Quail Springs is a leading environmental educational nonprofit that empowers students of all ages and backgrounds with knowledge, skills, and inspiration essential to cultivating ecological and social health.
Quail Springs Mission Statement

Quail Springs announces we are inviting applications from an impassioned, highly-organized, socially-minded individual to join our vibrant staff and community as our next ED.  We are searching for a person who is ready to creatively lead Quail Springs into its next powerful stage of development and maturation: one who can artfully guide our actions into a concrete strategy to make vital shifts in our community and organization. This is an exciting opportunity to put your non-profit leadership and organizational skills to use in supporting a world-renowned permaculture education facility and ever-growing non-profit through our next phase of growth and development towards social, food, ecological, and community justice.

The Executive Director role at Quail Springs asks for someone who can balance the ability to lead and take part in bigger visioning, (including a permaculture plan site redesign, and permitting/legalization of earthen building, among other things) along with the multitude of administrative and financial details needed to keep the organization operating.  In addition, the role requires one who knows how to enact a fair and balanced sense of personnel management and support to keep programs running that align with our mission, as well as feeds and directs the passions of staff and community to explore other avenues of programing or events. A love of ecological restorative practices and a passion for social justice work is a combination that will enable a more seamless plugging into the mission and vision of Quail Springs. Lastly, it is important that whoever takes the position of Executive Director be comfortable in representing the organization, which would comprise fundraising efforts, and may include public speaking from time-to-time. There is ample room for creativity around promotion of the work of Quail Springs, and for expanding the type of financial, material, and energetic support received for the many types of work we are engaged in.

The following is an expanded view of some of the responsibilities and tasks undertaken by the Executive Director. The list is not exhaustive but represents a smattering of areas of focus.

Leadership and Visioning the next iteration of Quail Springs
  • Assist in the strategic planning process for both long- and short-term planning on all organizational levels
  • Creatively weave the permaculture ethics and principles into the organization and community
  • Support the process of the Permaculture site redesign
  • Be a leader within the context of community

Representation & outreach
  • Represent, resource, and promote the non-profit organization in the greater community
  • Work closely with Quail Springs resident community in program development, budgeting, marketing and implementation with special emphasis on outreach to the Cuyama Valley Community

  • Maintain legality of nonprofit status and for all tax exemptions, local, state and federal
  • Oversee the employee relationship process including hiring, evaluation, records, payroll, etc.

  • Be part of the design and implementation of fundraising strategies together with the development officer or team
    • Strategize and have a large role in Phase II of the Capital Campaign
    • Play a part in the research, writing or editing of grants for, among other things, programing, ecological restoration/wild tending, farming and related activities, core support, and the capital campaign

  • Ensures responsible fiscal management through budgeting, bookkeeping, cash flows, & reporting
  • Provide information for and review annual 990 tax forms

Staff Support and Development
  • Supporting staff to successfully be in their roles and in creatively and pragmatically moving the different aspects of Quail Springs forward. For example, in areas such as:
    • Farm & Garden
    • Programming
    • Wild Tending
    • Ecological Restoration
    • Entrepreneurship

Ecological and Social Restoration/Justice
  • Creative collaboration with other organizations working on social justice and environmental issues.
    • Augmenting the understanding of and implementation of social justice within the community and organization
    • Determine feasible ways to increase access to those groups for whom nature-based education is not typically accessible
  • Work with site stewards, including farm team, in managing the demonstration site for long term goals

You are emotionally intelligent, a strategic planner, a fair and balanced leader, financially savvy, and have a keen sense of organizational management. You are inspired rather than discouraged by challenges, one who enjoys interacting with people of all ages, races and genders, and who loves the outdoors, is inspired by nature and appreciates the vision of inspiring society at large about an alternate future in which the principles of permaculture are widely valued and accepted. You are physically and emotionally resilient and at home living on the land in sometimes changing levels of comfort (extreme cold, extreme heat, and off-grid living).

To Apply

If you feel inspired to apply for this position, please fill out the form below. You will receive an Application Package which will provide more information about the position and the organization/community.

Deadline to apply is May 31st, 2019, or until the position is filled.

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