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Executive Director, Friends of North Creek Forest – Washington

Organization: Friends of North Creek Forest

Position Title: Executive Director

Location: Bothell, Washington

Dates and compensation: Starting salary will be $40,000 for the first year. (There are no benefits with this position.)

Application Deadline: Candidate screening will be ongoing until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications received by December 31st, 2014.

Description: FNCF is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2011. The mission of FNCF is to maintain and improve the ecological function of North Creek Forest through education, stewardship, and conservation in perpetuity.

FNCF promotes ecological literacy through North Creek Forest centered outdoor class experience, internships, a variety of social media and public presentations. We serve schools within Northshore School District, private schools, members of the community, the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College. We envision the entire 64-acre forest as a giant outdoor laboratory inspiring artistic, scientific and literary works toward an ever greater understanding of natural systems.

Responsibilities:

Planning:

 Develop and implement FNCF’s strategic plan with input from the Board of Directors and partner organizations.

Office Management, Budget, and Finance:

– Lead and coordinate the development of the annual budget, operating plan, and performance goals.

– Make changes to annual operating plans and performance goals based on the organization’s successes, failures and unforeseen needs.

 Work with the bookkeeper and treasurer to maintain and refine accounting procedures.

-Communicate FNCF’s performance and financial information with the board monthly and with funders as appropriate.

– Manage the development of a professional office with appropriate infrastructure. Maintain a schedule of all software license renewals, subscriptions and reporting cycles and insure all deadlines are met.

Fundraising:

 Work with the Board of Directors to refine policies and practices.

 Play the leading role in raising funds for the organization. This includes grant writing and fundraising events.

Outreach:

 Manage Outreach and Development to promote the activities of the organization, its programs and its goals.

– Represent FNCF to agencies, organizations, and the general public.

– Maintain close working relationships with community leaders and partner organizations to ensure that FNCF is in tune with community needs.

Volunteers:

 Lead the recruitment and maintenance of our volunteer pool.

 Assess volunteer strengths and pair volunteers with responsibilities suitable to their skills and interests.

 Maintain a record of volunteer hours and activities and an ongoing means of recognition and reward for their efforts.

 Identify and provide for volunteer training needs.

– Be responsible for hiring, training and evaluating a part time Volunteer Coordinator (if necessary). Provide regular evaluation and support.

Participation:

– Participate in all three areas of our activity as necessary or appropriate. This includes supporting the Education, Stewardship and Finance Committees.

– Encourage board members and volunteers to participate in any of our three areas of activity. Maintain a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates board members and volunteers.

Qualifications:

– A passion for environmental education and a desire to develop a non-profit organization.

– Knowledge of non-profit boards and best practices.

– Experience creating and managing budgets as well an understanding of accounting processes and procedures.

– Ability to develop, file and retrieve in multiple forms. Database creation and maintenance, hard file development, meeting notes, emails, phone notes and on line calendar.

– Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking. Proven ability to generate professional quality written materials in all media.

– Ability to inspire, motivate, teach and manage people as well as effectively delegate tasks to meet organizational goals.

– Proficient at multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving, and taking initiative.

Desirable Skills and/or Experience:

– Two or more years of non-profit development experience as well as success in crafting and meeting fundraising goals. Knowledge of all aspects of fund development including individual giving, grant writing, and special event production.

– Educational background in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Public Policy and/or Business Administration.

How to Apply:

 Electronic submissions are required to be considered for this position.

 Send a cover letter addressing your desire, availability and qualifications for the position and a resume to jfreese@friendsnorthcreekforest.org . Only complete submissions will be considered.

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