Oregon Association of Conservation Districts: Executive Director

Closing Date: 11/8/2017; Interviews will begin the week of 10/23/2017.

Full-time and exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The position is an at will employee of the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts.

Scope and Supervision

This position serves as the leader, manager and representative of the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts (OACD), reporting to the OACD Board. Part-time support staff currently provide financial and administrative assistance as needed.

The Association
Founded in 1948, OACD is a non-profit association representing 45 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) throughout Oregon. OACD is governed by a board of 15 directors: 6 executive officers, the President of the Oregon Conservation Education & Assistance Network (OCEAN, the SWCD employees’ association) and 8 regional representatives. Funding currently comes from SWCD member dues and grants from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB). OACD is a member of a Core Partnership funded by OWEB that provides training, outreach, and other services. Other Core Partnership members are the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils (NOWC), OCEAN, and the Coalition of Land Trusts (COLT). OACD also works with federal and state agencies and other associations with similar interests to promote conservation through rule making, legislation, and other cooperative efforts. (Refer to www.oacd.org for more detailed information, including mission, members, and partners.)

Core Responsibilities

Organizational Leadership
● Assure that the Association is compliant with applicable laws and regulations.
● Develop a rapport with individual SWCDs and Basin Teams to further the needs of OACD member districts and the conservation community.
● Lead the development, implementation, and regular updating of OACD’s strategic plan.
● Collaborate with OACD’s board to assess the Association’s strategic position, and design and implement a strategic direction.

Communication and Representation
● Provide support for meetings and functions of the board and its committees.
● Conduct effective and transparent communications with SWCDs and OACD partners, utilizing input and assistance from OACD Board, personnel and consultants.
● Provide day-to-day representation for OACD and its interests with partners, including NRCS, OWEB, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), the nonprofit community, and other relevant federal and state agencies or other entities necessary to maximize the success of OACD’s programs.
● Represent OACD’s interests and fulfill responsibilities of the OWEB-funded Core Partnership (OACD, NOWC, OCEAN and COLT). See description above.
● Develop a rapport with Oregon legislators and lobby to further the needs of OACD’s member districts and the conservation community.
● Coordinate with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) to assist in federal rule making and federal legislative efforts on behalf of OACD.

Other Program Implementation

● Organize and implement annual meeting or conference serving SWCDs
● Oversee major OACD projects, e.g. the Sage Grouse program for eastern Oregon SWCDs
● Organize or connect SWCDs with training events and other learning opportunities
● Perform additional tasks as may be identified in the strategic plan

Staff Management
● Cultivate a professional, positive work environment where all feel empowered to participate and excel, while holding themselves and others accountable.
● Provide day-to-day supervision of staff and contractors, including, but not limited to, timely job performance reviews and daily personnel management.
Fundraising and Financial Management
● Provide prudent financial management of OACD in coordination with the OACD treasurer and fiscal staff by: developing and implementing systems and protocols, developing and analyzing the budget, and acting in accordance with budgetary analysis.
● Manage grant funding and seek funds as needed from government agencies, private foundations, individual donors, and other revenue sources.


The following educational and experiential qualifications are required:
●  Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Preference for Natural Resources, Public or Business Administration, Communications or a closely related field; AND
●  Experience: Five or more years of management or program leadership experience as a manager of an SWCD or a natural-resource based non-profit or governmental entity OR two or three years of natural resources management combined with two or more years of other management experience.

Also required are:
●  Ability and willingness to travel to conferences, workshops, site visits, and training sessions away from the office. These events are usually in Oregon, sometimes overnight, and sometimes over evenings and weekends.
●  Provision of valid motor vehicle driver’s license, which must be maintained satisfactorily during employment
●  Ability to conduct and participate in field visits on agricultural land such as farms, forests, and dairies where uncertain footing is common
●  Proficiency in office-related skills, such as use of a computer and Microsoft Office software programs, copier, extensive telephone and email communications skills and willingness to learn and use video conferencing and webinar technology

The following proven skills are important to the position, and candidates will be rated on their experience and education related to the qualifications listed:
● Strong interpersonal and relationship skills, including teambuilding and establishing and maintaining harmonious and effective working relationships with staff, board members, member personnel, conservation partners, public officials, and the general public
● Strong written communication skills and demonstrated skill in public speaking and proficiency in the use of social media
● Ability to work independently in a leadership role without direct supervision
● Ability to plan, organize, define tasks and meet deadlines, providing proven ability to direct organizational efforts to accomplish objectives, programs, and projects within established time frames and budgets
● Sound fiscal management skills, defined by education and/or relevant experience
● Ability to seek grants to further OACD’s goals
● Previous responsibility in personnel management and program management
● Strong experience in team planning and implementation of training, conferences, or other events to educate members and others
● Previous conservation/natural resource leadership desirable

Compensation and Benefits

Salary and Benefits: Starting salary, dependent upon experience and qualifications: $60,000 - $70,000. Benefit package that may include scheduling flexibility and a stipend.

Performance Reviews: At six months and twelve months; compensation increases may be considered based on review and successful fundraising.

Application Process

Submit the following documents as one, merged pdf to Job@oacd.org:
● A two-page cover letter clearly outlining the specific skills and knowledge you bring to the job and why you are a good fit for this position.
● A resume detailing relevant experience, work history, education and accomplishments.
● References – at least 3 professional references with contact information.

Please do not call the OACD office. If you have questions, please address them to job@oacd.org; answers will be shared at our website for the benefit of all applicants.

OACD does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of ability, age, color, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteer and vendors, and provision of services. OACD is an AA/EEO employer.