CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Position Description Executive Director
Michigan Association of Conservation Districts
The Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) seeks an Executive Director to support the state’s 75 conservation districts and 375 local, publicly-elected conservation district directors. MACD is a voluntary, nonpartisan, and non-governmental 501c (3) association. MACD’s vision is to protect and conserve natural resources for future generations. Our mission is to serve as the collective voice of conservation districts and to advance the purposes of conservation districts and their constituents by providing leadership, advocacy, representation, influence, information, products, and services by protecting and advancing the locally led principle.
The Executive Director position is full-time with annual compensation in the range of $55,000 – $75,000, commensurate with skills and experience. This is an exempt position. Extensive travel may be necessary, with the possibility of multiple overnight trips per month. Direct supervision is provided by the MACD Executive Committee via the Association President. The primary association office is located in Lansing, MI.
The Executive Director is solely responsible to provide overall leadership of daily operations and management of the organization. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Work with the Executive Committee, State Council, and Association membership to identify and develop agreement on priority advocacy items for the Association.
• Develop an Annual Strategic Plan in consultation with the Executive Committee, State Council, and Association membership that guides the Association’s work and priorities.
• Develop with staff, and in consultation with the Executive Committee and State Council, an annual budget and program of work for the Association that is consistent with the Strategic Plan, the list of priority advocacy items, and the Association’s internal and external objectives.
• Develop and facilitate ongoing training for good governance practices (including Association policies, procedures, and systems) for the Executive Committee, State Council, and Directors of the Association membership.
• Develop and maintain positive working relationships with the Conservation Partnership that includes the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Conservation District Employees of Michigan (CDEM), and other MACD partner organizations.
• Facilitate close coordination of advocacy work between Association leadership, contracted Association lobbyists, and policy leadership.
• Strive to develop and maintain positive, productive working relationships with legislators, legislative staff, key state agencies, and the Governor’s office that enable the Association to be successful in achieving advocacy priorities of the Association.
• Build coalitions with partners and stakeholders in support of the advocacy priorities of the Association.
• Plan and coordinate quarterly State Council meetings and all other meetings and functions of the Association.
• Work with the Executive Committee, State Council, staff, member districts, and partners to plan and facilitate the annual MACD Summer Conference, the MACD Fall Convention and Annual Meeting of the Association, and other trainings and events as directed by the Executive Committee and State Council.
• Serve as the primary spokesperson and face of the Association.
• Work with staff and the State Council to provide effective and timely membership communication and support.
• Ensure that the policies, directives, and programs authorized by the State Council and overseen by the Executive Committee are carried out.
• Monitor and enforce provisions of any and all contracts with persons who contract with the Association for specified purposes.
• Visit and/or engage with all the conservation districts, endeavor to increase their perception of their value of membership, and other opportunities to maintain and strengthen the work of the Association and the districts it serves. Work with the Executive Committee and State Council as needed to set priorities for travel.
• Be the supervisor of record and responsible for employment decisions and management of all employees of the Association, as authorized by the State Council and overseen by the Executive Committee.
• Research and implement grants and other funding opportunities.
MACD seeks candidates with the strongest blend of demonstrated traits, skills, knowledge, and experience to effectively carry out job responsibilities relating to board support, office management, communications, member services, and relationships:
• Committed to natural resources conservation and to the principle of locally-led conservation.
• Understanding of good governance practices and effective methods of supporting boards to practice good governance.
• Skilled at working with the board and a diverse membership to identify organizational priorities.
• Ability to increase organizational leadership capacity and financial stability.
• Committed to internal and external customer service.
• Collaborative, inclusive leadership style.
• Must have critical listening skills and the ability to ask informed questions; excellent writer and effective public speaker.
• Excellent communication, organizational, analytical, and time-management skills.
• Budget development, implementation, and monitoring; grant-writing and fundraising.
• Strategic plan development, implementation, and evaluation.
• Applicants must be able to successfully complete a federal security evaluation.
• Applicants must provide their own vehicle and have a valid driver’s license.
• 5+ years working with a board, council, or nonprofits.
• Experience working with or for conservation districts.
• Experience with employee supervision and performance evaluation, including employment status decisions.
• Familiarity with planning events and conferences.
• Experience with budgets and funding options.
• Experience working with elected officials; specific experience with the Michigan State Legislature a plus.
• Experience working on a statewide campaign or with a statewide membership organization.
• Experience in developing strategic collaborative partnerships.
• Familiarity with Michigan state conservation district-related issues.
When applying, please list your highest or most relevant degree(s) earned and the degree field. Equivalent work experience may be considered in lieu of this requirement.
Applications will be accepted electronically through 5 pm November 20, 2020. Please send a cover letter, résumé, and a sample letter directed to a State of Michigan legislator inviting them to a Lunch and Learn event sponsored by MACD on September 22 from noon until 2 pm at the Michigan State Capitol, First Floor Corridor, WEST. Please include 3 references.
The anticipated start date for employment is late December 2020.
Applications may be submitted by email to: Nancy.email@example.com
Nancy Szikszay, MACD Executive Committee member/MACD ED Search Committee Chair