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Seattle Audubon Executive Director

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Seattle Audubon Society
8050 35th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
United States


The Seattle Audubon Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate and lead a community that values and protects birds and the natural environment. Established in 1916, the Seattle Audubon Society is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization into its second century.

The Executive Director is the leader and chief administrative officer of Seattle Audubon and is responsible for the operations, staff, and finances of the organization. The Executive Director must ensure that the organization has a clear strategic vision that aligns with the mission and is responsible for developing and managing the human and financial resources necessary to implement the mission and meet the strategic goals.

This is a full-time exempt position, hired and supervised by the President of the Seattle Audubon Board of Directors. Seattle Audubon provides a competitive salary and an employee benefits program.

General Responsibilities

● Define and enable success for the staff through effective human resource management and policy-making; directly supervise director- and manager-level staff; delegate appropriately and create accountability systems; recruit, supervise, manage, and retain staff.
● Serve as primary liaison to the Board of Directors, supporting and partnering with the board to develop and maintain governance policies, strategic direction, and community relations that advance and sustain Seattle Audubon’s core mission and activities. In the near term, this will involve special planning for the Seattle Audubon Centennial.
● Serve as the key fundraiser for the organization, partnering with board and staff to maintain and develop relationships with donors, funders, and friends.
● Continue and advance the organization’s mission and strategic plan through effective management and evaluation of current program services, regularly assessing opportunity for program improvement and development.
● Ensure the overall financial health of the organization by maintaining and improving financial policies and procedures, creating annual operating budgets, and monitoring and reporting on financial performance and position.
● Lead staff and board through the annual budgeting and planning process, as well as regular long-term strategic planning.
● Articulate the mission and vision of the organization effectively; be comfortable and proficient at communicating with a broad array of constituencies including volunteers, staff members, board members, community members, major donors, government representatives, business, and civic leaders.

Preferred Qualifications

Successful candidates will have the following:

● Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred, in nonprofit management, or related field
● At least 10 years of experience in leading a nonprofit organization including financial management and in recruiting, inspiring, and empowering staff and volunteers
● Proven success in completion of development and fundraising campaigns, with at least one campaign of $1M in size or greater
● Experience evaluating educational and scientific programs using data to drive decision-making and evaluate organizational success
● Extensive experience in the administration of nonprofit operation and success with a governing board
● Experience building relationships and sustaining partnerships in diverse communities
● Excellent written and oral communication skills including strong experience as a public speaker
● Familiarity with database technologies and innovative online communications
● Demonstrated success in facilitating and implementing organizational strategic and operational plans
● Knowledge of local and regional environmental conservation issues

How to Apply:

Seattle Audubon’s Board of Directors invites qualified candidates to submit a resume and cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for the position to [email protected]. Both documents are required and must be submitted in .doc or .pdf format. Applications will be accepted through July 26, 2013.

Seattle Audubon is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


Seattle Audubon Society
8050 35th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
United States