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Executive Director- Missoula, MT

Organization: Wild Rockies Field Institute

Position Title: Executive Director

Location: Missoula, MT

Hours and Compensation: Competitive salary (depending on qualifications) at 35 hours/week with a generous benefits package including excellent health insurance, holiday and vacation leave, professional development, monthly wellness stipend and community service benefit.

Application Deadline: Applications are due September 20, 2013, although the position will be open until filled. Position start date is mid-November 2013.


Organization Overview

The Wild Rockies Field Institute (WRFI) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1993 and based in Missoula, Montana. WRFI offers academically rigorous undergraduate field courses that develop engaged, informed citizens and strong leaders capable of addressing complex social and environmental issues. WRFI courses broaden the nature of a liberal arts education through experiential learning, teach critical thinking, foster understanding of and respect for natural and human communities, and cultivate a sense of place that encourages environmental responsibility.


Executive Director, to work 35 hours per week at the WRFI office in a beautifully restored historic building on the Clark Fork River in Missoula, Montana. Missoula is a thriving city of 68,000 people, nestled in the mountains of Western Montana. It is a vibrant community with deep character, colorful history and wild mountain landscapes. The city provides many opportunities for families and individuals seeking to experience an exceptional quality of life. “The Garden City” is known for its friendly atmosphere, civic engagement, and excellent public schools. It is home to the University of Montana and the Missoula Osprey (minor league baseball). Cultural experiences abound in Missoula, such as the Missoula Symphony and the Missoula Children’s Theatre. There are numerous recreational opportunities, many inviting eateries and a lively local music scene.


The Executive Director will provide leadership and direction for WRFI’s field based academic program. Primary responsibilities include financial management; office administration; marketing and recruiting; strategic planning; program development; fundraising; risk management; communication with students, instructors, parents, alumni, and partner universities. The Executive Director supervises two office staff members, monitors the performance of field instructors, participates in recruitment and fundraising activities, and works closely with the Board of Directors.


The successful candidate must have significant management experience; be highly motivated and able to work independently; demonstrate fiscal acumen and excellent communication skills; and have (at minimum) a Bachelor’s degree; a Master’s degree is preferred. The successful candidate will be prepared to advance the mission of the organization with decisive leadership and strong interpersonal skills.  Experience with field-based teaching and familiarity with conservation issues is highly desired.

How to Apply

E-mail a resume, a substantive cover letter explaining why you would be well qualified for this position, and contact information for three professional references. Also submit the Background Release and voluntary EEO Survey, available at


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