Need a new job? You can always work on a volcano!

The Mt. St. Helens Institute is conducting a
search for a new executive director!!
(cool, right?)

The job description is shown below:


Job Title:     Executive Director
Hours:          Full time, salaried, exempt position
Salary:         Commensurate with experience
Benefits:       Medical, vacation sick leave, IRA, holidays per MSHI policies

Overview of Position:

To lead the Mount St. Helens Institute in connecting people to stewardship, science and appreciation of volcanic landscapes.


1.      Board Administration: Support operations and administration of the Board by advising and informing Board members, interfacing between Board and staff and supporting Board’s evaluation of Executive Director.
2.      Fundraising: Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, overseeing, writing and submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation.
3.      Program, Product and Service Delivery: Oversees design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs, products and services.
4.      Financial, Tax, Risk, and Facilities Management: Creates and recommends annual budget for Board approval and prudently manages organization’s resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations. Manages payroll and staff benefits.
5.      Human Resources: Effectively manage the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations. Manages staff, assigns duties and supervises.
6.      Community and Public Relations: Assures the organization and its mission, programs, products, and services are regularly and consistently presented in strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.  Support MSHI outreach efforts through collaboration with other organizations, schools and non-profits.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors

Required Qualifications:

  1. 2 years experience in non-profit management, preferably as a program or volunteer director or executive director, or significant experience in related field
  2. Experience in providing programs, ensuring quality and depth, and supporting staff in program development and implementation
  3. Strong management and supervisory skills
  4. Strong, proven fundraising experience, including donor management
  5. Demonstrates leadership ability in strategic planning and board management and staff direction
  6. Excellent oral and written communication skills, and administrative capabilities
  7. Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s preferred

Applicants should apply no later than February 17, 2012.  Please send cover letter and resume to:  Mount St Helens Institute Executive Director Search

About the Institute:

Founded in 1996 by a handful of individuals passionate about Mount St. Helens, the Mount St. Helens Institute is a 501(c) (3) private, nonprofit organization devoted to helping people understand and protect the volcano. We aim to enrich people’s experiences at Mount St. Helens through our field seminars, guided climbs, lecture series, work parties, and outings. Supported by generous businesses and individuals across the country, we want to share our enthusiasm for the Pacific Northwest’s youngest and most active volcano. We believe that this special landscape deserves support through education, research and stewardship.


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