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Executive Director

Bear-Paw Regional Greenway

Bear-Paw Regional Greenways (BPRG) was founded in 1995 with a mission to permanently conserve a network of lands that protects our region’s water, wildlife habitat, forests, and farmland. BPRG is accredited by the Land Trust Alliance and serves the eleven-town region that includes three state parks – Pawtuckaway, Bear Brook and Northwood Meadows. BPRG has conserved over 9,000 acres in the towns of Deerfield, Hooksett, Allenstown, Candia, Nottingham, Northwood, Epsom, Barnstead, Pittsfield, Strafford and Raymond.


Bear-Paw Regional Greenways is seeking a dynamic and gracious individual with vision and leadership skills to serve as our Executive Director as we move into a new phase of organizational growth and an expanded role in land conservation and stewardship. The successful candidate will have proven communications, fundraising, and nonprofit management skills and experience, as well as a passion for land and natural resource conservation. They will share our core values of respect, trust, open communication, and collaboration.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of organizational function, including staff management, grant-writing, cultivating donors and volunteers, membership development, public relations and working to advance our mission.

Requirements:

Minimum Experience Required: Bachelor’s degree in natural resource conservation, nonprofit management or related fields; Master’s degree preferred; 5+ years of progressively responsible experience with nonprofit management; oral and written communication, including social media; philanthropy, donor cultivation and stewardship; grant writing and reporting; staff supervision; financial management; public relations; and proficiency with generally accepted office system computing skills, including Word, Excel, and email.

Position Summary: The Executive Director provides vision, leadership and guidance for the organization. Responsibilities include overall management of the organization, collaboration with the Board of Directors to set and achieve goals and objectives, staff supervision, membership outreach and development, and fundraising to meet the financial needs and conservation goals of the organization.

Responsibilities:

Primary responsibilities:

The Executive Director will oversee:

  • Strategic and Financial Planning: Work with the Board of Directors to maintain a stakeholder-driven strategic plan and raise the funds needed to accomplish identified goals; develop and monitor annual operating and project budgets; engage the organization in partnerships with municipalities, State agencies, area universities, businesses, individuals and other nonprofits to expand and deepen support for conservation and Bear-Paw’s mission and vision.
  • Organizational Development: Recruit, develop and mentor staff to achieve program goals and objectives; assist committee chairs in organizing meetings, setting priorities, and implementing activities outlined in the Strategic Plan; assist the Board with recruitment and training of new board members and volunteers.
  • Membership Development: In conjunction with the Membership Development Committee, prepare and conduct membership appeals, manage membership information and major campaigns, and support the planning of membership events.
  • Fundraising: Identify and manage grant proposals and applications; meet with foundations and major donors and work with the Board of Directors to increase their resource development capacity.
  • Communications: Work with the Board to create and deliver BPRG’s message to the media and the public including use of social media, writing press releases and articles, developing talking points for the Board and staff, and overseeing content and design of brochures, newsletters, fundraising letters, and any other outreach materials targeted to membership, the public, and partners, ensuring quality and consistency.
  • Community Relations: Represent BPRG in community forums and develop positive relationships with town officials, conservation commissions, and other stakeholders critical to furthering the mission and vision.
  • Outreach and Education: Work with the Outreach and Education Committee to ensure BPRG’s educational and outreach programs are effectively marketed and reach intended audiences.
  • Land Protection: Work with the Board and the Land Protection Committee to prioritize land protection projects as they arise and guide the committee in presenting opportunities to the Board. Oversee stewardship of conservation easements, monitoring of protected land, and relationships with land owners.
  • Administration: General administration of BPRG’s business and day to day activities. This may include but is not limited to financial management, overseeing consultants who provide the organization’s computer and network maintenance, correspondence, working with Board Chair on monthly agendas, maintaining filing systems and record keeping, data retention and management, and interface with accountant and lawyer and other supportive professional organizations.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions: Normal office work, driving (day/night), night meetings (some weekends), walking, climbing stairs and bending. Willing to travel throughout the Bear-Paw region.

How to Apply:

Please send  a letter of interest, resume, and references to info@bear-paw.org by August 30, 2019.

Salary Range:

$50,000 -- $65,000

Job Location:

Northwood

Date Added: August 11, 2019

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