New AMCC Executive Director Sought- DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply by August 21st
The Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) is seeking a dynamic and experienced professional to serve as Executive Director (ED). The ED will lead a team of dedicated and seasoned staff to capitalize on recent accomplishments and ongoing successful programs.
Background on the Organization:
Formed in 1994, AMCC is dedicated to advancing an approach to conservation that recognizes that healthy ecosystems are the foundation of strong local economies and lasting cultural traditions in coastal Alaska. AMCC focuses on key fishery conservation challenges in Alaska like bycatch and ocean acidification, but also the intertwined socio-economic challenges related to sustaining low-impact fishing businesses in coastal Alaska through policy advocacy, research, and applied solutions. Underlying all of our work is education and outreach to catalyze the ability of fishermen and coastal residents to be strong stewards of the resources that they depend on. In the last six years, we have added a focus on market and seafood supply chain innovations. This includes an award-winning community supported fishery that also functions as a social enterprise.
AMCC’s approach utilizes effective collaboration with diverse interests, including commercial, sports and subsistence fishing interests, community and Alaska Native partners, as well as other conservation groups. In all of our program areas, our partners bring added capacity, needed expertise, and in the case of many community partners, an effective political voice.
AMCC’s Board and staff work together closely and are guided by effective strategic and annual planning and budgeting. The organization has seven talented and experienced staff that work from a main office in Anchorage as well as from field locations in Kodiak, Homer, and Seward. AMCC’s Board of Directors represent various regions of the state and possess a wide array of fisheries and organizational experience, and include several active fishermen.
The ED is the chief executive officer of AMCC with responsibility for directing the critical functions of the organization: fundraising, operations, financial management, impact evaluation, staff development, partnership cultivation, strategic communications, and programmatic innovation. The ED is hired by and reports to the Board of Directors and has a clear commitment to AMCC’s mission and guiding principles.
The Executive Director will be expected to:
- Provide organizational and staff leadership and engage key stakeholders and partners in undertaking AMCC’s mission.
- Develop and implement a robust revenue generation strategy that diversifies income, strengthens organizational resilience, and increases programmatic delivery capacity.
- Lead AMCC’s fundraising efforts, with a focus on expanding individual donor giving and business support, while maintaining and expanding foundation and government funding.
- Oversee the growth of AMCC’s social enterprise as a mechanism for generating positive programmatic, community, and financial impact.
- Ensure that AMCC is well-managed and staffed for the appropriate mix of skills and talents necessary for its mission, with a highly collaborative culture that connects and nurtures staff across four coastal communities.
- Ensure sound and responsible fiscal management of the organization’s resources and operations across organization systems and functions.
- Work closely in a partnership with and support the Board of Directors to enhance Board engagement around the principles of good governance, organizational stewardship, and financial sustainability.
- Lead creative and adaptive program growth.
- Implement effective systems for monitoring and measuring organizational impact.
- Continue AMCC’s development of strong relationships with communities throughout Alaska.
Qualified candidates will have the following skills and attributes:
- Bachelor’s or advanced degree; and more than 5 years of relevant work experience.
- Ability to manage a professional and experienced staff team.
- Commitment to the principles, mission and vision of AMCC.
- Demonstrated experience and success in fundraising, including individual giving and grants.
- Demonstrated experience in nonprofit financial management, strategic initiative development, and impact assessment.
- Ability to determine meaningful and achievable goals and meet them.
- High level of energy, motivation and dedication.
- Extremely well organized and detail-oriented and able to successfully and efficiently manage a significant workload.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Knowledge of fisheries and marine conservation policy and the dynamics of Alaska’s fisheries and coastal communities desired.
- Ability to travel frequently inside and outside of Alaska.
Compensation Package: The salary for this exempt full-time position is dependent on experience. Compensation includes a benefits package with generous vacation leave, flex holidays, retirement match, dental coverage, and individual medical coverage. AMCC is an organization that seeks to nurture a healthy work-life balance.
Location and Start Date: This position is based out of AMCC’s main office in Anchorage. The target start date is mid-September, with flexibility for the right candidate for a later start date.
To Apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter no longer than 2 pages describing interest and qualifications for the position, a resume with three professional references, and two writing samples, one that is at least 750 words in length. The letter should highlight fundraising results in past positions, leadership experience, any fisheries knowledge, and available start date.
Applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org by August 21, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as received and interviews scheduled. No telephone inquiries please.
AMCC offers internships to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as recently graduated students. Internships can cover a variety of subjects such as fisheries biology, anthropology, local food, environmental organizing, policy, communications, fundraising, and more. Interns work closely with AMCC staff members and have other educational opportunities to learn about the inner workings of a marine conservation nonprofit and about fisheries policy in Alaska.
Paid summer internships:
Alaska Conservation Foundation sponsors paid summer internships at a variety of Alaska-based organizations that support conservation efforts. AMCC will once again be hosting an ACF intern in 2017. Applications are processed through ACF. Click here for details on the 2017 summer internship program.
For students studying locally or willing to travel to Alaska, AMCC considers hosting unpaid interns for credit or experience. We love engaging with local students and often work with students from the University of Alaska and Alaska Pacific University to help them fulfill internship requirements. Internships can cover a range of topics, and AMCC often has a wide range of needs. If you have an idea or need to complete an internship, get in touch with us! Send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. We accept unpaid internship applications on a rolling basis.
We are always looking for volunteers to help with events, outreach, and general duties around our office. If you are interested in volunteering with us, check out our volunteer page.
Science Advisory Committee
Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) seeks applicants for a new Scientific Advisory Committee (Committee). The Committee is being created to help provide AMCC with scientific expertise and guidance in support of its mission to protect the health and integrity of Alaska’s marine ecosystems and support thriving coastal communities. Click here for a full description.
Scope of Work:
- Support AMCC’s mission to protect the integrity of Alaska’s marine ecosystems and promote healthy, ocean-dependent coastal communities;
- Provide scientific expertise, in consultation with the Committee Chair, related to AMCC programs, initiatives, and desired outcomes;
- Assist the Fisheries Policy Director and staff in crafting policy positions, outreach materials, and public comment letters based on the best available science;
- Work collaboratively with the Committee Chair to ensure that AMCC positions are based on the best available science;
- Attend quarterly meetings and provide input for quarterly reports.
- Estimated time per quarter is approximately 8-12 hours.
How to Apply:
Please submit a brief letter of interest, including qualifications for the committee and any potential conflicts of interest. A CV should be attached to the letter. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible via email to Shannon Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.