Watershed & Natural Resources Protection Non-Profit Executive Director

Effingham, NH
$58,000 - $65,000, plus benefits
May 13, 2019
Jun 12, 2019
Green Mountain Conservation Group
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level



Green Mountain Conservation Group (GMCG) is seeking a dynamic and affable individual with vision and excellent communications skills to lead us into a new phase of watershed conservation and advocacy as our next Executive Director. The successful candidate will have proven leadership, fundraising, and nonprofit management experience, as well as a strong passion for natural resource conservation on the watershed level. They will share our core values of respect, trust, communication, and non-confrontation.

The Executive Director takes direction from the Board of Directors and is responsible for staff management, grant-writing, cultivating donors and volunteers, membership development, and policy development and implementation. GMCG has a 21-year history as the premier conservation and advocacy organization in the seven-town Ossipee Watershed of central New Hampshire. Enjoy our mountains, lakes and proximity to the seacoast. Get REAL with us through Research, Education, Advocacy, and Land Trusts.

Please send  a letter of interest, resume, and references to noreen@gmcg.org, or ED Search Task Force at GMCG, Attention: Noreen Downs, PO Box 95, Effingham, NH 03882.

Job Description:

Minimum Experience Required:

*Bachelor’s degree in natural resource conservation, nonprofit management, or related fields;

*Master’s degree in environmental or related studies and 8+ years of progressively responsible experience with nonprofit management; philanthropy, donor cultivation and stewardship; grant writing; personnel supervision; financial management; public speaking; and proficiency with generally accepted office system computing skills, including Word, Excel, email, etc.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director provides vision, leadership and guidance for the organization.  Responsibilities include overall management of the organization, collaboration with the Board of Directors to insure annual goals and objectives are in line with the strategic plan and organization policies are implemented and sustainable, setting the course to identify new opportunities, implementing innovative programs consistent with the mission of the organization.  Growing the donor base and grant writing to insure that total fundraising efforts meet the financial needs of the organization.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Executive Director will oversee:

●      Strategic and Financial Planning: Work with the Board of Directors to maintain a stakeholder and community driven strategic plan; draft, initiate and monitor short and long term funding needs; work with the board treasurer to ensure financial stability and develop and meet annual budget goals; engage the organization in partnerships with watershed municipalities, State agencies, area universities, area summer camps and homeowner associations, businesses, individuals and other NGOs to expand and deepen environmental stewardship ethic and culture.

●      Organizational Development: Recruit, develop and guide staff to deliver projects in support of planned and approved program goals and objectives; assist committee chairs in organizing meetings, setting priorities, and implementing activities outlined in the Strategic Plan; assist the Board with recruiting and training of new board members and volunteers. 

●      Membership Development:  Prepare and conduct membership appeals, manage membership information and major campaigns in partnership with Development Committee.

●      Fundraising:  Identify and manage grant proposals and applications; meet with foundations and major donors and conduct other appropriate fundraising endeavors..

●      Communications (External):  Work with the Board to create and deliver GMCG’s message to the media and the public including writing press releases, developing talking points for the Board and staff, and overseeing content and design of brochures, newsletters, fundraising letters, annual meeting appeal and any other outreach materials targeted to membership, the public, and partners. Ensure the quality and consistency of all mass communications, including GMCG’s brochures, websites, presentations, contacts with news media, etc. 

●      Communications (Internal):  Ensure communications (board and staff) are consistent and complete; including providing consultation and guidance to the Board, Board Standing Committees and Task Forces, as well as other major volunteer efforts. 

●      Technical Assistance:  Oversee any consultants or professional services necessary for the accomplishment of mission goals.  Provide and coordinate appropriate technical assistance to develop and strengthen community relationships by working closely with municipal officials, state representatives and other non-profit organizations. Maintain and strengthen GMCG’s partnerships and collaborative efforts within the Ossipee Watershed.

●      Outreach, Education and Research :  Ensure GMCG’s  educational, research, outreach and communications are effectively marketed and reach intended audiences.

●      Advocacy:  Serve as a spokesperson for the organization and represent GMCG in coordination with the Board of Directors. (This may include but is not limited to testifying and advocating on environmental bills as presented at a state level.)  Promote GMCG’s non-confrontational advocacy policy when advocating in public hearings. 

●      Land Protection:  Work with the Board and the Land Trust Committee on Land Trust Policy; work with the Land Trust Committee to prioritize land protection projects as they arise and guide the committee in presenting opportunities to the Board. Oversee stewardship of conservation easements, monitoring of GMCG protected land, and relationships with land owners.

●      Administration:  General administration of GMCG’s business and day to day activities. This may include but is not limited to financial management, overseeing consultants who provide the organization’s computer and network maintenance, correspondence, working with Board Chair on monthly agendas, filing systems and record keeping, data retention, Blue Heron House and Huntress House building and office maintenance, drafting of regular status reports on spending vs. budget and staff progress towards goals and objectives, reporting on annual staff performance reviews and staff development needs, and interface with accountant and lawyer and other supportive professional organizations.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

Normal office work, driving (day/night), night meetings (some weekends), walking, climbing stairs, and bending.  Willing to travel throughout the Ossipee Watershed.

Green Mountain Conservation Group website - gmcg.org

Address:  GMCG, 236 Huntress Bridge Road, Effingham, NH 03882

Phone: 603-539-1859

Contact Information

Send letter of interest and resume to:

Email:  noreen@gmcg.org  or

Postal Mail:  GMCG, Attention: Noreen Downs, P. O. Box 95, Effingham, NH 03882