Executive Director, Minocqua, WI

Northwoods Wildlife Center
Minocqua, Wisconsin
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Northwoods Wildlife Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Minocqua, Wisconsin. Established in 1979, Northwoods Wildlife Center (NWC) is dedicated to providing a better future for wildlife through rehabilitation, education, and research. The Northwoods Wildlife Center cares for over 600 wildlife patients, welcomes over 5,000 visitors to the Center and educates over 10,000 people a year. The Executive Director must have exceptional leadership, non-profit management and fund development experience that supports our mission. They must have a proven ability to build strong community and individual relationships across diverse groups and create an awareness of the good work we do throughout the Northwoods. Responsibilities: Business Development and Communications: • Maintain current and build new partnerships, establishing relationships with stakeholders, funders, and political and community leaders to increase community and financial support. • Provide guidance and direction to the Board of Directors to support fund development. • Develop new ideas to generate cost-effective revenue that further expands the reach of NWC . • Utilize all forms of media and marketing methods to communicate with the public • Maintain donor database to support all NWC marketing and fundraising efforts • Develop strong relationships with all regional media to support and expand donor communication • Serve as NWC spokesperson with media and community members • Participate in local and regional community events to broaden NWC exposure • Collect ongoing data that supports the success of the work in wildlife rehabilitation, education, and research to be used in a variety of communication methods • Share NWC’s vision and mission to a large variety of audiences from individual donors, businesses, service organizations, schools, and foundations throughout the Northwoods to inspire involvement Leadership and Management: • Manage and provide leadership, guidance and mentoring to a diverse staff of wildlife rehabilitators, educators, volunteers, and interns • Establish staff expectations to meet responsibilities, create performance metrics and conduct staff evaluations • Establish and support staff career development plans that benefit the employees and NWC • Develop a short- and long-term strategic plan with Board of Directors and NWC staff • Recruit and retain skilled candidates to ensure NWC is properly staffed and licensed • Effectively engage and utilize volunteers, board members, committee members, alumni, partnering organizations/businesses and donors • Utilize committees to effectively implement projects, maintain facilities, build strong communications, and meet fundraising objectives • Develop procedures and policies that allow staff and volunteers to achieve goals and create a positive and nurturing work environment • Provide Board of Directors with key/critical information, developments and opportunities aligned with NWC goals and mission. Seek and build Board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing and future plans Operations: • Develop annual budget with Board of Directors. Oversee department budgets with rehabilitation and education department managers throughout fiscal year • Ensure policies and procedures are developed and enforced that support a safe and positive work environment • Ensure necessary licenses are in place for operations with state and federal agencies • Maintain and expand current Northwoods Wildlife Center volunteer program • Oversee facility maintenance and repairs • Ensure compliance with providers of insurance, financial institutions, and government agencies
Qualifications: The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to Northwoods Wildlife Center’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Other qualifications include: • Experience managing a non-profit organization – experience with wildlife and/or environmental education is encouraged • Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings • Ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives • Strong fiscal management abilities • Past success working with Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate board member relationships • Strong listening, written and verbal communication skills; excellent interpersonal, public relations, conflict resolution and crisis communications • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning and fund development • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people • Strong familiarity with the communities and tourism of Northern Wisconsin • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, internet, and social media • Unwavering commitment to treat all living creatures and their environment with respect and kindness Education: 5+ years’ experience managing a non-profit organization 4-year degree preferred Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references
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