Position Announcement – Executive Director

Application review begins November 1

Organization: Otsego County Conservation Association
Posted: October 17, 2019 Location: Cooperstown, New York

Position: Executive Director
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Website: www.occainfo.org
Application Deadline: Until filled
Employment Level: Full time

Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is a private, non-profit environmental conservation organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning, and practice. Our major pillars of practice include Education and Outreach; Research and Management; and Policy and Planning. OCCA is active on numerous fronts including solid waste reduction, composting and recycling, energy, environmental education, water quality and watershed planning, agriculture, and invasive species. Since 1968, OCCA has been involved in virtually every major environmental issue facing the county, including high volume hydro fracturing, energy planning, watershed preservation and planning, invasive species management, and solid waste, and we have accumulated a long list of accomplishments in the arena of environmental improvement, protection, and education.

OCCA’s financial documents can be seen online at https://www2.guidestar.org/profile/23-7250655

Job Description

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of OCCA and is responsible for daily and long-term management and planning for OCCA, including, but not limited to,
• matters of finance
• programs
• personnel (two full-time, one part-time employees, and contract employees)
• office management
• fund development
• public relations
• special activities

The Executive Director provides the vision and leadership to advance all aspects of the organization. The ideal candidate will have
• a passion for the mission of OCCA
• strong management and administration skills
• a commitment to and excellence in fundraising with a specific focus on grant writing
• an overarching strategic vision

The Executive Director
• Reports to OCCA’s Board of Directors
• Acts as staff liaison to the Board, the Executive Committee, and other committees of the Board
• Suggests policies and procedures to govern OCCA operations and works with OCCA staff to develop and implement them
• Is a non-voting member of committees elected or appointed by the Board
• Will keep abreast of changes in energy, public lands, and water issues affecting the Otsego County region
• Will be knowledgeable about administrative, legislative, and legal avenues to advance OCCA’s conservation and environmental campaigns
• Works with staff to devise appropriate campaign strategies and oversees their implementation for OCCA’s conservation priorities
• Provides the campaign oversight for OCCA’s varied conservation, environmental and education agendas in the Otsego County region
• Provides direct supervision of OCCA’s campaign and program staff to develop annual work plans, implement campaigns and to set measurable benchmarks for success
• Represents OCCA within the community and within coalitions and oversees OCCA’s communication strategies, including print and web-based media
• Prepares annual organizational budget and assists External Affairs Committee with annual fundraising plan
• Prepares grant proposals and pursues new funding opportunities,
• Oversees implementation of major donor program, including identifying and cultivating major donor prospects and gift donations
• Other duties as assigned


• Minimum B.A. or B.S. in an environmental field, or equivalent work experience, is required with preference given to those with non- profit/business management and/or public administration
• 2+ years experience as an Executive Director, or comparable management experience, with preference given for experience relevant to OCCA’s mission
• Proven track record of fundraising success, including foundation solicitations, major donor campaigns, and/or success in grant procurement
• Comfortable working with media, including developing strategic messaging for the organization
• Knowledge of and experience with conservation issues and geography of Otsego County, including energy development, public lands management, land use planning, wilderness and water issues
• Understanding of the cultural and economic diversity of the region
• Strong organizational skills to plan, schedule and prioritize tasks including managing time sensitive projects or grants with overlapping deadlines
• Ability to balance a complex budget through skillful use of available resources
• Excellent writing and oral skills and demonstrated success managing communications and public relations for an organization
• Experience managing staff with diverse talents and backgrounds, strong interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated capacity to involve and motivate volunteers, patrons, community leaders, and peers in shared endeavors and values

Compensation and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include health and employer matched Individual Retirement Account, holidays, and a vacation package. Application Process Please provide cover letter, resume and a list of references via e-mail to occainfo1@gmail.com with “Executive Director Job Application” in the subject line.

Application review will begin November 1 and continue until the position is filled. See www.occainfo.org for additional information.

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