The Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) seeks a dynamic and energetic leader to serve in its most visible staff position as administrator. This individual manages the day-to-day administrative and business needs of the society, manages administrative staff and volunteers, and takes leadership roles in managing the organization’s financial resources and corporate knowledge. He/she will be supported by a small administrative staff and work closely with an engaged and committed board of directors to ensure proper business practices are being implemented to meet the organization's mission to promote the appreciation and conservation of Washington’s native plants and their habitat through study, education, and advocacy. This individual will be an important member of the local, regional, and state environmental community.
This is a 30 hours per week position with a salary range of $38,000 to $44,000/year.
Currently based in Seattle, Washington, WNPS is the state’s leading advocate for promoting appreciation and conservation of Washington’s native plants and their habitats—and the associated services and benefits they provide. WNPS operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and was founded in 1976 by a small group of citizens of Washington concerned about the increasing threats to the state’s flora. WNPS maintains a paid membership of approximately 1,400 members in 12 chapters throughout the state. We implement our mission through publications and internet resources and by conducting and funding education, training, and community outreach programs; funding botanical research; and advocating for land use and conservation practices that protect biodiversity. WNPS is managed by a volunteer board of directors.
Education and experience requirements are listed below along with other attributes required to qualify for this job. The successful applicant will also be expected to perform those tasks listed in the administrator job description, which can be found at http://wnps.org/jobs/JobDescription.html.
1. EDUCATION: Hold a minimum of a BA/BS degree, ideally in business administration or natural resources.
2. EXPERIENCE: At least 5 years of relevant professional experience with a proven, strong track record in financial oversight and budget management, staff management, and the capacity to lead a small office with diverse work plans and competing needs. Experience in a non-profit, environmental organization is preferred.
3. LANGUAGE SKILLS: Excellent writing, editing, and verbal presentation skills, including comfort in public speaking and generally interacting with the public, a board of directors, and other stakeholders. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, financial reports, legal documents, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; efficiently and effectively respond to questions or requests from membership, staff, and the general public.
4. REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; exhibit independent judgment in the development, implementation, and evaluation of plans, procedures, and policies.
5. OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
a) Knowledge of the principles and techniques of organizational management, fundraising and successful grant award solicitation and implementation, contract negotiation and administration, community organization, and the principles/practices of marketing and public relations.
b) Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate activities independently; work with commercial vendors, government agencies, community groups, and other organizations as necessary.
c) Experience in working with a volunteer board of directors.
d) Appreciation of the need and passion for conserving Washington’s natural resources, and an understanding of, and commitment toward, the WNPS mission.
TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION:
a) Electronic applications are required and only complete applications will be considered.
b) To apply, submit cover letter, resume, and three references by November 30, 2013.
c) Further details are here.
Nominations, applications, confidential inquiries, and questions regarding the search should be sent to:
Jane Wentworth, Search Committee Chair