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Executive Director Job Listing

Summary of the Position Duties and Responsibilities: Reporting to the President and Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for New Mexico Wildlife Federation’s staff, programs, and mission. The Executive Director must possess deep knowledge of the field, core programs, operations, and business plan.

⦁ The Executive Director’s work station will be in the NMWF headquarters in Albuquerque, NM, and is the location from which he or she will be responsible for the organization’s operations and supervise employees as further described below.

Working Conditions:
⦁ The position will require the Executive Director to work in a variety of conditions, including attending meetings in indoor and outdoor locations, as well as occasionally working nights and weekends
⦁ The position requires occasional overnight travel, and occasional multi-night trips in and out of the state on behalf of NMWF, including leading and participating in hunting and fishing activities.

Leadership and Management:
⦁ Responsible for leading NMWF in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors in collaboration with management and staff.
⦁ Ensure ongoing statewide programmatic excellence, ethical behavior of staff and board, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finances and administration, fund raising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals
⦁ Actively engage and energize NMWF’s members, Board of Directors, partner organizations, and funders
⦁ Educate and support the Board of Directors; serve ex-officio on all committees; seek and build involvement with strategic direction for ongoing statewide operations; promote board accomplishments and productivity
⦁ Lead, coach, and develop NMWF’s senior management team
⦁ Ensure effective systems to track progress and regularly evaluate program components to measure success that can be communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents

⦁ Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion of fundraising while simultaneously maintaining a positive financial position
⦁  Responsible for the fiscal integrity of NMWF, to include submission to the Board a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements that accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
⦁ Responsible for operating within the approved annual budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position

⦁ Deepen and refine all aspects of communications from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
⦁ Use external presence and relationships to gain new opportunities for NMWF
⦁ Communicate effectively with the Board and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

Planning and Business:
⦁ Design and complete the strategic planning process in collaboration with the staff and Board of Directors.
⦁ Begin to build partners in new markets, establish relationships with new funders, political, and community leaders
⦁ Be an external local and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local programs as a model for regional and national replication

⦁ Oversee effective administration of NMWF’s operations
⦁ Hire and retain competent, qualified staff
⦁ Ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations and internal policies and procedures
⦁ Delegate appropriate responsibilities and commensurate authorities to staff
⦁ Sign notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into on behalf of NMWF, as authorized by the board

Job Responsibilities:
⦁  Coordinating, planning, and operation of annual budget with all staff.
⦁  Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit.
⦁  Serving as NMWF’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
⦁  Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations throughout the state and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance NMWF’s Mission.
⦁ Track members’ concerns and opinions and represent them as appropriate
⦁  Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the Federation throughout the State.
⦁  Supervise, collaborate, and delegate with organization staff.
⦁  Lead strategic planning and implementation.
⦁  Oversee organization of Board and committee meetings.
⦁  Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
⦁  Review and approve contracts for services.
⦁ Perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Preferred Qualifications:
⦁ Has basic understanding of NMWF’s history and core policy positions, as well as basic understanding of NMWF’s partnership with the National Wildlife Federation.
⦁ Commitment to the mission, values, and aspirations of the organization.
⦁ Must have a Bachelor’s degree with strong conservation background. Advanced degree preferred.
⦁ Knowledge of federal, state, and local policy and legislative processes
⦁ Five or more years’ management and supervisory experience
⦁ Knowledge of federal and state regulatory agency practices
⦁ Demonstrated experience in advocacy on behalf of (pick up from other)
⦁ Excellent written and oral communications skills
⦁ Commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups including staff, Board of Directors, donors, program participants, and supporters
⦁ Self-starter able to work independently; decisive; personally organized or disciplined; strategic, energetic; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
⦁ Is an active hunter and/or angler, prepared to vigorously advocate for hunting, fishing and trapping, for the North American Model of Wildlife Management, and for retention and balanced management of public lands.

The Executive Director will be guided by the 2018 – 2020 Strategic Plan. Download the plan here.

Please send compelling cover letter, resume, and name with contact information for 3 references to Susan Calt at or to:
New Mexico Wildlife Federation
6100 Seagull St. NE Suite B-105
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109