Job Announce­ment – Exec­u­tive Director

 Post­ed: June 8th, 2022

Appli­ca­tion first review date: Posi­tion open until filled

Loca­tion: Stay­ton, Oregon

Sta­tus: Salaried, exempt position

Pay range: $58,000–72,000/year DOE

Ben­e­fits: Health insur­ance (med­ical, vision, and den­tal), Paid Time Off

Desired start date: Immediate


The North San­ti­am Water­shed Coun­cil (NSWC) is a local­ly dri­ven, non-gov­ern­men­tal, non-reg­u­la­to­ry com­mu­ni­ty-based non­prof­it that facil­i­tates stew­ard­ship and restora­tion projects to improve water health, and devel­ops part­ner­ships to plan, fund, and imple­ment those projects.

In 2020, the North San­ti­am Water­shed was hit by the Beachie Creek & Lion­shead wild­fires. The wild­fires had a great impact on both our com­mu­ni­ty and our envi­ron­ment, result­ing in half of the water­shed being burned. In response to this tragedy, the North San­ti­am Water­shed Coun­cil shift­ed its focus to work­ing togeth­er to imple­ment post-fire recov­ery efforts and assist in the rebuild­ing of our communities.

Some Exam­ples of the NSWC’s Restora­tion Projects Include:

  • Restor­ing rem­nant Willamette Val­ley wet prairie, oak savan­na, and oak wood­land habi­tats through pre­scribed burn­ing & re-estab­lish­ing native species to restore native pol­li­na­tor and grass­land bird habitats.
  • Enhanc­ing instream aquat­ic habi­tat com­plex­i­ty by adding large wood struc­tures and recon­nect­ing the stream with its his­toric floodplain.
  • Restor­ing the eco­log­i­cal func­tions of the riparian/ flood­plain cor­ri­dors through strate­gic veg­e­ta­tive management.
  • Reduc­ing for­est fuels through pre­scribed burn­ing and mechan­i­cal treatments.
  • After the wild­fires in 2020, the NSWC pro­vid­ed landown­ers with weed-free straw, wad­dles, native grass seed, trees, & shrubs to restore the burned ripar­i­an and upland habi­tats through­out the San­ti­am Canyon.
  • In ear­ly spring 2022, with native plant mate­r­i­al pro­vid­ed by the Bon­neville Envi­ron­men­tal Foun­da­tion (BEF) through its Arbor Day Foun­da­tion Grant, the NSWC and its part­ners dis­trib­uted over 31,000 native trees and shrubs to over 180 landown­ers impact­ed by the Beachie Creek & Lion­shead wildfires.
  • Through­out 2021–2022, we worked to con­duct site vis­its to help devel­op restora­tion plans and to pro­vide post-fire infor­ma­tion to impact­ed landown­ers. More­over, the NSWC helps landown­ers to iden­ti­fy fund­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to make on-the-ground restora­tion projects a reality.

Pri­ma­ry Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Iden­ti­fies, devel­ops, and main­tains authen­tic rela­tion­ships with our com­mu­ni­ty, part­ners, and funders.
  • With sup­port from the Coun­cil Board and staff, the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor over­sees and par­tic­i­pates in fundrais­ing, pur­su­ing spon­sor­ships, cul­ti­vat­ing donor rela­tions, fee-for-ser­vice oppor­tu­ni­ties, and grant writing.
  • Man­ages com­plex bud­gets and ensures grant and con­tract require­ments are met.
  • Works with staff and Coun­cil Board on strate­gic and pro­gram­mat­ic plans, eval­u­ates progress, man­ages day-to-day oper­a­tions, and fos­ters a pos­i­tive work environment.
  • Super­vis­es and eval­u­ates a pro­fes­sion­al and ded­i­cat­ed staff, ensur­ing appro­pri­ate allo­ca­tion of staff time and coor­di­na­tion across programs.
  • The ED reports to the Coun­cil Board through the Board Pres­i­dent and Exec­u­tive Committee.


  • Degree in nat­ur­al resources/sciences (e.g., water resources, envi­ron­men­tal sci­ence, fish­eries, forestry, plan­ning, agri­cul­tur­al busi­ness, or oth­er relat­ed dis­ci­plines) is ben­e­fi­cial but not required.
  • Expe­ri­ence with non-prof­it fundrais­ing, direct solic­i­ta­tion, and foun­da­tion, Fed­er­al, State, and cor­po­rate grant writing.
  • Knowl­edge of pro­grams and laws relat­ed to water­shed restora­tion in Ore­gon and a com­mit­ment to ongo­ing learning.
  • Abil­i­ty to devel­op and track orga­ni­za­tion­al bud­gets and work plans.
  • Meet­ing facil­i­ta­tion and con­flict res­o­lu­tion skills.
  • Will­ing­ness to have a flex­i­ble work schedule.
  • Posi­tion requires sit­ting, typ­ing, stand­ing, walk­ing, & car­ry­ing up to 40 pounds. Field­work may require capa­bil­i­ties for sur­vey­ing restora­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties while walking/hiking on land with uneven terrain.
  • Valid Ore­gon driver’s license and reli­able per­son­al trans­porta­tion (work-relat­ed trav­el reimbursed).

Key Attrib­ut­es of a Suc­cess­ful Candidate: 

  • Pas­sion to lead a non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion in water­shed restora­tion, com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment, and education.
  • Abil­i­ty to plan and exe­cute both short and long-term timelines.
  • Builds part­ner­ships and authen­tic rela­tion­ships with diverse com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, par­tic­u­lar­ly those who are tra­di­tion­al­ly underserved.
  • The ide­al can­di­date will be com­mit­ted to advanc­ing the Council’s goals of Diver­si­ty, Equi­ty, and Inclu­sion by build­ing trust­ing rela­tion­ships and rep­re­sent­ing the NSWC with integrity.
  • Inter­per­son­al skills, includ­ing a per­son­al com­mit­ment and demon­strat­ed abil­i­ty to work with peo­ple from diverse back­grounds and with diverse per­spec­tives in an equi­table and inclu­sive fashion.
  • Under­stand­ing the social, eco­log­i­cal, and eco­nom­ic con­di­tions of the NSWC.

To Apply

Please sub­mit a cov­er let­ter, resume, and three ref­er­ences via email to In your cov­er let­ter, please describe lived and pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence in water­shed con­ser­va­tion, and non­prof­it man­age­ment. All emails — both appli­ca­tion sub­mit­tals and ques­tions regard­ing the posi­tion — should have: “Exec­u­tive Direc­tor — appli­cant last name” in the sub­ject line. Incom­plete appli­ca­tions will not be accepted.

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