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Associate Director

Department: Office
Supervisor: Executive Director
Classification: Exempt
Terms: Full Time, Long Term
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Guide, express, and share the mission and direction of Earthfire. Set an example by maintaining the highest professional ethics and include compassion in all decisions. Spearhead the further development of Earthfire Institute’s pioneering role in Reconnection Ecology® encompassing conservation, wildlife advocacy, wellness and spirituality. Prepare to step into the role of Executive Director.

S/he/they will focus on these target areas:

  • Guide, express, and share the mission of Earthfire
  • Strategic planning, oversight, and execution
  • Board development
  • Fundraising and outreach
  • Inspiring and directing staff
  • Supervision of animal issues

Responsibilities Alongside Executive Director

Guide and express the mission of Earthfire

  • Hold true to the mission resisting external pressures.
  • Provides overall leadership for strategy, programming, policies, organizational development, implementation, and
  • sanctuary land protection – aligned with the mission.
  • Be an example to others for compassionate and ethical behavior
  • Express the mission through storytelling, writings, workshops and presentations, and by including animals’ voices in all
  • of Earthfire’s core areas of focus
  • Be a thought leader and a storyteller.

Program Planning and Oversight

  • Provide leadership in program planning
  • Create and administer programs that reflect the overall mission of Earthfire Institute and that capitalize on new and existing resources such as historical library of animal photography and video, Dr. Eirich’s writings and unpublished work, yurt retreats, website.
  • Create and manage a retreat calendar which encompasses the 5 key fields of environmental advocacy: education, the arts, spirituality and wellness, and sustainable business.
  • Board development based on best practices for selection and effectiveness
  • Schedule and facilitate periodic and annual Board of Director meetings.
  • Promote Board of Directors’ engagement in critical thinking, strategic planning, resource/financial development, donor development and overall organizational wellness.

Fundraising and Outreach

  • Manage, understand and solicit major funding sources, donor prospects, and become familiar with new funding streams. Write grants and secure funding for existing staff, animal care and new projects. Maintain communication with major donors and cultivate new relationships to secure ongoing funding.
  • Fund development, including knowledge of and proven success in attracting foundation grants
  • Attend conferences and create public speaking engagements nationally and internationally that further the mission of the organization.
  • Oversee organization’s financial health and the administration of organizational funds.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to create an annual budget and major project funding.
  • Oversee and revise operational and financial guidelines to ensure proper record keeping and filing of state, federal tax returns. Ultimately responsible for making sure these tasks have been completed.

Inspiring and Directing Staff

  • Recruit, manage, inspire, motivate and empower a strong staff team
  • Promote an organizational culture that fosters passion for the mission, cooperation, open and frequent communication, and a common organizational vision.
  • Create an atmosphere that encourages intellectual stimulation, spiritual and personal growth, and thinking with discipline and clarity.

Supervision of Animal Issues

  • Ultimately responsible for animal care, ensure the maintenance of veterinary log and medical notes for all Earthfire animals.
  • Care for sick animals when necessary.
  • Create and/or update an animal acquisition protocol and life management plan for residents of Earthfire Institute, along with the Animal Handler, caretakers, and veterinarians.
  • Cultivates veterinary relationships and researches medical alternatives for animal care, including holistic alternatives.

Requirements and Personal Qualifications

  • Significant and proven natural leadership skills developed through a minimum of 3-5 years in senior management positions.
  • Organizational development expertise including strategic thinking and expansion planning.
  • Thorough understanding of nonprofit operations and minimum of 5 years experience working with boards of directors and volunteers.
  • Trustworthy and diplomatic with a focused, calm, yet high energy level.
  • Skilled in designing and delivering public presentations.
  • Ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, to encourage teamwork and collaboration; strong interpersonal skills that include the ability to inspire and motivate.
  • Inspirational storyteller.
  • Imaginative, open-minded, inspiring, non-traditional, creative thinker
  • Must be well-versed in environmental issues and well-read, though a specific degree is not required.

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