Executive Director

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

Job Description

The Bolsa Chica Conservancy Executive Director position requires a dynamic leader who is passionate about directing all aspects of the organization; day-to-day operations, administration and finance, fundraising, development and management of programs, and community relations. 

Reports to: Board of Directors

Salary: Commensurate with experience up to $130,000.00/year.

Benefits: Employer subsidized health insurance; 401k plan with employer match to 1%; mileage reimbursement; cell phone stipend; annual vacation.

This position is on-site at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Interpretive Center.

General Function

  • Responsible for overseeing the overall operation of the BCC Organization by providing leadership, direction, and strategic planning in support of its mission and goals.
  • Provides leadership, direction, and support to the board of directors in establishing policies, developing organizational goals, attaining, allocating, managing, and maintaining the stability of funding resources.
  • Leads and directs management and staff in carrying out the key roles and responsibilities to deliver high quality program services that identify BCC as a leader in the area of coastal ecology.

Essential Functions

  • Oversee routine business functions including accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, human resources, and administration.
  • Manage all fiscal operations through hands-on budgetary development and oversight designed to deliver a balanced budget annually. Operate the organization within the approved operating budget.
  • Ensure that BCC operates within a comprehensive program strategy that will ensures high-quality programs that will foster continued growth, success, and optimal mission impact for programs and services.
  • Serve as the community liaison and spokesperson for BCC in the city or geographic areas served by the organization.
  • Provide leadership and direction to staff and board members, always leading by example while serving as a positive role model for staff and community members.
  • Manage, develop, and support the Board of Directors and related committees in areas such as Board Development, Resource Development, Community Relations, and other areas as needed.

Essential Requirements

  • Strong record of managing an organization from a top leadership position.
  • Proven ability to successfully develop, organize and manage resource development and marketing strategies including annual fundraising events and campaigns, grants, donations, and program related income.
  • Successful history in grant writing and grant management.
  • Experience in staff development and leadership training.
  • Effectively represent BCC in the community with a demonstrated ability to collaborate with community organizations, government entities, and corporate partners.
  • Willingness to serve on outside boards, task forces, committees, and service organizations for the advancement of BCC.
  • Maintain communication with the other organizations engaged in the preservation, protection, and restoration of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.
  • Ability to strategically lead the organization in developing new and innovative programs and services to best address the ever-changing needs of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and local community.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Five years of prior management experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization.
  • At least two years experience in a top leadership position.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of coastal ecology, saltwater marshlands, wildlife, and native coast vegetation or willingness to learn.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.


  • Hard working dedicated professional who is honest, loyal, decisive and credible.
  • Self-starter who values integrity and is passionate about the organization, willing to sacrifice to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Charismatic leader capable of inspiring staff, volunteers, and supporters.

To respond, please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Posted 7 months ago
Executive Director/CEO
Education Requirement
Bachelor's Degree
Experience Requirement
5 - 10 Years