Executive Director Posted Mar 22
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center , Carnation, WA
 
About the Organization

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center (“Oxbow” or “The Center”) is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable farming and responsible land use. Located on 230 acres in Carnation, Washington, Oxbow’s mission is to inspire people to eat healthy, sustainably grown food and to steward our natural resources for future generations. Principals Tom Alberg and Judi Beck have, since 1997, led Oxbow’s transformation from a small family farm to the diversified nonprofit it is today, with recognized leadership in community-engaged organic agriculture, native plant production and research, stewardship practices, and educational programs that connect kids to nature.

The Opportunity

The Executive Director (ED) will report to an engaged Board of Directors and will be supported by an equally passionate team of subject-matter experts. The chosen candidate will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, partnerships, fundraising and the fulfillment of the organization’s mission through each of its business branches. The ED is the chief executive and decision maker for Oxbow and responsible for implementing the shared vision.

Oxbow seeks a proven leader who is committed to the mission and is passionate about environmental stewardship and sustainability and promotes an inclusive workplace culture. The leader will be a visionary who can see the big picture, share the vision with others, and inspire the team to stretch and achieve ambitious, coordinated goals. Oxbow’s new leader must be able to set clear and realistic expectations for staff and manage with compassion and conviction. The selected candidate must bring transparency, collaboration, and humility to their work, and demonstrate an appreciation for the subject-matter expertise, talents, and experiences of team members. The candidate must be able to thrive and maintain a high level of professionalism in a warm, informal environment.

Candidates should have at least five years’ experience as a senior leader in a nonprofit or for-profit organization. Professional experience as a key spokesperson for an organization and reporting to a Board of Directors is preferred. Candidates should have strong people, operational, and financial management skills.

Learn more about Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center and the detailed position profile here.

To Be Considered

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center is committed to the community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Cover letters expressing your passion for the mission and fit for the role should be addressed to Mikkell Jackson Roeland at MikkellR@WaldronHR.com. Please submit your materials through Waldron’s online candidate web portal, which can be accessed here (


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