Executive Director: Seattle Audubon Society

Posted By NAAEE Staff on 7/30/2013 10:35:23 AM
Executive Director, Seattle Audubon Society, Seattle, Washington

The Seattle Audubon Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate and lead a community that values and protects birds and the natural environment. Established in 1916, the Seattle Audubon Society is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization into its second century.

The Executive Director is the leader and chief administrative officer of Seattle Audubon and is responsible for the operations, staff, and finances of the organization. The Executive Director must ensure that the organization has a clear strategic vision that aligns with the mission and is responsible for developing and managing the human and financial resources necessary to implement the mission and meet the strategic goals.

This is a full-time exempt position, hired and supervised by the President of the Seattle Audubon Board of Directors. Seattle Audubon provides a competitive salary and an employee benefits program.

General Responsibilities

  • Define and enable success for the staff through effective human resource management and policy-making; directly supervise director- and manager-level staff; delegate appropriately and create accountability systems; recruit, supervise, manage, and retain staff.
  • Serve as primary liaison to the Board of Directors, supporting and partnering with the board to develop and maintain governance policies, strategic direction, and community relations that advance and sustain Seattle Audubon’s core mission and activities. In the near term, this will involve special planning for the Seattle Audubon Centennial.
  • Serve as the key fundraiser for the organization, partnering with board and staff to maintain and develop relationships with donors, funders, and friends.
  • Continue and advance the organization’s mission and strategic plan through effective management and evaluation of current program services, regularly assessing opportunity for program improvement and development.
  • Ensure the overall financial health of the organization by maintaining and improving financial policies and procedures, creating annual operating budgets, and monitoring and reporting on financial performance and position.
  • Lead staff and board through the annual budgeting and planning process, as well as regular long-term strategic planning.
  • Articulate the mission and vision of the organization effectively; be comfortable and proficient at communicating with a broad array of constituencies including volunteers, staff members, board members, community members, major donors, government representatives, business, and civic leaders.


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