The Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC) seeks a Chief Executive (CE) to implement policies and programs and provide critical leadership to advance IRC’s mission and long-term vision. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, staff members, volunteers and partners to design, implement and curate innovative science-based conservation programs in Florida, the Caribbean and beyond. Based at IRC's office in Delray Beach, FL, the CE will oversee a staff of 10-15 and an annual budget of more than $500,000 derived from agency contracts, grants and other fundraising. A passion for biodiversity conservation, familiarity with technical aspects of ecological restoration, and the ability to develop collaborative relationships with government agencies, conservation groups and academia are desirable characteristics for the successful applicant.
Qualifications and Experience
• Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with 10+ years of professional experience. Additional education/experience a plus.
• Experience managing a nonprofit, other small organization, or program with a small, diverse staff. Proven ability to develop and concurrently manage a wide variety of ongoing projects or various sizes and complexity.
• Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills with the ability to listen effectively and to tactfully present information to colleagues and stakeholders. Significant public speaking experience, to both technical and general audiences.
• Good writing skills with the ability to develop grant applications, interim and final reports, technical papers, articles, social media posts, and other documents as needed.
• Working knowledge of ecosystems, flora, and/or fauna in Florida or elsewhere. Experience with vegetation and/or animal monitoring, evaluating results, and packaging findings for multiple scientific, technical and public audiences.
• Working knowledge of common conservation lands management practices, including prescribed fire, invasive species control techniques and rare species management. Hands-on experience restoring native ecosystems affected by a range of disturbances and land-use histories.
• Significant proficiency with: Microsoft Office Suite, QuickBooks, SQL/Microsoft Access, ArcGIS, Adobe Dreamweaver/other HTML editing programs, Adobe products.
• Good physical condition, including the ability to work long hours in varying outdoor conditions as required to carry out duties.
• A willingness to travel overnight among project sites in Florida, the Caribbean and beyond.
• Cover letter including a brief statement of qualifications.
• Resume or CV, emphasizing relevant experience.
• Contact information for three to five professional references.
• A writing sample addressing a topic related to the position.
• Email all files in PDF format to email@example.com.
• Application deadline is March 1, 2018. Desired start date: May 1, 2018.