Whole Earth Nature School is looking for an Executive Director who thrives in a dynamic, collaborative work environment and who can lead our efforts to foster youth development through mentored outdoor experiences. All staff work as valued members of our community in service of local youth.
Whole Earth is an equal-opportunity employer. We welcome the unique contributions that you bring to Whole Earth including your culture, ethnicity, race, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages, veteran status, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and beliefs. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all students, volunteers, and employees. Visit our about and employment pages to learn more. Some ways we commit to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion include:
ABOUT WHOLE EARTH NATURE SCHOOL
Whole Earth Nature School is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2009 to foster human-nature connections. We provide mentored outdoor experiences to students in pre-K through high school on the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people, in Eugene/Springfield. Whole Earth serves thousands of students annually at summer camps, Outdoor School, homeschool and afterschool programs, and advanced mentorship experiences.
At Whole Earth, we learn from the land, share gratitude, practice outdoor skills, tell stories, challenge our edges, honor our whole selves, and lift up our community. Our programs center children as leaders of their learning to cultivate curiosity and deepen their connection to self, community, and the land. Through camouflage, they learn stillness and observation. Through fire-making, they learn resilience and patience. Through wildcrafting, they learn caretending and healing. Through group challenges, they learn teamwork and empathy.
Under direction from and in collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s overall management, mission, strategic direction, short and long-term plans, legal compliance, finances, policies, and procedures. The Executive Director shapes the organization and models effective leadership while prioritizing the needs of staff, volunteers, students, families, and the local community.
Whole Earth is seeking an Executive Director to lead our organization during a period of strategic evolution. During 2022, the Whole Earth staff and board collaborated on changes to our organizational structure, operating principles, and communication practices. As a result, the staff and board agreed that we would operate in a hierarchical structure with clear leadership and support lines, while centering our students and intentionally weaving non-hierarchical practices into our organization, like collaborative decision-making, service leadership, role autonomy, and other teal principles. The Executive Director will lead efforts to continue the implementation of this organizational development work.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Note to potential applicants: Research shows that people of color, trans and non-binary people, and women are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe that they meet every qualification listed in a job description. Your skills, experience, and education can come from personal interests, self-directed learning, community roles, and life experiences. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are interested in the position, even if you do not believe that you meet all of the qualifications.
REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
OTHER DESIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS (NOT REQUIRED)
Reports to: Board of Directors
Salary range: $70,000-$80,000 base annual salary, depending on experience; potential for higher pay with fundraising incentives
To apply: Complete our application at forms.gle/hdw5eDbWNxJFqfn19 to be considered for this position. Please feature your interest, skills, and experience in 1. youth development & outdoor programming, 2. mentorship & leadership, 3. equity & inclusion, 4. executive administration, and 5. strategic planning & direction.
Hiring timeline and process: The priority deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, February 28 at 9 a.m. We may continue to review applications after this priority deadline. The estimated start date is May 1, 2023. We will consider later start dates for qualified candidates. Whole Earth follows equitable hiring practices, including anonymizing all materials to reduce bias, using the same rating system and questions for all candidates, providing interview questions in advance, and considering a variety of experiences to meet qualifications.
Work requirements: In accordance with Oregon Department of Education policy, Whole Earth requires staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have a valid medical or religious exception. Finalists will complete a criminal history background check, and candidates with disqualifying criminal history set by the Oregon Department of Education will not be eligible for this position.
Work schedule: This is a full-time, salaried position with flexible work schedules. The Executive Director is expected to work with other staff to have some overlap in their work schedule. Some work will be required on evenings or weekends, like board meetings, staff retreats, and work based on organizational needs.
Job location: The Executive Director is expected to work and reside in or near the Eugene/Springfield area with a regular presence in the Whole Earth office and at programs. Out-of-town candidates who need time to move to Eugene can work remotely for a limited time. Administrative staff typically work hybrid weekly schedules, both remotely and in person. All in-person work gatherings will meet or exceed public health recommendations.
Type of work: Work is primarily sitting or standing at a desk while typing on a computer or using a mobile device to communicate (70%), gathering in-person or remotely for meetings, trainings, and socials both indoors and outdoors (25%), visiting Whole Earth programs, observing other programs or sites, and attending conferences indoors and outdoors (5%). We will make reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants to perform job functions.
Contact us with questions about this position at [email protected].