National Forest Foundation
The National Forest Foundation seeks to recruit an entrepreneurial and visionary leader to serve as President.
About the National Forest Foundation
Chartered by Congress in 1991, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) serves a unique role in restoring America’s National Forests as the partner of the U.S. Forest Service. NFF mission is: “To engage Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System (NFS), and administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests.”
The NFF seeks to leverage public and private support to deliver measurable improvements in ecosystem vitality and resilience of key sites within the 193-million acre NFS at a meaningful scale. To support its focus on forest health, the NFF will engage communities in the stewardship and enjoyment of NFS lands and waters at high-priority sites. The site-based work is complemented by national level partnerships and activities focused on collaboration, ecosystems services, and natural capital. With a focus on outdoor experiences, the NFF seeks to enhance human enjoyment by helping to sustain and improve conditions for high quality recreational experiences. To carry out its mission, the NFF will ensure alignment with their principal partner, the U.S. Forest Service, in a critical point of intersection with civil society and the private sector.
Recognizing that meaningful human connections to places can be made through outdoor experiences, the NFF is also strategically focused on enhancing the experiences of all people on NFS lands, and creating increased opportunities for hands-on stewardship and ecologically sustainable recreation. The NFF grounds its work in site-based conservation, and then leverages its resources, learning, and nationwide network of partners to create a much broader, large-scale impact on NFS lands. NFF serves as a bridge between the Forest Service and communities, community-based nonprofit groups, the private sector, and collaborative organizations. NFF is a national organization that works directly on site-based conservation across NFS lands, and they also support partner organizations that achieve on-the-ground results across the nation. This national scope and wide breadth of site-based conservation work gives NFF an opportunity to identify lessons learned and best practices locally and share them across projects, forests, states, regions, and the nation, and educate Americans about their National Forests.
The NFF’s 2015 strategic plan maps a vision to carry the organization over the coming four years. The centerpiece of the strategy is a series of strategic goals. They represent benchmarks of excellence NFF hopes to achieve in advancing the mission and vision of the organization. The key goals are the following:
The NFF believe that communities should play a leading role in determining the future of our National Forests and Grasslands, so they focus their efforts on connecting these communities, and the people who comprise them, to the tools, knowledge, and funding to become active and devoted stewards of this incredible public estate. The challenges facing our National Forests and Grasslands are immense and complicated. But the NFF believe that the power of communities and collaboration can, and will, prove capable of meeting these challenges.
NFF’s strategic plan and legacy of work is built on the conviction that vibrant, healthy National Forests and Grasslands across America serve to sustain natural ecosystems, produce resources, and provide enjoyment for generations to come. The NFF has assets of 17.3 million, $2.8 million in a permanent endowment and a professional staff of 25. The organization is guided by a dedicated 25-member Board of Directors, who meet four times a year and sustain a 100% record of giving.
For more information about the National Forest Foundation, please visit www.nationalforests.org.
About the Position
The President will be a leader who inspires the organization and a growing array of stakeholders to engage in a deeply worthwhile mission. The President will possess the skills to shape the organization’s strategic direction and to greatly enhance the NFF’s fund raising resources. The President will be a person who has a keen desire to develop sustainable partnerships with other nonprofits, corporations, foundations, public policy leaders and individual donors. The President will thrive on the cultivation of genuine relationships with long-term potential to expand the NFF’s impact many fold. The President will bring an ability to create value for multiple stakeholders, reaching beyond ideological, partisan, or geographical interests. The President will be a forward looking person, seeing opportunities to create new ways to make the organization’s work even more impactful. In addition, the President will enhance the governance and leadership capabilities of Board through effective recruitment, training, and engagement. In the role as President, this person will also serve to carry NFF’s conservation message to critical national and state public policy leaders, elevating the importance of National Forests to our nation’s health, vitality, and future. The President needs to bring a genuine excitement and commitment about NFF’s mission. The current President is based in Missoula, Montana. However, the Board is open to exploring individuals who are not prepared to relocate to the Missoula. The broad goals and responsibilities for the President include:
Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes:
The new President should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
Compensation for the President includes a competitive salary and an excellent package of health and other employee benefits.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter responding specifically to the experience and qualifications being sought to: Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at email@example.com. Refer to NFF/President in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.
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