WANTED: Executive Director for salmon restoration non-profit (California)

Central Coast Salmon Enhancement seeks an experienced, results-oriented and inspirational Executive Director to lead the organization, based in Arroyo Grande, California. Our projects restore our community watersheds for Steelhead trout and other species for current and future generations.

Founded in 1983, the original program of CCSE was stock enhancement of Chinook salmon. This program resulted in over 2 million Chinook salmon being released in the Pacific over a 20 year period. In recent years, the organization has moved forward with the next phase of its mission to focus on the well-being of people through programs designed to inspire love of the land and water and stewardship and conservation of local and regional watersheds. CCSE envisions a future of healthy Central Coast watersheds for all.

CCSE is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) governed by a board of director, operated by a professional staff and supported by its members and volunteers. The organization’s work is funded by private donations and public conservation funding.

CCSE seeks a mission-focused and entrepreneurial leader with demonstrated experience executing on vision and strategy. Working closely with the Board of Directors, the successful candidate will provide outstanding organizational leadership to scale programs, accomplish strategic priorities and goals, and passionately communicate its mission and accomplishments to internal and external stakeholders.

S/he will have the overall strategic and operational responsibility for CCSE, lead staff in managing all programmatic and administrative activities, ensure that the organization’s funding sources match its achievements and ambitions, and develop opportunities for collaborative partnerships in pursuit of CCSE’s vision. The ED is a collaborative leader, an accomplished fundraiser, and an excellent manager. This is an exciting opportunity for a charismatic individual to lead a well-established organization into its next chapter of growth and stability.

The ED will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Develop bold, clear, and achievable strategic priorities to accomplish CCSE’s mission and vision, with consideration and understanding of the current economic, social, and conservation priorities of the regional communities.
  • Identify where CCSE expects its greatest impacts moving forward and determine how it will track, measure, and communicate progress and success.
  • Drive organizational integration and unity of purpose across programs comprising community engagement, ecological stewardship, and watershed conservation and restoration.
  • Support and extend CCSE’s collaborations with public agency, local community, and private sector partners to connect people with CCSE’s vision, and influence relevant public policy.
  • Leverage CCSE’s work through effective strategic alliances.
  • Identify and cultivate new partnership opportunities.
  • Think strategically with special attention paid to increasing efficiency and return on investment (ROI).
  • Commitment to staff’s professional development, with particular attention to keeping the education staff in sync with the restoration projects.

To be considered for this position, email a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to hiring@centralcoastsalmon.com. This position will remain open until filled.

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