Executive Director

Overview: Western Watersheds Project, a nonprofit conservation advocacy organization, is seeking a qualified, competent, and committed Executive Director. The ED will oversee a dozen staff and contract employees in multiple field offices, ensure financial health of the organization, review and commit to legal action, be the face of the organization in the media, and interact with agencies and policy-makers on a range of conservation issues. Western Watersheds Project works throughout the West; preference will be given to candidates residing in or willing to relocate to Idaho.

Job Duties:

  • Provide strategic direction, oversight and hands-on management of program work;
  • Identify and coordinate pursuit of strategic opportunities to end public lands livestock grazing and protect the habitats of imperiled species;
  • Review legal actions and oversee all litigation brought on behalf of the organization, coordinate with attorneys and develop representation agreements;
  • Represent Western Watersheds Project in the media, as the public face of our organization;
  • Participate in meetings with agency officials and policymakers to reform federal laws and regulations;
  • Provide monthly reports to Board of Directors and meet bi-annually with board and members;
  • Assist in development and review of staff work plans, setting agendas and priorities;
  • Develop strategies and approaches for ensuring financial health of the organization, including fundraising outreach with major donors, grant support, and membership building activities;
  • Ensure a healthy working environment for staff and contract employees, as well as develop and review personnel policies and records;
  • Oversee human resources functions and compliance with employment law; and
  • Set annual budgets and fundraising goals, track expenditures and income.

Required Skills & Desired Characteristics

  • Five Years nonprofit, staff and project management experience
  • Excellent communications skills, oral and written
  • Demonstrated leadership capacity
  • Financial management skills/experience
  • Proven track record of fundraising success
  • Flexibility and creativity
  • Commitment to ending public lands livestock grazing

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary competitive with small nonprofit organizations. Western Watersheds Project has an optional health insurance program and excellent vacation and leave benefits.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, professional writing sample (grant proposal or report, newsletter, website, etc.) and contact information for at least three professional references as .pdf documents to the Western Watersheds Project Search Committee at jobs@westernwatersheds.org.


Hailey, Idaho
Western Watersheds Project
Human Resources