Executive Director & National Campaign Manager

Save the Boundary Waters/Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness

The Executive Director’s overarching responsibility will be to build the Save the Boundary Waters Campaign into a national movement to protect the clean water, clean air, and forested landscape of the Boundary Waters and its watershed, protecting the BWCA from toxic pollution and destruction caused by mining copper, nickel, and other metals.

This position will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors and the Volunteer National Campaign Chair and will have overall responsibility for vision, leadership and management of NMW. The Executive Director will ensure NMW’s fiscal activities, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resources, technology, and campaign programming are effectively implemented across the organization and campaign.

Duties and Responsibilities

Campaign Operations

  • In collaboration with the Volunteer National Campaign Chair and NMW Board, lead the ongoing development, implementation, and management of the Campaign’s strategic objectives
  • Provide effective leadership and empowerment to all key team members (staff, national and local coalition partners, key political consultants and advisors, legal advisors, and others)
  • Manage all facets of the Campaign, including federal and state policy advocacy, communications, organizing and outreach, litigation, political activities, and other key focus areas to ensure that they are well-coordinated and effective; Ensure appropriate focus and resource allocation toward proactive (offensive) and defensive tactics related to the strategic objectives and plan
  • Identify, establish, and maintain strategic relationships with individuals, businesses, and groups whose influence, support, technical assistance, or other resources are or could be valuable to the Campaign in achieving its objectives
  • Interpret trends in environmental politics, especially relating to federal and state public lands protection, by maintaining relationships with local, regional, and national conservation organizations

Management and Administration

  • In collaboration with the NMW Board, staff, and other internal and external resources available to ensure effective use of leadership time and energy, the Executive Director is responsible for managing all human resources, legal services, fundraising, fiscal management, and administrative matters of NMW and the Campaign
  • Inspire and foster an ethos of high-quality management – including communications, coaching, support, and evaluation – for staff and key volunteers, working with senior staff and the NMW Board to build and maintain an organizational structure that works for all of its parts

Communications, Organizing and Public Engagement

  • Lead efforts to expand the Campaign’s communications reach with key audiences and grow the supporter base nationally – leveraging earned, owned, and paid media channels as well as digital and social media engagement – to position the Boundary Waters as a top-tier American treasure
  • Act as a top public spokesperson for the Campaign (and for the Boundary Waters itself) by appearing at national, regional and local events; participating in print and broadcast interviews; leading organizational meetings; and more

The Ideal Candidate

The Ideal Executive Director and National Campaign Manager will bring the external facing skills necessary to lead an established, prestigious public lands campaign into the national spotlight. They will also bring strong internal leadership and executive level nonprofit administration skills. While no one candidate will have all the criteria enumerated below, the ideal Executive Director and National Campaign Manager will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experience.

Experience and Skills Desired

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of five years of experience as a leader in the public lands conservation or environmental field, nonprofit sector, mission-driven business, political administration, or related service
  • Previous experience in a leadership role with a regional or national campaign
  • Nonprofit executive management experience to include: supervisory level personnel management and leadership, fiscal management, fund raising, staff and volunteer development, effective communications and marketing, risk management and community, corporate, non-profit, and governmental collaboration
  • A passion for protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, as well as a strong passion for conservation of public lands and waters and a desire to play a major role in this broader fight

Personal Attributes
NMW seeks an Executive Director and National Campaign Manager who will:

  • Excel in oral and written communication, including strong interpersonal relationship building, charismatic public speaking, and varied written communication skills
  • Foster cooperation and team empowerment and inspire resilience and persistency
  • Demonstrate agility, flexibility and the ability to thrive in a dynamic landscape of changing priorities and challenges
  • Value diversity
  • Conduct oneself with confidence and integrity
  • Have the ability to travel locally and nationally as necessary, including, if based outside of Minneapolis/St. Paul, the ability to spend significant, meaningful time in Minnesota

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