The Alabama Wildlife Center (“AWC” or the Center) seeks an Executive Director/CEO to build on the Center’s 40+ year history and expand its contributions to avian conservation and education, leading the organization to its next level of programmatic and financial success. This is a pivotal opportunity for a dynamic professional to be an environmental leader and entrepreneur while representing a vital state and regional resource at a critical stage of its growth.
The Alabama Wildlife Center is Alabama’s oldest and largest avian wildlife rehabilitation facility, caring annually for almost 2,000 wild bird patients from more than 100 species. AWC is a nonprofit 501c3 organization with a dual mission:
- to provide medical and rehabilitative care for Alabama’s injured and orphaned native birds to permit their return to the wild, and
- to educate people to heighten awareness and appreciation of Alabama’s native avian wildlife.
The Alabama Wildlife Center’s facilities are located within Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama. Its humble beginning as a 940-acre park atop Double Oak Mountain established by the Alabama State Lands Act of 1927, Oak Mountain State Park has grown to 9,940 acres making it Alabama’s largest state park. With the largest land-area, one of the widest varieties of outdoor activities of any state park, and its proximity to Birmingham, Oak Mountain is a perfect stop while traveling to and from the state’s largest city. Topping it all off is the park’s stunning physical landscape, which alone makes for an unforgettable experience.
The State of Alabama is blessed with tremendous natural diversity that spans terrestrial habitats from the gulf beaches to the lower Appalachian Mountains. The state also contains a wealth of water and wetland resources. Indeed, the Mobile-Tensaw Delta is recognized as one of the most significant and important delta complexes in the nation. This great physical diversity produces numerous habitat types and the abundance of wildlife species they support. Therefore, Alabama is consistently ranked among the top three to five states in terms of overall biodiversity. Birds of Alabama is composed of 420 species that comprise the official Alabama Ornithological Society (AOS) state list. A total of 178 species are known breeders including 158 species that regularly breed in the state. Additionally, 174 species regularly winter, and 80 species migrate through Alabama. This list also contains 38 accidental, three extinct, two extirpated (no longer occurring in Alabama, but may occur in other states), and four exotic (non-native) species.
About the Organization:
The Alabama Wildlife Center is recognized as one of the state and region leaders in avian wildlife rehabilitation and education. Annually, the Center provides care for over 2,000 wild birds through its onsite clinical facility as well as rehabilitation in its dedicated aviaries specifically designed to provide appropriate conditions for each species’ successful rehabilitation. The Center provides over 500 onsite as well as remote education programs annually predominately to school-aged children teaching awareness of Alabama’s rich biodiversity and the unique role avian species play within this ecosystem. The Center has over two dozen education birds on permanent display to augment the education opportunities as well as a large number of glove trained birds which provide a closer experience for the public onsite as well as at remote programs offered throughout the year. The collection of educational birds includes red-shoulder hawks, red-tail hawks, barred owl, screech owl, great horned owl, merlin, kite as well as a rare albino vulture. The Center, uniquely, has an Eurasian Eagle Owl and Bald Eagle with dedicated aviary (mew) on site. The Center has established strategic partnerships with the state, county and city governments to foster continued success of the Center’s mission. The Center frequently utilizes local veterinarian specialists as required in the treatment of patients. The Center is a membership driven organization through which its bylaws and annual election of Board members and officers is elected. There are well over 1,000 members of the AWC and the success of daily operations as well as periodic fundraisers is derived essentially through its paid staff and volunteer efforts.
Primary Duties of the Executive Director/CEO:
The Executive Director/CEO is the most senior officer of our organization and is responsible to the AWC Board for setting its strategic direction as well as the day-to-day safe, efficient, and economic operation of the Center. The following are the major duties and responsibilities of this position.
Provide periodic (at least quarterly) reports to the AWC Board which shall include a summary of operating and financial performance. Annually, the Executive Director/CEO shall provide a detailed prior year Profit/Loss statement and a recommend for Board approval of the following year’s operational budget. Oversees operations, including setting financial and programmatic goals, analyzing results, and taking corrective actions, in close collaboration with staff and the Board.
Provide leadership and administrative structure to the Center’s staff and volunteers to ensure successful conduct of its mission as well as fostering a safe, healthy and collaborative work environment. Ensures that all required federal, state, and local requirements as pertain to human resource management is met.
Responsible for providing leadership in revenue generation which includes spearheading annual fundraising events, grant opportunities, donor development and successful negotiation with state and local government authorities for direct funding support and in-kind donations.
The Executive Director/CEO is a member of the Board, managing the Board agenda and executive initiatives, including working closely with the Board committees.
Represent and raise the profile and visibility of the Alabama Wildlife Center externally to all stakeholders, including funders, educators, policymakers, media, and the local, regional, and national community.
An ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
Strong leadership and communication skills, including an engaging and energetic demeanor and the ability to inspire and motivate donors, staff, volunteers, and partners.
Entrepreneurial and creative leadership style with a solution-focused spirit when addressing challenges. Experience managing institutional growth and change is highly desirable, as well as the ability to bring new and creative solutions to challenges.
Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgement, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals and organizations at the local, regional, and national level.
Passion for wildlife, environment, biodiversity and a deep concern for preserving and protecting our natural resources – interest in/passion for birds and birding is essential!
Minimum of 10 years relevant experience in multiple organizational roles. These should include strategy development and mission fulfillment, fund raising, and overall fiscal stewardship with experience cultivating major gifts and leading capital campaigns, and comparable staff and budget responsibilities.
Bachelor’s degree required from a nationally recognized university or college.
Job Type: Full-time
- Health insurance
- Paid time off
- Monday to Friday
- Weekend availability
Work Location: One location