The world’s first refuge for birds of prey, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (Hawk Mountain) was founded in 1934 to stop the shooting of migrating raptors along an Appalachian ridge in eastern Pennsylvania. In the eight decades since, the nonprofit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association has grown into one of the leading global voices for the conservation of birds of prey by providing international leadership in raptor conservation science and education, and by maintaining Hawk Mountain Sanctuary as a model observation, research, and education facility where tens of thousands of visitors are inspired annually.
Hawk Mountain is in the midst of an exceptional run of success. Over the past 5 years, Hawk Mountain completed a successful $1.4M campaign to upgrade the education facility that will assist its strategic growth and expansion. Additionally, Hawk Mountain has completed a campaign to build the first ADA accessible trail to the South Lookout, fortifying its inclusive approach to programming and activities on the mountain. The Conservation Science program has continued to lead the world in innovative research through its staff scientists and the innovative Conservation Science Trainee program.
The next President will be offered the opportunity to further this growth by working with the Board of Directors and staff to finalize a new strategic plan that will leverage capital investments into greater programmatic and research impact and activity. Growing the endowment is a key priority moving forward in addition to several key programmatic objectives including: enhancing Hawk Mountain stewardship and improving the use of its largely untapped raptor tracking data more fully into the work of the conservation science and education initiatives.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary seeks an accomplished leader who demonstrates a keen understanding of and passion for the organization’s unique mission. The person must be ready to join with the Board to lead Hawk Mountain in pursuing strategic goals in environmental conservation, policy, education and research through a proven ability in fundraising, program oversight, collaborative ventures and constituency building. The ideal candidate will have a background that includes financial and staff management combined with an extraordinary understanding of philanthropy and proven success in raising significant funds from individuals, foundations, corporations, and public entities on behalf of mission and organization.
Candidates with executive level achievement in the fields of fund development, environmental education, advocacy, policy, research, business, law and/or related fields are encouraged to apply. Nonprofit management experience, preferably in environmental protection or wildlife conservation, is desired. Proven experience and success in fundraising is highly desired. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; a Master’s degree is desired.