Celebrating over 25 years of partnerships, the Blackfoot Challenge is a nonprofit organization with the mission to coordinate efforts that conserve and enhance the natural resources and rural way of life in the Blackfoot Watershed for present and future generations. Our 23-member Board of Directors meets monthly and is composed of private landowners, public land managers, non-profit partners, local business owners, and other watershed residents. Through eight Board-led committees, we coordinate responses to community needs and find homegrown solutions that stand the test of time.

“When I look back at the private and public leadership that emerged in the 1970s, and the ensuing years of collaboration and coordination that have come to define this incredible place, I see an approach that is standing the test of time. An approach that’s built on a shared commitment to civil dialogue, proper pacing, and working together. As we continue to build trust and credibility, we build momentum.” -Jim Stone, Rolling Stone Ranch & Board Chair

“I do believe the Blackfoot Watershed is the birthplace of the conservation concept for the 21st century.” -Ken Salazar, Former Interior Secretary

Position Description:

The Blackfoot Challenge seeks an experienced, collaborative, and personable Executive Director (ED) to lead the fund development and strategic visioning of the organization while providing financial and administrative oversight and exceptional staff supervision. As a board-led organization, the Blackfoot Challenge requires an ED who is willing and able to participate in and help guide a collaborative process to find solutions, drawing from the experience and perspectives of fellow Staff and Board members.  The ED plays the primary role in fund development for the organization and the successful candidate will have extensive fundraising experience and current relationships with a variety of funders, both private and public.

The Blackfoot Challenge is looking for a leader who is able to identify and utilize the existing strengths of his/her team, empowering and energizing those he/she works with. The ED must be an exceptional listener, humble, open-minded, lead by example, and have a sense of humor. Our next ED will be solution- and personal growth-oriented, and possess exceptional communication skills and know how to build and sustain relationships.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Fund Development – 50-60%
  • Administrative, Financial, Strategic Visioning – 40-50%
  • Outreach – 5-10%

Deadline: Application review began May 9, open until filled.

Projected Start Date: July 1, 2019