Who We Are
Friends of the Rouge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated in 1986, whose mission is to promote the restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River ecosystem through education, citizen involvement and other collaborative efforts, for the purpose of improving the quality of life of the people, plants and animals of the watershed.
FOTR has a full-time professional staff of five and a yearly budget of just under $500,000.
The Executive Director (ED) is the primary staff person responsible for the implementation of the FOTR Strategic Plan. The Executive Directorís primary duties are administration, fund development and budgeting, marketing, membership supervision, and staff support. The Board seeks someone who demonstrates vision, courage, patience, and the ability to provide diligent external and internal leadership.
This person reports to the Board of Directors
Fund Development and Budgeting
The ED is the chief staff person responsible for developing funding through grants, members and major donors (corporate and private). The ED works with the staff, fund development committee, and board of directors to raise revenues for Friends of the Rouge. The director shall continually seek new sources of reliable revenue from diverse sources. In addition, the ED develops and administers an annual budget in cooperation with the FOTR Finance Committee.
Administration and Supervision
The ED is responsible for the administration of the office in conjunction with the staff and must have the ability to meet multiple deadlines, oversee diverse day-to-day operations, and file timely reports. The ED is responsible for the hiring, evaluation, and supervision of the staff. The Executive Director keeps the Board informed and engaged in the FOTRís programs and organization development.
The ED is responsible for supporting and monitoring program staff in overseeing partnerships, and enhancing and maintaining relationships with partners such as the Alliance of Rouge Communities, Rouge Project Office, etc.
Evaluation and Salary Review
The Executive Committee will conduct an initial evaluation after the first ninety (90) days, and conduct annual performance reviews thereafter before each annual meeting of the Board.
- The ideal candidate would hold an advanced academic degree relating to environmental science or policy, non-profit management, or a related field.
- Considerable professional work experience in the environmental and/or non-profit fields, and have considerable experience in fund development, public relations and marketing.
- In addition, the ideal candidate would:
- Exhibit a deep and abiding commitment to the preservation of our environment and the good stewardship of water resources in particular
- Possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and demonstrate the ability to work with the news media
- Have expertise in non-profit administration with five years experience preferred
- Be a self-starter, detail-oriented, enthusiastic, organized, and capable of meeting challenges and deadlines
- Be an innovator with the ability to think creatively to advance FOTRís mission and strategic plan
- Possess strong knowledge of environmental issues faced by a mostly urban watershed
- Be a team player with trouble shooting and multi-tasking skills
- Have experience with MS Office, including Access, and the internet
- Experience with e-marketing, social networking a plus but not required.
Annual Compensation, Benefits and Leave
Salary package is competitive and will be determined by the Board of Directors.
To apply, send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to:
Michael G. Darga
President, Board of Directors
For more information, visit our website at www.therouge.org
Rouge Rescue Assistant
The position is a 20 hour/ week temporary position assisting with the coordination of the Rouge Rescue Program. Rouge Rescue is an annual river clean up and stewardship event that involves an average of 1,900 volunteers in caring for the Rouge River in Southeast Michigan. Duties include: event promotion, data entry, volunteer tracking, equipment orders and distribution to site coordinators, etc. Hours flexible, some weekends and evenings required. This position is mostly office work with some field work.
Application deadline: 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Start date: January 13, 2014