Executive Director: Washington, DC
Development Manager: Washington, DC
Development Coordinator: Washington, DC

Background on the League:
Alaska Wilderness League is the only Washington, DC-based conservation group devoted full-time to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wilderness quality lands and waters offshore in Alaska. Founded in 1993, the League is a 501(c)(3) organization that works at the federal level on a variety of issues affecting Alaska’s wild lands and waters. With headquarters in DC and offices in Alaska and across the country, the League’s mission is to lead the effort to preserve Alaska’s wild lands and waters by engaging citizens and decision makers with a courageous, constant, victorious voice for Alaska.

Position: Executive Director, Washington, DC

For a full description, click here. Summary follows.
Scope and responsibilities:

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Alaska Wilderness League staff, programs, budget, and execution of its mission.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Updating the organization’s strategic direction and providing the leadership to successfully implement it. The ED will

  • Work with AWL’s board and staff to develop a new strategic plan for the organization that is responsive to the current political environment.
  • Develop, alter or align programs, budgets and staffing to ensure successful implementation of the strategic plan.
  • be responsible for evaluating the success of programs and ensuring that goals are met and the organization maintains the focus necessary to fulfill its mission.


  • Ensure the financial health of the organization through effective fundraising, including diversifying the League’s current funding base.
  • Meet with individual donors and foundations, develop and maintain strong relationships with donors, and enhance AWL’s fundraising network.
  • Approve grant proposals.

Budgeting and Financial Oversight

  • Work with the Director of Finance and program leads to develop an overall organizational budget and individual program budgets.
  • Ensure organizational financial transparency, compliance and accountability.
  • Understand the legal requirements of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations and ensure compliance with all applicable rules and regulations under the Internal Revenue Service Code for such organizations and affiliations.

Board Engagement

  • Work with Board of Directors and Board committees to develop a new multi-year strategic plan for AWL.
  • Interact with and update the Board regularly, and maintain excellent communications and working relationships between the Board and staff.

Staff/Organizational Management

  • Supervise the senior leadership team.
  • Fill staff vacancies, mentor and coach staff, and provide opportunities for staff advancement and leadership development.


  • Engage in AWL’s program work as appropriate and as identified in the strategic plan. Program work may entail but not be limited to:
  • Work with coalitions on campaign strategy development;
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with leaders in the Administration, the Department of the Interior, Congress and partner groups;
  • Assist with communications strategy and implementation and serving as a spokesperson for AWL.
  • Ensure campaigns are adequately resourced.

The successful candidate will be thoroughly committed to the Alaska Wilderness League mission, will have proven leadership, fundraising, strategic planning and management experience as well as demonstrated knowledge of Alaska politics and campaign strategy development. Other qualifications include:

  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to supervise and mentor staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Strategic thinker with a compelling vision for AWL’s future and the future of the Alaskan wilderness.
  • Commitment to building effective partnerships and collaborations with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to make hard decisions in a timely manner.
  • Familiarity with, or strong commitment to learn about Alaska and federal land management policies.
  • Proven success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate new and existing Board member relationships.
  • Strong fundraising experience with the ability to engage and inspire a wide range of stakeholders.
  • A persuasive and effective communicator with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Collaborative, action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to long term planning.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  • Ability to travel frequently. 

Competitive salary based on qualifications and a comprehensive benefits package.

Contact information:
The Alaska Wilderness League has retained JobPlex to assist them on this search.  Please send your resume and expression of interest to:

Kara Teising Partner, JobPlex
424 Church St. Suite 2000                           OR
Nashville, TN 37219
T: 615-651-7449
E: kteising@jobplex.com
Candace Doorley Senior Associate, JobPlex
121 N. Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60661
T: 312-627-9301
E:  cdoorley@jobplex.com

Position: Development Manager, Washington, DC

The Development Manager is responsible for organizing and managing advancement operations, planning and implementing a robust annual giving program, managing events and tracking corporate and foundation giving in support of the fundraising plan.  Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the manager will create and implement fundraising activities to ensure that all areas of advancement operations and communications function smoothly and effectively and that there is a growth plan and pipeline for individual, corporate and foundation giving.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Advancement Plan Implementation
  • Annual Leadership Giving, Direct Appeal, Membership
  • Corporate Relations
  • Foundation Tracking
  • Advancement Communications and Publications
  • Event Management
  • Prospect Tracking
  • Report Generation: board reports, progress reports-Raiser’s Edge
  • IT: Gift processing, Gift Acknowledgement, and Data Management-Raiser’s Edge

Leadership and Management

  • Plan Implementation for Advancement – Manage and monitor the implementation of the advancement plan.  This entails regularly reviewing outcome and success measures, communicating them with the team, and facilitating action steps.
  • Supervise Gift Processing, Gift Acknowledgement, and Data management (including reconciliation and reporting) – Ensure that gift records are accurate and well organized.  Ensure that processing and acknowledgement are appropriate and timely.
  • Budgeting, Reporting and Evaluation – Facilitate the development of the annual advancement budget and track monthly through the year.

Financial Resource Development

  • Annual Leadership Giving, Direct Appeal, Membership-Coordinate with Development and Communications team to ensure timely, cost-effective and results oriented direct mail, online giving and personal solicitation programs for all gifts below $1,000.
  • Provide staff support to board members/volunteer leaders working with the Alaska Wild Society ($500+ donors) and Wild Stars Monthly Giving Program.
  • Corporate Relations-track and manage all corporate giving initiatives in coordination with staff and board leadership.
  • Foundation Tracking-manage grants calendar to ensure timely applications, reporting and implementation in coordination with development and program teams.


  • Advancement Communication and Publications – Collaborate with the Director of Communications and the communications team to develop stories for the newsletter and other publications for fundraising purposes.
  • Ensure that donor stewardship communications are robust and donor-centered, ensuring that all donors feel connected and appreciated.


  • Participate in the preparation of annual plan, which includes a review of the year’s activities and sets specific goals and objectives for the next and future fiscal years.
  • Reports – Generate reports that track and/or demonstrate progress towards goals.  This includes fundraising reports for the board, prospect tracking reports for management, and reports on progress against plan for management.
  • Work to foster an atmosphere of cooperation and ownership of the values, vision, and mission of the organization to reinforce a common sense of purpose among the team.


  • Work and travel as necessary to successfully meet established goals and objectives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements

Core Competencies:

  • Fund development experience
  • Raiser’s Edge experience highly preferred
  • Cultural Awareness – understands the purpose and core values of the League
  • Commitment – Invested in the vision and mission of the League
  • Listening skills – Takes time to listen and respond; tunes into people
  • Confidence – Aware of self and others, handles criticism, accepts mistakes, strong self esteem
  • Integrity – Honest, forthright, positive values
  • Poise – Manages stress and workload, treats others without rancor, maintains composure and is polite
  • Pragmatism – Sensible, realistic, practical solutions
  • Efficiency – taps and deploys resources economically and effectively
  • Organization – Plans, schedules, prioritizes, anticipates, and builds scenarios
  • Subject Matter Expertise – Knows the financial resource Advancement, is well-schooled in details, and understands fundamental concepts and premises, has demonstrated success.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience, health & retirement benefits. Alaska Wilderness League is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and the names and contact information for three references to jobs@alaskawild.org.

Position: Development Coordinator, Washington, DC

The League seeks a Development Coordinator to provide support for all of the League’s development activities. This position is primarily responsible for supporting the day-to-day functioning of the League’s development programs, including processing incoming donations online and through the mail; maintaining data integrity and basic clean-up tasks in the League’s Raiser’s Edge database; helping coordinate stewardship and cultivation activities for League donors; and producing various membership communications and reports. Responsibilities also include managing the advocacy data link between ActionKit and Raiser’s Edge.  The League is looking for an individual who is highly motivated and able to work independently, while following sound, established fundraising and data management protocols. This position will be based in our Washington, DC office.


  • Execute all League’s Raiser’s Edge database functions including updating records, tracking donations, producing donor lists and maintaining data integrity
  • Manage League stewardship and acknowledgment process for each donation
  • Produce development-focused materials for general membership including solicitations, newsletter articles and direct correspondence to member inquiries
  • Coordinate League events; includes invite creation, mailing and taking RSVPs
  • Manage the League’s charitable registration renewal processes and create annual reports
  • Other duties, as they arise

 Primary Qualifications/Skills/Expertise/Experience Required:

  • Relational database experience required, Raiser’s Edge experience a plus
  • 1 to 2 years of professional work experience, preferably in a non-profit fundraising environment
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word and Access is required, Photoshop, InDesign, or Microsoft SQL experience is a plus
  • Strong organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail, accuracy and timeliness
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • An Associate or Bachelors degree from an accredited education institution preferred

Salary & Benefits: salary commensurate with experience, health & retirement benefits.
Alaska Wilderness League is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and the names and contact information for three references to jobs@alaskawild.org.

Please include in your cover letter: 1. What are the strengths that you bring to this job? 2. Describe a challenge that you have overcome. 3. Why is this ideal job for you?