Grand Traverse Conservation District Traverse City, Michigan
Deadline Jan 26, 2019
Job Type Paid permanent



  • Manage a staff of (currently) 14 full-time, 1 part-time, 11 seasonal, and approximately 250 volunteers, providing coaching/mentoring and support as needed
  • Oversee all operational aspects of the GTCD’s facilities, budgets, work plans and programs
  • Oversee the development and management of the annual operating budget and capital budget
  • Oversee risk management for the organization
  • Understand and be able to navigate the state laws governing conservation districts; understand the GTCD’s relationship with other state and local governmental units
  • Oversee all aspects of the GTCD’s human resource functions Strategic Leadership
  • Develop and manage a strategic business plan that ensures the long-term financial health and sustainability of the GTCD. This will includelong-range budgeting and supervision of the funds provided by the recently-passed millage.
  • Oversee the development of a Nature Centere valuation and plan in partnership with Association of Nature Center Administrators.
  • Oversee expansion of Day Camp and Nature Education operations.
  • Provide leadership for staff and volunteers that builds and supports a cohesive team working toward the goals of the current strategic plan
  • Foster an environment of collaboration and community among the staff to maximize resources (human capital and financial resources) that supports achievement of business goals and provides opportunities for staff goal setting and development
  • Manage collaborative relationships with existing partners and initiativeswhile developing new strategic partnerships
  • Raise community profile of the GTCD to support development efforts and encourage community support and use of the organization's services and the properties it manages
  • Serve as GTCD’s spokesperson, clearly and consistently communicating and reinforcing the organization's identity
  • Lead the development of an annual funding plan and oversee its implementation
  • Ability to write grants or guide staff in writing grants that will support operations


  • A minimum of five (5) years of Executive-level, e.g., Executive Director or Assistant Executive Director leadership experience in a non-profit, educational, or
    governmental organization.
  • Experience managing a similar-sized organization with an annual operating budget of $1 to $3 million.
  • Strong management skills, able to build, inspire and lead diverse teams of staff and volunteers
  • Experience supervising a staff of 10-15 full-time staff members consisting of direct and indirect reports
  • Experience managing a complex budget, with experience in fund accounting, grant management, reporting, and supervision
  • Positive, collaborative leader with a can-do attitude and tolerant, friendly personality
  • Resourceful individual, able to balance multiple priorities, complex situations and meet tight deadlines
  • An organized, clear thinker and communicator with a passion foreducation
  • An articulate and persuasive speaker andwriter
  • A passion for conservation and natural resources
  • An understanding of and commitment to the Grand Traverse Conservation District's mission;
  • Ability and willingness to travel, as well as to work outside the normalworkday.

Formal Education or Equivalent: Bachelor's degree or higher in government, non- profit, business management, natural resource management, or related field.

Success will be measured by the degree to which the Executive Director:

  • Maintains and grows effective, productive, and collaborative working relationships withGTCD staff andBoard, donors, volunteers, partners and external stakeholders
  • Meets or exceeds all fundraising and development goals and adheres to the AFP "Code of Ethical Principles and Standards" and state and federal laws and regulations in doing so
  • Meets all operational and program development goals as established with the Board
  • Meets all assigned deadlines
  • Leverages and consolidates the conservation and educational resources of the GTCD to further environmental stewardship on the part of the residents of the Grand Traverse area


Email a resume, cover letter, completed GTCD application (application can be found on the GTCD website), and the names and contact information of 3 professional references to Andy Blodgett at Please put ED Application as the subject of the email.

Resumes are requested by Saturday, January 26, 2019. The position will be open until filled, however, preference will be given to those received by January 26, 2019.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.
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