Executive Director – South Yuba River Citizens League

Nevada City, California

The Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Directors for management of the entire non-profit organization including fundraising/development, human resources, strategic planning, program delivery, finance, communications, and community engagement.

The Executive Director cultivates SYRCL’s mission and vision through personal leadership and advances the mission through outstanding programmatic and advocacy efforts at the watershed, state, and sometimes national level. The Executive Director publicly represents the organization to government agencies, partners, community, and the media.

As a leader, the Executive Director strives for transparency and consensus in decision-making, and is committed to an organizational culture of inclusion, openness, and personal initiative. Staff are expected to operate with the highest degree of integrity, responsibility, creativity, and professionalism; the Executive Director is responsible for both fostering and embodying these values to ensure the health and effective performance of the organization.

SYRCL’s mission is to “unite the community;” thus, the Executive Director plays a key role in engaging and empowering community members, volunteers, partners, agency staff, and elected officials to work together to protect the watershed.


Leadership & Vision

  • Seek new opportunities for SYRCL’s visibility through developing partnerships and participating in coalition-led efforts.
  • Serve as an effective and visible spokesperson for SYRCL, effectively articulating the mission, vision, and values as well as all SYRCL is accomplishing, maintaining consistent and compelling messaging to internal and external stakeholders, partners, the media, and the public.
  • Lead and manage SYRCL staff in implementing the Strategic Action Plan. Note that the current 5- year plan expires at the end of 2023.
  • Establish, foster, and maintain excellent relationships with local government and community partners.
  • Continue SYRCL’s commitment to ensuring the organization is approaching its work through a lens of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI).

Board Relations

  • Support the Board of Directors and Board Committees ensuring that the Board has all necessary information and resources to conduct its business. Work with the Board President to coordinate Board meetings, prepare agendas for the meetings, and develop staff reports and other supplemental documents. Participate in the Board, Community Advisory Board, and Executive Committee meetings.
  • Collaborate with the Board to refine and update SYRCL’s multi-year Strategic Plan. Note that the current 5-year plan expires at the end of 2023.
  • Provide regular reports to the Board on SYRCL’s financial standing, fundraising activities, and progress towards meeting programmatic strategic objectives.

Revenue Generation & Fundraising

  • Foster a healthy culture of philanthropy where Board members, staff, volunteers, and donors understand and embrace the role charitable giving has in ensuring resources to fulfill the mission.
  • Create opportunities for Board and staff to meaningfully participate in the fundraising process.
  • Lead fundraising efforts to achieve annual goals set in the budget; work closely with Development Director to develop and implement a fundraising plan. Take personal responsibility for recruiting and stewarding major donors, grantors, and members. Play an active, leading role as a primary solicitor of funding from institutional and individual donors.

Finance & General Operations

  • Ensure SYRCL’s financial health through continuous oversight and guidance; oversee preparation of the annual budget and financial reporting to the Board of Directors; ensure that no undue financial risks are taken; have decision-making authority in financial matters; work with the Treasurer, Finance Director, and Development Director to run monthly Finance and Fundraising Committee meetings.
  • Ensure policies and procedures are updated as needed and in compliance with all regulatory requirements.

Personnel Management

  • Manage and develop the Leadership Team overseeing SYRCL’s various programs including Watershed Science, Community Engagement, Communications, Education, Policy, Development, Finance/Operations, and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to maximize interdepartmental coordination and collaboration.
  • Manage and empower SYRCL’s staff by supporting an organizational culture that attracts, sustains, supports, develops, and motivates highly committed and talented staff. Develop and update appropriate personnel policies and procedures for staffing, compensation, and annual performance reviews. Approve the hiring, and termination of all personnel as needed.

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