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Deputy Director-NJ

Organization: American Littoral Society 

Position Title: Deputy Director

Location: Highlands, NJ

Hours & Compensation: $50-65,000/year

Application Deadline: March 1, 2014


Job Description:

An established and successful coastal conservation and advocacy non-profit organization dedicated to caring for the coast seeks a Deputy Director.

The position is a full-time salaried role and located in Highlands, NJ

Founded in 1961, the American Littoral Society’s mission is promote the study and conservation of marine life and its habitats, protect the coast from harm, and empower others to do the same.

We do this through conservation, advocacy, research and restoration, education.

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The American Littoral Society has been growing steadily and is now seeking to secure and continue that growth. The board and executive director (ED) are looking for a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process minded leader with experience scaling an organization, leading a management team, and developing a performance culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals. The Deputy Director (DD) must be a leader who is able to help others at the American Littoral Society deliver measurable, cost-effective results that make the vision a reality. Importantly, the successful DD will have the skills, sensitivity, and personal confidence to tap into the power that each member of the team brings to this mission. While it is essential that the DD bring efficient and effective systems to increase the productivity of the organization, is it also critical that the team retain the creative spark that drives the Littoral Society concept.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the DD will lead all internal operations and will have the following responsibilities:

  • Working in partnership with the Board of Trustees and the ED, create the strategic five-year plan and implement new processes and approaches to achieve it
  • Serve as the internal leader of the organization:
  • Coordinate the annual operations plan and budget
  • Lead the performance management process that measures and evaluates progress against goals for the organization
  • Provide for all staff a strong day-to-day leadership presence; bridge national and regional operations and support an open-door policy among all staff
  • Lead and manage the organization’s program managers:
  • Work with the national board of directors: present to the board at quarterly meetings and serve on several board committees
  • Serve in the place of the Executive Director, as needed

Key Qualifications:

As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of the Society and be driven by the mission. The candidate should demonstrate a passion for breaking new ground to lead social change. Beyond that, we are seeking a candidate that has proven experience in scaling a multi-site organization and a demonstrated ability to both lead and build the capabilities of a driven, bright, diverse team. As noted, this is an organization driven by the values of its people, so experience in managing a values driven organization will be highly prized.

Additional requirements are:

Results: proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; high level of business acumen, including successful P&L management and the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; Problem solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness

Capacity Building: ability to effectively build organization and staff capacity, developing a topnotch workforce and the processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly

Leadership and Organization: exceptional capacity for managing and leading people; a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations; ability to connect staff both on an individual level and in large groups; capacity to enforce accountability, develop and empower topnotch leaders from the bottom up, lead from the top down, cultivate entrepreneurship, and learn the strengths and weaknesses of the team so as to put people in a position to succeed

Action Oriented: enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation; can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when necessary

General Management: thorough understanding of finance, systems, and HR; broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, including strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis, finance, information systems, human resources, and marketing

Solid educational background: undergraduate degree required; MBA or similar advanced degree highly desired

How to apply:

Fax or email a resume and cover letter by March 1, 2014 . No telephone calls please. The salary range for this position is $50-65,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits package, including health benefits, included.

Deputy Director

American Littoral Society, 18 Hartshorne Drive, Suite 1, Highlands, NJ 07732

Email: [email protected] Fax: 732.888.9873


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