Executive Director

North Cascades Institute

Posted: 10/29/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Environment

City: Sedro-Woolley

Postal code: 98284

State: Washington

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$3M - $10M



Mission statement:

North Cascades Institute seeks to inspire environmental stewardship through transformative learning experiences in nature

Position Details:

Job Description:


North Cascades Institute seeks their next Executive Director to lead a regional conservation organization with a national reputation in inspiring environmental stewardship and a community of belonging through transformative learning experiences in nature.

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The Executive Director must be equally an educational visionaryentrepreneurial fundraiser, and an organizational leader. North Cascades Institute utilizes a strong endowment, a committed group of donors and customers, and a high-quality group of dedicated staff and educational, agency and school partners to deepen its ties to its region and grow the breadth of its impact. The Executive Director oversees the organization’s annual operating budget of approximately $4 million, oversees 60 staff, and reports to a 16-member board of directors. The Executive Director is also responsible for advancing North Cascades Institute’s vision, mission, and goals and for upholding the beliefs and values that form its organizational culture.


The Executive Director will be based out of the Institute’s main office in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, with frequent travel to the Environmental Learning Center in North Cascades National Park. Remote leadership is expected until it is safe to resume working in an office setting.


Applicant should be available to start no later than May 1, 2021 to allow overlap with current and founding executive director, Saul Weisberg, who will be retiring in June.


The ideal candidate comes from a variety of career pathways. Critical to success will be a passion for the mission of the organization and a capacity to lead an established, successful organization through changing times while continuing to deliver on that mission. Executive leadership skills, paired with a creative, collaborative, and often entrepreneurial approach, are essential.

-Passion for the organizational mission and deep experience working in nature with people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds

-A practical idealist, curious listener, provocative question asker, and creative problem solver with a demonstrated ability to think strategically and make decisions efficiently

-Proven leadership skills with the ability to motivate others, offer a steady hand through adversity and uncertainty, and present an inspiring and imaginative vision for the future

-Humble, empathetic, and inclusive of various perspectives; able to resolve conflicts and find common ground

-Extensive management experience in positions of increasing responsibility and authority that showcase an ability to develop the strengths of staff, board, and partners as well as acknowledge one’s own areas for potential growth

-Previous experience in building internal capacities and creating more access for historically marginalized peoples/groups

-Demonstrated fundraising experience and success, including private philanthropy, corporate donations, and government grants

-Experience managing a complex budget with multiple funding sources

-Able to maintain a wide network of stakeholders, including local, state, federal, and/or tribal government agencies and other organizational partners, delivering clear communication and working to build cohesion

-Skilled in organizational development, administration, and personnel management, with attention to detail, flexibility, integrity, confidence, and a sense of humor

-Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and comfort with public speaking


This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, with an anticipated salary between $120,000-$150,000 and a competitive compensation package; benefits include paid time off, medical/dental insurance, long- and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, tax-deferred annuity and contribution retirement plan, and a yearly stipend to participate in Institute programs. Relocation assistance will be offered if necessary.


$140k - 155k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a cover letter describing their qualifications that match the position criteria and what they will bring to the role, along with a resume, to Cleveland Justis at [email protected] with the subject line “North Cascades Institute, Executive Director Search.” Please submit your application by November 23rd for priority consideration. 

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