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26 May 2021

Full-Time Executive Director

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council – Posted by Gren Petoskey, Michigan, United States

Job Description

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

Executive Director

Job Posting

May 1, 2021


Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is seeking an innovative, purpose-driven, and effective Executive Director to fulfill its mission of protecting the region’s waters through respected advocacy, innovative education, technically sound water quality monitoring, and thorough research and restoration actions. The Watershed Council is excited to hire our next Executive Director to continue its respected and trusted leadership in watershed management and to grow and shape the organization into the future.

Located in Petoskey Michigan on the shores of the Little Traverse Bay, the Watershed Council has been protecting the area’s treasured waters and watersheds in Northern Michigan since 1979.  The Watershed Council works locally in the watersheds of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Counties, as well as on state, federal, and binational policy.

Summary of Position

Under the general oversight and direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director manages the affairs of the Watershed Council and its day-to-day operations. The Executive Director, leads the staff of 12 to produce resilient, innovative, and effective programming. The Executive Director plays a key role in ensuring alignment of activities by securing, coordinating and configuring resources, and addressing the strategic priorities of the organization. The Executive Director is expected to develop new and retain existing donors and members, while forming partnerships and maintaining and growing the reputation of the organization.

Responsibilities and Scope

Overall responsibility for program results and the efficient and effective management of the organization;

Manage the development and execution of the organization’s strategic plan, budget and financial plans, and annual work plans all delivered on time and within budget;

Manage all human resources needs, including recruitment, hiring, supervision, professional development, performance evaluation, and termination;

Support the work of the Board of Directors including meeting coordination, materials development and distribution, committee support, facilitate nominations, development and planning efforts;

Pursue and develop funding opportunities to ensure financial viability, including major gift development, individual donor cultivation, building relationships with existing and new funders, and event planning;

Deepen and refine all aspects of external communications with the goal of creating a stronger brand;

Demonstrate a strong understanding and passion for protection of the waters of Northern Michigan including the Great Lakes;

Ensure diversity, equality, and inclusion in staffing and programming;

Ensure that programmatic commitments, financial standards, and legal organizational requirements are met;

Foster organizational leadership in public policy efforts within the region, the state, and nationally as necessary to further the mission of the organization;

Act as the spokesperson for the organization at the local, regional, and state levels;

Ensure that the advocacy work of the organization is grounded in science and data; and

Work flexibly including evenings and weekends as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

The Executive Director needs to be thoroughly committed to Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, mentoring, and relationship management.

Specific requirements include:

Bachelor’s degree and minimum of five years of experience as an organization director in the conservation/environmental arena, nonprofit sector, advocacy, or related for-profit area;

Extensive and proven management experience, including ability to attract and retain, lead, and motivate staff, establish work plans with expected outcomes, and manage the performance of a multi-disciplinary team;

Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing to diverse audiences, existing and potential donors, members, board members, and partners;

Proven effective experience in fundraising and budget and financial management;

Experience in successfully managing a variety of initiatives that utilize cross functional teams and collaboration with partners outside of the organization;

Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations applicable to managing a nonprofit.

Desired Qualifications

Recognized as a leader within the community and with peers;

Experience recruiting and working with Boards of Directors and, directing organizational strategic management with a board;

Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations applicable to protecting water resources a plus.

Relevant graduate degree a plus.


Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and on-par with similar positions in the region.

Recruitment, employment and promotion shall be solely on the basis of qualifications for a specific position. There shall be no discrimination for employment because of race, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual preference, handicap, creed, national origin, or other factors in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1977, prohibiting discriminatory practices, policies, and customs.

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to Gail Gruenwald, Executive Director, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, 426 Bay St, Petoskey, MI 49770 or [email protected].  Include in the cover letter three professional references including current supervisor. Application deadline is June 30, 2021. Start date is November 1, 2021.

Job Categories: Water. Job Types: Full-Time.

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