Foundation begins search for executive director

After more than 15 years as a totally volunteer organization, the Lake Wentworth Foundation is moving to add a part-time executive director to provide day-to-day support for the group’s numerous local initiatives.

The executive director will be expected to provide leadership, planning, and management of activities carrying out the Foundation’s mission. This involves a hands-on approach to the management of finances, program development and implementation, resource development, delivery of member services, oversight of communications, and board development.

The executive director will assume a leadership role in developing partnerships with the business community, government officials, other nonprofits, and supporters. He or she will work with the Board of Trustees and board committees to establish the Foundation’s vision, policies, strategic focus, priorities, and the general scope of programs that the Foundation will deliver.

The executive director position will involve working in Wolfeboro for an average of 24 hours per week (more hours in the summer, fewer in winter). Among the responsibilities of the role are:

  • Developing, with the Board of Trustees, a yearly work plan to carry forward the strategic plans of the Foundation
  • Overseeing the implementation of follow-up grants and projects related to the 2012 Lake Wentworth/Crescent Lake Watershed Management Plan
  • Seeking partnering opportunities with the Lake Wentworth Association, municipal and state officials and agencies, as well as non-governmental groups and organizations to support the mission of the Foundation
  • Developing with a executive committee an annual budget and fundraising plan for submission to the Board of Trustees
  • Identifying and pursuing appropriate grant opportunities and producing required reports to funding sources

The following skills and experience are highly valued but not required of candidates:

  • A bachelor’s degree in environmental science, water resources, environmental education, nonprofit management, public policy, or a related field
  • Experience with budgeting and/or financial management
  • Experience with fundraising/grant writing
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Three years or more of professional experience in a nonprofit setting, preferably one with an environmental mission
  • Experience working with a board of directors
  • Familiarity with environmental issues in the state of New Hampshire
  • Solid computer skills

The Foundation is offering a combined salary and compensation package in the range of $25,000 to $30,000.

The executive director will report to an executive committee of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Applications will be accepted until January 15; the expected start date for the position is April 1, 2014.

A complete job description can be downloaded from here.

Candidates can e-mail a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to LWFJOB@lakewentworthfoundation.org, or they can send a printed resume to: Lake Wentworth Foundation, Box 2235, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up of residents and landowners in the Lake Wentworth/Crescent Lake watershed as well as others who want to encourage the protection and preservation of the area’s vital natural resources. The group is committed to a watershed where stewardship of clear lakes and streams combines with wise land uses to sustain the quality of life and economic vitality of the entire community.

The Lake Wentworth Foundation supports environmental initiatives such as the partnership with the Town of Wolfeboro and NH Department of Environmental Services in the ongoing development and implementation of a watershed-wide management plan for Lake Wentworth, Crescent Lake, and their tributaries. The organization also provides funding for the University of New Hampshire’s Lakes Lay Monitoring Program, which charts water quality in the watershed’s lakes and streams, as well as ongoing milfoil control.

Presently the Foundation owns and manages almost a dozen environmentally sensitive parcels totaling more than 175 acres of land in the Wentworth/Crescent watershed.

That watershed comprises:

  • More than 37 square miles of area, encompassing most of the town of Wolfeboro
  • 4000+ acres of surface waters
  • 617 acres of wetlands
  • 11 year-round tributary streams, each comprising its own sub-watershed

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