Website Beaver Creek Wetlands Association
BCWA is a nonprofit land trust focused on wetland conservation
The Beaver Creek Wetlands Association (BCWA) seeks a full-time Executive Director to lead the organization. BCWA is a not-for-profit land trust founded in 1988 to protect and manage wetlands in Greene County, Ohio. Since its establishment, BCWA has protected over 2,300 acres of land, most of which is now owned by State and local agencies.
In addition to land protection, BCWA works with its partners, members, and volunteers to complete land management projects on the protected lands, including trail/boardwalk installation and maintenance, control of invasive species, re-establishment of native species, and inventories of native plant and animal populations. The ED will work with two additional paid administrative staff. All other activities are conducted by volunteers from the board, membership, and the general public.
BCWA also conducts public education programs and participates in public awareness events at local festivals and community meetings. Information about BCWA and its activities can be found at www.beavercreekwetlands.org.
The BCWA Board of Trustees has established a five-year plan with four major objectives, which will be the primary focus of the Executive Director.
- Work with agency and municipal partners to complete the Spotted Turtle Trail, a 15-mile system of interpretive trails and boardwalks
- Create a comprehensive, partner-approved habitat inventory and management plan for all of the Beaver Creek Wetlands, and bring the percentage of managed land to 25%.
- Formalize an agreement between BCWA and its partners to achieve comprehensive and consistent management of land and infrastructure in the wetlands, including a mechanism for routine coordination
- Increase BCWA operating budget, volunteers, programs, and membership by 100% to promote sustainability of organizational initiatives.
This position will include a starting salary of $60,000 per year, plus a health insurance stipend of $7,200 if needed.
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter with contact information for three references to:
David Nolin, President
Beaver Creek Wetlands Association
Job Description, Executive Director, Beaver Creek Wetlands Association (BCWA)
- Oversee all operations of the Association including coordination of committee activities.
- Supervise other administrative staff
- Maintain compliance with state and federal laws, as well as established standards and practices of the Land Trust Alliance
- Maintain compliance with the BCWA Code of Regulations
Communications & Outreach
- Develop and direct communications to build and maintain a positive, active public presence to maximize community engagement and support.
- Develop, submit to Board, and manage the annual budget and ensure prudent use of Association funds.
- Design and implement fundraising strategy and match income with needed expenditures
Land Protection and Stewardship
- Work closely with the Board and agency/municipal partners to protect land parcels targeted for conservation by fee simple acquisition or conservation easement, and ensure that protected lands are cared for to maintain or increase biodiversity.
Preferred Qualifications and Skills
- Demonstrated ability to manage staff, board, operations, and multiple priorities in a team environment including staff and volunteers.
- Solid fundraising experience, with strong knowledge of professional practices, from gift processing to direct mail, grants, major gifts, events, and donor stewardship.
- Ability to communicate effectively with the press, local government partners, and the public.
- Effective writing skills, including grant applications.
- Proficiency with office software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and working knowledge of email marketing, QuickBooks, databases, and social media.
- A commitment to conservation and experience with land/natural resource conservation.
- College degree and minimum of three to five years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience.
The Executive Director’s position is forty hours per week. Work can be performed in the office, from home, or from other remote locations and may involve meetings with landowners, board, and volunteers in the evening or on weekends. Travel is primarily local, to events requiring BCWA representation. The Executive Director works for the Board of Trustees with direct guidance from the Board President.
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