North Cascades Institute

Executive Director

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North Cascades Institute seeks their next Executive Director to lead the organization in inspiring environmental stewardship and a community of belonging through transformative learning experiences in nature.

The Executive Director must be equally an educational visionaryentrepreneurial fundraiser, and an organizational leader. North Cascades Institute utilizes a strong endowment, a committed group of donors and customers, and a high-quality group of dedicated staff and educational, agency and school partners to deepen its ties to its region and grow the breadth of its impact. The Executive Director oversees the organization’s annual operating budget of approximately $4 million, oversees 60 staff, and reports to a 16-member board of directors. The Executive Director is also responsible for advancing North Cascades Institute’s vision, mission, and goals and for upholding the beliefs and values that form its organizational culture.


The Executive Director will be based out of the Institute’s main office in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, with frequent travel to the Environmental Learning Center in North Cascades National Park. Remote leadership is expected until it is safe to resume working in an office setting.


This is a regular, full-time, exempt position with an anticipated salary between $120,000-$150,000 with a competitive compensation package; benefits include paid time off, medical/dental insurance, long- and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, tax-deferred annuity and contribution retirement plan, and a yearly stipend to participate in Institute programs. Relocation assistance will be offered if necessary.


Applicant should be available to start no later than May 1, 2021 to allow overlap with current and founding executive director, Saul Weisberg, who will be retiring in June.


Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a cover letter describing their qualifications that match the position criteria and what they will bring to the role, along with a resume, to Cleveland Justis at with the subject line “North Cascades Institute, Executive Director Search.”

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