The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center (BRWC) seeks an Executive Director who will: manage the organization: oversee rescue, rehabilitation and education programs; secure funding; and report to the Board of Directors. This is a full time position located near the scenic Shenandoah River in Clarke County, Virginia. The organization is currently experiencing significant growth.
The BRWC’s mission is to assist the public with wildlife emergencies and concerns, rescue and rehabilitate injured, orphaned, and sick native wildlife, then release them back into the wild; study the impact of wildlife disease and environmental toxins; and provide public education about wildlife and environmental issues.
The Executive Director is responsible for establishing and executing major goals and objectives for the organization. The ED implements policies established by the Board of Directors, provides leadership, direction and evaluation of the organization’s activities, and directs the day-to-day operations. The ED is responsible for the BRWC’s financial management, all programs, public relations and personnel management and serves as a liaison with other organizations. He/she represents the organization to regulatory bodies, other agencies, community and civic organizations, donors, funders, supporters and the general public. The duties may be delegated to appropriate members of the staff, but the Executive Director will retain accountability for their accomplishment.
The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is a 501(c)3 charity that assists native wildlife of Virginia, West Virginia (education) and Maryland through a wildlife hotline, the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and sick native wild animals, wildlife advocacy and education of the public about the importance of preserving wildlife and wildlife habitat.
—Education: A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred.
—Experience: Managerial experience, preferably with a nonprofit in the wildlife or conservation field.
• Ability to secure funding from donors, foundations and corporations, including proposal development, research, and adherence to deadlines. Demonstrated skills in staffing and effectively managing an organization.
• Effective marketing and promotional skills.
• Superior verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to articulate the BRWC’s mission and needs to a variety of audiences.
• Ability to work with a variety of computer media.
• Ability to plan organization-wide activities, including setting objectives, developing strategies, budgeting, developing policies and procedures, and organizing the functions necessary to accomplish the activities.
• Experience with event planning, securing sponsorships, soliciting donations and working with volunteers.
• Financial and accounting skills including experience developing revenue and expense projections and successfully administering budgets.
• A strong work ethic, a good team player and a commitment to the mission, values, goals and success of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.