Current Open Position: Executive Director

The Executive Director will have exceptional leadership, non-profit management and fund development experience that supports our mission. They must have a proven ability to build strong community and individual relationships across diverse groups and create an awareness of the good work we do throughout the Northwoods.


Leadership and Management:

  • Share NWC vision and mission to a large variety of audiences from individual donors, businesses, service organizations, schools, and foundations throughout the Northwoods to inspire involvement
  • Manage and provide leadership and guidance to a diverse staff of wildlife rehabilitators, educators, volunteers, and interns
  • Develop a short- and long-term strategic plan with Board of Directors and NWC staff
  • Manage relationship with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife representatives and ensure NWC is compliant with all regulations
  • Actively engage and energize volunteers, board members, committee members, alumni, partnering organizations/businesses and funders
  • Utilize committees to effectively implement projects, maintain facilities, build strong communications, and meet fundraising objectives
  • Develop procedures and policies that allow staff and volunteers to achieve goals and create a positive and nurturing work environment
  • Provide Board of Directors with key/critical information, developments and opportunities aligned with NWC goals and mission. Seek and build Board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing and future plans

Fundraising, Communications, and Marketing:

  • Maintain current and build new partnerships, establishing relationships with stakeholders, funders, and political and community leaders to increase community and financial support
  • Develop new ideas to generate cost-effective revenue that further expands the reach of NWC
  • Expand resource development activities to support existing and future operations, including grants and planned giving
  • Utilize all forms of media and marketing methods to communicate with the public
  • Maintain donor database to support all NWC marketing and fundraising efforts
  • Develop strong relationships with all regional media to support and expand donor communication
  • Participate in local and regional community events to broaden NWC exposure
  • Collect ongoing data that supports the success of the work in wildlife rehabilitation, education, and research to be used in a variety of communication methods


  • Develop annual budget with Board of Directors. Oversee department budgets with rehabilitation and education department managers throughout fiscal year
  • Ensure policies and procedures are developed and enforced that support a safe and positive work environment
  • Oversee appearance of Center for visitors, tours and educational programming
  • Ensure necessary licenses are in place for operations with state and federal agencies
  • Maintain and expand current Northwoods Wildlife Center volunteer program
  • Oversee facility maintenance and repairs
  • Ensure compliance with providers of insurance, financial institutions, and government agencies


The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to Northwoods Wildlife Center’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Other qualifications include:

  • Experience in managing a non-profit organization – 4 year degree preferred
  • Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings
  • Ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget
  • Past success working with Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate board member relationships
  • Strong listening, written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning and fund development
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Strong familiarity with the communities and tourism of Northern Wisconsin preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, internet, and social media
  • Unwavering commitment to treat all living creatures and their environment with respect kindness

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to the Northwoods Wildlife Center Human Resources Department at general@northwoodswildlifecenter.org.