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Executive Director

Employer
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center
Location
Washington, United States
Salary
$130,000.00 - $150,000.00
Closing date
Feb 17, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Grant Seeking, Membership, Programs, Other Programs, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Accounting and Finance, Human Resources
Fields
Education, Environment, Other Fields, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Position
The Executive Director (ED) will report to an engaged Board of Directors and will be supported by an equally passionate team of subject-matter experts. The chosen candidate will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, partnerships, fundraising and the fulfillment of the organization’s mission through each of its business branches. The ED is the chief executive and decision maker for Oxbow Center and responsible for implementing the shared vision.

The Organization
Founded as a nonprofit organization in 2009, Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center (Oxbow Center) is comprised of upland forest and working agricultural and forested riparian lands in the lowlands on 240 acres bordering the Snoqualmie River in western Washington.

Oxbow Center uses this mixed landscape to:
Produce food. Cultivation of twelve (12) acres of certified organic mixed vegetable crops, herbs, and flowers using agro-ecological principles and engaging in research to inform conservation agriculture practices. Oxbow Center grows food for local grocery stores, restaurants, hunger relief agencies, a CSA program, and an on-site Farm Stand.


Grow native plants. Operation of a native plant nursery that uses sustainable growing methods to produce plants for habitat restoration projects and urban landscapes. Oxbow Center shares knowledge to encourage increased production and use of native plants in the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.


Connect children to nature. Offering education programs for children pre-K through high school to build environmental literacy and provide students with opportunities to learn about the links between agriculture, conservation, and the environment.


Restore and sustain habitat. Carrying out ecological restoration projects and partnering with scientists, regional planners, and other environmental organizations to learn how humans can benefit from the land while protecting biodiversity.


Cultivate community. Offering people of all ages opportunities to put their values into action as we promote climate resilience and encourage healthy food systems. We foster community through volunteer opportunities, Membership, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, workshops & tours, and special events.

The organization’s namesake “oxbow lake”—a meander of the river that is naturally cut off from its main stem—is a key feature of Oxbow Centers' diverse, ecologically-important landscape.


Oxbow Center acknowledges that we are on the Indigenous Land of Coast Salish peoples who have reserved treaty rights to this land, specifically the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe (sdukʷalbixʷ). We thank these caretakers of this land who have lived, and continue to live, here since time immemorial.

Mission
Oxbow Center's mission is to inspire people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food and to steward our natural resources for future generations.

Leadership Abilities
Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer experience, and direct and transferable skills. Oxbow Center is seeking candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills in some, or all, of the following areas:

  • Experience serving as an Executive Director, Deputy Director, COO, CAO, CFO, or similar role(s), or as a senior staff member of an organization, division, or department of comparable size.
  • Broad understanding of all aspects of running a business or non-profit organization (finances, operations, information technology, human resources, and fundraising.)
  • Exposure to nonprofit services, farming, educational programs for children, or land stewardship – which may come from board, volunteer, or staff service – is preferred.
  • High emotional and social intelligence coupled with the ability to build and cultivate internal and external relationships to increase organizational capacity, capabilities, reach, and positive impact.

Total Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary range for this position is $130,000 – 150,000

Oxbow Center is committed to supporting all employees through competitive salary and benefits, a commitment to equity and inclusion, and training and professional development opportunities.

The comprehensive benefits package includes:

  • Medical and dental benefits
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Paid holidays
  • Generous paid time off policy for personal and sick leave
  • Dependent medical and dental benefits offered at employee cost

To Be Considered

The position is open until filled, with a priority deadline of March 4, 2022.

Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews will begin by February. Please submit a resume and a two-page (or less) cover letter addressed to the Board Chair, Judi Beck at:

https://valtasgroup.hire.trakstar.com/jobs/fk0s8du/

Please upload the resume and cover letter as a single, combined WORD or PDF document.

You may direct questions to Ed Rogan at ed@valtasgroup.com or 206.697.8428 or Emily Lee at emily@valtasgroup.com or 206.409.2215.

Oxbow Center's Commitment to Diversity and Equity

Oxbow Center is committed to cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusion. We value the individual differences, life experiences, and knowledge that our staff members bring to their work and their communities. Valuing diversity is a significant part of our culture, our values, and the success of Oxbow’s mission.

Oxbow Center provides equal employment opportunities to all staff members and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Oxbow Center is committed to fostering a racially diverse team. People of color are encouraged to apply.

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