WENATCHEE RIVER INSTITUTE

Executive Director

We connect People, Communities, and the Natural World. 

The Wenatchee River Institute (WRI) believes the greatest hope for the future is through connecting people, communities, and the natural world. We engage thousands of learners annually through transformative environmental education on our campus in Leavenworth and across North Central Washington. Each experience is created to help participants understand their environment and discover the impact they can have in the world and their community.  

WRI is in a strong position to seek a new leader. We have skilled and devoted staff, robust community relations, dedicated individual and business supporters, and enthusiastic volunteers who facilitate governance, have transformed the grounds, orchestrate events and recently backed an endowment campaign. We are seeking a leader who will maintain and expand these relationships and assets so we may deepen our mission impact.

Our next Executive Director will: 

  • Be a human-centric leader with heart and integrity, enthusiastic and passionate about our mission and eager to engage with our community.  
  • Expertly and cohesively manage the budget, programs, and people to provide transformative educational programs and continue our legacy of success.
  • Be a visionary and creative thinker, pursuing and realizing goals, capable in strategic planning, efficiently building and utilizing resources, all while managing risk.  
  • Actively seek and secure grants, develop donors, and advance organizational and business partnerships to support programs and facilities.  
  • Communicate effectively with warmth and clarity, skillfully connecting and building relationships with diverse people, and be a socially-minded thinker and doer, advocating for and endorsing WRI.  
  • Work well with others, employing a collaborative, empowering, and team-centered approach, prioritizing people and the good of others first, eager in the pursuit of equity and diversity.  
  • Impassioned about the environment, sustainability, and our community,
  • Anticipate making a tremendous impact while working alongside a compassionate and committed team, board, and partners, backed by a population that cares deeply about the organization. 

Our ideal candidate will have: 

  • 5-7 years’ experience in senior management at a non-profit of a similar size that includes educational programming, preferably outdoor activities, and events.
  • Effective participation in community-based organizations, building relationships and coalitions with Board members, volunteers, partner organizations, and community leaders. 
  • Exhibited fundraising successes with knowledge of and participation in grant procurement, endowment or capital campaigns, planned giving, individual donor development and corporate sponsorships.
  • Solid financial management acumen and an ability to maintain a financially viable organization. 
  • Proven ability to help develop and implement strategic plans, prioritize workloads, and support and develop teams maintaining a positive, collaborative work environment. 
  • Demonstrated characteristics in leadership excellence, one that owns and brightens the mission/vision/values of an organization; a positive presence that invites others to participate and stay involved. 

Salary and Benefits 
WRI offers work that brings joy, a flexible schedule, a lovely work setting, a solid salary (range from $70,000 to $80,000 DOE) and full benefits (medical, dental, IRA and matching, 18 days of vacation, 11 paid holidays, sick leave, and access to wonderful recreational opportunities.

More about Wenatchee River Institute 
Nestled in beautiful Leavenworth Washington, The Wenatchee River Institute’s Outdoor Learning Center campus is located on the nine-acre Barn Beach Reserve, situated along the Wenatchee River. Wenatchee River Institute is home to a range of educational programs toward our mission of connecting people, communities, and the natural world.  Our youth education programs include classroom field trips to WRI, on-site after school programs, after school programs at schools in the Wenatchee School District, and day camps. Our community education programs range from evening presentations to multi-day workshops, bringing in scientists, artists, authors, and other experts in their field to share their knowledge and work.
Wenatchee River Institute is also home to Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest.  WRI has a nine-member Board of Directors and eight paid staff, as well as members and volunteers supporting our work. We have healthy financial support through our grant partners, an endowment fund of $1.25 million and facilities that are well-tended with a stewardship fund to care for the property in perpetuity. In addition, Icicle Fund partner organizations offer a professional support system. Learn more about us at Wenatchee River Institute. See the full job description at: WRI Executive Director.

To Apply submit your resume and cover letter to Carolyn@Full-CircleHR.com. Please do not contact WRI directly. Position will stay open until filled. 

Commitment to Diversity 
WRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and that agrees not to discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, or age. To achieve our mission, outdoor spaces, hiking trails, parks, and careers in science and conservation must be safe and welcoming for all people. Discrimination is just as real on our public lands as it is in our cities. To instill a sense of connection to the environment, we will not tolerate any discrimination in our spheres of work and influence – education and environmentalism. We pledge to match our words and resources with actions and will set program and organization goals to ensure we move forward with equity, inclusion, and diversity. We commit to continuing our own learning and inspire others to learn.  Learn more at: Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity.