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4 Apr 2022

Full-Time Executive Director

Great Old Broads for Wilderness – Posted by Broads Durango, Colorado, United States

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Job Description

Great Old Broads for Wilderness (Broads) is a national grassroots organization, led by women, that engages and inspires activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands.

For more than 30 years, Great Old Broads for Wilderness has advocated for wilderness designation and defended federal public lands and waters against practices and policies that degrade land health and biodiversity. With nearly 40 chapters across the country, Broads brings knowledge, leadership, and humor to the conservation movement to protect our last wild places on earth.

Position Summary

Great Old Broads for Wilderness seeks an experienced professional who is passionate about protecting and conserving America’s public lands and waters. This person is a champion for women’s leadership and empowerment, and is committed to increasing diversity in the conservation community.

The Executive Director (ED) is the key visionary and leader of Great Old Broads for Wilderness. This person is responsible for inspiring, setting the direction, overseeing programs, development, fundraising, grassroots leadership, communications, and administration of the organization. Other key duties include setting the public lands and climate advocacy agenda of the organization and ensuring proactive community/member outreach. The ED reports directly to the Board of Directors and carries out these responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and strategic plan. The ED maintains a consultative and collegial relationship with the staff, members, colleagues, Board of Directors, and partner organizations in the wilderness community and beyond.

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  • Minimum of five years serving in a leadership role. (Conservation background preferred).
  • Bachelor’s or higher degree, preferably in a related field, for instance environmental science, non-profit management, ecology, or environmental education.

Required competencies and skills

  • Experience with development of strategies that have garnered engagement of other staff, volunteers, members, and organizations.
  • Experience having assessed, managed, and increased the impact of an organization or complex campaign.
  • Experience having significantly increased the income of an organization or complex campaign.
  • Demonstrated experience with identifying opportunities for organizational change.
  • Supervisory experience demonstrating organization, delegation, evaluation, and development of staff skills.
  • Experience with increasing the effectiveness of both staff and volunteer policy advocates.
  • Has demonstrated vision, ability to inspire change, develop staff, and encourage cohesive and collaborative teamwork.
  • Analytical and communications skill with complex documents related to political issues and resources.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Has effectively engaged with a variety of entities (press, agency officials, staff, donors, Tribes, BIPOC, and other organizations and stakeholders). 
  • Demonstrated success implementing diverse fundraising avenues.
  • Experience developing strategy or implementing programs with people of diverse cultural, political, educational, and/or social experiences and perspectives.
  • Experience initiating and sustaining advocacy for positive policy changes.

Preferred Competencies and Skills

  • 5 years in nonprofit management role
  • Experience having managed an annual nonprofit budget of at least a million dollars, with demonstrated success in increasing income to meet budget goals.
  • Experience advancing diversity, equity, and/or inclusivity in communities or organizations
  • Ability to communicate inspirationally, with humor, and constructively amid conflict.
  • Experience as a volunteer or working with volunteers to achieve goals.
  • Three years of active engagement in conservation policy advocacy (vocationally or avocationally.)
  • Demonstrated success planning and implementing a conservation advocacy campaign.
  • Has demonstrated skill at translating financial, technical, scientific, and/or organizational data into effective written and spoken word and visual display.
  • Has a science background or familiarity/ competency with scientific methodology.
  • Experience with conservation law, regulations, and litigation.

Terms of Employment:

  • Regular full-time exempt salaried employee based in Durango, CO.
  • Some travel and weekend/evening hours are required; Broads allows for flexible work schedules.


Salary Range: $75,000–$90,000

15 days paid leave, paid holidays, group health insurance, cell phone reimbursement, opportunity to participate in a Simple IRA retirement plan, and sabbatical opportunity after six years.

Great Old Broads for Wilderness is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified candidates for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

How to Apply

  • To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to [email protected].
  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Job Categories: Conservation. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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