Borderlands Restoration Leadership Institute Director
We have a bold vision: to create a restoration based economy in the borderlands region of Arizona and Sonora while restoring land and water, training future leaders, and working directly with local communities and land owners to design projects, build knowledge and skills, create new sustainable businesses and jobs. The bi-national commitment reflects the ecology of the sky island region and respects the rich cultures and knowledge on both sides of the border.
Five organizations have come together to form the Borderlands Restoration Leadership Institute (BRLI). They include Borderlands Restoration, Cuenca Los Ojos, Wildlife Corridors, Deep Dirt Farm Institute, and Borderlands Habitat Restoration. We collectively have been doing restoration work in the borderlands of Arizona and Sonora for 50 years. The BRLI founders include a remarkable group of entrepreneurial leaders from academia and from the private sector who have the vision, credibility, and track record to take on this venture. A significant grant from the Biophilia Foundation gives us the opportunity to plan for and deliver the initial BRLI program. Over the long term, we believe BRLI can fuel a restoration based economy in our region that both restores our remarkable natural resources and sustains the people who live here.
We are looking for a dynamic leader who is ready to help us implement and grow BRLI. The Director will lead an enterprise which has both a non-profit and social for- profit entity, a single program group of faculty and staff drawn from partner organizations and elsewhere who both do the work and teach the work, an administrative group who support the BRLI program activities, and a development group to expand existing public and private grants, individual and corporate donations, private investments, and, increasingly, earned income.
All BRLI activities will be guided by an Institute Council which includes representatives from founding partners, future partners, and communities where we work. The BRLI Director will chair the executive committee of the Council and report to the governing boards.
In 2017, we expect part time faculty of 10-12, as well as approximately 30 staff (including restoration staff, administrative staff, and development support staff). The Institute Director oversees educational programs and also will have two senior staff as direct reports: the Director of Administrative Support Services (hired in the spring of 2017) and the Director of Business Development (hired in 2018). The education program will include a prototype six week summer course, a series of workshops, and 6-8 internships of varying lengths. We expect students from both Mexico and the US. The curriculum will focus on four issue areas: Watershed Restoration, Native Plant Materials, Foodshed Restoration, Communities and Building the Restoration Economy.
The ideal candidate for the BRLI Director will have:
We will negotiate an initial salary and benefit package with the selected candidate. Salary growth for the Institute Director will be commensurate with program growth. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. Candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and English are also particularly encouraged. We hope to have the Institute Director at work in the spring of 2017.
If you are interested, send your resume and cover letter to the Chair of the Hiring Committee, c/o firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put your name and Institute Director in the subject line.
Director of Administrative Support Services
We are looking for a dynamic colleague to help us implement and grow BRLI by taking on the lead responsibility for providing, directly and through a team of administrative specialists, a broad range of administrative services in support of our programs and services. The Director of Administrative Support Services is one of two positions that report directly to the Institute Director, the other being the Director of Business Development. If you are the successful candidate you will be working in an innovative organizational structure that includes: a non-profit and social for-profit entity; additional partner organizations; a program group of faculty and field staff drawn from BRLI partners and elsewhere who both do the work and teach the work; and a development group to expand existing public and private grants, individual and corporate donations, private investments, and, increasingly, earned income.
The ideal candidate for the BRLI Director of Administrative Support Services will have:
We will negotiate an initial salary and benefit package with the selected candidate. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. Candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and English are also particularly encouraged. We hope to have the Director of Administrative Support Services doing great work for us in the spring of 2017.
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, send your resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Please put your name and Director of Administrative Support Services in the subject line.
Note: We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and welcome all interested parties to apply. We sincerely thank all those who apply; however, we will acknowledge receipt of applications only for those considered for an interview.
Summary Description: This position is responsible for the provision and coordination of a broad range of administrative services in support of the Borderlands Restoration Leadership Institute and its partners.
Reports to: Institute Director
Geographic Location: This position is based out of Patagonia, AZ. Employee must be located in Patagonia or close enough to be physically in Patagonia throughout the work week and occasionally for some weekends during program execution.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Develops, coordinates and, where appropriate, provides to partner entities, a range of administrative services that includes bookkeeping, accounting, human resource management, risk management, development support and grants management;
2. Depending on background and experience, may initially provide some direct administrative support services. As the BRLI program grows requiring more administrative support the Director will shift any direct administrative support to other members of his/her team
3. Participates, as a BRLI faculty member, in developing curricula and teaching elements of courses or workshops on the business management sides of building a restoration economy.
4. Hires, supervises, mentors and evaluates the performance of administrative staff;
5. Assists ID in the preparation of annual budgets for approval by the Institute Council/Executive Committee and the governing bodies of BHN and BR;
6. Develops policies and procedures to manage all administrative functions and provides staff with training and support to implement same;
7. Develops and implements a plan for risk management of BHN and assists partners in doing likewise (to include safety policies and procedures, appropriate insurance coverage and legal expertise);
8. Develops and implements methods for the regular system-wide evaluation of administrative services provided to BRLI partners and ascertains the need for additional services;
9. Assists the governing boards in arranging for independent audits of financial records;
10. Secures, manages and maintains facilities needed and used by BRLI.
11. Models the collaboration that is a hallmark of BRLI operations.
Requisite Education and Experience
1. Baccalaureate Degree in Business Management, Finance, Accounting, HR or closely related field.
2. At least seven (7) years’ relevant experience, at least two of which included experience in a role that involved significant supervisory responsibilities.
3. Experience in non-profit management including knowledge of IRS regulations governing 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations.