Society for Wilderness Stewardship

Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
Deputy Director

Deadline to apply :
Applications accepted on rolling basis

Type of Position :
Staff (Full-Time)

Attachments/Supplemental Materials :
Deputy Director Position Description-2

Organization/Program Description :

The Society for Wilderness Stewardship (SWS) is a non-profit organization seeking to promote excellence in the professional practice of wilderness stewardship, science, and education to ensure the life-sustaining benefits of wilderness. We achieve this through the implementation of our three primary programs, Wilderness Fellows, Wilderness Workshop and Wilderness Training. We are currently working on adding programming in towns adjacent to wilderness areas and wilderness functionality as an aid to climate resilience.

Position Description :

The Deputy Director oversees all of the day-to-day activities of SWS. The Deputy Director will work closely with the Executive Director to manage the organization internally. In addition, the Deputy Director will spend time traveling to visit partners and members, hold events, and liaise with employees.

  • Title: Deputy Director
  • Reports To: Executive Director
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Location: Remote, with national travel as needed
  • Duration: Year-Round
  • Time: Full Time
  • Starting Salary: $60,000 – $75,000 DOE
  • Supervisory: Yes
Job Duties :

Organizational Management

  • Partner with the Executive Director in essential internal firm leadership activities (human resources, administration and organizational planning).
  • Identify best practices and improve internal systems with an eye towards quality mission delivery and budget realities.
  • Contribute to short and long-term strategic planning and the identification of potential new markets and lines of business and funding opportunities.

Staff Management

  • Act as a mentor and coach to all SWS employees.
  • Recruit, hire and supervise all SWS staff at program and coordinator levels.
  • Structure and lead programs and SWS employees to deliver outstanding work.
  • Support staff in tracking and completing all tasks.
  • Create a program culture of excellence, grace, and fun.
  • Manage risk for all programming, and put adequate precautions in place to set all programming up for
  • success.

Administrative Management

  • Create administrative manual governing administrative tasks and internal controls
  • Manage payroll
  • Manage employee onboarding and separation processes
  • Prep accounting systems for audit
  • Liaise with HR, payroll and bookkeeping contractors
  • Grants and Agreements
  • Reporting

Partner & Membership Management

  • Build and maintain strong partner relationships; exceptional relationship builder.
  • Hold regular meetings with SWS partners.
  • Represent SWS in public venues and conferences.
  • Manage the SWS member database, member onboarding, and member retention.
  • Manage all membership communications.

Events Management

  • Work with the Executive Director to plan and implement the annual National Wilderness Workshop.
  • Create and implement a series of pint nights.
  • Develop and implement member trips.
  • Manage all advertising and communications regarding events.
  • Manage all online event platforms.

Other Duties

  • Engage in and attend staff meetings, events and retreats.
  • Program Development
  • Partnership Building
  • New Initiatives
  • Coordination with WCM Core Team
  • Others, as assigned
Requirements :

Key Qualifications

  • 3-plus years in a nonprofit organization.
  • Highly intelligent with an educational background in the conservation, preservation or environmental sector.
  • Track record delivering superior results, commanding respect, and assuming leadership roles.
  • Success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities.
  • Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people – junior and senior, agency, academic and nonprofit, and from diverse background.
  • Proven commitment to equality and inclusivity.
  • Operates with excellence in mind in all matters.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Passionate about SWS’ mission and impact.
  • Transparent, direct and with substance.
  • Self-starter, self disciplined.
  • Spark, imagination, creativity.
  • Remains focused in the face of pressure, delivers against timelines, not intimidated by tasks/time limitations.

Essential Functions: Employee may be required to sit, stand, and lift objects up to 50 lbs. Employee may be required to travel and camp in the backcountry, and to drive or fly to remote project locations.

Additional Benefits :
  • 4 weeks paid time off per year
  • 2 weeks end of year time off
  • federal holidays
  • health and dental insurance reimbursement
  • simple IRA with 3% employer match
Contact Information :

To Apply: E-mail a resume and cover letter to Heather MacSlarrow at:

[email protected]

The position is open until filled, with applicant review beginning August 15, 2022.

Additional Information :

The Society for Wilderness Stewardship is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.