The mission of Michigan Audubon is to connect birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research efforts in the state of Michigan. Organized in 1904 and formally incorporated in 1905, MA is the state’s oldest conservation organization. We conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. The foundation of our success is our connection with over 3,000 members, individual donors, businesses, and supporters; 32 active chapters; and 18 sanctuaries.
A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY
The President & CEO of Michigan Audubon has a unique opportunity to touch the lives of many individuals, communities, the environment and the magnificent diversity of birds and natural reserves across our state. Social impact, collective impact, and environmental impact happens every day. This critical organization is well connected to ecological, political, economic, and social movement across the country and our world. This is a position to craft vision, bring people together, and facilitate investment and innovation to advance our mission.
The strong, geographically diverse, and very committed Board of Directors is seeking an interim President & CEO to support the transition, capacity building, and daily operations of the organization. The interim leader is eligible to become a candidate for the permanent position which is expected to be fulfilled within the next 6 – 12 months. The interim and future leaders will work with a strong network of members and partners; build, develop, and manage a talented & diverse team; foster and facilitate a friendly cultural climate; and maintain a healthy work / life balance for all.
This position is responsible for the overall leadership, strategy, and stewardship of the organization. We are seeking a socially conscious and passionate executive who is financially astute and able to inspire commitment and facilitate advancement of the mission, goals, and objectives of MA.
The ideal candidate will:
- Be available to start as soon as possible – ideally by April 15, 2022.
- Be a person of high integrity and character who is able to embrace and lead change.
- Have a vision for and understand how to strengthen MA’s position, expand membership, and enhance the organization’s financial sustainability and impact reporting.
- Demonstrate ability to work with a Board of Directors during organizational transition and organizational infrastructure development.
- Have knowledge of (or at least strong interest and commitment to) MA’s mission and work.
- Possess a combination of vision, strategic, and operational management abilities. Has knowledge and experience in all aspects relevant to running a nonprofit financial institution including accounting, budgeting, policies and practices, strategic planning, investments, lending, advisory service delivery, human resources, marketing, regulatory requirements and risk management.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skill in developing and maintaining strong relationships throughout MA’s service area with current and potential stakeholders including community and political leaders, funders, conservation / environmental organizations, community and economic development organizations, government, and other civic institutions.
- Be a people person skilled at selecting, managing, coaching, motivating, and developing staff. Able to provide clear direction, goals, appropriate support and collaborative strategies.
- Be knowledgeable of and astute concerning community and cultural dynamics; diversity, equity & inclusion; social justice; and supporting underserved populations.
- Have 7+ years of leadership experience including managing a million-dollar budget.
- A bachelor’s degree is mandatory. A master’s degree is preferred.
- Strong relationship development and management skills.
- Able to manage an organization headquartered in Lansing, Michigan and connect with staff, chapters, and members across the state.
- Prior experience with nonprofits at the board or executive management level.
- Flexibility to travel across the Great Lakes region and beyond at least 20% of the time.
This is a full-time position. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include: health, vision, and dental insurance; flexible spending account with employer contribution; 403(b) with employer contribution; paid time off for certain holidays, sick days and vacation days; flexible hours.
Please submit your resume and a cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org.