to the Board chair and committees, as needed.
  • Collaborate with the Board to produce an Annual Report on the Council’s programs and finances.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least five years of relevant leadership/management experience with a nonprofit organization or similar organization.
  • A professional, flexible, and resourceful working style, including willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills to work effectively with staff, board members, partners, scientists, supporters/donors, and the public.
  • Excellent organizational skills, time management and attention to detail.
  • Experience working collaboratively with people of different backgrounds, as well as leading, managing, and supervising a staff team.
  • Computer technology skills, including Office suite, Google Drive, Adobe products, relational databases, website design, and QuickBooks for Nonprofits.
  • Experience writing, implementing, and assessing grants.
  • Ability to implement and report on contracts and agreements, including managing subcontractors.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising, including grant writing and building relationships with donors.
  • A passion for community-based, natural resource and environmental education.
  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) with major or significant coursework in an area such as biology, ecology, restoration, environmental science/studies, natural resources, geography, geology, hydrology, plant or soil sciences, landscape architecture, nature interpretation, science education, etc.
  • Experience with hands-on restoration, including use of appropriate tools and equipment, and a working knowledge of native plants.
  • Understanding of the complex natural resource and policy issues affecting the Lower Putah Creek watershed.
  • Willingness to step in and carry out operational or program activities as needed.
  • Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather and to safely lift and move 50 lbs.

COMPENSATION

Salary Range:  $55,000-70,000 per year. Starting salary commensurate with education, experience and skills. Benefits are competitive.

LOCATION

Putah Creek Council’s office is located in downtown Winters, California.

HOW TO APPLY

Qualified applicants submit the following three items together as one file (.pdf or .docx) via email:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (3-5 paragraphs) for a newsletter or other outreach piece, which conveys your ability to clearly interpret nature to the general public.

Submit by December 15, 2016 to admin@putahcreekcouncil.org

Target Start Date – April 2017

Background check and references may be required.