Executive Director

Full Time

Whiterock Conservancy Executive Director Search

Whiterock Conservancy is seeking a dynamic, enthused, skilled leader to build on our previous successes. Whiterock Conservancy stewards and shares with visitors one of the largest expanses of protected land in Iowa. Its 5,500 acres encompass opportunity for outdoor recreation, nature experiences and innovation in agricultural land management. Facilities welcome visitors for overnight hospitality, business or multi-family gatherings, adventure races, and more – with easy access to trails, river, prairie, woods, and the dark sky.

Purpose of Position

The Executive Director (ED) leads a positive, productive workplace and culture that sustains the organization and advances its mission. The Executive Director inspires and invites support and partnership. With the Board of Directors and staff, the ED keeps the organization nimble and visionary.

The ED is ultimately responsible for the organization’s fiscal management, revenue generation, and fundraising. The ED sets clear staff priorities and personally bolsters key relationships. This position directly reports to the board of directors.


Organizational Leadership

The ED manages a full-time staff of twelve people. In addition, there are a number of part-time staff and interns. The ED provides organization-wide team leadership, and maintains a positive and productive workplace culture. This productive culture involves effective delegation and empowerment of employees. With the Board of Directors, develops long-range and current strategies and priorities.

Financial Stability

Leads and supports efforts to secure gifts and revenue to support the strategic plan. Sustains WRC’s earned revenue from farming and hospitality, and explores new revenue opportunities for the future. Ensures strong fiscal management and accountability.

Priority Relationships

Cultivating a culture of philanthropy is a key aspect of the position. Duties include maintaining positive relationships with major donors to Whiterock. Serves as a general point person to Whiterock Conservancy. Develops strategic relationships with potential partners that can bring important sustainable revenue to Whiterock and/or pursue long-term strategic goals.

Qualifications & Experience

• Passion for the natural environment and working lands, and an understanding of Iowa/Midwestern culture.

• Team building skills and experience and aptitude for leading a small staff to achieve high-priority accomplishments.

• Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, with good judgment.

• Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain strong donor relationships.

• The highest level of personal and professional integrity.

• Exceptional and diverse communication skills.

• Project management experience.

Job Setting & Structure

The position is a minimum of 40 hours a week, but flexible work hours will vary, including participation in evening or weekend activities (estimated 10-15 weekend events per year). On weekdays, the ED interacts regularly with staff and visitors at Whiterock and should be always available to staff. Some work from a home office is allowed, and some travel in central Iowa is expected. Living within a half hour of the Whiterock Conservancy land/facilities is ideal for the ED to be more easily present and participate in the Coon Rapids community.

The ED must be able to drive and must provide their own transportation for work-related travel or commuting. Physical requirements also include sitting and/or standing at a desk for extended periods of the workday, and ability to accomplish basic computer skills for business. Should have the ability to get on the land.

Salary & Benefits

This position is full-time. The salary range is $100,000 and up depending on the finalist’s experience and qualifications. Benefits include medical insurance payment up to $4,950 per year, mileage reimbursement for work related use of personal vehicle, paid vacation, sick leave and 10 holidays. A retirement plan opportunity for employees is in development.

To inquire about the position, apply, or suggest a candidate, please write to Nate Reagen at nreagen@gmail.com and use Subject line “Executive Director Search.”

Application requires a résumé, plus a cover letter addressing your reasons for interest and how your experience prepares you for this leadership position. Please include at least three professional references with contact information. All applications are held in confidence; references will not be contacted until later in the search process with the candidate’s prior knowledge.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

Whiterock Conservancy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing or service in the military.