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Executive Director

Petoskey, MI 

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is seeking an innovative, purpose-driven, and effective Executive Director.  Located in Petoskey, Michigan on the shores of Little Traverse Bay, the Watershed Council has been protecting the area’s treasured waters since 1979.  https://www.watershedcouncil.org/

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience and on-par with similar positions in the region.



Overall responsibility for program results and efficient, effective management;

Manage the development and execution of the strategic plan, budget, and annual work plans all delivered on time;

Manage all human resources needs, including recruitment, hiring, supervision, professional development, performance evaluation, and termination;

Support work of the Board of Directors;

Pursue and develop funding opportunities, including major gift development, individual donor cultivation, building relationships with existing and new funders, and event planning;

Deepen and refine all aspects of external communications to create a stronger brand;

Demonstrate a strong understanding and passion for protection of the waters of Northern Michigan including the Great Lakes;

Ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in staffing and programming;

Foster organizational leadership in public policy efforts within the region, the state, and nationally to further the mission of the organization;

Act as the spokesperson for the organization at the local, regional, and state levels;

Ensure that the advocacy work of the organization is grounded in science and data; and

Work flexibly including evenings and weekends as necessary.




Bachelor’s degree and minimum five years’ experience as an organization director in conservation/environment, nonprofit sector, advocacy, or related for-profit area;  

Extensive and proven management experience, including ability to attract and retain, lead, and motivate staff, and manage the performance of a multi-disciplinary team;

Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing to diverse audiences;

Proven effective experience in fundraising and budget and financial management;

Experience successfully managing a variety of initiatives that utilize cross functional teams and collaboration with partners outside of the organization; 

Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations applicable to managing a nonprofit.


Recognized as a leader within the community and with peers;

Experience recruiting and working with Boards of Directors;

Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations protecting water resources a plus.

Relevant graduate degree a plus.

How to apply

Submit cover letter and resume to Gail Gruenwald, Executive Director, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, 426 Bay St, Petoskey, MI 49770 or gail@watershedcouncil.org.  Include three professional references including current supervisor.

Application deadline June 30, 2021. Start date November 1, 2021.

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Posted May 28, 2021

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