Wales, MA

Executive Director, Norcross Wildlife Foundation

The Organization

Norcross Wildlife Foundation (NWF), a leader in land conservation and caretaker for an 8,000-acre wildlife sanctuary in New England, is seeking nominations and applications for an Executive Director.

For over 50 years, NWF has been engaged in land stewardship, horticulture, and environmental education. Today NWF is poised to enter a new era of heightened community engagement and enhanced land stewardship. As it begins its transition from a private foundation to an operating foundation, NWF will focus its resources on enhanced programs, new community partnerships, horticulture, and sustainable land stewardship.

Position Overview

The new Executive Director will play a pivotal role in ushering NWF into this new era of impact. He/She/They will bring vision, courage, and leadership as they manage all aspects of NWF’s work including the three key program areas: Habitat Preservation, Wildlife Protection, and Environmental Education. The next ED will partner with an invigorated board and deeply committed staff on the development of a strategic plan that will propel NWF forward as it advances a transparent, inclusive, trust-laden and values-driven culture. Key responsibilities will include: ensuring excellent stewardship of the land and facilities at the sanctuary; managing, inspiring, and supporting a talented team of horticulturalists and naturalists; modeling best practices in public education and the development of external educational partnerships; deepening NWF’s engagement with the local and regional community; and exploring the possibility of designing and implementing  fundraising efforts.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader with deep passion for and commitment to land and wildlife preservation and education. He/She/They will be an experienced senior manager with a deep skill set in leading medium-sized teams, board management, and external partnership development. The new ED will be an exemplary communicator, proficient at connecting with diverse constituencies, and translating content between those audiences. They will be innovative, compassionate, energetic, strategic, and collaborative. The ideal candidate will be a unifying force, aligning board and staff together to advance the foundation through high performance and collaborative action.

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How To Apply

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The Norcross Wildlife Foundation is partnering with Tamar Datan and Erica Nicole Griffin of NPAG on this search. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

The Norcross Wildlife Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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