JOB OPENING: Executive Director, Society for Ecological Restoration (DC)

Note from Storm: The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is one of my absolute favorite organizations. I was one of their earliest members (around #200, I think), and have spoken at several of their conferences in the U.S. and Europe. I hope they find exactly the person they need with this search for a new Executive Director!

From the job listing: The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is the leading global organization for facilitating the science and practice of ecological restoration. With members in 70 countries, the Society operates through regional chapters, non-geographic sections, and directly with the membership through various programs including our publications, outreach programs and extension.

Regional, national and international conferences are a leading aspect of the Society’s operations that bring together a range of stakeholders from government, industry, academia and community. The Society also has active collaborations with a range of partner organizations that expand the capacity and outreach of SER.

The Society is embarking on a new phase of its operation, as we seek to expand our relevance through conference programs, release new publications, grow international membership, and develop global partnerships.

To fulfill these exciting and ambitious growth areas, the Society is seeking the services of a dynamic, motivated and articulate Executive Director, who can demonstrate they have the capabilities and drive to take the Society to new levels of activity that will focus upon:

– Building strong and enduring national and international membership.

– Developing and implementing a robust sponsorship and benefactor program to guarantee the financial security of SER into the long-term.

– Enhancing the presence and reach of SER in all aspects of ecological restoration at all stakeholder levels and delivery on key program initiatives.

Headquartered in Washington DC with a small but highly professional and dedicated staff, the new Executive Director will report to the Society’s Board of Directors and be expected to demonstrate outstanding initiative and leadership skills to take SER to new national and international levels of activity.

Primary responsibilities for the ED position include: fundraising, representing the Society with global partners and the public, managing day-to-day operations and supervising a three-person staff, and overseeing the Society’s conference programs, publications, membership services, and global partnerships.

The successful candidate will demonstrate and provide evidence of the following essential attributes:

– Familiarity with the concepts and principles of ecological restoration and related fields.

– Advanced degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

– Experience in a leadership role preferably with a non-profit organization(s)

– Experience in organizational financial management and overall budget development.

– Excellent written and oral communication skills

– Experience and proven success in fundraising activities

– Experience and success working and interacting with a Board of Directors

– International experience – preferably with a multi-cultural and diverse audience

– Willingness to both travel locally and internationally as required in support of the organizations goals

– Experience with membership database software and issues related to membership management.

– Experience in the facilitation and oversight of strategic planning processes including associated work plan development.

See full job listing.

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