Organization: The mission of Eastside Audubon is to protect, preserve and enhance natural ecosystems of our communities for the benefit of birds, other wildlife and people. Formed in 1981, Eastside Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society and a leading voice for environmental conservation in the East King County area of Washington State. We are a volunteer-driven organization, governed by a member-elected volunteer board, and have approximately 300 members. Eastside Audubon is proud of its successful history of conservation projects, advocacy, and education programs and the support of its many dedicated volunteers.
Our office and base of operation is located in the lower level of the Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown Kirkland. Our chapter serves eastern King County, which encompasses 16 cities and towns and the unincorporated area in between – an area of approximately 560 square miles.
Now in our 40th year, we are building capacity to grow our programs and local environmental leadership. We seek an executive director who can help us build our capacity and legacy, and who can perform the daily tasks required to support the routine functioning of Eastside Audubon.
Job Summary: The executive director, in concert with the board of directors, provides strategic and operational leadership for the organization and is responsible for its health and sustainability. We are seeking a leader who will bring vision and passion to grow the organization’s impact on the broader East King County community.
The primary duties of the executive director include fundraising, board relations, ensuring financial sustainability, supervision of staff, communication among all its constituencies and with members, the public, elected leaders, and partners. The executive director is also responsible for the recruitment, coordination and development of volunteers.
Accountability: Reports to the board of directors.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Conservation and Communication
- Serve as primary spokesperson for the organization.
- Oversee and contribute to our communications, including production of our newsletter, social media and website.
- Represent Eastside Audubon as an effective advocate for conservation issues in the region, including testifying at public hearings, preparing written comments, etc.
- Demonstrate skill and experience in effectively representing and advocating to the community, funders, media, local government, and Eastside Audubon members.
- Maintain and build partnerships with a variety of organizations, agencies, and businesses to further the mission of Eastside Audubon.
- Meet an annual operating budget of approximately $100,000 from a variety of sources, including foundation grants, major gifts, special events, direct mail, membership fees, and earned income from sales and classes.
- Work with staff, board of directors, finance, and development committees to meet fundraising goals for both current and planned giving.
- In coordination with the board treasurer, develop and manage annual budget and cash flow.
- Steward our major donors.
- Provide leadership in working cooperatively toward strategic goals and operating objectives.
- Review and update annual organizational plan of work based on the strategic plan.
- Assist board and committee members in development and refinement of policies and practices.
- Manage programs and facilities.
- Work closely with and support volunteers.
- Oversee two part-time contractors (a desktop publisher and a bookkeeper).
- Supervise staff (none currently).
- Foster a sense of respect, cooperation, and passion for conservation among staff, volunteers, and board members.
- Administer the business functions of the organization including personnel, finances and budget preparation, and development and monitoring of policies and documents with legal ramifications.
- Maintain and expand organization’s volunteer base.
- Maintain and expand organization’s membership.
- Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree preferred in business, nonprofit administration, environmental policy, science, or law. Work experience in lieu of education will be considered.
- Demonstrated success as a non-profit manager, director or board member.
- Track record as a successful fundraiser, including successful grant writing.
- Experience coordinating online giving events and writing appeal letters or comparable activities.
- Experience managing budgets of $100,000 or greater.
- Adept at managing staff and working positively and productively with volunteer leadership and volunteers.
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including experience communicating across generations.
- Ability to work independently to complete routine tasks and meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated judgment in knowing when issues or concerns should be communicated to the board of directors.
- Ability to organize and work in a multi-faceted environment including an ability to adjust priorities as needed.
- Demonstrated experience with marketing and public relations.
- Strong computer skills.
- Experience using a customer relationship management system, such as Little Green Light.
- Familiarity with software applications commonly used in the non-profit sector preferred.
- Experience with online payment systems, such as PayPal.
- Experience using social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and blogs.
- A passion for environmental conservation, wildlife, the outdoors, and environmental education, with an interest in birds and birdwatching.
Licenses and Other Requirements:
- Valid driver's license required.
- Background check required.
- Ability to work evenings, weekends and off-site as needed (approximately 3-4 times/month).
- Six-month probationary period; annual performance review.