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The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) is seeking a full-time Executive Director.
SFBBO is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the conservation of birds and their
habitats through science and outreach. Located in Milpitas, CA, SFBBO has 5 full-time and 3
part-time staff, and an annual budget of $500,000. Established in 1981, SFBBO has 31 years of
experience conducting avian research and monitoring in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our
research contributes to land management decisions that address local conservation challenges of
concern to resource agencies, policymakers, and California citizens.
SFBBO enjoys a long-term relationship with Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife
Refuge and the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project through a variety of projects, such as
the Snowy Plover Recovery Program, monitoring of pond-dependent waterbird populations, and
breeding population studies of colonial waterbirds. We have operated the Coyote Creek Field
Station, our bird banding station, since 1982 and have several ongoing studies focused on
riparian and marsh songbirds. Other projects focus on the conservation and restoration of tidal
marsh – upland transitional zones in partnership with resource agencies and nonprofits. We
actively provide opportunities for SFBBO members and other Bay Area residents to directly
engage the natural history and science of the San Francisco Bay Area, through classes, walks and
citizen science projects. Our team of 100 long-standing, dedicated volunteers greatly enhances
the reach of our science.
The SFBBO Board of Directors is seeking a proven leader with excellent communication and
organizational skills, as well as a personal commitment to avian conservation science.
Candidates should possess the following qualifications:
Background in and/or familiarity with field ornithology and conservation science
Experience in organizational leadership with excellent personnel management skills
Successful grant-writing or fundraising experience
Proven success building collaborative partnerships
Excellent communication skills
Budget management skills
The following qualifications would be assets:
Ph.D. or M.S. in biology, ecology or a related field with an ornithology emphasis or
extensive experience in field ornithology
Familiarity with Bay Area ecosystems and conservation organizations
Experience working in a non-profit organization
Experience working with government and resource agencies
The Executive Director (ED) will lead all aspects of SFBBO and reports to the Board of
Directors. The Board of Directors is looking for an action-oriented leader, with the ability to
inspire staff, volunteers, members, donors and partners toward the common goal of SFBBO’s
The Executive Director -
Implements SFBBO’s strategic plan; oversees all current programs; develops and
implements new initiatives; annually evaluates organizational effectiveness; promotes
programs and fosters collaborative relationships with partners, resource agencies, funders
and the community
Writes grants and pursues program-related contracts; oversees the development and
implementation of a diversified fundraising plan; maintains and builds upon current
funding sources including grants, contracts, and donations; creates opportunities for and
supports Board fundraising efforts
Develops annual organization budget and tracks performance against budget, administers
grants and contracts, prepares monthly finance reports for Board Finance Committee,
adheres to procedures as outlined in Financial Policy.
Hires, trains, supervises, mentors, and supports staff; complies with all organizational and
legal requirements for hiring and employment practices; conducts annual staff
Assists Board leadership to recruit, orient, train, and mobilize new Board members to
support our mission, provides the Board with pertinent and timely information for
decision making and organizational evaluation
SFBBO’s Board of Directors has established a search committee to review applications and
interview potential candidates. Salary will be determined based upon the successful candidate’s
level of experience.
SFBBO offers a competitive benefits package with health care, dental, and vision coverage, plus
20 days paid time off/year. Some weekend and evening work will be required.
To apply please submit a cover letter, a resume, and a list of 3 references to Board Chair Troy
Rahmig at email@example.com. Review of applications will begin immediately, position
open until filled.
For additional organizational information, please see our website at www.sfbbo.org. SFBBO is
an Equal Opportunity Employer