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Executive Director – McCarthy, AK

Organization Overview: Wrangell Mountains Center

Position Title: Executive Director

Location: McCarthy, AK

Hours, Compensation, & Benefits: Average of 30 hrs/wk. Actual hours will fluctuate, based on season. Salary range from $30,000 – $37,500, depending on experience, plus meals and primitive summer lodging in McCarthy. 2 weeks leave, plus 2 weeks furlough in December.

Application Deadline: None posted.

Posted On: February 16, 2013.

Organization Overview:

The Wrangell Mountains Center (WMC) is a private, nonprofit institute which fosters understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of wildlands and mountain culture in Alaska through scientific and artistic inquiry in the Wrangell Mountains. The WMC is located in the small community of McCarthy, near the terminus of the Kennicott Glacier, on private land deep within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. Southcentral Alaska’s Wragnell-St Elias is the largest unit of the US park system, encompassing 13.2 million acres of glaciers, rivers, mountains, and forests.

Together with adjacent parks in the US and Canada, it is part of the world’s largest contiguous tract of protected wildlands: a UN-designated World Heritage Area.


The Executive Director (ED) of the Wrangell Mountains Center is the lead staff member responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The ED directs or oversees all programs, operations, and administration. The ED also supervises a year-round Program Development Coordinator, seasonal Operations Manager, select project-related positions, and individual Program Directors; and cultivates partnerships with other organizations.


  • Organizational leadership, operational and fiscal planning and management
  • Participate with the Board in budget preparation and fund development
  • Grant writing, implementation and reporting
  • Community relations and advocacy
  • Strategic planning
  • Prioritize and make plans for long-term facility repairs and upgrades
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with funders, alumni, the local community, volunteers, and government agencies (e.g. NPS)


  • BA/BS college graduate
  • Nonprofit experience
  • Budgeting and financial planning
  • Fundraising
  • Proficiency with or ability to learn Microsoft Office Suite; Adobe Indesign; Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, and GiftWorks donor database management software; web page software, Facebook, and Constant Contact; financial management software.
  • Leadership and strategic thinking skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Creative problem solving
  • Familiarity with environmental education and/or arts programs
  • General knowledge of land management issues in Alaska, e.g. ANILCA or willing to learn
  • Familiarity with the cultural and physical landscape of the Wrangell-St. Elias region and Copper River Basin
  • Ability to work in both urban and rural settings
  • Current resident of Alaska
  • Ability to drive a manual transmission.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Your letter should address your motivations for applying, and provide specific examples of your applicable experiences and qualifications. We are also interested in your history of community service. The email address above may also be used to request more information.

Contact Information:

Wrangells Mountain Center,

[email protected]

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