Executive Director; Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Job Title: 
Executive Director

The Executive Director is the chief operating officer for the organization. The Executive Director leads a team of highly experienced professionals each impressively skilled in their work. The Executive Director works with a dedicated Board of Directors to develop and articulate the mission, vision, goals, and values of the organization, and create the structure, policies and procedures necessary to achieve the mission within the context of applicable state and federal regulations under which the National Estuary Program (NEP) works.

The Executive Director leads and manages a range of land use, water quality, habitat and community programs and keeps programs current in the context of changing environmental conditions and knowledge and to meet community and Estuary Partnership needs within the context of the Management Plan and NEP. The Executive Director develops and manages multi-million-dollar budgets with public and private funding sources; sustains capacity; evaluates effectiveness; implements continuous improvement; and manages the organization to adapt and improve, maintaining fidelity to mission and fiscal discipline.

The Executive Director sees the big picture, thinks strategically, and identify and track details. The Executive Director must build consensus, honoring, including, and respecting opposing viewpoints, and be able to effectively navigate issues that may be divisive at times. 

Candidate Qualifications

The successful candidate will bring:

Seven years’ experience leading a public or non-profit natural resources organization or agency that includes environmental education and community programs. This includes working with – and inspiring -- a governing body, such as a Board of Directors, working with natural resource and nonprofit corporation laws, procedures, regulations, and practices; and experience in organization development and management.

Seven years’ experience managing and leading a professional team of at least 15 employees. This includes hiring and coaching employees and facilitating an inclusive, collaborative, supportive work place that applies the principles of continuous learning and improvement.

Seven years’ work with strategic planning and implementation and planning and managing multiple complex projects with multiple funding sources, deliverables, budgets, timelines, and project details and managing an organizational budget of at least $2,000,000 per year to implement strategic plans.  This includes identifying and raising funds from a variety of public and private sources, adhering to fiscal and programmatic funder requirements from public and private sources, and evaluating programs and effectiveness.

Experience with natural resource, land use, environmental protection, watershed management, and community programming. This includes familiarity with Estuary Partnership program areas, the lower Columbia River, and the National Estuary Program.

Understanding of issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This includes experience managing and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and aligning diversity with organizational objectives.

Experience working collaboratively and building collegial relationships with the community.

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