Friends of Verde River Greenway is seeking an Executive Director (ED) who is an entrepreneurial leader with solid nonprofit management skills, fundraising experience and expertise, and a demonstrated ability to successfully manage dynamic, collaborative and partner-driven programs. Experience and knowledge of conservation issues – ideally, understanding of water management, riparian restoration and community outreach about watershed issues – is required. The ED must be capable of working with a team of experienced and passionate employees, board members, volunteers, and community partners to transform Friends’ mission and vision into action and successful outcomes.
The Verde River is one of the last remaining healthy, perennially flowing rivers left in the arid desert state of Arizona. The Verde River system, including its connected streams, creeks and groundwater resources, supports the economies of rural Verde Valley communities and businesses both as a vital water supply and as a driver of tourism and recreation. Friends of Verde River Greenway (Friends) is a nonprofit conservation organization that has been working collaboratively at the local level for the past decade to restore and sustain river flows, and restore riparian habitat, while building community connections to the Verde River and its tributaries. Friends has been experiencing significant growth and expansion in the scope of its programs and funding. As a result, Friends is seeking a talented and dedicated executive-level leader to carry its mission forward to the next level. Find out more about what we do, by visiting our website at www.verderivergreenway.org.
Friends’ offices are located in Cottonwood, a community in the vibrant Verde Valley of Central Arizona. Recently honored as one of only twenty National Geographic "geotourism" destinations, the Sedona-Verde Valley area is home to spectacular natural resources, friendly small-town communities, and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. The region boasts a blossoming local wine industry, rich historic cultural resources and heritage, excellent local restaurants, and nationally recognized festivals and events. From the verdant oasis of the Verde River flowing through Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Camp Verde - to the magnificent red rocks of Sedona - the Verde Valley is a special place, offering an extraordinary quality of life.
Candidate should have a minimum of seven years of increasingly responsible nonprofit or government sector leadership or managerial experience, at least five of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.
Experience in leadership in the nonprofit or governmental sector related to conservation, including skills in fundraising, strategic planning, program development, and collaborative partnerships is essential.
Knowledge of water management issues in the western United States and Arizona is a plus.
Must have a demonstrated ability to work well with diverse stakeholders and communicate effectively both internally and externally about the organizational mission and priorities.
Must have strong collaborative skills in working with other organizations, local governments, the business community, public land managers, elected officials, and other important audiences.
Experience working with an active and engaged nonprofit board is also desirable.
Competencies and Characteristics
A self-motivated and dynamic leader, with significant fundraising experience.
Leadership style must be mission-driven, outcomes-focused, and collaborative in nature.
Must be comfortable interacting and maintaining a visible role with a wide variety of allies, elected civic leaders, the business community, and natural resource managers.
Must have strong management experience, ideally from the nonprofit or governmental sector, and understand the technical aspects of managing a nonprofit organization.
Able to think creatively and strategically, and demonstrate an ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions from scientific and policy research.
Proven ability to manage positive relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders and viewpoints with diplomacy and tact.
Ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences using a variety of formats, including print, electronic, and social media formats.
Attainment of an undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college is required – an advanced degree is preferred. Friends is open to a range of educational backgrounds, including: law (particularly water law or environmental law), hydrology, urban or land-use planning, business, public policy, environmental sciences, nonprofit management or natural resource management.
Advanced training or experience in nonprofit or business management is desirable.
Please view the employment profile for this opportunity on our website by clicking here. Application deadline is September 1, 2017.
Applicants should provide the Search Committee a resume or CV, cover letter, and three professional references either:
Via email to Susan Culp at email@example.com, subject line “Executive Director”.
Or via postal service to: Executive Director Search Committee, Friends of Verde River Greenway, PO Box 2535, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.
Additional Salary Information: This position is a salaried position with a competitive benefits package.
Friends Verde River Greenway is a nonprofit conservation organization, based in Central Arizona, that has been working collaboratively at the local level for the past decade to restore and sustain river flows and riparian habitat, while building community connections to the Verde River and its tributaries. We envision a healthy, free-flowing Verde River and tributaries that support the environment, a thriving economy and excellent quality of life for current and future generations.