Snohomish Conservation District

Lake Stevens, Washington

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $7,500-8,333 per month
Deadline Aug 30, 2019

Position Summary

The Executive Director provides the leadership and vision to implement the mission and values of the District as defined by the Board of Supervisors and coordinates all aspects of the District’s work. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, which incorporate a collaborative style, are essential towards advocating and promoting sustainable conservation interests. A keen awareness of organizational, community and political dynamics will also be necessary in this
role. Equally important will be a sensitivity and empathy to all stakeholders, both large and small, who have a vested interest in the goals of the District. Solid administration and management skills are necessary to ensure smooth operational continuity within this small, committed organization. A high level of integrity, honesty, and professionalism are critical core values required in this role.

The ideal candidate will have strong working knowledge of conservation districts, conservation practices and regional environmental issues, preferable within the Puget Sound area. A strong understanding of budgets, finance, grants procurement and program administration, and experience in sustaining and engaging regional partners are absolute requirements. A proven track record of successfully working with a board of directors and other elected and/or appointed
officials, in addition to cultivating a team of professionals to excel in program delivery is required. The Executive Director will have a record of previous results that demonstrates an understanding of the importance of adhering to the mission of the District while leading the Snohomish Conservation District into the future.

About Snohomish Conservation District

One of 45 Conservation Districts in the State of Washington, the Snohomish Conservation District is a leader among peers with robust agricultural resilience, salmon restoration, urban stormwater, farm planning, youth education, and community engagement programs. We take the mission of the District to heart - “work cooperatively with others to promote and encourage conservation and responsible use of natural resources” - as we implement successful and  innovative approaches to getting real work done on-the-ground.

We are a political subdivision of state government with no regulatory authority. We have been working with farmers, city residents, rural and suburban landowners on a collaborative and voluntary basis since 1941. Our service area includes most of Snohomish County and Camano Island. We operate with a diverse staff including engineers, technical assistance providers, restoration specialists, two field crews, outreach specialists and administrative staff.

Primary Job Responsibilities

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Supervisors, and is responsible for the following:

 Direct management of the Business Operations Director and Program Director
 Manage, coordinate, formulate and monitor operating policies and activities that ensure efficient and fair delivery of District programs and projects in accord with Board directives and respective District contracts, inter-local agreements and memoranda of understanding.
 Lead strategic planning efforts at the District.
 Facilitate communications between Board and staff as appropriate.
 Maintain a continuous, sound program of public relations on behalf of the District. Meet periodically with County Council members, legislators, city and other public officials and private partners to discuss District activities, goals and objectives and thus best ensure cooperation and avoid duplication of effort.
 Oversee the overall District messaging and communication strategy.
 Oversee the activities of the District staff, contractors and District volunteers as needed to carry out the responsibilities of the District.
 Coordinate with the Board, staff, and partners to seek and maintain adequate funding to carry out the programs established by the Board of Supervisors.
 Oversee Business Operation Director in development of annual budgets, grant writing and reporting, interpret accounting reports and manage checks and balances.
 Lead and attend meetings within and outside the District as directed by the Board of Supervisors. Act as agent for the Board as needed at such meetings.
 Maintain communication and cooperation between the District and its federal and state partners including: the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Washington Conservation Commission, the Washington Association of Conservation Districts, the Puget Sound Partnership, the Puget Sound Conservation Districts Caucus and other key agencies and partners.
 Implement policies approved by the Snohomish Conservation District Board of Supervisors.
 Assist in other special projects and duties as assigned by the Board.

Job Qualifications/Desired Skills

A Master’s degree in business or public administration, a natural resources field, or a related field and a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory and program management experience is required. Additional qualifying experience may substitute year-for-year for the education requirement.

We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building and collaboration,
organizational development, people-management, and are visionary and inspirational, detail-oriented and strategic thinkers.
 Must possess effective business management, supervisory and organizational skills including the ability to support and guide Board and staff development, , prepare budgets and manage administrative aspects of resource conservation programs.
 Have proven hands on leadership and team building skills in both internal and external arenas.
 Demonstrated success working with a volunteer board and within a public, transparent environment.
 Have proven experience facilitating rigorous strategic planning with disciplined and timely implementation and update as necessary.
 Have knowledge of, and are current with, sustainable resource management policy and process.
 Demonstrated skill in governmental, community and private sector relations and outreach is required.
 Effectively promote the District’s vision, through both written and oral communication techniques to address groups, and prepare informational articles and work reports.
 Demonstrated ability to develop and institute programs and projects from conception through completion to further the District’s strategic priorities.
 Have a good understanding of agriculture and natural resource priorities.
 Ability to maintain a flexible schedule and to work outside an 8:00 am – 5:00 pm schedule as needed.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

Working conditions may include office and outdoor environments, occasional travel to a variety of locations to conduct work and may include exposure to typical hazards encountered at such work sites. Frequent jobs needing finger dexterity, fine manipulation, and must be able to use office equipment and computer software. This is a full-time position consisting of 40 hours/week. Position will require some work on weekends or after regularly scheduled work

Licenses, Certificates & Other Requirements

Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter, or evidence of equivalent mobility.

Compensation & Benefits

The monthly salary will be between $7,500 - $8,333 depending on qualifications and experience. This is a fulltime, at-will, executive and exempt position. The District offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid holidays and leave time, low premium medical, dental, life and LTD insurance through Washington State PEBB, participation in the State of Washington Retirement System (PERS, DCP), and education reimbursement.

Snohomish Conservation District is an equal opportunity employer. All programs and services of the Snohomish Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status or disability.


Visit Application must include: Cover letter, resume, and at least three (3) professional references (references can be provided at time of interview).

Applications will be open until position is filled. Applications will be evaluated
immediately and applicants will be ranked and initial interviews will be scheduled.

Projected Start Date: October 1, 2019 or sooner

Contact Information/Send information to:
Holly Lund ( or 425-377-7030)

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