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Executive Director

Company: Alaska Marine Conservation Council
Date Posted: July 8, 2017

Background on the Organization:

Formed in 1994, AMCC is dedicated to advancing an approach to conservation that recognizes that healthy ecosystems are the foundation of strong local economies and lasting cultural traditions in coastal Alaska. AMCC focuses on key fishery conservation challenges in Alaska like bycatch and ocean acidification, but also the intertwined socio-economic challenges related to sustaining low-impact fishing businesses in coastal Alaska through policy advocacy, research, and applied solutions. Underlying all of our work is education and outreach to catalyze the ability of fishermen and coastal residents to be strong stewards of the resources that they depend on. In the last six years, we have added a focus on market and seafood supply chain innovations. This includes an award-winning community supported fishery that also functions as a social enterprise.

AMCC’s approach utilizes effective collaboration with diverse interests, including commercial, sports and subsistence fishing interests, community and Alaska Native partners, as well as other conservation groups. In all of our program areas, our partners bring added capacity, needed expertise, and in the case of many community partners, an effective political voice.

AMCC’s Board and staff work together closely and are guided by effective strategic and annual planning and budgeting. The organization has seven talented and experienced staff that work from a main office in Anchorage as well as from field locations in Kodiak, Homer, and Seward. AMCC’s Board of Directors  represent various regions of the state and possess a wide array of fisheries and organizational experience, and include several active fishermen.

Position Overview:

The ED is the chief executive officer of AMCC with responsibility for directing the critical functions of the organization: fundraising, operations, financial management, impact evaluation, staff development, partnership cultivation, strategic communications, and programmatic innovation. The ED is hired by and reports to the Board of Directors and has a clear commitment to AMCC’s mission and guiding principles.

The Executive Director will be expected to:

  • Provide organizational and staff leadership and engage key stakeholders and partners in undertaking AMCC’s mission.
  • Develop and implement a robust revenue generation strategy that diversifies income, strengthens organizational resilience, and increases programmatic delivery capacity.
  • Lead AMCC’s fundraising efforts, with a focus on expanding individual donor giving and business support, while maintaining and expanding foundation and government funding.
  • Oversee the growth of AMCC’s social enterprise as a mechanism for generating positive programmatic, community, and financial impact.
  • Ensure that AMCC is well-managed and staffed for the appropriate mix of skills and talents necessary for its mission, with a highly collaborative culture that connects and nurtures staff across four coastal communities.
  • Ensure sound and responsible fiscal management of the organization’s resources and operations across organization systems and functions.
  • Work closely in a partnership with and support the Board of Directors to enhance Board engagement around the principles of good governance, organizational stewardship, and financial sustainability.
  • Lead creative and adaptive program growth.
  • Implement effective systems for monitoring and measuring organizational impact.
  • Continue AMCC’s development of strong relationships with communities throughout Alaska.

Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will have the following skills and attributes:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree; and more than 5 years of relevant work experience.
  • Ability to manage a professional and experienced staff team.
  • Commitment to the principles, mission and vision of AMCC.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in fundraising, including individual giving and grants.
  • Demonstrated experience in nonprofit financial management, strategic initiative development, and impact assessment.
  • Ability to determine meaningful and achievable goals and meet them.
  • High level of energy, motivation and dedication.
  • Extremely well organized and detail-oriented and able to successfully and efficiently manage a significant workload.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of fisheries and marine conservation policy and the dynamics of Alaska’s fisheries and coastal communities desired.
  • Ability to travel frequently inside and outside of Alaska.

Compensation Package: The salary for this exempt full-time position is dependent on experience. Compensation includes a benefits package with generous vacation leave, flex holidays, retirement match, dental coverage, and individual medical coverage. AMCC is an organization that seeks to nurture a healthy work-life balance.

Location and Start Date: This position is based out of AMCC’s main office in Anchorage. The target start date is mid-September, with flexibility for the right candidate for a later start date.

To Apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter no longer than 2 pages describing interest and qualifications for the position, a resume with three professional references, and two writing samples, one that is at least 750 words in length. The letter should highlight fundraising results in past positions, leadership experience, any fisheries knowledge, and available start date.

Applications should be sent to: director@akmarine.org by July 31, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as received and interviews scheduled. No telephone inquiries please.