Dan Olstein Is the New River Exchange Executive Director

Congrats to Dan! Here’s the press release from the River Exchange:

After receiving many qualified applications for the open Executive Director position, the River Exchange has hired Dan Olstein of San Francisco. Dan will replace Dea Knox of Mt. Shasta , and will round out the existing staff team, consisting of Robin Singler as Administrative Director and Phyllis Skalko as Finance Director.

Dan’s background includes extensive work over the past twelve years with the Nature Conservancy, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of plants, animals and natural habitats for future generations. With the Nature Conservancy, Dan has served as a land steward, planner, and project manager in Florida , North Carolina and California . His most recent position was of Project Director of the Nature Conservancy’s 1.5 million acre Mount Hamilton Project in the Central Coast . In this role, Dan garnered experience in working with water districts, open space districts, land trusts, and local landowners to secure funding for floodplain easements and restoration programs. Dan also serves as the chair of the steering committee for the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition, where he promoted communication among diverse stakeholders regarding water quality, wildlife management and multiple-use land management.

“The River Exchange’s role in the Upper Sacramento River region is unique and expanding, especially in light of the two-year Integrated Regional Water Management Planning process that has just begun, “ says Dan Olstein. “I am excited to bring my skills and passion for conservation and community-building to the River Exchange’s dedicated team.”

Founded in 1996, the River Exchange is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting healthy watersheds through community involvement in education, stewardship and restoration. For more information about the River Exchange visit www.riverexchange.org, email mail@riverexchange.org or call (530) 235-2012.

River Exchange Hiring New Executive Director, July 2011

The River Exchange is looking for a new executive director. Here’s a press release with all the details. Pass along the info to anyone you think would do a good job.

Do you know someone who is interested in leading a respected conservation organization working to promote healthy watersheds in the beautiful Mount Shasta region? The River Exchange (REX) is accepting applications for our Executive Director position. We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) watershed stewardship organization located in Dunsmuir, California. REX fills a unique role in the region – proactively working to support and improve the health of the watershed ecosystem, educate and empower the community to be effective watershed stewards and facilitate cooperation of stakeholders in collaborative watershed management.

This position is currently 70% time, although this may be negotiable. Salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience, with an expected range of $55,000 – $60,000 per year at the full-time rate ($38,500 – $42,000 at 70%). Application materials – including cover letter, resume, short writing sample and references – will be accepted in electronic format only through 9:00 p.m. on August 9, 2011. Please send application materials, or any requests for further information, to dea@riverexchange.org. See full job description below and additional information about the organization at www.riverexchange.org.

Job Description

The Executive Director of the River Exchange is the chief executive officer for the organization. The ED is responsible for all the day-to-day operations of the River Exchange and oversees the full range of activities normally conducted by a non-profit organization, including development of programs that meet the organization’s mission, policy development, financial management, fundraising, contract negotiations, grant compliance, public relations, agency partnerships and media relations. The ED is also responsible for the organization’s financial operations, including preparing and implementing an annual budget.

The ED manages the following staff: Administrative Director, Research Director and Finance Director. All employees currently work a part-time schedule. The Executive Director is responsible for employee recruitment, management and evaluation.

Reporting to a nine-member Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for all Board relations and communications, plus preparation of agendas and reports for regular and special Board meetings.

The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate knowledge of non-profit operations, budget experience, excellent written and oral communication skills and a strong background in fundraising, grant writing and grant administration – particularly with public agencies. The successful candidate will also have management experience and experience working with a non-profit board of directors. Knowledge and understanding of water issues in northern California is desirable and a demonstrated commitment to the environment and to the non-profit sector is a must.