Job Opportunity

Operations Director position

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Operations Manager

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At Conservation Minnesota, we are committed to building an inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome individuals with a variety of experiences, perspectives, and abilities. Applicants from communities that have been underrepresented in Minnesota conservation and environmental organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Full Time, exempt position
  • 4-day, 32 hour work week, with co-defined flexible scheduling available
  • Reports to Conservation Minnesota’s Executive Director
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) available with generous vacation, sick, parental, and sabbatical leave policies, plus 12 paid holidays
  • 401k Savings Plan with 4% company match
  • Medical, dental, disability insurance plus flex spending accounts available
  • Salary range (depending on experience): $84,000–$105,000
  • Our office is located near the light rail and Gold Medal Park in Downtown Minneapolis, but we have flexible in-person or remote work available during COVID-19 pandemic conditions

Why This Job Is important

In Minnesota, our 10,000 lakes, natural resources, and four distinct seasons define our lives. The Great Outdoors is where many of our most cherished memories with family and friends are created. Passing our experiences and traditions to the next generation and being good stewards of our lakes and land are values we all share. At Conservation Minnesota, we protect the Minnesota you love by solving our state’s most important conservation problems.

Understanding the unique interests of individual Minnesotans helps us have a greater impact. In addition to focusing the efforts of each member on issues that motivate them, it allows us to demonstrate how different issues are interconnected, just like nature itself. Our members learn that other seemingly unrelated conservation priorities connect naturally to their concerns and provide new opportunities to make a difference. Our unique, bipartisan approach has made us the state’s fastest growing conservation organization, expanding our network from 5,000 to over 100,000 people since 2012.

The Operations Director is a member of the Leadership Team who develops and provides strategic direction for infrastructure systems. Providing oversight to an outsourced accounting firm, they also oversee human resources, technology, risk and compliance, internal communications and collaboration, and general business operations.

How You Will Be Spending Your Time

  • You will lead our organization-wide annual work plan and budget development process as well as plan and facilitate regular staff and leadership team meetings
  • You will oversee internal communication systems, cloud-based technologies, and general office management with support from the HR & Operations Manager and outsourced IT firm
  • You will be responsible for the functionality and maintenance of the Salesforce customer relationship management (CRM) database, ensuring it is meeting cross departmental needs
  • You will manage the development and updating of internal policies and procedures, ensure staff are properly trained, and be responsible for workforce planning and professional development
  • You will hold relationships with our bank, pays bills, and monitor cash flow
  • You will oversee and partner with an outsourced accounting firm that handles transactional input, monthly and annual accounting processes, the organizational annual audit, and will be responsible for risk and compliance
  • You will act as the staff liaison to the Board’s Finance and Management Committees, and partner with an outsourced CFO to prepare and present financial updates to the Committees and Board
  • You will be responsible for the function and maintenance of financial systems
  • You will ensure HR systems and processes reflect organizational justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion values
  • You will oversee and update annual compensation and benefit programs
  • You will provide oversight and mentorship to the Operations Department, which includes the HR & Operations Manager who is responsible for day-to-day HR activities, and the Bookkeeping & Data Specialist

A Little More About You

The Conservation Minnesota team is small but mighty, working collaboratively to advance multiple priorities simultaneously. The best candidate for this position is someone who has 8–10 years of nonprofit operations management including human resources and financial oversight, as well as:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field, or equivalent work experience, MBA preferred
  • Interest in and commitment to protecting Minnesota’s great outdoors and natural resources
  • Excellent managerial, organizational, supervisory, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite, spreadsheets, and accounting software
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience with FundEZ,, and Salesforce a plus
  • Experience developing, growing, and managing financial and operational systems, particularly with 501c3, 501c4 and state political entities is a plus
  • Experience leading efforts to create equitable and inclusive organizational policies, practices, and workplace cultures
  • In addition, you are flexible, able to learn from mistakes and open to new ideas, strategic, and interested in making state level environmental policies for the benefit of all Minnesotans, particularly those most impacted by climate change

What You’re Good At

  • Listening First & Building Trust
  1. You start your relationships by trying to understand the goals and concerns of team members and external partners.
  2. By both listening and reflecting what you learn in your actions, you build trusting relationships that power long term and successful partnerships with all those you work with, both internally and externally, and particularly with those who may not identify as part of the traditional environmental community.
  • Common Ground
  1. You actively work to bring people and processes together to find equitable solutions and build community across diverse populations.
  2. You are an optimistic and effective communicator, open to sharing ideas to bridge differences
  • Collaborative Innovation
  1. You are not trapped by past practice. Instead, you work with others across departments and with key external partners in a constant state of creativity, experimentation, challenging assumptions, learning, and growth.
  2. You are nimble, highly effective, and open to change.
  • Equity & Democracy in Action
  1. You believe in the inherent value and potential of every person and are committed to equity. You have passion for using the tools of democracy to make lasting and systemic change to improve people’s lives.
  2. You are dedicated to fostering civic engagement and your lived values reflect working toward a healthy environment for future generations.
  • Lifelong Leadership
  1. You know leadership can come from any position in the organization and are committed to sharing both leadership and credit with others.
  2. You seek to ignite and cultivate that spark of leadership, first in yourself, and then in Minnesotans of every age, ethnicity and community through a shared love for the people and places that define our home state.

Applying For This Job

We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Send accessibility requests to:

Take both of these steps:

  1. Apply online
  2. Upload your resume and introductory letter to Alyssa Nash, HR & Operations Manager

    Your introduction letter should be no longer than two pages and should address the following questions:
  • Why are you passionate about Conservation Minnesota’s mission to protect the Minnesota you love?
  • How do justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion values show up in your work?

Applications will be accepted until February 14, 2022.