Executive Director – Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy
LRWC seeks an Executive Director to build on the Conservancy’s rich history and expand its contributions to conservation and education, leading the organization to its next level of programmatic and financial success. This is a pivotal opportunity for a dynamic conservation professional to be an environmental entrepreneur in representing a national resource at a critical stage of its growth. With an annual budget of over $800,000, a sizeable endowment and a full-time staff of six, LRWC uses its resources to further the cause of environmental education and preservation of rare and endangered waterfowl. The successful candidate will have the passion and leadership skills necessary to articulate, develop, and implement LRWC’s conservation goals, strategies and programs, while working closely with the Board and staff.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Strategy Development and Organizational Leadership
• Working closely with the Board, help develop and lead the organization’s strategic priorities
• Grow the organization’s fundraising capabilities through developing new donors, board members, and grantors
• Represent and raise the profile and visibility of the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy externally to all stakeholders, including funders, educators, policymakers, and the public.
• Cultivate and solicit major donors and foundations. Significantly increase contributions from diverse stakeholders.
• Provide leadership, management, and mentoring to the Conservancy’s team of 6 plus dedicated interns and volunteers.
• Oversee operations, including setting financial and programmatic goals, analyzing results, and taking corrective actions, in close collaboration with staff.
Qualifications and Experience
• An ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
• Strong leadership and communication skills, including an engaging and energetic demeanor and the ability to inspire and motivate donors, staff, volunteers, and partners
• A leadership style that is entrepreneurial and creative and a solution-focused spirit when addressing challenges
• Demonstrated success in fundraising, extensive experience with major donors, foundations, corporations, and government funders
• Experience managing institutional growth and change is highly desirable, as well as the ability to bring new and creative solutions to challenges
• Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals and organizations at the local, regional, and national levels
• Passion for the environment and biodiversity and a deep concern for preserving and protecting our natural resources—interest in/passion for birds and birding a plus.
• Willingness and ability to travel, as required
• Minimum of 10 years of experience, including 5 years at a senior management level with comparable staff and budget responsibilities
• Bachelor’s degree required from a nationally recognized university and Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred