Executive Director, Friends of the Shiawassee River Job Description

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission through actions defined by its strategic plan. 

In program development and administration, the Executive Director will:

  1. Assure that the organization has a long-range, updated strategic plan which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
  2. Provide leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial plans with the Board of Directors/Goal Teams and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the Board.
  3. Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization's work.
  4. Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  5. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.

In relations with staff and board, the Executive Director will:

  1. Work with the Board of Directors in the recruitment, employment, and supervision of all personnel (paid staff and volunteers).
  2. Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.
  3. See that an effective governance team is in place, with appropriate provision for succession.
  4. Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.
  5. Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a staff (both paid and volunteer) of top quality people.

In communications, the Executive Director will:

  1. See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
  2. Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs, and goals.
  3. Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  4. Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, media, and the general public.

In budget and finance, the Executive Director will:

  1. Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.
  2. Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
  3. Work with the staff, Finance Goal Team, and the Board in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
  4. Grow philanthropic support for the organization with businesses and individuals. Develop a strategic fundraising plan along with the Board and Finance Team to build relationships with key donors.
  5. Research grant opportunities and provide thorough grant management – including reporting to the Board, funding entities, and, where appropriate, the general public.
  6. Jointly, with the Board of Directors, conduct official correspondence of the organization, and jointly, with designated officers, execute legal documents.


Candidates should have any or a combination of the following: interpersonal/motivational skills, non-profit administrative/supervisory skills, fundraising skills, and/or a background in a water quality or other environmental field.  Extended skill sets and/or a college degree are welcomed.  The typical work-week is 35 hours with flexibility in hours and days; attendance at monthly evening meetings and periodic weekend events is required.  Salary range is $45,000 - $50,000.  Benefits include paid holidays and simple IRA with employer contribution.  Health, dental and vision insurance is not included.


Please send letter of interest and resume by April 20, 2021 to: HR@ShiawasseeRiver.orgThe Friends of the Shiawassee River is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Contact Us:

Phone: (989) 723-9062
Email: info@shiawasseeriver.org

Mailing Address:

Friends of the Shiawassee River
PO Box 402
Owosso, MI  48867

Office Address:

Friends of the Shiawassee River
538 N Shiawassee Street
Corunna, MI  48817

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