Audubon of the Western Everglades (AWE)Naples Florida
Exceptional opportunity to lead a relatively small but dynamic not for profit environmental organization founded in 1961 with headquarters in Naples and activities in Collier, Lee, Hendry, and Glades counties. The organization has a total membership of approximately 3,000 and is led by a volunteer Board of nine. It currently has three full time professional staff and for the first time will employ an Executive Director who will report to and work with the Board.
Audubon of the Western Everglades seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial, innovative individual with strong interests in environmental conservation.
Of significant importance is the responsibility of the Executive Director for maintaining and fostering AWE's 55 year image of conservation exceptionalism. The Director must be able to capitalize on AWE's existing strengths and provide leadership and management for realizing our strategic plan for the future during which we hope to address previously diagnosed institutional shortcomings.
The ideal candidate will be an energetic professional enthusiastic about growing our institution and with a commitment to working with diverse populations. This is a hands-on, active position and requires personal involvement assisting staff, volunteers and the Board.
As Chief Fundraiser, engage vigorously and effectively in development and fundraising.
Consistent with AWE's operational and capital fund needs, develop, execute and monitor systematic fundraising plans.
Lead fundraising events, implement fundraising initiatives, prepare grant proposals, manage/implement capital and regular operating budget campaigns
Considerable direct personal interaction with potential individual and corporate donors will be required.
Oversee budget development and financial management; ensure the accuracy/ integrity of complete financial and accounting records/reports.
Increase visibility in the community, strengthening community relationships and serving as spokesperson for AWE. Representational duties will involve addressing government bodies, private organizations and NGOS and presenting/defending AWE positions on environmental issues to be developed by professional staff, the Board, and the Executive Director.
Assist the Board in increasing membership.
Enhance visibility and recognition of AWE. Raise awareness and increase audiences at AWE events.
Facilitate the development of web-based information, marketing and strong social media presence.
Participate in Board meetings ex officio. Work closely with Board in a collegial fashion. It is expected that the Board will actively support mutually agreed upon work plans.
Cultivate and strengthen relationships and communications with members, Board of Directors, volunteers, and active and potential donors.
Provide visionary leadership in all planning and implementation.
Chair the Board of Directors' annual strategic planning retreats.
Possession of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study is required and an advanced degree preferred. A degree and/or course work in environmental studies is desirable.
Strong interest in and commitment to environmental conservation
Relevant executive experience working with a board of directors and leading a staff; minimum of five years of successful and progressive responsibility.
Exceptional skills in development, fundraising, marketing and financial management.
Strong skills in written and verbal communication and public speaking.
An entrepreneurial spirit, including the capacity to develop innovative strategies for income generation, audience-building, and programming.
The capacity to develop and maintain positive relationships with members, donors, and community constituents and stakeholders.
A strong work ethic, a can-do attitude and high level of energy.
Employment Contract and Salary and Benefits:
Successful candidate will be required to sign an employment contract as well as a non-compete and a confidentiality agreement.
All finalists will undergo a thorough references check.
Compensation will vary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
2 weeks paid vacation after the completion of one full year of employment
Normal public holidays
10 paid sick days annually
Partial reimbursement of monthly health insurance premium (no group policy is offered).
Office space and computer
To Apply Send:
Current and verifiable resume
Two samples of professional/work related writing
List of three professional references with email contact information
Founded in 1961, Audubon of the Western Everglades is the oldest conservation organization in Collier County. We are one of 43 local Florida chapters dedicated to preserving the quality of life in our respective communities.
One of our primary efforts is maintaining an awareness of local, regional, and state environmental and conservation issues. Accordingly, our mission, in partnership with Au...dubon of Florida and National Audubon Society, is to promote an understanding of and interest in wildlife and the environment that supports it, and to further the cause of conservation of all of our natural resources.
We offer a variety of activities in which everyone may participate: guided field trips to sites throughout Southwest Florida, evening programs with guest speakers from November through April, grants that allow county elementary schools to bring classes to Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary for field trips and for activities at specially constructed educational trails and sites, and we have a conservation committee that is active and influential at the local, regional, and state levels on environmental issues.
We invite you to join us as a member, to enjoy and support programs and activities that appeal to you, and to become a part of preserving and protecting our natural heritage and all of its wild life.