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Job Announcement: Executive Director

Closing Date – May 15, 2017
Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (FOMR) was formed in 1999 and is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation committed to:

  • Conserving, enhancing, and restoring fish and wildlife habitat and cultural history in the Harney Basin in southeast Oregon through the support of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge staff and programs.
  • Assisting the Refuge in providing wildlife-dependent educational and recreational opportunities while enhancing public knowledge and appreciation of the Refuge mission.
  • Advocating for support of the Refuge and the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Location, Status, Requirements

Job Location:  Harney County, Oregon –Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
Status: Salaried (exempt), full-time, regular.
Requirements:  The successful candidate will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Competency in managing a non-profit organization
  • Fundraising and development
  • Building effective relationships and partnerships
  • Skills in interpretation and natural resource education
  • Development of interpretive materials
  • Recruiting and supervising volunteers
  • Communicating effectively in both written and oral formats

Position Description
Reporting:  The Executive Director reports to the President of the Board of Directors.
Responsibilities:  The Executive Director is responsible for the daily management of the organization, including fundraising, membership development, budgeting, program planning and implementation, volunteer recruitment and supervision, program oversight, office management, nature store management, and complying with the legal responsibilities of non-profits.  The Executive Director is also responsible for working in close partnership with the Board of Directors to manage the financial health and overall direction of the organization and coordinating closely with refuge staff.

I. Organizational Administration
The Executive Director will work with the Board of Directors to meet all legal, financial, and ethical obligations of the non-profit organization and all requirements pertaining to and interacting with operations on a National Wildlife Refuge.

II. Fiscal and Staff Administration
The Executive Director directs all fund raising activities, including grant writing, major donor solicitation, and special events. The Executive Director works with the Board to develop the annual budget, oversees income and expenditures, monitors budget, and compiles internal and external fiscal reports that comply with accepted standards for nonprofits. The Executive Director is responsible for all fiscal, grant and board documentation and reporting requirements, including public education through annual organizational reports and other communication tools. The Executive Director is responsible for all administrative duties including supervision of volunteers and special project contractors.

III. Development
The Executive Director is responsible for securing the funds necessary to achieve the objectives of the organization‟s Annual Work Plan and long-term Strategic Plan. Specific responsibilities include:
Articulates the organization‟s overall mission, as well as specific project needs, to existing and prospective donors; communicates with FOMR’s   individual, corporate, and foundation donors on a regular basis.

  • Maintains the organization’s member and donor database; ensures that all records are up-to-date.
  • Prepares and executes (1) annual renewal, and (2) end-of-year, fund raising appeals for the organization – plus any other (direct mail) fund raising appeals that may be required.
  •  Prepares and executes regular “e-News” updates for the organization, as well as quarterly FOMR newsletters.
  • Oversees the development of a planned giving and major gift strategy for the organization.
  • Cultivates strong relationships with existing and potential donors.
  • Identifies and secures potential sources of revenue and fund raising.

IV. Board Communication and Development
The Executive Director works with the Board to facilitate internal communication networking which supports the fiscal and program goals of the organization, including a quarterly emailed staff report to the Board and quarterly financial reports.

V. Program Administration
The Executive Director works with the Board and refuge staff to develop an annual work plan for Board approval, and implement annual program priorities. The Executive Director will evaluate program success and report at least quarterly to the Board.  
VI. Public Relations
The Executive Director represents FOMR and Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to the public. This includes making presentations to refuge visitors, leading tours, giving talks at regional meetings of wildlife organizations (e.g., Audubon chapters), working closely with the media, and overseeing the website and publications.

Desired qualities:

  • Belief in the mission of  FOMR,  the National Wildlife Refuge System and evidence of a commitment to the conservation and protection of public land resources.
  • Bachelor‟s Degree is required; Graduate Degree preferred.Proven success as a fund raiser and administrator
  • Educational and/or professional background in natural resources, preferably wildlife oriented
  • Experience in 501(c)3 nonprofit management, program development, and public relations
  • Experience in grant writing
  • Passion for wildlife conservation
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Self-directed, thoughtful, and innovative thinker
  • Experienced at building partnership and leveraging resources


  • Manages day-to-day operations and business of non-profit management, including fund-raising and development. Provides general office/administrative support related to public use programs.
  • Oversees Nature Store operations including supervising opening and closing, stocking publications, cleaning/maintaining exhibits, keeping visitation records, managing bulletin boards, information desk and general outreach, performing basic building maintenance and/or informing Visitor Services Manager of maintenance needs. 
  • Manages the FOMR volunteer program, Nature Store volunteers, and other volunteer crews working on projects.  Includes, recruiting, training, scheduling, managing day-to-day volunteer activities, tracking volunteer data and hours contributed, and nurturing the program. 
  • Maintains databases to record volunteer hours, program attendance, and other key public use data.
  • Assists Refuge Visitor Program Manager and Friends with planning and implementation of special events as assigned, including with public outreach and education activities with a focus on the Refuge’s aquatic health program and interpretive plan..Includes assisting with teacher workshops, accompanying/leading field trips, and providing feedback for program evaluation.

Work Environment & Compensation:  The Executive Director position is currently the only staff position for the organization, and is based at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, 32 miles SSE of Burns, Oregon.. The successful applicant will be expected to travel (at his/her own expense) to local meetings. Some weekend and/or evening hours will be required. Compensation will be commensurate with skills and experience.
To Apply: Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is an equal opportunity employer. Interested applicants are encouraged to review the organization’s website at for background on our organization. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and references via e-mail with the subject line “Executive Director” to not later than 5/15/2017.
We require pre-employment background checks.
No phone calls, please.

  Job Location City Burns
  Job Location State Oregon
  Job Location Zip 97721
  Job Location Country United States
  Compensation Salary From: $0.00 To: $0.00
  Job Category Fundraising and Development
  Prefered Experience 3 year(s)
  Job Type Full time
  Language 1 English ( Speak Read Write )  
  Job Posting Date Apr. 12, 2017

Organization Details

  Organization Name Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
  Organizational Focus Conservation, Wildlife and Animal Welfare
  Contact Person Gary Ivey
  Contact Phone none posted
  Contact Fax none posted
  Contact Email
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