• Director, Texas Water Programs

Founded in 1936, The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and its 51 state and territorial affiliate partners are working to ensure that wildlife are able to thrive in a rapidly changing world. NWF is one of the nation's oldest and most respected conservation organizations; through their seven regional offices across the country and the National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC, NWF aims to protect, restore, and connect wildlife habitat, to support 21st-centruy wildlife management, to educate the next generation of conservation stewards, and to connect both children and adults with the natural world.

The National Wildlife Federation's South Central Region covers 12 states (IO, KS, OK, MO, TX, AR, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL, SC) and two territories (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands). The regional office is headquartered in Austin, TX, with additional offices in New Orleans and Atlanta. The conservation work of the South Central Region is largely focused on water.

This is an exciting time of growth and expansion for NWF's work in Texas. Launched in 2001, the Texas Living Waters Project is advancing environmentally sound management of fresh water resources in Texas; the Mississippi River Delta Restoration project focuses on the restoration and rebuilding of Louisiana's deteriorating coastal wetland ecosystem; and the Gulf Restoration Program actively promotes the investment of funds from the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill in the restoration and protection of coastal resources.

The Director of Texas Water Programs role is a full-time position based in Austin, Texas.

To learn more about the work of the National Wildlife Federation, please visit www.nwf.org.

The Opportunity

The South Central Regional Center of the National Wildlife Federation is currently seeking a dynamic Director of Texas Water Programs to lead NWF's water-related policy and program work in Texas, with a primary focus on NWF's signature Texas program, the Texas Living Waters Project. The Texas Living Waters Project is an NWF-led coalition effort to improve the state's management and use of water to ensure that sufficient fresh water is available to support abundant fish and wildlife along with thriving communities and a robust economy.

Reporting directly to the Regional Executive Director, South Central Region, the Director of Texas Water Programs is responsible for the overall direction and management of the program, overseeing a staff of three-to-five people, managing relationships with project partners, and securing the funds necessary to sustain and expand program work. The Director will also serve as the primary external face of NWF's Texas water work with state and local decision-makers, the media, business and community stakeholders, donors and supporters, and partners and allies in the conservation community.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Program Direction: Oversee the development and execution of strategies for water-related policy and program work in Texas, including but not limited to the Texas Living Waters Project.
External Communications: Represent NWF in a variety of forums and venues, including legislative hearings and state agency proceedings, media events, conferences and workshops, and meetings with business, community, or conservation allies.
Partnership Development and Management: Oversee the development and successful execution of both formal and informal partnerships with conservation allies in Texas.
Staff Management: Manage water program staff to optimize their effectiveness, professional development, and contributions to NWF conservation work in Texas.
Fundraising: Sustain existing funding for NWF water work in Texas by maintaining positive working relationships with current funders, developing compelling proposals, and effectively communicating program accomplishments. Work with Regional Executive Director and Philanthropy staff to cultivate and secure support from new funders in support of water programs in Texas.
Financial Management: In collaboration with Deputy Director for the NWF South Central Region, ensure effective, sound, and strategic use of the Texas water program's financial resources.
Support NWF Conservation Mission: Advise the Regional Executive Director on pertinent water issues in the NWF South Central Region or the country, as needed.
Candidate Profile

The Director of Texas Water Programs will be a knowledgeable, collaborative, and action-oriented leader with a compelling presence and exceptional relationship-building skills. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in Texas water law and policy to advance the cause of water for wildlife in a state where water is limited, the population is expanding, and abundant fish and wildlife are a vital part of the state's identity and natural heritage.

While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

Authentic passion for National Wildlife Federation's mission and commitment to protecting natural resources.
Strategic leader, with a minimum of 5 years senior management experience leading water program work at the local, state, regional or national level.
Significant knowledge and experience with Texas water law/policy or and/or Western water law/policy
Demonstrated success in fundraising, including proposal development, particularly with foundations and other institutional sources.
Successful track record in team leadership and inspiring a mission-driven team to achieve results; collegial and team-building approach.
Strong interpersonal, presentation and communication skills; ability to represent NWF in a professional, engaging and dynamic manner.
Demonstrated track record in developing, cultivating, and maintaining effective partnerships with allies both within the conservation field and with non-conservation stakeholders and allies.
Willingness to travel within the community and nationally as needed to meet the organizations goals.
Undergraduate degree required; advanced degree in in natural-resource, policy-related field, or relevant field preferred (education does not take the place of robust/relevant work experience).

Kara Teising and Shavon Bell of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit materials here. Materials should include a thorough resume and compelling letter of interest. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

The National Wildlife Federation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search firm dedicated to placing exceptionally talented leadership at mission-driven organizations and institutions of higher education across the country and around the world. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.
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National Wildlife Federation
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PostedAugust 13, 2019

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