Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

While more than 200,000 people visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) each year, many factors threaten the wilderness character of the area, including haze, noise, logging, mining, development, fire suppression, and loss of native species.

Leading the effort to protect and restore the BWCAW from such threats is the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. The organization formed in 1976 to protect this vulnerable area and two years later shepherded legislation through Congress that brought full protection to the Boundary Waters.

Today, the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based organization of 3,000 members is a sentry against further harm in the BWCAW and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem. By partnering with other conservation groups and activating its membership, the Friends ensures that a “voice of wilderness” is always heard during policy debates.

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Minneapolis, MN, USA
Aug 04, 2018
Full time
SUMMARY The Operations Manager is an experienced professional responsible for managing the operations of a small, but growing nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the wilderness of the Quetico-Superior ecoystem. The Operations Manager oversees human resources, benefits administration, and finances. The Operations Manager serves as the primary point of contact for the auditor, outside accountant, financial institutions, landlord, IT consultant, and most other vendors. The Operations Manager also provides support for office administration, including providing administrative support for the Executive Director, processing timesheets, and ordering furniture and equipment. PRIMARY RELATIONSHIPS Works closely with the Executive Director to coordinate the organization’s operations Works with other staff to ensure that the administrative needs of the organization are satisfied RESPONSIBILITIES Human resources, including onboarding and off-boarding personnel; maintaining confidential personnel files; maintaining and managing the worker’s compensation plan; and updating the employee manual Benefits administration, including serving as the liaison to the administrator of the 403(b) retirement plan; maintaining and managing the health insurance and long-term disability insurance plans Finances, including processing invoices, making deposits, and assisting with the development of the budget Risk management, including maintaining and managing the business owner’s insurance policy and directors and officers insurance policy Serving as the primary point of contact for the auditor, outside accountant, financial institutions, landlord, IT consultant, and most other vendors Office administration, including providing administrative support to the Executive Director, processing timesheets, ordering furniture and equipment MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS A problem-solver with enthusiasm for establishing and managing operational and organization systems Willing to be a flexible member of a small but effective and passionate team Comfortable working in a fast-pasted, entrepreneurial environment A. or A.A. degree Three or more years of similar operations experience Passion for preserving the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its ecosystem BENEFITS Paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan In addition to paid vacation and sick leave, the Friends provides a $300 stipend and five additional paid vacation days to each employee to take time off and recharge in the wilderness Hours of unpaid leave for parents to attend a child’s school conferences, classroom activities, childcare or any other childhood program $50 per month transportation allowance for public transit or parking We encourage life-long learning and will pay for ongoing professional development TO APPLY In one document, submit cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample or an example of other work product to: Chris Knopf, Executive Director Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness 401 North Third Street, Suite 290 Minneapolis, MN 55401 chris@friends-bwca.org In the subject line of any electronic communication, please put “Operations Manager Position.” Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com