Executive Assistant to the President

The Wilderness Society
Washington D.C.
Salary range is $65k-$80k based on experience
Nov 01, 2019
Dec 01, 2019
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level

General Description

The Executive Assistant provides a range of office administration and support to the President. This position serves as principal administrative contact and liaison for the entire organization and plays a critical role in allowing the President to effectively represent TWS. The Executive Assistant’s responsibilities include managing calendars, making travel arrangements, supporting donor communications, and preparing expense reports. To be successful in this role, you should be well-organized, have great time management skills and be able to make decisions and take action with minimal supervision.

This position plays an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes.  TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the Executive Assistant will integrate these priorities throughout our work.  Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
This position contributes to the efficiency of our organization by providing personalized and timely support to the President by:

  • Maintains daily calendar and appointment scheduling including coordinating the President’s schedule with other departments as needed and Proactively clearing all calendar conflicts ahead of time with the relevant parties.
  • Schedules and coordinates weekly Executive Team meeting, monthly All Staff Call, and regular staff Brownbag meetings. 
  • Coordinates with Philanthropy staff to ensure the President’s donor communications are delivered in a timely fashion.
  • Ensures all relevant documents and materials are included for a comprehensive briefing book for the President for all trips and meetings. 
  • Arranges travel and related reservations and appointments.
  • Manages the President’s correspondence and communications and ensures all correspondence is addressed in a timely manner. Anticipates needs, drafts correspondence, and suggests approaches and edits to tailor communications to different audiences; proofreads the President’s correspondence.
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of internal and external priorities
  • Answers the President’s phone and routes calls as appropriate; reads, sorts, and routes incoming mail daily.
  • Files correspondence, meeting reports, and other records on a timely basis; responsible for maintaining the President’s paper files.
  • Creates and processes expense reports for the President; appropriately routes and approves invoices related to the President’s Office.
  • Performs data entry for Congressional and Administrative meetings using the government relations database of record.
  • Leads/coordinates and completes ad hoc research projects for the Executive Team. 
  • Coordinating or supporting the planning and logistics for special events, as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned


Experience and Competencies,

  • Minimum of 2 - 5 years of experience providing administrative support to a top executive. 
  • Demonstrated success providing administrative support to executives.
  • Outstanding attention to detail is of utmost importance in all aspects and tasks of this position. 
  • Ability to compose and edit a variety of correspondence. 
  • Ability to manage multiple demands and deadlines from multiple sources.  Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and handle a large volume of work.
  • Requires rapid response and follow-through in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a positive, solution-orientated attitude specifically when dealing with Governing Council  members and donors. 
  • The ability to manage information that is highly confidential in nature and sound judgment to know how and when to share this information appropriately.
  • Track record working successfully in teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives—across race and gender. 
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and SharePoint.
  • Experience with or ability to learn donor database systems.
  • Ability and willingness to maintain a flexible schedule to accommodate the President’s schedule and be reachable by him/her outside of regular business hours as needed.

The Wilderness Society offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; a sabbatical program; and a retirement plan.  TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair treatment of our employees and constituents across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

As an organization, we aspire to being inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are.  Internally this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day.  Externally this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive.  We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits.

To learn more about our commitment, please see http://wilderness.org/our-commitment-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-wilderness-society

For consideration, please submit your resume through our online application system.