The Gila Watershed Partnership seeks Executive Director

ADEQ logo resizedThe Gila Watershed Partnership, a non-profit Arizona corporation, seeks an experienced Executive Director. The ED serves as the chief executive for the organization, and provides leadership and direction to the staff. The ED reports to the GWP Board of Directors, and is responsible for assisting and implementing the organization’s strategic plan. The goals of GWP are to help conserve and enhance the natural resources and the environment of the watershed for all users, to help increase and improve water quantity and quality and to help plan and act to avoid and minimize damage from large storms, floods, and other natural disasters.


Must reside in Graham or Greenlee Counties and/or be prepared to move within 3 months of hire.
Demonstrated leadership in managing a non-profit organization.
Write, or assist in writing, grants for projects and programs to accomplish the GWP’s mission, goals and objectives.
Experience in public communications.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Established financial management skills.
Experience in managing and motivating staff.
Proven experience in fundraising.
Ranching or farming background.
Education and/or experience in a natural resource and/or environmental management field.
Attendance of GWP meetings and functions.

Program Development

Determine with the Board a viable long-term strategy to achieve the GWP’s mission.
Implement an annual operating plan to accomplish the GWP’s objectives.
Foster partnerships with other entities, organizations, and state and federal agencies to further the GWP’s mission, goals and objectives.
Write or assist in writing grant and agreement reports.

Organizational Development

Recruit, train, manage and motivate staff to accomplish the objectives of the organization.
Clearly communicate job responsibilities and objectives to staff.
Create and sustain a positive working environment.
Maintain good working relationships with the Board of Directors, including regular communication.
Assist in recruitment of new board members and complete their training.
Assist in developing monthly financial reports to the GWP board, including an explanation of any financial challenges and how they will be resolved.
Recommend an annual plan and budget for board approval.


Serve as the public spokesperson for the organization.
Increase community awareness of the GWP, and its goals, mission, objectives, and accomplishments.
Maintain and expand positive working relationships with elected officials, government agencies, partner organizations, and landowners.
Develop communication strategies and messaging for outreach and fundraising.
Develop and maintain newsletter and/or monitor assigned staff.

Financial Management and Fundraising

Ensure compliance with all sound financial and management practices and comply with all legal requirements.
Produce timely financial budgets, reports and projections.
Diversify funding to ensure long term financial resiliency.
Develop and implement a fundraising plan to finance the annual and long-range strategic plans.
Participate in, and lead the GWP staff and board in donor cultivation and fundraising.

Please email a letter of interest with resume directed to Steve Eady, Executive Director, due September 11, 2015 or until position is filled. Applications will be reviewed as received.