Executive Director

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Executive Director

Postby bwca » Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:15 pm

TITLE: Executive Director CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

REPORTS TO: Board of Directors LOCATION: Minneapolis


The Executive Director provides overall leadership for and management of Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to "protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem.? Founded in 1976 in response to proposed federal legislation that would have removed the wilderness designation from the BWCAW, the Friends is a membership organization whose primary goal is to attain full wilderness protection for the BWCAW through public advocacy, legislative action, and education and outreach activities that advance wilderness preservation.

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is one of four key parcels of the international Quetico-Superior Ecosystem that also includes Voyageurs National Park to the west of the BWCAW and Ontario?s Quetico Provincial Park and LaVerendrye Provincial Park to the north. This international ecosystem stretches 115 miles along the Minnesota-Ontario border and covers over 2,500,000 acres?an area that is larger than Yellowstone National Park. It a wilderness treasure of immense biological, recreational, and intrinsic value to both the United States and Canada.

The Friends? mission will be achieved by ensuring that policy, outreach, communications, development and finance functions operate in support of the following four critical issues:

1. Attain full wilderness protection for the BWCAW?s 1,098,057 acres.

2. Attain full wilderness protection for 90,000 acres of roadless areas in the Superior National Forest.

3. Develop support in northeastern Minnesota for the mission of the Friends.

4. Ensure sufficient financial and human resources to address issues 1?3.


The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for carrying out the Friends? mission by ensuring the development, implementation and monitoring of goals, policy and strategic initiatives and by developing sufficient human and financial resources for organizational growth and stability. The Executive Director is the public face of the Friends and will represent it before various audiences, including colleagues, stakeholder groups, policy makers, members, donors, and the media.

The ideal candidate is a conservation leader who will bring a record of experience and success leading a nonprofit organization, including cultivating and maintaining partnerships with affiliated organizations and individuals; leading grassroots advocacy efforts and policy development; resource development; strategic planning; financial management; volunteer development; and working with a board. B.A. or equivalent education and director level experience required.


? Reports to the Board of Directors.

? Hires and supervises four staff members and student interns.

? Works closely with the Board and staff on the development and implementation of annual and strategic plans.

? Establishes and maintains relationships with benefactors and donors.

? Serves as a strong and vocal advocate for wilderness through statewide outreach and grassroots advocacy efforts.

? Represents the organization in the community.

? Establishes and maintains relationships with local, regional and national land managers and elected officials and their staff members.

? Works closely with recognized legal, public policy and scientific experts to develop policy positions and strategies.


? Stature in a relevant field with a positive and effective public presence.

? Proven success in executive position with extensive administrative experience, including planning, budgeting, and resource management.

? Experience in leading advocacy efforts and policy development.

? Excellent interpersonal skills.

? Ability to listen well and motivate others to action.

? A team builder and a team player.

? Superior oral and written communications skills.

? Demonstrated experience and ability in fundraising.

? Minimum B.S. or B.A. degree.

? Affinity for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.


Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by March 2, 2007 to: Pamela Johnson, Cincinnatus Inc., Riverplace Suite 210, 43 Main St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, or to employment@cincinnatus.com. For more information about the position and the Friends organization, please visit http://www.friends-bwca.org.
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Postby bwca » Thu May 10, 2007 11:28 pm

Former Star Tribune editorial writer Ron Meador has been chosen as executive director of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, a non-profit organization founded in 1976 to protect and preserve the 1-million-acre wilderness along Minnesota's northern border.

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