Executive Director Job Announcement

Pathfinders Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, seeks its next Executive Director who will continue partnering with communities and organizations in Southeast Iowa, who is committed to natural resource conservation, and who has experience writing and administering grants, managing staff, and nonprofit administration.

The ideal candidate will understand the challenges facing small-town Iowa, be independently motivated, outgoing, flexible, and detail-oriented. We are looking for the ideal candidate to lead the Pathfinders team and make a lasting difference in southeast Iowa.

About Pathfinders RC&D

Pathfinders RC&D’s current priority areas are community development, water quality and soil health, and housing.  Our mission is to create vibrant communities by strengthening local economies and encouraging natural resource conservation. We’ve met this mission by developing and implementing programs and projects for 40 years.  We are based in Fairfield, Iowa with a core service area including Jefferson, Wapello, Davis, Van Buren, Keokuk and Mahaska counties. We also have programs and projects in Appanoose, Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Louisa, Marion, Monroe, and Washington counties.

Our current program and project activities include abandoned mine land reclamation, supporting watershed projects, managing the Historic Hills Scenic Byway, providing fiscal agent services for area agencies, and providing grant writing and planning for area organizations. Our staff of 4 and one contractor work flexible schedules based in Fairfield, Iowa.

Role of Executive Director

The new Executive Director will embody Pathfinders values and lead the organization in the next stage of growth including maintaining our strong core services and building programs around our priority areas.

The Executive Director will be responsible for providing dynamic, high visibility leadership for Pathfinders, implementing projects/programs, developing new programs, overseeing internal operations, staff supervision, strategic collaboration, project management, negotiating contracts and agreements, fundraising responsibilities, and will support the Board of Directors. Regional travel is required, applicants must have a valid driver’s license.


Preferred Qualifications and Experience


  • At least five years of relevant professional experience, advance degree preferred
  • Strong multidisciplinary skills with a combination of natural resource conservation, agriculture, community development, tourism, marketing, and financial management experience
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to think analytically and “out-of-the-box”
  • Flexibility and desire to take on additional responsibilities as opportunities and needs arise


  • Experience working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate board member relationships
  • Proven ability to develop, write, and administer successful grant proposals
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning


  • Strong facilitation skills and facilitation experience
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Administration and Staff Management

  • Experience in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams
  • Experience setting and achieving strategic objectives
  • Experience developing and managing budgets
  • Ability to maintain a dual focus on Pathfinders’ vision and the day-to-day details required to run the organization and implement projects/programs

Compensation and benefits

This is a full-time position with benefits and requirements as defined by Pathfinders’ Employee Handbook. Salary range will be $55,000 to $72,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid time off, paid holidays, health insurance, and an IRA match program.

To Apply

Please, create one pdf document including a cover-letter, resume, and 3 professional references and email to: info@pathfindersrcd.org  with “Executive Director Application” in the subject line by Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at Noon.

For questions, please contact info@pathfindersrcd.org.


Equal Employment Opportunity

The employee will not discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, sex, or religion in carrying duties associated with the position.  Employee assures bias-free written and oral communications in all activities.