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Executive Director

Website Oak Creek Watershed Council

Title: Executive Director

Status: Full-time, salaried, 1-year position with extension contingent on successful fundraising

Compensation: $50,000 – $60,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications

Benefits: Flexible work schedule, cell phone stipend, mileage reimbursement, office supplies/equipment, professional development

Reports to: Board of Directors

Location: Northern Arizona, remote, with travel throughout the Oak Creek watershed

Anticipated Start Date: July 2022

To Apply: Submit resume, cover letter, and references to by June 3, 2022


The Oak Creek Watershed Council, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the health and integrity of Oak Creek in northern Arizona, is seeking an Executive Director to lead its day-to-day operations. The Executive Director is responsible for administration, development, project management, public relations, and supervision of seasonal field staff. The ideal candidate understands the strengths of a small nonprofit while being committed to working through the challenges. The ability to work efficiently, prioritize strategically, and lead effectively is necessary. OCWC leads cleanup events along the creek, provides educational materials to community members and visitors, trains citizen scientists, and is a leader of stewardship and Leave No Trace principles. The Executive Director is supported by a 9-member enthusiastic, working board.


Project Management (40% of position)

  • Oversee the day-to-day execution of project deliverables
  • Coordinate cleanup events and additional outreach activities
  • Perform field work, including water quality testing, pet waste station management, recreation impact monitoring, or other project commitments as necessary
  • Develop and nurture relationships with community partners and Oak Creek Watershed Council stakeholders

Administration and Finance (20% of position)

  • Develop and implement annual budget
  • Manage donations & contacts via CRM platform
  • Work closely with contracted accountant on bookkeeping, payroll, and IRS reporting
  • Communicate OCWC’s valuable work and engage the public; send regular email updates, maintain social media channels, and respond to phone calls and email inquiries
  • Keep website up to date
  • Follow necessary human resources protocols

Development (20% of position)

  • Write grant proposals and project budgets in alignment with organizational goals
  • Manage grant reporting and deadlines
  • Research, develop, and steward foundation supporters and potential funders
  • Work closely with the board to nurture individual donors and local business sponsors
  • Leadership and supervision (20% of position)
  • Hire, train, and supervise field staff, including regular check-ins and performance reviews
  • Update board on a regular basis; engage in two-way dialogue on action items
  • Hold big-picture vision for organization and implement in the day-to-day


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly
  • Demonstrated experience working with and communicating effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Community outreach, collaboration, and capacity-building
  • Experience with grant writing and fundraising work
  • Experience creating and utilizing program budgets and financial reports
  • Be a self-motivated, detail-oriented, and organized problem-solver
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Knowledge of aquatic ecology, water conservation, and natural resources
  • A commitment to stewardship of water resources and ecologically important streamside habitats


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or professional experience that demonstrates the ability to learn, think critically, and work well with others
  • Ability to navigate uneven terrain, wade in shallow waters, navigate steep slopes, work in adverse weather conditions, and have a risk-management mindset
  • Willingness to travel (for field work throughout northern Arizona), work long hours in the field, and work some holidays and weekends. Generally spring and summer are busy with a reduced workload in the late fall and winter
  • Familiarity with the Oak Creek watershed and Sedona area
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, G Suite, donor CRMs, and communications platforms
  • 2+ years of managing staff
  • Reliable transportation
  • Ability to pass a background check


  • Advanced degree and/or lived experience in aquatic ecology, water resources or nonprofit management

No candidate will meet every requirement. If you’re excited about the position and think you may be a good candidate, we encourage you to apply.

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