CORAL job announcement

Julie Ekstrom jekstrom at
Wed May 2 15:08:59 EDT 2001

Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL)
Position Description

Title:		Executive Director

Status:		Full Time

Reports to:	CORAL Board of Directors

Experience:	Over 4 years experience in environmental policy, 
outreach and/or management,		        with experience in 
marine protection issues strongly preferred. 

Salary:		Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Location:	Berkeley, California 

Coral Reef Alliance: Founded in 1994, the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) 
is one of the fastest growing environmental organizations in the 
world.  It is a member-supported, non-profit organization dedicated 
to keeping coral reefs alive around the world. With assistance from 
over 10,000 supporters, CORAL promotes coral reef conservation by 
working with the dive industry, governments, local communities and 
other organizations to protect and manage coral reefs, fund 
conservation efforts and raise public awareness.  Specific programs 
include the Coral Reef Parks Program, the recently established 
International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN) public education 
campaign, the Dive Operators Certification Program, the Microgrants 
Program, the Bonaire Dive Festival, Dive In To Earth Day, and 
maintaining the International Coral Reef NGO Directory. 
Headquartered in Berkeley, California, CORAL also has a satellite 
office in Bonaire.  Visit CORAL's award-winning website at

Description:  The CORAL Executive Director (ED) position is an 
excellent opportunity to provide global leadership in protecting one 
of the planet's most precious natural wonders, coral reef 
ecosystems.  The ED is the Chief Executive Officer of this dynamic 
organization and reports to the Board of Directors.  S/he is 
responsible for achieving CORAL's vital mission of reef conservation 
through the leadership of this fast growing non-profit, including 
leadership of the management team and the oversight of CORAL's 
talented staff of thirteen.  The ED will be responsible for leading 
ongoing strategic planning and refining the vision and direction of 
the organization, and will serve as the primary spokesperson for the 
organization.  Working with the Managing Director, s/he will oversee 
the budgeting process and ensure the organization is fiscally sound. 
Fundraising, with an emphasis on the development of foundation and 
large donors will be a critical aspect of the ED's job.  The ED will 
work closely with the Board of Directors and will lead Board 
development efforts.  During the first year the ED will:

ÿ Become familiar with all aspects of CORAL's operations, including 
programs,	fundraising, communications, and management;
ÿ Review, refine and implement the fundraising plan;
ÿ Work with program directors, as well as staff when appropriate, to 
plan and implement CORAL programs and projects;
ÿ Work with the Board of Directors in finalizing the strategic plan 
and use this process to shape his/her vision for CORAL's growth in 
the next five years;
ÿ Review existing strategic partnerships and identify new opportunities;
ÿ Solidify the management team approach and address any staffing needs.


 Over 4 years in a senior position, preferably with a non-profit 
environmental organization;

 Ability to lead the management team: providing vision, staff 
empowerment, strategic planning, and fiscal management required;

 Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong 
interpersonal skills required;

 Knowledge of coral reef related issues a strong plus, and 
experience with marine issues necessary;

 Fundraising skills with experience in grant seeking and/or large 
donor fundraising required;

 Ability to thrive in a non-profit organization that values 
teamwork, cooperation and communication; sense of humor a plus;

 Ability to travel internationally (3-4 weeks a year) and nationally 

 Ability to build and develop strong partnerships among key 
constituencies, including conservationists, members of the dive 
industry, government officials, and international institutions 

 External affairs experience including public speaking and outreach, 
international policy development, and/or experience in building 
strategic partnerships required;

 Experience in communications campaign design a plus;

 Being a certified scuba-diver or willingness to become certified 
strongly preferred.

Interested applicants should send a letter or email including resume, 
salary requirements, and a list of at least 3 professional references 
to the following address by May 25, 2001, or e-mail to 
edrecruit at  No telephone inquiries, please.

Attn:	CORAL ED Search Committee
	P.O. Box 4145
                 River Edge, NJ 07661-9886
Julie Ekstrom
Administrative Assistant
The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL)
jekstrom at
tel: 510-848-0110
fax: 510-848-3720

"Working together to keep coral reefs alive."
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