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WAFWA Executive Director

Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA)

Position: Executive Director
Date Posted: February 22, 2021
Closing Date: March 14, 2021
Location: Boise, Idaho (with possibility for remote work)
Salary Range: $120,000 – $150,000

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The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) is seeking a motivated and visionary leader to serve as its next Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors (Board), the Executive Director manages all aspects of the organization’s governance and operations in accordance with the WAFWA bylaws and other established policies and procedures

WAFWA and its supporting foundations, the Foundation for Western Fish and Wildlife and the Species Restoration Foundation, represent 24 states and Canadian provinces. These states and provinces cover an area of over 3.7 million square miles that includes North America’s most wild and scenic country. Since 1922, WAFWA’s mission has been to advance collaborative, proactive, science-based fish and wildlife conservation and management across the west to help support the conservation of these resources for the use and benefit of all citizens, now and in the future. Learn more about WAFWA: wafwa.org/about-us/

The Executive Director oversees the day-to day operation of the organization, including supervising a small staff and several contractors, providing direction to initiative leads, and coordinating and implementing effective operating, marketing, financial, and legal strategies for WAFWA. Key responsibilities include:


Education and Experience

Personal Demands
The Executive Director will at all times maintain a professional and positive image and attitude regarding WAFWA and its efforts to enhance fish and wildlife conservation in the West. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to continued professional growth and development. The candidate is also expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and be respectful of differing political, religious and personal beliefs, including differences in social and economic background, lifestyles, gender, race, and intellectual abilities. The Executive Director is expected to attend numerous annual meetings, such as: The North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, AFWA Annual Meeting, WAFWA annual meetings (two per year), and relevant NGO meetings and conventions. Overnight travel may exceed 30 nights per year.

The starting salary range for this position is $120,000 – $150,000, negotiable and based upon qualifications and experience. Benefits include Health Insurance, 401K, and personal vacation and sick leave. Preference will be given to applicants that can work out of WAFWA’s headquarters in Boise, Idaho. Considerations may be made for an exemplary candidate that can demonstrate proficiency in managing employees in a telework setting and can easily commute to Boise on a regular basis.

How to Apply
Qualified applicants should submit the following items:

  1. A resume detailing your education, relevant experience, training, skills, and other information to support your qualification for the position.
  2. A cover letter that includes a clear, concise descriptions of your qualifications relative to the qualifications listed above.
  3. Three references with their contact information. Please submit these materials by March 14, 2021 to Dr. Chris Moore at chris.moore@wafwa.org. The most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview in early April with a preferred start date of May 1, 2021. Applicants tentatively selected for this position could be subject to additional background checks and must be a U.S. citizen or alien authorized to work in the United States.

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