Executive Director - Walker Basin Conservancy

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POST DATE 8/25/2016
END DATE 12/19/2016

Walker Basin Conservancy Reno, NV

Reno, NV
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Scion Executive Search has been retained to lead the search for a full-time EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR for the Walker Basin Conservancy, a Nevada-based nonprofit conservation organization. This exciting position leads an expanding conservation organization in fulfilling its mission _TO_ _PRESERVE WALKER LAKE BY PROTECTING AND CONSERVING WATERSHED RESOURCES THROUGHOUT THE WALKER RIVER BASIN._

This impactful role will have the opportunity to help shape and execute the future of the organization's growth both strategically and operationally. We are seeking an entrepreneurial leader experienced in establishing, [Joy1] leading and directing successful organizations with ability to lead this organization in acquiring and managing land, water and related property interests; managing public conservation partnerships; and exuding a great passion for the work of the Walker Basin Conservancy.

This full-time role is located onsite in the organization's Reno, Nevada office and will require regular travel to its Yerington, Nevada office as well as other locations in Nevada and out of state when necessary.


The Walker Basin Conservancy (WBC) was established in 2014 with a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to support development and implementation of the Walker Basin Restoration Program (Program) (www.walkerprogram.org). The nascent and dynamic nature of the WBC and its diverse management obligations provide unique opportunities to develop operations from the ground level up, working closely with NFWF and WBC staff who are passionate about their mission.

The WBC was initially established to assist NFWF with land and water stewardship activities on properties acquired by or associated with the Program. The WBC on behalf of NFWF currently manages thousands of acres of land and assets in the Walker Basin. Planning activities are also underway for all acquired properties to assess public use opportunities, conservation values, long term land ownership and stewardship, and revegetation and restoration needs. The role and scope of the WBC continues to expand, and under the new Executive Director it is anticipated that the organization will soon take on the full spectrum of Program implementation responsibilities.


Reporting to the Board of Directors (Board), the Executive Director will lead the WBC in implementing a comprehensive strategy to refine and strengthen its mission_. _The Executive Director will work directly with key NFWF staff to ensure appropriate alignment with the Program and the guiding legislation. The Executive Director will be tasked with ensuring that the WBC achieves its mission through effective implementation of its strategy, with overall responsibility and accountability for all Program areas. The Executive Director will lead high performing staff and the Board to effectively leverage the power of relationships across private, public and corporate sectors to strengthen existing and develop new sources of funding. The Executive Director will be responsive and nimble, responding quickly to opportunities and changing circumstances.


_Strategy, Vision and __Leadership_

* Lead the WBC in implementing a comprehensive strategy that results in a broadened organization that is operating efficiently and effectively in its core stewardship role, while strategically taking on additional Program functions.
* Work closely with the Board to insure effective implementation of the Program strategy and WBC operations as a whole. Ensure there are clear lines of communication and appropriate delegation of authority.
* Run and manage all Board meetings and Board communications. It is anticipated that the Board will be expanded and the Executive Director would be tasked with its growth and relationships.
* Act as the leading face and voice of the WBC and enhance, develop, recommend and implement policies, procedures, and systems that improve the overall operation and effectiveness of WBC.

_Administrative, Personnel and Legal Management_

* Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
* Manage a team of up to fifteen staff members in two locations and oversee all personnel matters and the efficient, secure and effective day-to-day operation of the organization.
* Create systems that encourage innovative thinking among staff and Board and provide direct avenues for receiving their feedback, suggestions and instructions.
* Work closely with the Board to identify and evaluate risks to the organization's staff, volunteers, property, finances, goodwill and image; implement measures to control these risks, working with Program counsel, insurance agents and auditors as the need arises.
* Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach; assign accountabilities; set objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate results.
* Manage key consultants to assist in overall Program implementation including legal and technical services.

_Program and Staff Development _

* Work with staff on property plans and long-term vision of WBC. Develop strategies for land stewardship, ownership, management and disposition of assets to reduce WBC's long term funding commitments and liabilities.
* Collaborate with staff and the Board to develop clear annual plans focused on WBC's mission and current strategic plan.
* Work with staff to ensure programs are getting the support they need and implemented in a coordinated and clear manner.
* Provide feedback and guidance on Program vision and participate in Program events as needed.
* Work with Program directors to develop their managerial and leadership skills through direct mentorship and by promoting continuing education.
* Provide oversight to ensure successful implementation and completion of plans.
* Provide oversight and direction with Human Resources on policy development and ongoing staff recruitment.


* Establish and maintain good working relationships and collaborative agreements with agencies, community groups, funders and other organizations in the Walker Basin, across the eastern Sierra region, and at both state and national levels to help achieve the goals of the organization.
* Work with diverse stakeholder groups including local agricultural partners, community members, elected officials, public agencies, community and grassroots leaders, business executives, academic thinkers, and media to advance WBC's mission.
* Oversee the development of communications materials and strategies related to WBC and the Program.

_Fundraising and Donor Engagement_

* Leverage existing Program funds by developing a comprehensive fundraising strategy that includes major donors, foundation and government grants, corporate sponsorships, partnership investments, and other financial opportunities.
* Strategically diversify organizational funding over time through development and implementation of new fundraising strategies.

_Financial and Operational Management_[DY2]

* Work closely with the Director of Finance and Operations to ensure proper financial reporting/controls, legal compliance and HR management of the organization.
* Work with Director of Finance and Operations to provide financial reports as requested by the Board.
* Work with the Director of Finance and Operations to develop annual and long term budgets, refine costs and identify opportunities to more efficiently run operations.
* Oversee audits, funding proposals, cash advance requests, subawards, contracting, procurement and all other WBC financial matters with an emphasis on Federal funds.


* 6-10 years in senior nonprofit leadership and supervisory roles with progressively increasing responsibility and impact, in areas including responsibility for developing and executing business plans and successfully implementing new projects and/or growing existing major