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Executive Director – Elkins, WV

Organization: The West Virginia Rivers Coalition (WVRC)

Job Title: Executive Director

Location: Elkins, WV

Hours and Compensation: Full time, Salary depends on experience; benefits include health insurance and retirement.

Position Dates: Start ASAP

Application Deadline: Send in ASAP (open until filled)

Posted On: July 13th, 2012


The West Virginia Rivers Coalition (“WVRC”) is seeking an Executive Director. WVRC’s mission is to “seek the conservation and restoration of West Virginia’s exceptional rivers and streams”. For more information about WVRC please visit


The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for WVRC’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.


Program Development and Administration

• Assure that the organization has a long-range plan and strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
• Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies as authorized by the Board.
• Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local law and regulations.
• Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.


• See that the Board is kept fully informed on the condition of WVRC and all important factors (internal and external) influencing it.
• Articulate and promote the organization’s mission and work to members, the press, public, and donors through developing and implementing a media strategy.
• Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with federal, state and local agencies and relevant watershed and conservation groups and organizations.
• Represent WVRC to agencies, organizations, and the general public.

Relations with Staff

• Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, development, and termination of all personnel, including paid staff, independent contractors, and volunteers.
• Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are developed and followed.
• See that an effective team, with appropriate provision for succession, is in place.
• Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the programs and objectives of WVRC.
• Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse and qualified staff.

Budget and Finance

• Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
• Work with the staff, Finance Committee, and the Board in preparing a budget, and assure that WVRC operates within its budget.
• Ensure the development and implementation of annual fundraising and membership plans, including cultivating major donors and conducting special events.
• Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit WVRC to carry out its work and mission.
• Ensure that WVRC maintains appropriate liability and Directors’ and Officers’ insurance.
• Jointly, with the President and Secretary of the Board of Directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents.


• A graduate degree in a related field (or undergraduate degree with equivalent work experience).
• Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to environmental/conservation issues; particularly related to water, energy and natural resources.
• At least 5 years’ experience managing a nonprofit organization or equivalent work/management experience.
• At least 5 years’ experience writing and managing grants.
• Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work with Board of Directors and WVRC Staff.
• Ability to work effectively and efficiently without a high level of supervision.
• Ability to organize and effectively handle multiple projects, meet regular deadlines with consistency and accuracy, work within a team structure, and work under pressure with ease and humor.
• Ability to think strategically and operate effectively in a challenging political environment.
• Understanding of and experience with capacities essential to successful nonprofit organizations, such as fundraising, financial management, governance, planning, evaluation, etc.
• Ability to attend evening or weekend meetings and travel for weekday and weekend meetings.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume with three (3) references to Krissy Kasserman, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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