The Executive Director position provides a unique and challenging opportunity for an experienced and self-motivated candidate to take the helm of a growing organization dedicated to its vision and the impact of its mission on California communities. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall operational responsibility for WELL’s staff, programs, fundraising, and administrative and financial strategies. She/he will develop deep knowledge of California water issues, WELL fundraising, and all operational plans.
Responsibilities, Leadership, and Management:
- Ensure daily implementation of WELL fundraising, administrative, and financial programs.
- Oversee WELL educational training and communication programs.
- Engage and energize WELL’s volunteers, board members, event committees, WELLos (WELL fellows), partnering organizations, and funders.
- Develop, maintain, and support strong relationships with the Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio of each working committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction.
- Ensure effective systems to track program implementation and regularly evaluate program components to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
- Lead, develop, and motivate staff.
- Work effectively with partner organizations.
Fundraising and Communications:
- Maintain and expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion.
- Deepen and refine all aspects of communication—from web presence to external relations—with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
- Be an external voice and presence to local and statewide entities that can publish and communicate WELL programs.
Planning and New Business:
- Lead the update and implementation of WELL’s strategic plan.
- Design and complete the strategic operational plans for program and organizational expansion.
- Enhance successful partnerships with current and future funders and political and community leaders.
- Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
The ED will be thoroughly committed to WELL’s mission. All candidates should have proven experience in leadership, coaching, relationship building, and management.
Specific requirements include:
- At least five years of related management experience.
- Four-year college degree in a related field.
- Experience in effectively leading a regional and/or statewide organization.
- Excellence in organizational management with the ability to recruit, lead, and coach staff.
- Ability to develop high-performance teams by setting and achieving strategic objectives.
- Provide specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
- Ability to recruit and train local elected officials.
- Ability to develop and execute fundraising plans.
- Experience developing and managing an organizational budget.
- Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
- Strong marketing and public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
- Entrepreneurial and innovative organizational experience.
- Experience in making a difference in a significant organizational endeavor or initiative.
- Ability to drive or fly throughout California.
- Committed to the mission, vision, and values of the organization.
- $95,000–$105,000/annual, depending on experience. Generous health and welfare benefits.
How to Apply