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Feb 24 / BARD CEP

Executive Director, Friends of the Desert Mountains – California

Organization: Friends of the Desert Mountains

Position Title: Executive Director

Location: Palm Desert, California

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: Friends of the Desert Mountains is the Coachella Valley’s largest nonprofit conservation land owner as well as the support organization for the 280,000 acre Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.  Established in 1987, the group is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors that represents conservation, education, development, agriculture, and philanthropy from throughout the local communities.  “Friends” is further supported by over 150 active volunteers who have organized themselves into ten primary units that donate their time for programs ranging from Visitor Services to Land Stewardship.

Friends is a group of passionate community members that love the mountains and desert land of the Coachella Valley and have organized ourselves to care for them. We believe that in doing so, we not only protect the mountains, but also enrich our entire community. We acquire land, protect it, lead hikes, build and maintain trails, pull weeds, educate kids, give talks, staff the National Monument’s Visitor Center, and many other things. We invite prospective staff team members to submit an application to join us.

Friends of the Desert Mountains is currently searching for an Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Friends of the Desert Mountains and is responsible for organizational leadership, strategy development, implementation and overall management of the programs, fiscal stewardship, fundraising, and the 3 full time staff. The Executive Director works closely with the Friends’ Board, including the members of the board and volunteer committees.

The Executive Director is also responsible for leadership in all relationships with key external stakeholders, including individual donors, volunteers and the many governmental and nonprofit agencies in the Coachella Valley that deal with land conservation and management. Reporting directly to the Executive Director are the Conservation Lands Manager, the Director of Operations and the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator.

How to Apply: Please see attached PDF for full position description and more information about the organization. For further information, please contact  Rebecca Driscoll, Board Member, Friends of the Desert Mountains ([email protected]).

FODM Executive Director

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