Hiring Organization Information
The SVPA is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of a Pacific Northwest regional treasure, the Snoqualmie Valley. The Snoqualmie Valley is comprised of over 440,000 acres of forests, farms, and small cities, all within an hour’s drive of Seattle. As the urban centers expand rapidly, the rural counterpoint, the environmental and economic viability of the Valley are put under great pressure. Since forming in 2010, the Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance has become a steadfast, organized, reliable, and respected advocate for protection of these irreplaceable working lands. We have become a very effective force for forging productive relationships between community members, farmers, residents, tribes, and county and state officials. We have found creative solutions to shared challenges, and made significant headway on some key issues central to protecting the Valley, especially in the area of flooding, development impacts, and water rights. The SVPA has an active, passionate, and diverse board committed to serving this community and protecting this resource.
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, fundraising, and strategic direction of the organization. Reporting to the board of directors, the ED supervises staff, develops and manages budgets, designs and implements programs, and works closely with the board to further the mission of the organization. The ideal candidate will be hard-working and autonomous, performing meaningful work with little supervision. A key challenge of this unique role is to build strong working relationships with board, staff, members of the local community, supporters, tribes, agencies and professional peers. A successful SVPA executive director will possess a commitment to the SVPA’s vision and have familiarity with the challenges of farming and managing rural resource lands. This is a 0.6-0.75 full time equivalent position (24-30 hours per week).
- Board relations: Report to the board, assist board chair with meeting facilitation; recruit new board members; ensure compliance with WA State law governing nonprofit corporations.
- Strategic planning: Work collaboratively with the board to hone and implement the SVPA’s vision; facilitate major strategic planning effort every three years and annual tuning/adaptation of strategic plan.
- Supervise staff (3-4 four part-time employees): The ED is responsible for staffing needs assessment, recruiting, hiring, employee performance and salary review, succession planning, and overall leadership to support and inspire the SVPA’s most valuable asset: people.
- Financial management:
- Prepare annual budgets for board approval
- Manage budgets and budget reporting
- Work with independent professional bookkeeper for monthly reconciliation
- Ensure financial control standards are in place and followed
- Manage all grants, contracts, and vendor payments
- Prepare semi-monthly payroll
- Coordinate preparation of IRS Form 990 annual returns
- Advocacy: The ED is the primary voice of the SVPA on policy and practices that have the potential to impact the viability of Snoqualmie Valley’s working resource lands. This involves initiatives such as major land development proposals, large scale habitat projects on agricultural land, flood hazard management planning, and watershed planning.
- Outreach, with support of staff and professional service providers:
- Donor relations
- Media outreach
- Newsletters, social media
- Manage website
- Program design and management: The ED is responsible for program design and evaluation, and for providing input back into the strategic planning process.
- Project implementation: The ED may function as program manager or supervisor to program staff, depending on the project.
- Fundraising: the most important element to fundraising is being able to tell a compelling story about the benefits of SVPA’s work to the general and local public. This applies to grant-writing and fundraising events. Historically the two largest sources of revenue are grants for specific projects and the annual Taste of the Valley Farm Dinner and Auction. This event is the largest on-farm dinner in the region, and is also the Snoqualmie Valley agricultural community’s largest outreach event. With support from the board and professional event staff, the ED serves as executive producer of this very unique and important event.
- Financial planning: steward the organization’s long-term solvency, in collaboration with the board.
- Commitment to SVPA’s mission
- Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and engage with a diverse group of stakeholders, constituents, and supporters
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Experience with fundraising, grant-writing and/or donor relations
- Professional or personal experience in matters impacting agriculture, rural lands management, or local environmental and natural resources
- Availability to attend several evening meetings per month
- Valid Washington State Driver License
- Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in a field of study relevant to job duties
- Experience in nonprofit management, including fundraising and donor relations
- Five or more years of experience supervising employees
- Experience serving on or staffing boards or commissions in a nonprofit or governmental capacity
- Experience in management of rural resource lands and/or farmland preservation
- Knowledge of regulations and policies applicable to floodplain and/or agricultural properties
- Experience working with rural/agricultural communities
- Grant-writing experience