Executive Director

Scope of Responsibilities
The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Institute. This includes the programmatic, communications and fundraising functions that must be maintained for the long-term health and success of the organization. S/he will synthesize a variety of complex issues and manage the staff in a way that moves GCI’s goals and objectives forward in an effective manner. S/he will support and develop a talented staff, approach challenges using a variety of solutions and tools, and will continue to build on GCI’s mission to restore a healthy Colorado River through Glen Canyon.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and oversee the successful implementation of strategies that lead to the restoration of Glen Canyon and a healthy Colorado River system
  • Lead and work with staff in identifying key issues and programs, as well as create and implement short- and long-term strategic plans that integrate current programs and ensure that science forms the foundation for organizational policy and decisions
  • Foster new relationships with a variety of key organizations, agencies, media outlets and individuals to strengthen GCI’s regional influence
  • Serve as the organization’s spokesperson with the media and the general public
  • Manage staff in a productive and effective manner so that all organizational needs are met
  • Oversee fundraising efforts and work closely with the staff on grant proposals, donor relations and membership activities
  • Develop an annual budget and work with staff to create annual program plans and work plans that ensures fiscal goals and responsibilities are met and programmatic efforts are successful
  • Develop a working relationship with the Board of Trustees and serve as a liaison between the Board and staff
  • Work closely with the Board to ensure that all legal, fiscal and programmatic responsibilities of the organization are fulfilled and that consistent progress is made in securing a healthy and restored Glen Canyon


  • An educational and experiential background in water policy, conservation advocacy and organizational management
  • Proven leadership qualities and managerial skills in a collaborative work environment
  • Familiarity with western water policy and the history and management of the Colorado River
  • Proven experience and success in planning and implementing strategies aimed at bringing about public policy change
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Confident public speaker with the ability to articulate organizational positions and goals
  • Experience organizing and mobilizing public support
  • Ability to successfully work and interact at the grassroots, regional, state and national levels
  • Proven experience and success in raising significant funds from individual donors/members and private foundations
  • Ability and willingness to travel regionally and at times nationally
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors/Trustees
Salt Lake City, Utah
Glen Canyon Institute
Human Resources