Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPEROVERVIEW OF THE ORGANIZATION: Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER is a major non-profit environmental organization in Western New York that promotes, preserves and protects the natural and historical environments of the Buffalo Niagara Rivers and their environs for the benefit of the local community. Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER currently operates with a staff of 18 employees and an annual budget of nearly $2.0 million. Our current projects include restoration of the ecological health of the Buffalo and Niagara Rivers, improving river access, encouraging community education and awareness, supporting sustainable development, and communicating fish consumption advisories to at-risk populations. Riverkeeper is committed to improving the legacy we leave for future generations. Our goal is for everyone to have access to fishable, swimmable and drinkable waterways throughout the Buffalo Niagara region.
POSITION SUMMARY: The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and supervises Program Directors, Development Director, and Program Staff. This is an exempt position located in Buffalo, New York.
Oversees all aspects of the organization’s activities in support of Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER’s mission and the approved goals and policies of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director (ED) works closely with the management team and Board of Directors to ensure the administrative integrity of the organization. In addition, the ED is responsible for strategic program development and implementation. The ED will work closely with the Development Director to cultivate new and existing relationships with stakeholders and networks as well as large donor, corporate and foundation fundraising, and the representation of the organization to the public.
- Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree such as MBA, Law, Urban Planning, Environmental Science, or related discipline preferred.
- Seven (7) to ten (10) years of executive management experience
- Proven leadership skills; ability to inspire, empower, build consensus, coach, and drive results
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and ability to maintain appropriate levels of confidentiality
- Ability to work with minimum supervision and self-motivated
- Ability to develop and implement measurable plans such as strategic, financial, communications, development, and work plans
- Ability to act as an advocate for the organization to the community
- Strong analytical and problem solving abilities
- Familiarity with business or non-profit finances
- Experience with human resource policies and procedures
- Proficient knowledge of MS Office, especially Excel and Word
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Within the limits of the Articles of Incorporation, the bylaws, and the objectives and policies established by the Board of Directors, the Director is responsible for and has commensurate authority to accomplish the duties set forth below.
- Defines, recommends, and controls operating and financial objectives including developing short and long-term strategic, financial, and operating plans
- Provides regular, timely, and proactive communication with the Board of Directors, including, but not limited to:
- Working with Board President to facilitate regular meetings of the Board of Directors and Board Committees
- Preparing annual goals, work plans and budgets to the Board of Directors for approval, and provides regular updates of these plans and documents to the Board.
- Providing regular written updates to the Board of Directors regarding the progress and results of BNR programs for conformity with established objectives, programs and budgets, and of all important internal and external factors influencing them
- Recommends yearly budget for approval by the Board of Directors. Directs operations to achieve budget goals
- Ensures that an effective management team is in place, and regularly communicates with employees as to their performance of assigned duties
- Effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations. Responsible for the selection, employment, promotion, discipline and termination of employees. Develops pay and benefits packages
- Oversees design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs and services
- Encourages staff and volunteer development and education
- Works collaboratively with the Development Director on fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders and donors, cultivating donors, submitting proposals, reporting and documentation
- Oversees a public relations strategy to ensure that the organization and its mission, programs and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders
- Oversees programs for outreach and building a supporter base. Keeps Riverkeeper supporters adequately informed about the affairs of the organization and encourages their participation.
- Ensures strict compliance and record keeping relative to grants and contracts and provides periodic reports and communications to the Board.
- Maintains all necessary financial records as required by law, and presents monthly reports to the Board
- Ensures that all funds, physical assets, and other property of the Corporation are appropriately safeguarded and administered
- Maintains appropriate contacts and develops necessary relations with government, industry organizations, community organizations, and other stakeholders which have an influence on the attainment of organization objectives. Makes efficient use of these and all other available resources
ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
The majority of the work time is conducted in an office setting. Limited travel is required
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:
Demonstrates the ability to:
- Maintain a high engagement level; comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities
- Regularly required to speak clearly and hear the spoken word as well
The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, gender, sex, ethnicity, religion, age, color, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or disability status.