Job Details

Executive Director

The Wetland Conservancy, Portland

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 01/24/2020

The Wetlands Conservancy
The Opportunity:
As executive director of The Wetlands Conservancy, you will work with a team of highly dedicated staff and board members – conservation advocates, all – to create our next chapter, helping us build on our current initiatives and expand our opportunities. You’ll play a lead role in regional collaborative conservation, building communities’ resiliency to the effects of climate change, and contributing to local, state, and federal conservation policy. Your exceptional leadership and management skills will ensure that TWC effectively fulfills its mission, working with culturally diverse communities throughout the state. Your sharp partnership development, advocacy, team building, and financial management skills will strengthen TWC’s organizational health and sustainability while advancing us toward strategic goals. We will appreciate your guidance as we begin our equity journey in earnest, as well as your approachability, passion for our work, mindfulness, courage, and sense of humor.

Mission / Organization:
The Wetland Conservancy’s mission it to partner with communities across our state in conserving, enhancing, and restoring the physical and ecological values of Oregon’s greatest wetlands for current and future generations. Our boots are in Oregon’s wetlands. Founded in 1981, The Wetlands Conservancy is the only organization in Oregon dedicated to working in partnership with community members, public and private sector partners, and regional tribes. Our nationally recognized work includes ownership, enhancement, and stewardship of 32 preserves and over 1,500 acres of Oregon wetlands, valued at $11 million. TWC has a budget of $600,000 and 5 staff members (4.1 FTE). The ED supervises 4 people plus a contracted fundraising professional. Learn more with this three-minute video:

The Wetlands Conservancy Website:

Education and Experience Required:
 BA or BS in Environmental Sciences, Management, Communications, or related field or equivalent experience.
 Minimum of five years of relevant, paid experience as a director or manager of a nonprofit organization.
 Experience in wetlands conservation and/or land acquisition preferred.

Additional Knowledge and Skills Required:
 Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
 Excellent time management and organizational skills.
 Ability to lead strategic planning and implementation.
 Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural, diverse environment. Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of individuals and groups.
 Fiscal management, including experience in developing and managing budgets in excess of $500,000.
 General understanding of employment laws, rules, and regulations.
 Ability to coach, counsel, supervise, and evaluate job performance of assigned staff in a timely manner.
 Ability to maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality.

Salary and Benefits Information:
 $80,000 - $90,000, depending on experience
 Premium medical benefit through Providence
 13.3 hours / month vacation (4 weeks)
 10 hours / month sick time (3 weeks)
 10 paid holidays
 Retirement program

How to submit an application:
 Send a cover letter and chronological resume to our search consultant, Kathy Kniep, at, by January 24, 2020. In your cover letter, please answer these questions, supplying a one- paragraph answer to each:
o What are your one or two biggest leadership accomplishments?
o What motivates you to want to conserve wetlands?

 An email acknowledgement will be sent to all applicants within two business days. If you do not receive an acknowledgment within that timeframe, please contact Kathy Kniep: / 503-309-3433.
 All inquiries will be handled confidentially.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The board and staff of The Wetlands Conservancy believe they can meet the organization’s mission only with a diverse board and staff who actively cultivate a culture of equity, inclusion, and belonging.

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