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For 35 years Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (PSA) has been a leader in the fight to restore and protect Puget Sound. PSA has taken on formidable opponents and trends that endanger the ecosystem on which the region’s iconic salmon and orcas, as well as economic prosperity, depend. As the Seattle area population grows and national pollution prevention regulation is weakened, strong advocacy is ever more critical to saving Puget Sound from oil spills, industrial stormwater, agricultural run-off, marine debris, and pharmaceutical waste. PSA patrols and monitors the Sound, hosts clean-ups, promotes best business practices, and enforces pollution permits.
Today PSA is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to propel the organization into the next generation of protection and recovery of Puget Sound. The new ED will be a visionary consensus builder and an innovative strategist who can engage residents of the Puget Sound, advocates, policymakers, and partners around the crucial work of protecting the Sound. The new ED will also serve as the designated Puget Soundkeeper and act as the lead external-facing clean water advocate for the organization and the face of the organization’s advocacy efforts, spearheading clean water litigation, testifying on legislation and agency rulemaking, as well as speaking and writing as needed on how we can better protect waterways. The ED will oversee efforts to protect more than 16,000 square miles of land and water – from the rocky shores of the San Juan Islands to the mudflats of the South Sound inlets – that form the complex Puget Sound marine estuary system.
The new ED will manage and inspire a talented staff of 12 as they develop new initiatives, advance policy agendas, plan litigation, and increase the visibility of PSA in media and the advocacy community. The ED will also drive PSA’s culture of equity internally and externally and increase engagement between PSA and leaders of color, underserved communities, youth advocates, and tribal representatives. The new ED will engage media outlets to raise public awareness of critical threats to the Sound and ways to help protect it.
The ideal candidate will be, first and foremost, committed to preserving the Sound from all forms of pollution so that Washingtonians have access to clean water, a safe place for recreation, and a vibrant economy. This person will be a seasoned senior manager with experience leading small to medium-sized organizations. He/she/they will be an innovator, a proven fundraiser, and consensus builder. Internally he/she/they will be a coach, mentor, and a talent developer who models and maintains cooperative workflow. He/she/they will have deep networks and rapport in the science and environmental advocacy communities. To succeed in this role, the new ED will need the passion, focus, creativity, humility, and humor to master the co-equal aspects of this work: executive leadership and environmental advocacy.
This search is being conducted by Tamar Datan, Erica Nicole Richardson & Chris Cannon of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please send nominations and/or resumes, including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications to: PSA-ED@nonprofitprofessionals.com
The Puget Soundkeeper Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Tamar joined NPAG in 2015, as its first Senior Advisor, with 30 years of nonprofit experience as a board member, officer, funder, chief executive, program manager, consultant, advocate, and advisor.