Executive Director

Ranchers Stewardship Alliance

Malta , Montana


The Executive Director is a seasoned professional dedicated to furthering the growth, goals and mission of the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance (RSA).  This individual will have the opportunity to influence substantial change and achieve long-term conservation results. They will provide outstanding organizational leadership and passionately communicate RSA’s mission.  They will be innovative and flexible in their ability to move the organization forward.  The successful candidate must have the capacity to work both collaboratively and independently, must take initiative.  They will be responsible for guiding the daily operation of the organization in accordance with all policies.  They will coordinate with the Board of Directors to manage the financial health and overall direction of the organization.  The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.

Duties:  The Executive Director will perform the following and other duties as they evolve:

  • Assist the RSA Board to develop and implement a strategic plan.
  • In coordination with the RSA board, develop a robust and substantive fund raising plan that includes private foundation grants, government grants, annual campaign for individual donations, potential corporate/business partnerships and fundraising events.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of private/public grassland conservation.
  • Manage and monitor grant funding and activities for completion of deliverables within the appropriate timelines as well providing compliance reports as required.
  • Represent the organization externally, making public presentations as required and engaging in and overseeing communications with members of and contributors to RSA, partner organizations, the general public, media, government agencies, and representatives of groups interested in conservation issues.
  • Raise the profile of RSA within the Great Plains conservation community, garnering recognition for its valuable and unique assets and programs.
  • Develop human and financial capacity that will improve the effectiveness of RSA.
  • Maintain and develop partnerships that further the vision and efforts of RSA.
  • Plan and produce meetings, tours, workshops, and other events in conjunction with RSA committees.
  • Ensure that the books, records, and files of RSA are maintained in good order at all times, and that financial records are at all times in compliance with all nonprofit reporting, grant funder requirements, and other legal requirements protecting the 501 (c)(3) status and good name of RSA.
  • Develop, administer and monitor a board approved annual budget.
  • Supervise administrative assistant.

Professional Experience:

The ideal candidate will have five or more years of experience in progressive levels of responsibility within one or more highly respected organizations.  Three years’ experience as an executive director or in the role of other executive decision maker is preferred. Specifically, we seek someone who is capable of working closely with the Board of Directors, volunteers, donors, and stakeholders.  Experience in building bridges among diverse constituencies and knowledge of collaborative conservation are also preferred.

Knowledge & Experience:

  • A demonstrated record of substantial fundraising success is required.
  • Familiarity with grasslands conservation in the ranching communities of the Northern Great Plains.
  • Strong leadership skills, including an engaging and energetic demeanor and the ability to inspire and motivate others.
  • A record of successful team management and team-building, including fully utilizing a volunteer board of directors and other general volunteers.
  • Articulate and persuasive oral and written communication skills, including public speaking in a number of venues and grant writing; must be able to address issues in non-polarizing ways; understand the ways that the Internet, social media and information technology can be utilized to enhance organizational impact and public awareness.
  • A successful record of developing and implementing a strategic plan.
  • An individual with computer and technical skills.
  • Someone who is straight-forward, shares information easily, listens to and respect the opinions and abilities of others; someone who imparts trust and integrity.
  • Passionate commitment to community–based conservation and the mission of RSA.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a variety of private landowners including ranchers, NGO’s and public managers is desired.
  • Experience in grant management as a recipient and funder.


A bachelor’s degree or a combination of education and relevant experience that matches the knowledge required for the position.


The Executive Director position is based at RSA’s office in Malta, Montana.  The executive director will be expected to work in a typical office environment during normal business hours and additionally will often work evenings and weekends to accommodate activities such as conferences, workshops, other public events and board meetings.  There will also be periodic overnight travel.  Some workshops or activities may take place outside in a variety of weather conditions.

Salary & Benefits

Salary:            $40,000 to $50,000 commensurate with education and experience.

Hours:            1.0 FTE

Location:        Malta, MT

Benefits:        Paid Time off, Holidays, Health Benefit, and reimbursement of authorized travel.


Submit applications to ranchstewardsED@gmail.com

  • Provide a cover letter and resume detailing your education and experience and how they help you meet the desired knowledge, experience and skills.
  • Degree transcripts(s) if applicable – copies are acceptable
  • The names and contact information of 3 professional references who can address your experience and knowledge.

Application review will begin June 29, 2018.  Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

See our website for more information www.ranchstewards.org

Questions about the position can be submitted to ranchstewardsED@gmail.com or phone Perri Jacobs, Board President at 406-658-2516

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