Wilderness Volunteers (WV) seeks an executive director to lead the organization into the future. For over twenty years Wilderness Volunteers has been a national leader in preserving our nation’s wildlands by partnering with public land-management agencies to accomplish needed work, and to provide affordable, hands-on wilderness work opportunities for volunteers. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive of Wilderness Volunteers.
The position supervises one full-time Program Manager, and oversees the recruitment and training of volunteer project leaders, and the implementation of 35-50 field-based volunteer projects annually, with up to ten volunteers per project. Wilderness Volunteers projects occur on public wildlands across the continental United States, and in Alaska and Hawaii.
The ED position is responsible for the full range of non-profit management activities, including the following:
Board of Directors
Shared leadership with the Board to fulfill the mission of the organization.
Effective communication with members to ensure a properly functioning Board, making informed decisions.
Partner with the Board to build its capacity and diversity.
Effectively engage the Board in policy development, strategic planning, and fundraising and development activities.
Organizational Leadership and Administration
Represent WV and its mission to diverse external audiences. Maintain key relationships and partnerships with external stakeholders, governmental agencies, and donors.
Provide leadership for development, implementation and periodic review of a strategic plan for WV.
Ensure that WV’s programs and operations are implemented in accordance with its governing documents and policies and in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.
Conduct oﬃcial correspondence of the organization and execute oﬃcial documents.
Supervision and Office Management
Supervise WV Program Manager, and develop the core competencies of staff volunteers, interns, and volunteer leaders.
Maintain and manage oﬃcial website and databases.
Manage the oﬃce on a day-to-day basis in a professional manner, and in accordance with industry standards for non-profit organizations.
Program Management and Oversight
Develop and implement the necessary policies and procedures to carry out WV’s annual project plan.
Maintain project statistics for use in planning, promotions, and fundraising.
Lead scheduled projects as agreed to with the Board President, including Leader Training projects.
Fundraising, Development and Marketing
Plan for future revenue needs and resources to sustain WV programs and operations by establishing and implementing clear fundraising plans and strategies, annual goals and plans.
Work with the Board and designated committees to design and conduct ongoing
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Experience working with volunteers on outdoor recreation related projects.
Commitment to public land stewardship and conservation.
Experience with backpacking and outdoor camping skills.
Ability to work with diverse groups of stakeholders and comfortable being involved in a variety of tasks, from training volunteers to direct solicitation of donors.
Self-starting, self-directed professional.
Knowledge of non-profit budgeting and finance systems, processes and best practices.
Knowledge of fundraising, development and donor relations management principles and best practices, including grant writing.
Knowledge of personnel management principles and best practices, including recruitment and hiring, assigning and evaluating work, and effective supervision.
Knowledge of marketing and outreach strategies and tools to effectively promote programs and initiatives.
About Wilderness Volunteers
The mission of Wilderness Volunteers is the stewardship of America's wild lands through organizing and promoting volunteer service in cooperation with public land agencies. For over twenty years Wilderness Volunteers has been a national leader in preserving our nation’s wildlands by partnering with public land-management agencies to accomplish needed work, and to provide affordable, hands-on wilderness work opportunities for volunteers. This is accomplished through the planning and implementation of 35-50 field-based volunteer service projects annually, with up to ten volunteers per project. Wilderness Volunteers projects occur on public wildlands across the continental United States, and in Alaska and Hawaii.