Society for the Protection of NH Forests
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President leads the strategy and management of the Forest Society and is the most high-profile public representative of the organization. The President has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the strategic objectives of the organization are effectively achieved. The President is charged with guiding the overall success of the organization at all levels. Key responsibilities include:
• Ensuring the mission and core values of the Forest Society are put into practice
• Overseeing implementation of overall organizational strategy and direction
• Fostering a high-energy, goal driven, team-oriented, accountable organization
• Managing, inspiring, mentoring, evaluating, and hiring staff
• Providing strategic leadership and vision related to organizational goals
• Cultivating relationships with community leaders, major donors, and foundations
• Ensuring sound fiscal and budget practices
• Acting as the chief spokesperson and external face of the Forest Society
The Forest Society seeks an accomplished leader who demonstrates a keen understanding of, and passion for, the organization’s unique mission. The person must be ready to join with the Board to lead the Forest Society in pursuing new strategic goals in land protection, advocacy/policy, education and stewardship through a proven ability in strategic leadership, fundraising, program management and oversight, collaborative ventures, and constituency building. A creative thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit is highly desired.
The ideal candidate will have a background that includes a high-level of strategic conservation/environmental leadership and management combined with an extraordinary understanding of relationship-driven philanthropy, partnership and constituent management. Proven success in raising significant resources from individuals, foundations, corporations, and public entities on behalf of mission and organization is desirable.
The successful candidate will exhibit exceptional interpersonal skills to effectively interact with Board, staff, environmental advocates and policy leaders, governmental officials, donors and other key stakeholders. The President must be able to articulate the mission of the Forest Society to a variety of constituents and maintain effective and efficient external communication. This individual must be confident, thoughtful, and have the appropriate skills and presence to work in an effective, collegial and collaborative manner across the state and region.
The ideal candidate will be a strong and effective leader; a strong listener with an inclusive, team-oriented management style that inspires, empowers, motivates, and develops staff. The candidate will also have a keen ability to establish and maintain a productive and positive organizational culture with all stakeholders (i.e. staff, board, donors, members and partners). A genuine and authentic connection to nature and the outdoors is required.
Candidates with executive level achievement in the fields of conservation, environmental education, advocacy, policy, law and/or related fields are encouraged to apply. Non-profit management experience is desired but not required.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; a Master’s degree is desired.
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