Wave Aquatics Executive Director

Applications due 10/05/18

Job Description:

Location: Kirkland, WA, USA

About the Position

The Executive Director provides strategic leadership and direction to ensure Wave Aquatics achieves its mission through providing high-quality aquatics programming to Puget Sound’s Eastside community. In collaboration with the Board of Directors and the staff leadership team, the Executive Director is the key thought leader of the organization and responsible for developing and ensuring implementation of all strategic plans and initiatives.  The Executive Director directly supervises the staff leadership team, which is comprised of: Aquatics Director, Swim Team Head Coach, Masters Head Coach, Water Polo Head Coach, and the Business Manager/Controller.

Key Responsibilities

Board Development and Management

The Executive Director supports the Board of Directors to execute the organization’s strategic plan and recruit, orient, and train new Board members. In collaboration with Board leadership, the Executive Director ensures Wave Aquatics operates as a financially sound business with strong administration and operations practices, and brings vision and passion to Wave Aquatics’ strategic growth.

Fundraising, Community Relations, and Marketing

The Executive Director is responsible for leading the organization’s community relations, marketing, and fundraising efforts. This includes garnering support for Wave Aquatics’ continued growth and impact by developing a comprehensive fundraising plan and engaging in major donor cultivation, overseeing grant writing, supporting board members in fundraising efforts, and building philanthropic and corporate partnerships.

Financial Management and Oversight

The Executive Director provides overall financial oversight for the organization and works with the Board Finance Committee to prepare the annual budget and financial reports. Ensures adherence to finance policies and accounting procedures are in place and followed.

Staff Team Management

The Executive Director is directly responsible for hiring, supervising and prioritizing professional development of the staff leadership team while providing leadership and motivation for all staff members. The Executive Director communicates vision and goals clearly to staff, solicits staff input, and models and encourages effective teamwork and collaboration.

Strategic Partnerships and Facility Expansion

The Executive Director is responsible for fostering and strengthening relationships with strategic partners, including, but not limited to, the Cities of Redmond, Kirkland and Bellevue, King County, and the Lake Washington School District. This includes advocating for aquatics programs and working collaboratively with public sector partners to improve and expand aquatics facilities in the area.

Program Leadership

The Executive Director, in collaboration with the Director of Operations, ensures program goals are aligned with the strategic plan, fosters program partnerships, and ensures facility operations and management are effective and efficient and evaluation practices are followed to ensure quality program services.

The Ideal Candidate

Wave Aquatics is looking for a unique leader who demonstrates a genuine understanding of and commitment to aquatics programs and shares our values and enthusiasm for enhancing the health, fitness, safety, recreation, and quality of life for Eastside residents.

Specifically, we are seeking an individual with 5 or more years of relevant leadership experience, with a focus on managing a complex organizational structure and budgets of $2-5 million, and supporting a large, young staff team. Ideally s/he will have prior experience with recreational programming, as well as experience with facilities management. Experience should include a proven track record of effectively working with city and county governments to develop and expand successful public-private partnerships.

A successful candidate will be an excellent communicator with the ability to facilitate crucial conversations and make tough decisions. An important talent is to listen and communicate effectively with a variety of audiences: parents, staff, Board and community partners. The ability to develop strong and trusted relationships with each of these audiences to build long term partnerships for Wave Aquatics is key.

S/he will have experience effectively hiring, supporting, and managing staff and providing opportunities to foster professional development and growth. Demonstrated success at working in partnership with an independent board of directors to achieve goals is another important criterion.

As the leader of an 80+ staff member organization, it is key the Executive Director have an aptitude for delegation and prioritization of duties to appropriate administrative/management staff, with a clear understanding of risk and impact.

Strong candidates will have good computer skills and the ability to effectively review, analyze, and present business and financial information to help the organization make the best decisions. Successful fundraising experience, including grants and cultivating major donors, is a priority.

Key Attributes

  • Significant past leadership experience overseeing an organization, program, or team, ideally as an Executive Director. Experience with facility management and leading large staff teams is particularly desired
  • A strategic thinker who is able to think conceptually, imaginatively, systematically, and opportunistically to achieve organizational success
  • Long-term relationship builder and proven networker who can catalyze participation and investment from a wide array of partners
  • Proven track record of success with fundraising, especially cultivating and asking for gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations, as well as experience managing a CRM such as Salesforce
  • Excitement about program and facilities expansion, and willingness to take on the challenges that naturally occur with organizational growth
  • Experience recruiting, developing, and working with a board of directors
  • Prior experience building capacity and growing an organization or program of significant scope
  • Strong speaking, listening, and written communication skills, including public speaking
  • Comfort working independently, as well as collaboratively in a larger system
  • A Bachelor’s degree; Associates degree and progressively-responsible experience may substitute for Bachelor’s degree.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time exempt position that reports to the Board of Directors and requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends and travel to the aquatics facilities in Kirkland and Redmond. The expected salary range is between $90,000 – $110,000, depending on experience and skills.

Wave Aquatics offers a benefits package including medical and dental insurance.  Wave Aquatics provides 10 days of vacation as well as 8 days of paid holidays. The work schedule is very flexible and employees receive a 15% discount on Wave program fees. Wave Aquatics’ administrative offices are located in Kirkland, Washington on Seattle’s Eastside in the beautiful and scenic Pacific Northwest.

How to Apply

Apply online by clicking on this link:  https://cloversearchworks.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk01npl

Online applications only, please no email or paper submissions. You will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please describe, as specifically as you can, how your qualifications, experience, and interests are a fit with the goals and requirements of this position as described in this announcement.

We will be accepting applications through October 5; early applications are encouraged. All applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt and will be held confidentially within the search committee. Consideration will be given to applications as soon as they are received, and interviewing will begin in late September.

Contact Information

Julie Edsforth

phone: 206-979-0514

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